Southern Pacific Beaches

Uvita beach

During our stay in Ojochal we drove to a few beaches (playas) along the Costa Rican coast between Dominical and Coronado. Our first stop was Playa Dominical. It was big, with big waves and lots of stones. And surfers.  Just down the road heading south was Playa Dominicalito. Also stony, and picturesque with waves crashing … Read more


sunset over the harbor

Ojochal is tiny little village with great restaurants and a manageable drive from the beach. Day 1: Drake Bay to Ojochal We got off the boat from Drake Bay to find Solid Rental Car waiting with the car. We were supposed to pick up the car that morning, but our host in Drake Bay phoned … Read more

Finca Maresia

guide scope in rain

Part of the entertainment in Drake Bay was just hanging around on the deck at our hotel watching wildlife.  We saw our first howler monkeys. We’d heard them before, but not seen them this close.  (If you zoom the photos you can see them in the middle. One is dark; one has some reddish fur.) … Read more

Drake Bay

sunset over the hotel

Getting to Drake Bay is an adventure in itself. We took a taxi and then a boat ride down the river to get to this gateway to Corcovado National Park. And one our favorite places to stay.  Day 1: Manuel Antonio to Drake Bay We had breakfast in the rain in Manuel Antonio. Our driver … Read more

Selvatura Adventure Park


Selvatura Adventure Park was the first ziplining tour in the world. We chose it over other options because it was the original and we weren’t there for the biggest thrills. (Like we didn’t do the “superman” option pictured above.)  We opted for a combo package that included both ziplining and the hanging bridges, and chose … Read more

Santa Elena

cloud forest tree tops

Santa Elena is a bustling little village amidst the cloud forest reserves in northern Costa Rica. The cloud forests are like nothing we’ve seen before and we hope to see a quetzal.  Day 1: Home to Alajuela (San Jose) We didn’t have any flight difficulties but lots of people had canceled flights so there must … Read more