After a few weeks of traveling, I’m finally home and ready to get back into the swing of things. Not sure what it is, but getting back into regular everyday life after traveling is just so damn difficult. But anyway, I spent one absolutely AMAZING week in the southeast of Costa Rica focusing on indulging in Pina Coladas and playing with stray puppies.
Costa Rica was absolutely beautiful. I headed to the Caribbean side of Costa Rica because 1) it’s way less touristy than the Pacific said, and I’m one of those tourists who doesn’t want to be a tourist, and 2) it’s the Caribbean, you literally cannot go wrong.
Before I decided on the Caribbean side, I had asked my followers on Instagram which side they preferred, and the vast majority told me they went to the Pacific side and loved it. So, you can’t go wrong with either side (if you happen to be planning a trip!). But, after doing lots of research, I stuck with my gut feeling and went southeast.
When I had booked my flight, I ended up booking two separate flights, due to the extensive layovers in Florida (we’re talking 24-hour layovers….yeah not happening). I booked one flight through Jet Blue, to take me from Salt Lake City to Fort Lauderdale, and the other flight through Southwest that was from Fort Lauderdale to San Jose, CR. Call me the flight wizard. I’m like the queen of finding cheap flights that are A1….just sayin’.
The drive down to the Caribbean coast is one of the worst parts of the trip. I was expecting a quiet drive where we rarely saw cars, instead, the 4-hour drive turned into a 6.5-hour drive because of the traffic. You basically take two main roads to get to the southeast side, and they all are one lane roads. Now don’t get me wrong, driving through the country was beautiful. We saw some beautiful lush mountains, and we got to drive through quiet towns, and San Jose, which was filled with color (my personal fav). You can also fly into the Limon airport, which is probably a better option if you’re a serious traveler, otherwise, you’re looking at taking the buses that go down there, or renting a car. We opted to rent a car, and I’m forever grateful because it made getting around everywhere SO much easier. I loved the flexibility we had with a car.
We stayed at the Le Cameleon, which was one of my top hotel picks, and it’s reasonably priced for the fact that it’s a 4 star boutique hotel. The pool area is gorgeous, and it’s right on the beach, and close to both Puerto Viejo’s little town and Punta Uva. I was very happy and impressed with our hotel. I was living for this place, it was a jungle oasis. The rooms were well air-conditioned, the staff exceptionally friendly, and the rooms cleaned every day. You’d think being in the middle of the jungle would result in bugs everywhere but our room never had bugs! They also changed the accent color every day, so our pillows and pictures on the wall were a different color the entire time we were there! Definitely a fun touch to the hotel.
To be 100% honest, I would recommend the Caribbean side over the Pacific side any day. I loved the quieter towns, the Caribbean coast, and the Jamaican flare the southeast side has.
If anyone is planning a trip, I’d love to give recommendations! And keep an eye out for part 2, I’ll be sharing all my favorite restaurants, beaches, and activities to do!
Talk soon xx