Pura Vida in Costa Rica

Hola! It's been a little over a month since my trip to Costa Rica, since I flew back into Toronto and home to Waterloo in that wild out-of-nowhere April ice storm. It's been over a month and I really can't pretend like I haven't been day dreaming of my perfect little spot under my beach tree right beside that breezy ocean since then. Because I for sure have. My mind is pretty much there now.

For anyone looking to travel to Central America and want something a little different than the average tropical destination, I highly recommend Costa Rica! The landscape is stunning. Vibrant, tropical and lush, there's more than just palm trees. There's thick forests full of exotic wildlife and cool plants and flowers and a volcano I could see from my balcony window that made me seriously question if a T-Rex was about to pop out at me. Jurassic Park, anyone?

There weren't any actual living dinosaurs (thankfully!) but there were more than a few iguanas, tree lizards, fearless monkeys, a crocodile at the Blue River, sloths of course, hanging around, and so many tropical fish. Costa Rica is a country that loves and protects its creatures. They are a culture ALL about environmental and wildlife conservation and it's SO amazing! They are all about living life to the fullest and even have their own saying to reflect this. It was actually the first thing we heard after stepping off the plane. Pura Vida! Or Pure Life is a greeting representative of this high-vibe culture!

So! I traveled with two of my closest friends and we stayed at the RUI Palace in Guanecaste, Liberia, on the Pacific Coast. This was the first time any of us had been to this country but it's been a bucket-list country for sure. The resort was top notch, the food was fresh and delicious (can I just say, the seaaafooodd) and they were always amazing at accommodating my gluten allergy, which was something I always worry about when traveling abroad. So if you have food allergies at all, the RUI is your go-to for vacation and has you covered!

Costa Rica is definitely all about adventures. We hiked though the rain forest at the Blue River and swam in a gorgeous waterfall along the trail. We made it to a series of hot springs and a volcanic mud bath that was a life saver on my dry winter skin. It was honestly like chipping away at everything I'd been carrying with me all winter long. It was so rejuvenating for my body, mind and soul, connecting to the earth like that. I highly recommend this excursion. Seriously, a must-do, guys!