• A Visit to Manuel Antonio National Park

    A Visit to Manuel Antonio National Park

    We spent a month driving round Costa Rica and of all the places we visited, Manuel Antonio National Park was my absolute favourite. Manuel Antonio is Costa Rica’s smallest, but most popular National Park. If you’re planning to visit, buying tickets in advance online is highly recommended. We purchased entry tickets and explored the park…

  • Costa Rica Travel Diary Day 13 – Manuel Antonio National Park

    Costa Rica Travel Diary Day 13 – Manuel Antonio National Park

    Today, we are going to Manuel Antonio National Park; our entry time slot is 9-9.40 am. No food is allowed in the park, so we stop at a café en route for breakfast and arrive at the allocated time. Once the admin is complete; tickets and ID produced, temperature taken, hands sanitised and bags checked…

  • Costa Rica Travel Diary Day 12 – Monteverde to Manuel Antonio

    After one last night in the rubbish bed, it’s time to check out of the Hotel Santa Fe, bringing the guest count to zero. My least favourite thing has been that they refused to provide room service, due to Covid, yet asked that we do not throw paper in the toilet. By now, the bin…

  • Costa Rica Diary Day 8 – Marino Las Baulas National Park

    Costa Rica Diary Day 8 – Marino Las Baulas National Park

    After waiting for an hour for a sandwich at the hotel restaurant yesterday, we opt to have breakfast elsewhere. The old man has chosen Coco Viquez which does a buffet style breakfast. He’s very disappointed when he discovers it’s not self service. And there’s no return visits. I’m happy with my plate of pancakes, pineapple…

  • Costa Rica Diary Day 7 – Playa Hermosa

    Costa Rica Diary Day 7 – Playa Hermosa

    Today we are heading to the beach; to Playa Hermosa. It’s only a 20 mile drive, so there’s time for a leisurely breakfast (apart from the bit where we have to fight tooth and nail for a go on the toaster). Then I go for a swim whilst the old man crushes his candy (not…

  • One Day in Rincon de la Vieja

    One Day in Rincon de la Vieja

    One Day Thermal Spring and National Park Itinerary The active volcano Rincon de la Vieja is 26 km from the city of Liberia. It provides visitors with the opportunity to hike trails past volcanic features and to bath in thermal springs heated by the volcanic activity beneath their feet. Although there is some accommodation in…

  • Costa Rica Diary Day 6 – Rincon de la Vieja

    Costa Rica Diary Day 6 – Rincon de la Vieja

    Today, we are going to Rincon de La Vieja volcano National Park. It’s a 17 mile drive from our hotel, starting on Route 1 before we have to turn off onto a smaller road. With 6 miles to go, we run out of paved road and the bouncing around in the gravel begins. A few…

  • Costa Rica Diary Day 5 – La Fortuna to Liberia

    Costa Rica Diary Day 5 – La Fortuna to Liberia

    It’s our final morning in La Fortuna and it rained heavily in the night. The volcano has disappeared completely behind a thick blanket of cloud and our last chance of seeing it in its entirety has gone. Never mind, it’s time to move on to another volcano – Rincon de la Vieja. As accommodation around…

  • Costa Rica 2022

    Costa Rica 2022

    Costa Rica Day 1 – London to San Jose Time for another trip – this time to Central America, first stop Costa Rica. It’s the first time we’ve travelled with British Airways for many years. And there’s a reason for that. It’s not a great start, with a last minute change from an 11.30 to…

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