Costa Rica was one of the best traveling experiences for me and Zanny. We first stayed in Montezuma, which is a hip little beach town on the Nicoya Peninsula. We did most of our adventure activities there – like atv’s, zip-lining, hiking, refuges, etc. The hotel we stayed at, Ylang Ylang, was like a second home to us during our time in Montezuma. They have the most incredible staff who became great friends to us and who we’ll miss greatly! The hotel doesn’t have phones or TVs in the rooms, which I actually really enjoyed. The food was so delicious and most of it is made with local organic ingredients. Ylang Ylang was the perfect place to stay for us and Montezuma is the best little town in the Peninsula. We then drove up to the “Vermont” of Costa Rica and stayed at The Springs Resort and Spa by the Arenal Volcano (they filmed scenes for The Bachelor here, haha!) The drive is about five hours from the beach, you go over some slightly perilous bridges and steep curves, but it’s SO worth it! I have never seen a country so green in my life and being up by the volcano is a totally different experience than the beach. The hot springs and view of the volcano were incredible. It was the best way to end our last few days in Costa Rica. I would suggest that anyone going to Costa Rica should rent a car, stay at the beach for most of your vacation and then head to a luxury resort by the volcano for a few nights. Also, be adventurous, drive around and explore the country. I can’t imagine staying at a luxury resort the whole time and not being able to see everything the country has to offer!
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The Springs Resort and Spa had about 18 hot spring pools
Adorable boat on the vast Costa Rican beach!
Crazy little White-faced Capuchin monkey!!
We passed by an awesome swing on our walk at the beach.
The day we rented an ATV we stopped by this little bakery in the middle of nowhere and they had the best brownie I’ve ever tasted!
We also came across a vast beautiful beach while driving around on our ATV. The water was perfect!
We stopped by a coffee plantation, which was a highlight of the trip since I’ve never seen a coffee plant or the way coffee is made!
Photo Credit: Zan Passante