BAM! Finally, the last post in my Costa Rica series! I have one location left for you: the Caribbean coast. Oooh, sweet Cahuita with her sunshine, palmtrees, reggae, guacamole, cocktails and colorful flowers. Cahuita is a peaceful little beachtown with a few restaurants, a National Park (obviously), a supermarket and some souvenir shops. The most perfect spot to do absolutely NOTHING! Haha, we were quite tired after all the hiking and driving the country. When we arrived at our own cabina in a tropical garden(!) at the beach we dropped our stuff and jumped in the hammock. Sloth-slow, we called it. Time to chill!
The first creature we met in 'our' garden: this tiny & hairy caterpillar. There were tons of birds, monkeys and insects in the garden. Stefan went on a little midnight safari the last night to try and spot a tree frog. No such luck. I guess luck was on my side, because we hardly saw any frogs in Costa Rica (as you might have read in my bio.. I'm scared of frogs, haha!)
We tried to find cute and authentic souvenirs, but that was mission impossible 7. And come on, if you have to spend a monkey or hummingbird to get a 'made in Indonesia' wooden bowl.. We decided these bills and coins (colones) are a better souvenir than a rip-off gift from the airport. Try to be a shop-aholic when money looks this cute!
The colors in our paradise garden were unreal! But I swear, I didn't change a thing on this photo!
Maybe it was the heat, maybe it was the view, maybe it was the company, maybe it was my afternoon-dip, but these nachochips and guacamole were the best I ever had! And the ice cold smoothie on the side was perfect. Something with melon, the rest is a blur ;)
This is all we did on our first day in Cahuita. Chill in the hammock, read, walk around a little and have nachochips. Later at night we cooked in our own kitchen, ate pasta and had a mini-Saturday-night-danceparty with Jett Rebel's Louise on Spotify. Only to cool down with the ceiling fan after that.
A little something about the food in Costa Rica. You need to buy a lot of fresh fruit and veggies. It's the best you will ever have, trust me. I can never eat mango in NL again. And try some fruits you don't know yet, they might surprise you! They sell bread in CR, but if you are used to anything that looks like Dutch bread, stay away! It is horrible, gummy and I am pretty sure it's not even food. I got really sick after eating this 'Bimbo' bread. Just stick to rice and black beans. Together with eggs they make the perfect breakfast. Even Jamie Oliver says so in his new super food series.
The little tortilla's they sell everywhere are perfect for a quick lunch on the road. Put in avocado, some sliced red union and rice and you're good to go!
If you want to eat out at night, be early (18h is fine) Especially in a not-touristic place. Because it gets dark around 18h, 21h is considered Costa Rica midnight. Don't go Italian style, you will go hungry ;) We tried to ask a waiter what the normal dinner time for Tico's is, but he look confused and said "25". Right.
On day 2 we hiked into Cahuita National Park. And saw tiny racoons! Eep!! ♥
This national park contains a beach where a lot of Tico's have lunch and BBQ's. So lots of food. And lots of cheeky animals trying to steal that food. Can you blame them? And if so.. they are SO FLUFFY, please forgive them!
And one really old monkey. He was really slow and not scared at all. Remember about my 50mm lens? No zooming.. He did look a bit upset when I came this close, so we quickly moved on.
Stefan is a huge fan of hermit crabs. And after you see this video, you will join that fanclub, trust me!
Can you see them? It's a mommy sloth and her baby!
Under the tree with the sloths, another little family :)
Perfect, perfect country. I feel 'home'sick just looking at this.
When on the Caribbean coast.. drink cocktails in a reggae bar! Piña Colada baby! Horrible, no-light iPhone photos, but these were so good, they had to be mentioned! The food is great here too. I had a red snapper in Caribbean sauce and it was a little bit of heaven. Muy bien!
There is only one Reggae Bar in Cahuita, right beside Playa Negra (black beach). And yes, the sand on that beach is really black. Super weird. The picture below is of the full moon over Playa Negra and the ocean. Perfect romantic view for one of our last honeymoon nights.
We wanted to do a snorkeling trip on our final day, but the weather was a bit off. It wasn't safe to go out with a boat, so in stead we drove to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. It was the last day, after almost a month of traveling. That probably explains why we were walking around sloth-slow all day. We sat on a beach for a long time, looking at brave surfers trying to conquer huge waves. And just looked at the people around us until the sun almost disappeared.
We got this stunning sunset as a goodbye gift from friendly Costa Rica. We couldn't have wished for a better ending!
Back in the James Bond mountain house with Jonathan. It felt so cool to tell him and his friends everything about our trip and come 'home' for a night. After a few wrong turns and 1,5 hours circling through San José, that is. Trust me, you want GPS in this country. Your phone wíll die and you wíll get into a fight in the car and you wíll have to ask directions to someone that doesn't speak English at all. GPS in your car may be worth the investment. Just saying.
We had a long flight back, came home in the snow(!), locked ourselves in with a hundred blankets and cuddled Nalu for days. And not so slowly, everything got back to normal. But let me tell you, taking a year to sort out all the honeymoon photos helps a lot in terms of after-partying!
That's it!! My blogposts have become a huge itinerary with Airbnb locations, tips and practical info. I hope these posts are useful for everyone with Costa Rica travel plans. We're no experts after one trip, but feel free to ask me anything!
Thank you so much for joining in on our adventure! I loved sharing these photos & stories with you and hope you enjoyed it.
Read all my Costa Rica blogposts:
1. Costa Rica honeymoon: driving in a green world 2. Costa Rica honeymoon: rainforest wildlife3. Costa Rica honeymoon: pacific paradise 4. Costa Rica honeymoon: foggy volcanos5. Costa Rica honeymoon: reggae bar cocktails (that's this one!)