Costa Rica

Hotel Luisiana, Santa Ana (San Jose suburb), Costa Rica found on

IMG_1562Beautiful and comfortable property that was about 15 minutes away from the San Jose International airport.  We took a cab from the airport and then used public transportation to get around the city.

IMG_1564They had a nice swimming pool where we swam to get over our jet lag.

Nosara Paradise Rentals – Playa Guiones, Nosara, Costa Rica arranged by the Nosara Yoga Institute

Our tiny studio apartment was cozy and simple.

Our kitchen had 2 electric burners and a mini fridge.

Liquid Magic Surf Resort, Dominicalito, Costa Rica found on

A continental breakfast was included and was served pool side.

IMG_2029Very spacious room and bathroom.


Ola Mar (Casa Titi) Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica found on

We will never forget our experiences in this jungle cabin in Cabo Matapalo – solar power, a septic system and water from a well.

Costa Rican coffee made the old fashioned way – slow drip

Weak wifi signal at the cabin, so we had to go to the main house to get any work done.

Open air jungle cabin with no screens to keep the bugs out. The nights were difficult, but the days were lovely.

Canon Canon EOS 5D Mark II IMG_1440Gotta love mosquito nets

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Canon Canon PowerShot S100 IMG_2127Our bathroom had everything we needed, even moths flying around the shower at night.

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Agua Dulce Beach Resort, Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica found through open water swim race Mike participated in

Canon Canon PowerShot S100 IMG_2159Ocean views from their upstairs bar

Canon Canon PowerShot S100 IMG_2432Poolside restaurant and bar

Canon Canon PowerShot S100 IMG_2443The hotel staff surprised Mike with a homemade birthday cake, bottle of champagne and handwritten birthday card!

Vista Atenas B&B, Atenas, Costa Rica – friend recommendation

Breathtaking views of the San Jose area

Canon Canon EOS 5D Mark II IMG_1458Our poolside room

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Delicious breakfast was included

Costa Riki, Playa Santa Teresa, Costa Rica – we found by driving by the property

Francesca (pictured here) and Riki were fantastic hosts

Our apartment was on the 2nd floor and had a great balcony for eating al fresco

The grounds and flora were beautifully designed and kept up

Spacious and comfortable bedroom with closets

Our kitchen had everything we needed!  We could have stayed forever!

Large living room with great wi-fi

Hotel Bijagua, La Fortuna, Costa Rica found on

From the 2nd floor, we had a beautiful view of the Arenal Volcano

IMG_2671We were greeted by Daniel (owner’s son) who had just cut these coconuts from their tree


The Lotus Garden, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica – friend recommendation

Hotel had a sloth garden in the middle of the property

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