Seeking to guide your subsequent journey? Or just need to escape actuality?
Look no additional than the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica – a standout Central American nation.
It thrives on ardour for all times; maybe its most interesting attribute, and boasts a vibrant show of jungle and shoreline which is dwelling to a few of the world’s most various wildlife.
And the perfect half is that you would be able to see it multi functional week.
Restricted to seven days ourselves, and on a really tight finances, my sister and I flew into San Jose the place we stayed for one night time earlier than catching the bus and ferry throughout to the west coast to Montezuma (on the east facet of the peninsula).
This was our first cease on our Costa Rica itinerary.
Costa Rica itinerary
Our week in Costa Rica itinerary began off spending 4 days in Montezuma.
The place to remain in Montezuma
Luz en el Cielo-Eco B&B/Hostel. This place is unreal. It prices between $16 – $20USD per night time for a shared room, with cooked breakfast included. Not a nasty worth to pay for a clear hostel in a spectacular location-nestled within the vibrant jungle and an arms throw from the seaside and city. In addition they have non-public dorm rooms and cabanas.
The workers are great- extraordinarily pleasant and useful, the showers are heat, and the hammocks are good for monkey and chook recognizing.
What to see in Montezuma
Montezuma is the epitome of hippie. Simply stroll 50 meters right down to the primary avenue out of your hostel and also you’ll see for your self. It attracts a multi-ethnic crowd of a creative and beach-loving nature. Stalls adorned with hand-made crafts and jewellery line the road, sarongs and art work are on show, and alfresco-beach model cafes bars and eating places present the right setting so that you can partake within the steady mellow occasion.
Day One: Mountaineering to waterfalls
You’ll be able to’t go to Montezuma with out mountain climbing via the overgrown jungle to a gap the place waterfalls tumble into massive pure swimming pools of cool, emerald water. There are two massive waterfalls – the very best standing at round 14 meters tall, typically seen with Tico’s diving from it head first into the water under.
For the sane and protected, although not missing an adventurous facet – a rope swing and smaller leaping rock present a day’s value of enjoyable. The best strategy to attain the waterfall is by following the filth highway bypassing city heading south. I do nevertheless counsel you’re taking the opposite path off the overwhelmed monitor and use the vines to hoist your self up the steep elements of the jungle. It’s lovely seeing it this manner and the views are spectacular.
Depart your self a full day for this as it’s possible you’ll end up eager to discover past the falls.
Day Two: Day journey to Tortuga Island
Each day a visit to Tortuga Island leaves from Montezuma within the morning, taking you on a 40 minute boat journey throughout pristine waters to your vacation spot. The boat stops at two massive rocks simply off the seaside.
Right here you’ll uncover an unbelievable underwater world as you snorkel within the heat water earlier than heading onto the primary island for a feast of contemporary fish, a recreation or two of volleyball and maybe a jet-ski or banana boat journey.
Day Three: Secluded seaside day
You might want a serving to hand to seek out this one however its value seeing when you can. A 15 minute stroll north alongside the rocky seaside will take you away from the populated fundamental seaside to a shocking, secluded spot enclosed by jungle and rocks.
You’ll be able to spend the day absorbing the solar, rolling on the sleepy waves within the sea, and trekking a brief approach up the contemporary water stream to a small opening for pure mud-masks and a therapeutic massage beneath a waterfall.
That is the right spot to unwind, loosen up, learn your guide or simply zone out and neglect about your worries.
Day 4: Zip-lining via the treetops
Spend your final day in Montezuma zip-lining via treetops of jungles alongside unbelievable wildlife on a cover tour. That is superior. Zip lining is like occurring a flying fox, however you go sooner, longer and also you’re harnessed up. An ideal strategy to end up your Montezuma expertise.
Our subsequent cease on our Costa Rica itinerary was Santa Teresa which sits on the west facet of the peninsula.
The place to remain in Santa Teresa
Santa Teresa is an extended stretch of shoreline, lined with eating places, bars, small shops and jungle. It’s a surf-lover’s, yoga fanatic’s, images guru’s utopia. There are such a lot of hostels to select from, although we selected to remain up the Northern finish away from the primary a part of city which was good for us as we wished our final couple of days to be peaceable.
What to see in Santa Teresa
It’s unimaginable to explain Santa Teresa in a single phrase. It actually is an absolute paradise. Spend your morning and evenings strolling 40 minutes to and from the opposite finish of ‘city’ both alongside the seaside or filth highway and you’ll stumble throughout some hidden treasures.
The fantastic thing about Santa Teresa is that though it’s outlined by an extended stretch of shoreline, it’s damaged up into separate seashores by rocks and vibrant inexperienced timber, good if you wish to keep away from the primary crowds.
Santa Teresa itinerary
Day 5: Stroll via the city & seaside
I’d extremely suggest you stroll alongside the stretch of filth highway to city ducking into the numerous small shops they’ve filled with sarongs, swimwear, jewellery, crafts and surf gear.
Cease for lunch at one of many many “soda’s” alongside the best way which is able to set you again round $4USD relying in your café of selection.
There’s not a lot to see in the primary a part of city, so it’s possible you’ll not need to spend your time trying round there. As a substitute I counsel you stroll again alongside the seaside and choose a seaside entrance bar to decide on a hammock in and sip the afternoon away with a mojito in hand as you watch the solar set over the surfers.
Day Six: Hit the waves
Seize a surfboard out of your closest rent store and take to the waves. Although when you haven’t surfed earlier than or in case you are a newbie, be sure you don’t go alone because the currents are sturdy and rips are frequent in elements.
If you’re skilled, that is an absolute haven for you as Santa Teresa is dwelling to world-class waves, and plenty of who’ve merely visited on a browsing vacation prior to now have ended up staying.
Day Seven: Loosen up on the seaside
Spend your final day in paradise letting it unwind you, loosen up you and mellow out someplace on the seaside. Don’t neglect your digital camera because the setting is ideal to get the right picture.
Decide a restaurant at night time (Rocamar restaurant has a laidback vibe with beanbags and hammocks to laze about on), and let the music remodel you right into a state of bliss.