Before we fell in love with Guanajuato and signed a ten-month lease, we planned to spend the month of September, 2018, in Costa Rica. When we rented our place in Mexico, we changed our flights to December, right after our visas ran out for Mexico.
The two weeks we spent in Costa Rica were beautiful. After six months living in the desert, my soul was thrilled to be surrounded by so much green and so much water.
We split our time between San Jose, La Fortuna, and Santa Teresa beach on the Nicoya Peninsula. Everyone loves to hate San Jose, but I found the city to be lovely and easy to navigate (with some great food, too).
In La Fortuna, we swam in the gorgeous clear water near the La Fortuna waterfall, explored the Arenal Volcano National Park, braved the Arenal Hanging Bridges, and visited the Ecocentro Danaus nature preserve where we were thrilled to see sloths, toucans, and other cute critters.
Our last stop was Santa Teresa, where Harper and I did nothing but hang on the beach, swimming in tide pools, watching crabs scurry across rocks, and building sand castles as the sun set over the ocean. Perfection.