This week I was feeling dazed & someplace else, so I asked myself a question. “Why am I feeling this way?” The answer was, I was missing my family vacation in Playa Conchal, Costa Rica, that occurred a few weeks ago. Not only did I miss my whole family being together, I also missed seeing the monkeys in the trees, uncrowded beaches and the delicious local cuisine.
Costa Rica is in my blood, and it was where I spent part of my childhood. Don’t get me wrong, I live in a beautiful place here in coastal carolina, but there is nothing like family vacation in a place that is close to my heart.
Now that my kids are all grown & spread out across the east coast, my promise to the family is that we would treat ourselves to a family vacation each year. This year it was Costa Rica. I think it’s important to have moments you cherish like holidays, special get-togethers and family vacations.
So here are the details of our Costa Rican vacation. There is only two words to describe the beaches, Ohhh & Ahhh. There are very little crowds, lots of white sand and clear blue waters. This particular beach, pictured above, the waters were very calm, compared to the traditional Costa Rican surfing beach. Perfect for kayaking and paddle boarding, which we did every day. Every afternoon we headed to the pool bar and Brahim, our bartender, made the best beach cocktails!
So much fun!
Volcano Rincon Vieja
The highlight of our trip was one of the excursions we took to a Volcano. Our guide Johnny was wonderful explaining all history in the area.When we arrived, the staff at the volcano informed us that there was activity at the main crater so we could not hike there. So we ended hiking to a smaller crater. It was bit disappointing but we did see the bubbling water coming from the smaller crater, which was very cool!
Later that day in our townhouse our guide contacted us to inform us that the main volcano erupted! No one was hurt, but there was lots of mud and ash within 4 mile area. We were all stunned. Maybe that’s a symbol of some kind! Life is full of unusual happenings. (You can read about the eruption in the link above.)
Most of our vacation days in Costa Rica were pretty laid back, Mornings were active, afternoons were lazy. It was a great life, or “Pura Vida” as the locals said!
For example, every morning we woke up to a cup of Costa Rican coffee on our balcony listening to all the noises of the morning exotic birds. A monkey would suddenly appear while taking a walk around the block or maybe a coatimundi (below).
Our last excursion was on a private sail boat called the Serendipity. It was fabulous sailing to our own private island, snorkeling in the middle of the ocean with all the fishes. I still can’t believe I did that.
Here is my daughter paddle boarding at sunset. As the locals say about their country Costa Rica is Pura Vida!