How To Get From Costa Rica To Nicaragua – With Map

welcome to San juan del Sur sign

Nicaragua is every bit as beautiful as its southern neighbor, Costa Rica. With volcanoes, Spanish colonial towns, Lake Managua, and a sizeable slice of both the Caribbean coast and the Pacific Ocean, Nicaragua was an unexpected highlight of my travels through Central America. But with limited direct flights, getting to Nicaragua can seem like a … Read more

10 Best Hostels in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

Beach area of Rockin Js hostel

You’re off to famous surf spot, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca? You lucky thing. It’s one of my favorite places in Costa Rica. With glorious beaches skirting the Caribbean Sea, sloths climbing the trees and a distinctly Caribbean vibe, Puerto Viejo is a place you might end up staying longer than planned. But that’s no bad … Read more

Guide To Bocas Del Toro & Beautiful Isla Bastimentos, Panama

Red frog beach bocas del toro

All I wanted was a beach that wasn’t littered with a million other British sun worshippers elbowing each other for a sun towel-sized patch of sand. And I found it in Bocas Del Toro. I first visited Bocas in 2011 as part of my Round the World trip. It was a couple of weeks of … Read more

Santa Teresa Costa Rica – Your Ultimate Guide

Santa Teresa Beach at Sunset in Costa Rica

Santa Teresa in Costa Rica holds a special place in my heart. I first visited all the way back in 2011 when it was a dusty dirt strip with a scattering of cafes and bars. Of course, progress marches us ever onwards and this laid back beach town has sprung up with a whole host … Read more

11 Best Things To Do in Puerto Viejo – 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

What To Pack For Costa Rica (with Printable checklist)

Costa Rica packing list to print at home

Not sure what to pack for Costa Rica? It can be a challenge because this beautiful, diverse Central American country has everything from tropical beaches to cool mountain towns. My list covers all eventualities. Below, I’ve separated your packing essentials in case you’re focusing on just one trip type, whether that’s hiking and adventure or … Read more

Your Ultimate Guide to Travel in Costa Rica

orange sunset over the beach in manuel antonio costa rica

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. Whether you’re planning a luxury honeymoon or taking … 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.  I’ve had three pretty distinct trips to Costa Rica: first, an extended stay backpacking through the country, a … Read more

9 Top Things To Do In Cahuita, Costa Rica

Wild beach with fallen palm trees in Cahuita Costa Rica

Is Cahuita in Costa Rica the new Puerto Viejo? I have the advantage of having visited the once sleepy Caribbean coastal town of Puerto Viejo over 10 years ago when the streets were sandy and sloths lumbered around the place like it was still their own. While I still love Puerto Viejo a decade on, … Read more

10 Best 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