Your Printable Costa Rica Packing List

yellow suitcase hat and camera for travel

Welcome to your printable Costa Rica packing list… Skip to the end of this post if you want the link to the printable Costa Rica packing list in high-res PDF. However, I do have good packing tips for Costa in this post if you want to read on. Costa Rica Packing List A lot of … Read more

Your Ultimate Costa Rica Travel Guide

orange sunset over the beach in manuel antonio costa rica

Welcome to your ultimate Costa Rica travel guide… Costa Rica: where rainforests mingle with steaming volcanoes, where beaches are golden or black and offer surf and sunsets, where sloths and toucans are just a small slice of the exotic wildlife on offer. This small Central American country is a vacation destination that has it all. … Read more

The Best Places To Visit in Costa Rica

black and chite capuchin monkey in a tree in manuel antonio

Beaches, volcanoes, rainforests, jungle, cloud forests, zip-lines, coffee, chocolate, eco-lodges, surfing, sunsets, sloths, whales, turtles and toucans – Costa Rica is a tropical wonderland that deserves a spot at the very top of your travel bucket list.  Having just returned from my 3rd trip to Costa Rica and having spent a few months in total … Read more

Things To Do In Puerto Viejo and Cahuita – Costa Rica

blue sky and palm trees on beach in Puerto Viejo Costa Rica

The first time I visited Puerto Viejo, over a decade ago, the bus has to stop while a sloth slowly crossed the road. It was that kind of place. Where life (and the small amount of traffic) slowed down and nature came into its own. A string of beaches make up the region on the … Read more

Top 10 Things To Do In La Fortuna Costa Rica

View of Arenal Volcano from La Fortuna Town

I can’t believe I skipped La Fortuna the first time I visited Costa Rica. I suppose I was on a hedonistic, one-year around the world trip (that took me six years, oops); and I was chasing to sun along the world’s coastal spots. It took me a few years of circling the globe to circle … Read more

20 Best Things To Do In Monteverde Costa Rica

zip lining in monteverde cloud forest in costa rica

I knew when I spotted the roaring fire in the hotel bar that Monteverde wasn’t like the rest of the places I’d visited in Costa Rica, but then I’d just entered the land of cloud forests so I wasn’t expecting it to be.  I only spent a couple of nights – welcomingly cool night – … Read more

Guide To Tortuguero National Park Costa Rica

Tortuguero National Park water with trees

It is a truth universally acknowledged* that the more difficult it is to reach a place, the more rewarding it is when you get there. That’s proven true on so many of my trips (Copper Canyon, San Blas Islands, Senegal to name a few). However, it’s a truth not to be taken for granted in … Read more

10 Essential Things To Do In Manuel Antonio Costa Rica

black and white capuchin monkey sat in a tree in manuel antonio national park

The light woke me. I blinked, looked out of the bus window and smiled as I saw slithers of golden beach and aqua ocean glinting beyond the shade of the trees. This is the Costa Rica I came for. Even the air had changed. I wasn’t in San Jose anymore.  10 Things To Do In … Read more

12 Quick Things To Do In San Jose Costa Rica

national theatre exterior in san jose

Most people shoot through San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica and I get it – with sprawling concrete and growling traffic, it’s a far cry from the rainforests and beaches you came to Central America to see. And if you’re on a short trip, there are definitely better places to visit in this nature-packed … Read more

Banged-Up in A Panama Prison

“I spent nearly a week in a Panama prison,” Tim told me. He was dressed like Hansel (from Hansel and Gretel – did I mention it was Halloween?) and as a clean-cut guy from a small town in Australia, he looked like the least likely character to be doing time anywhere, let alone in Central America. … Read more