Costa Rica Adventure - Part 1 - getting there

It has been almost two years since I traveled to Costa Rica with my good friend Kayla. I always get a lot of questions about our experience so I wanted to write all about my adventures and fun stories in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica is a great and diverse destination, and just one reason why it made it to my 8 Trips to Take in Your 20's List. Many people travel to Costa Rica to for the beautiful beaches and surfing but during our trip, we focused on seeing volcanos and the rainforest. I would love to go back one day for the beaches and maybe I'll learn to surf too! Another really interesting fact about our trip was that we actually used Groupon to book part of it, which I will go into more detail about later. First, I want to share the story and stories from our trip!


getting there

Living in Pittsburgh, we flew Jet Blue from our local airport to San Jose, Costa Rica with a stop in Florida. The flight was great and did not feel overly long, but that all depends on where you would be coming from and how long your layover is. All in all, I feel it is an easy destination to get to from anywhere in the States, but for those that live in Europe or Australia, that will be an extensively long flight, but worth it!

Once we landed, the airport was a little confusing (as most airports that are new to a person are) but all of the signs are in Spanish and not knowing much of Spanish made that a little bit more difficult. Once we found our luggage, we made our way to the taxi area, which was this little outdoor area that had a bunch of people yelling at us asking if we needed a ride, but we already had our ride arranged so we just waited until our driver arrived. Luckily, that little area had a mini store where we got a beer to drink while we waited for our driver.

** My advice would be to get a driver in some format to get around and not renting a car.  You could use taxis, shared busses, or small personal vans.  The roads are narrow and winding and would not be a good time or easy to drive. The locals are used to driving them so they zip around the mountains and one lane roads with no problem, but unless you are staying on a few of their main roads, it won't be as easy for non-locals. **


Before we even left on our flight, Kayla (my friend that I traveled with) and I were a little obsessed with sloths, so one of our main goals on our trip was to just see a sloth. With that in mind, I can now tell the story of our drive to our first hotel, that yes includes sloths!  
After our driver picked us up, we were heading to the town of La Fortuna which was about a 2.5-3 hour drive. On this drive we were talking to our driver our the town we were heading to, fun things to do, and about what we had planned for our trip. During conversation, of course we mentioned our goal of seeing a sloth. As we were all talking about whatever random topic came next, suddenly our driver pulled over in the middle of no-where. Being a little worried about what was going on, we were both very hesitant when the driver jumped out of the car and told us to follow him. As you could image, we were a little sketched out, but we followed and it was well worth it. High up in one of the many trees around, our driver pointed out a little sloth all curled up taking a nap. It took us about five minutes to even see it because their fur blends in with the tree bark. We still have no clue how our driver was able to be driving and still see this one little animal among all of the trees around, it was pretty amazing.  To take this to an even better level, when we were standing on the side of the road taking pictures of this adorable sloth, it woke up and started moving. To our surprise, it had a little baby sloth sleeping with it.
The sloth side excursion was a very random but amazing experience, and was definitely foreshadowing to our whole Costa Rica trip!


With such an interesting and beautiful drive and not even at our first stop yet, we were very excited to see what the rest of our trip had to offer, and it did not disappoint!

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Comments: 5
  • #1

    Obligatory Traveler (Thursday, 23 February 2017 20:21)

    Love it! So happy to see a fellow sloth lover. This was especially exciting to read since I'll be in Costa Rica next week. Definitely got me excited for my trip.

  • #2

    Travellingdany (Friday, 24 February 2017 07:00)

    You do have some very, very useful tips in here, I can't wait to read more!

  • #3

    Jim Jones (Friday, 24 February 2017 10:28)

    I've always wanted to visit Costa Rica, and now your article making me want to go even more. Great post, I can't wait to dive into part 2!

  • #4

    Shari from USA-RVNomads.com (Friday, 24 February 2017 17:20)

    Love it! We have a friend who goes birding in Costa Rica every winter and we've been wanting to get there. Volcanoes and sloths are more great reasons to go.

  • #5

    Eryn MacGillivray (Saturday, 25 February 2017 22:33)

    Hey! Cool post :) My family went to Costa Rica without me I was so upset D: Also so jealous about the sloths