S: "Pura Vida"- Amy & Bill's Amazing Adventures in Costa Rica
BC: Pura Vida!- Life Is Definitely Good! Time to start planning where we're going for our next set of adventures!
FC: PARADISE | Costa Rica 2012 | "Pura Vida!" Amy & Bill's Amazing Adventures in a
1: INCREDIBLE | Costa Rica Here We Come! Happy Birthday Honey & Let The Adventures Begin!
2: Destination #1. The 5 Star Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort
3: OUR OWN | The only thing that could have made it more perfect was if it were all inclusive!
4: Right around the corner from our room was Los Tucanes, a wonderful restaurant that was adjacent to the naturally heated mineral pool. The cascading waterfall was a beautiful view while we enjoyed our amazing complimentary breakfast buffets everyday!
5: Twelve amazing thermal hot springs were only a short walk away and part of our resort. The beauty & tranquility of the resort was just breath taking!
6: The Tabacon's Hidden, Adults Only Jewel- The Shangri-La Gardens | Total Relaxation!
8: Where in The World Are We? At the Base of the Awesome Arenal Volcano | What an amazing view! | Formed 7,000 years ago and standing 5.347 feet, the Arenal volcano looms large and ominous over the pastured landscape. It has been the most active volcano in Costa Rica for the last 43 years, but since 2010 it has been in a resting phase. No lava, but still some clouds of ash.
9: Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind. Seneca | The famous and beautiful La Fortuna waterfall is in this rain forest region. | The Arenal Volcano was our beautiful view each time we took the 5 minute walk from the resort to the hot springs all naturally heated by the volcano.
10: A "Wet and Wilde" Easter Sunday 2012- Rafting the Sarapiqui River- "Pura Vida baby!" | #1
11: This was the best rafting trip ever! There were rapids the entire way, but not so crazy that we were fearing for our lives.. We did get a little scared after the first few minutes and the dentist from North Carolina that was our rafting mate fell overboard! We followed Roland's directions well, "Lean in, row hard etc." and manged to stay out of the river. Another great memory-stopping on the side of the river for fresh mango and pineapple-so yummy!
12: The Sky Trek Zip-lining Adventure in Arenal | #2
13: After making it up the mountain, taking a shot for bravery, and mastering "the sexy position," we were ready to fly over the rain forest tree tops. What a rush!
14: La Roca Canyoneering
16: CANYONEERING | We needed one more adventure before we left Arenal. Canyoneering was what we decided on. We booked it ourselves and couldn't have made a better choice! We lucked out - there was only one other couple booked for the day. We laughed as John, the guy we were with, said he was more scared to rapel for the first time than he was walking the streets of Harlem back in New York! | #3
17: I have wandered all my life, and I have also traveled; the difference between the two being this - that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment. Hilaire Belloc
18: We were definitely rockin' the helmet look this vacation! We've flown over tree tops, why not jump off a cliff?!
20: It's Time To Hit The Beach At The Westin Playa Conchal All Inclusive
21: After 4 days of physical adventures, and paying $12 a drink at the Tabacon's pool bar, it was time to hit the beach to eat, drink & relax without worry about what things cost anymore!
23: hanging out | I could have handled one more day hanging out here, there were still so many yummy, intriguing sounding pool drinks we didn't get to sample~!
25: We're Too Sexy For This Beach... | What a fun photo-shoot. My hubby made me feel like a honeymooner again and Mateo, the photographer, made me feel like a model!
26: Last Day in Costa Rica! The Paloverde Boat Tour (a.k.a. The Monkey Boat Tour) | I guess we're just not the type who can just lay around for more than a couple days. We needed one more mini-adventure. We contemplated horseback riding, and then with the "promise" of seeing monkeys right on your boat, we decided to spend our last day on the river. I love monkeys after all!
27: Cool Wildlife! But...Where Are The Monkeys??
28: "Are those bananas I see Mommy?" Even though it was "illegal" our guide had stopped at a market on the way to pick up some bananas to entice the monkeys. Just our luck, the market was all out. Luckily, a family we were with snatched a few bananas off the resort's breakfast buffet. All of the sudden two monkeys decided to join us for a bite.. Once they called out, "Ooh Ooh! Ahh Ahh!" it was "thump thump thump" as many of the monkeys' friends and family were landing on the top of our boat and joining us inside. It was craziness with monkeys all over us-on top of our heads, shoulders, back etc. looking for more treats.
29: O.M.G. There's Monkeys On The Boat (And Me!) | This is an experience I will never forget! Wish our kids could have been there for this!
30: Mmmm.. Food tastes even better when you can order whatever you want:- rack of lamb, calamari, Italian sorbet and anything you want to drink! What makes it even better is walking way without having to pay a bill.
31: Italian Night Out...Costa Rican Style! | Our night at Fascinalla, the Italian Ristorante.! With a 9 pm reservation, we ended up closing the place!
32: Amazing Wildlife of Costa Rica
34: The ultimate calm... snuggling on the beach at sunset. Even better was our last day when we had a massage on the beach at sunset!
35: The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. St. Augustine | "Cheers" to the most fantastic vacation ever! | Dining on lobster, shrimp bisque & margaritas at the Mediterra Restaurant. I guess it is time to go home, if we eat more like this we wont be able to fit in our clothes!