Location: Costa Rica, Nicoya Pennisula
Duration of visit: 5 Months
Time of the year: December to April
The Salty Times Rating Scale:
Each score is out of 20 for a total out of 100.
20= all time, 1= not so good
With a pad to live in near the surf, we didn’t stray to far from our nest. But we did lots of short trips, hunting for surf and to find waterfalls, a few boat trips and even a trip down the coast to hunt for waves. We explored a fair amount, but home always called us back… the cosy surf pad was such a great nest.
The rainforest, amazing birds, lush tropical flowers and fruits, monkeys, and even volcanoes… Costa has it all. Spending so much time outdoors meant we saw heaps of wildlife! The surf kept us from more inland adventures, but the nature all around us was spectacular.
We ate copious amounts of fresh tropical fruits, especially mangoes and coconuts!
There was loads of fresh seafood, and right near us a local family run restaruant served the best burritos that could fill the void after our long surf sessions. With a coconut grove between us and the beach, meant so many fallen coconuts. Jamie learnt to make coconut oil and so we never ran out if that. The fresh and wholefoods meant we felt healthy and looked it too!
People and Culture: 8/20
The Costa Ricans are friendly and open. Their country has embraced Tourism and they do it well. We met lots of lovely Ticos while we were there. We also had a lot of expats around and we had some great mates to surf and hang with. The Costa Rican culture and music is great and we got to taste a bit if it during our time there. The only downside is that where we were, there was a petty theft problem. We had a few things pinched, even though we were being careful and it left us always worried and looking over our shoulders. With an influx of tourism, you can see why there is petty theft.
** this rating scale is based on our perspective and experiences when we travel! it is in no way indicative of the overall country or place we visit, Just our opinions about our travels there. We also scale things pretty difficult as there is always going to be something else down the track that might blow our minds and get a full 20/20!