• Thanks for the comment! If you head to the Osa Peninsula, check out all my other posts in case you missed them. I got to see some pretty remote places and it was magical and off the grid. Thanks for stopping by!

  1. From the jungle to the ocean, what a fabulous experience. I would have been reluctant to head back into the touristy area and civilisation too but it sounds like you chose a wonderful place to stay. Local immersion is the best. Your photos make me want to go there but there’s nothing new about that! Another beautiful post Nicole.

  2. Heide

    You’re right — Bella Vista is the *perfect* name for the lodge. Wow! Gorgeous photos! I also enjoyed reading about the culture shock of sorts you had after just one week in the jungle, when you rejoined the “beaten-path” tourists. Isn’t it crazy how quickly we humans adapt to our surroundings? I’ve had that experience while backpacking also: After a week of solitude and silence in the woods even a 300-person town seemed like a bustling metropolis. But I digress. Thank you SO MUCH for continuing to bring us along through your wonderful narrative and beautiful photos.

    • Thanks so much! I am so glad that you have followed along. I’ve kept writing because it feels so therapeutic for me but am not always sure if people like to read so much about one trip. Glad you have enjoyed it! 🙂

      • Heide

        I sometimes wonder whether it’s worth chronicling my travels in loooong posts too, because readership definitely declines on those. But then I remember — to paraphrase Susan Isaacs — that the only reason to write is for yourself. Plus, selfishly speaking, I really enjoy your travel posts! They’re so engrossing and immersive that they’re like a mini-vacation in their own right.

  3. it’s so nice to take a quick cyber trip back to costa rica through your posts!!!! i told someone today that costa rica definitely has the prettiest beaches!

    it’s great to see you there in front of the camera!

    • Thanks Lisa! I am going a little nuts here with the CR trips but I just can’t stop sharing the trip. It was really special and transformative for me. I’m bringing my husband and the kids there next week. I am so excited to see what they think. It means a lot to me to expose them to a new culture. I’m hoping they fall in love with travel and cultures like I did. 🙂

      • That is a perfect place to visit with family! Will you be returning to the same area? Flying into SJO or Liberia – hm, depends on where you go! Monteverde and Arenal would make great spots to see with family as well….

      • So this is the first real international family trip. We are flying to Liberia and will go to Manuel Antonio, Arenal and Stay at a farm a few hours from Arenal. So totally different area. I am really excited about this trip. Hoping the kids fall in love and get as inspired to see the world as I did at that age. My son is 12 and daughter is 10. Can’t wait!

      • You will be in ‘cowboy Guanacaste’ there in Liberia and area…The weather should be very dry, though many times the first rains usually fall sometime around easter… we always were happy for those first rains.
        Lake Arenal and of course the volcano are wonderful, and the clima much cooler than near the coast.

        You will have a great time, and I suspect there will be some canopy tours/zip lines, etc! Buen viaje!

      • Thank you so much Lisa! I’m starting to get excited. Fully how my travels have been focused on Costa Rica these days! It just kind of turned out that way. This trip was planned well before my January visit to the Osa. That just came up. I’m glad though because I love Costa Rica. It is a special place. Next I’ll have to get to Ecuador!

    • Hope it isn’t getting boring! I just am having a hard time not sharing all the photos for this trip and it has become a little bit more like my journal but sometimes I have a hard time letting go! Thanks so much for your continued support Sally and inspiration! 🙂

    • Thanks! I loved it too. Yes you should check out Bella Vista as it is very nice and so loving. That is the joy of staying at a family-run place. You get to know everyone and feel so welcome.

  4. I could almost smell the beach only by looking at your photos. It’s been a while since the last time I went to a place like this. I bet you returned home feeling rejuvenated. I really love your photos of the greenery with clear blue skies — so refreshing!

    • Thanks Bama. Yes there is something truly magical about the water. I don’t get to see the ocean much but we do have lots of lakes here in Minnesota….over 12,000 to be exact!

  5. We loved Costa Rica! I’ll look up where Drake’s Bay is and Bella Vista sounds wonderful. Something to keep in mind for our next trip. Our friends just moved to close to Playa Flamingo. It’s time to go visit 🙂

    • Thanks Alison! It was. We are off Friday this week all of us this time to Costa Rica. Doing the north and Manual Antonio. First big adventure with the kids. I’m really excited!!!

  6. Di

    Hello Nicole!
    I cannot believe all the adventures you have taken us on here took place in just a week… you have seen so much, met so many and lived a world away from life as you and we, know it. So beautiful and so amazing to think you’ll have it again soon with your family… a lovely post 🌹

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