K: We got back from Costa Rica late Sunday night. Brandon and I headed down there for a family reunion/get together. His parents rented a large home to accommodate everyone and we got our last little taste of summer before fall officially arrives. The trip was memorable and very different from our last vacation together. Read on to hear about our adventures!
B: Katherine and I were surprised to find that the climate of Costa Rica was actually quite different from Puerto Rico. We constantly felt like we were in a sauna because of the humidity (around 95%) and the beaches consisted of broken shells and dark sand. I think because we’d just visited Puerto Rico, we found ourselves comparing the two frequently. Costa Rica had a much more casual, anything-goes vibe and fewer people spoke English. It felt more indigenous and jungle-like than we expected.
K: Brandon and I found ourselves laughing through this trip, calling it the “Series of Unfortunate Events”. We had a blast, but kept running into roadblocks (quite literally) here and there. Our second morning, we were all supposed to go zip lining and tubing but we soon found out that it was there Independence Day. Instead of taking an hour to arrive at our location, it took almost two, due to the parades in the streets. We discovered then that our “tubing” experience was anything but tranquil. Although we were assured it was easy and not dangerous at all, we encountered numerous rapids and Brandon’s 80 year old grandparents (along with all of us) were thrown off into the freezing cold river water. On top of that, our camera didn’t work when we arrived because the battery drained from the chilly temperatures in our room. Top it off with a massive cockroach, scorpion, spider, and a crab in our room, and we were feeling like someone was out to get us! Nevertheless, we won’t complain about vacation time and we enjoyed savoring the last bits of true warm weather before the colder months arrive.
B: As Katherine mentioned, we had a few issues come up in this trip. The best you can do is laugh it off and continue to enjoy the moments, which is definitely what we tried to do. We went to Costa Rica during the “rainy” season and would probably advise anyone who is wanting to plan a trip to look into other times of the year. Overall, we made some great memories with my family and bonded in new ways. If you’d like to see a full travel guide on Costa Rica, just leave a comment below!
On Katherine: Nordstrom dress (on sale!), similar wedges, Target sunglasses, Charming Charlie necklaces
On Brandon: Blue linen shirt, Banana Republic pants