S: Costa Rica - May 2011
BC: "I smile because you are my sister, I laugh because there is nothing you can do about it".
FC: Costa Rica Vacation May 2011 | Pura Vida
1: Costa Rica May 5 - May 10 2011 | We left Atlanta at about 9:30 AM EST and arrived in Costa Rica at 12:00 their time. It took us forever to get our rental car but finally we got on the road to be able to sit in traffic going on the new road. Before arriving in Jaco, we stopped at the Tarcoles River to look at the alligators. Afterwards we stopped at the grocery store in Jaco and finally arrived at our Condo in Manuel Antonio before sundown. We all were exhausted so had dinner across the street at Victoria's.
2: Tarcoles River
3: The next day we went to Playa Uvita and visited the famous beach that looks like a whale's tail. | Day 2 May 6
4: Playa Uvita
5: Playa Matapalo | Harvest of Palm Trees to make Palm Oil | Glenda at Playa Matapalo | Joe at Playa Matapalo
6: After Playa Uvita we had lunch in Dominical then stopped at Playa Matapalo for a short stay. We had dinner at La Hacienda in Manuel Antonio. The above picture was taken at La Hacienda. When we first arrived there were small monkeys playing in the trees behind the restaurant.
7: Day 3 | Day 3 was jammed packed all day long. We were exhausted when we finally got back to the condo. We started the day driving to Jaco and spent over an hour shopping. The guys couldn't handle the shopping so they decided to sit it out and enjoy cold drinks at a little shop in Jaco. We had lunch at Los Suenos then went to the Pacific Rainforest Tranopy Tour. After going on a guided nature walking tour we loaded up on the tram and spent a half hour above the jungle. We decided not to do the zip lines but stayed with the safer Tram tour.
8: Lunch at Los Suenos | Walking Tour and incredible flowers from tour
10: Snake Exhibition
11: From Tram
12: Day 4 Started off with breakfast at La Mariposa overlooking the Pacific. We spent a couple of hours at Playa Manuel Antonio, a short time at the marina in Quepos, and finished the day by having dinner at Barba Rojos.
13: Playa Manuel Antonio
14: Dinner | Barba Rojas
15: Day 5 Rainmaker
17: Rainmaker Mountain is a privately owned rain forest reserve and is one of the last remnants of primary rain forests in the Central Pacific. It is home to 60% of all the flora and fauna species found in Costa Rica. Rainmaker is dedicated to the conservation and protection of the Fila Chonta Mountain Range on Costa Rica's pacific side.
19: The longest suspension Bridge on Rainmaker Mountain - 20 stories above the forest floor.
31: The final day of our Costa Rica stay we headed back to San Jose. We made stops in Quepos and Jaco. We ate both lunch and dinner at Denny's. We spent a couple of hours at the mall in San Jose then went to the La Fiesta Casino. Glenda was the only one that had any luck and she stayed at one slot machine for hours! The next morning we were able to get on the early flight home so we left Costa Rica on May 11, 2011 at 7:00 AM Costa Rica time and began our long journey home.