Costa Rica, 2016
In November, we took a 2 week trip to Costa Rica--my first time in such a setting. (Cuba doesn't really count.) For half the holiday, we stayed in what seemed like one of the last true hidden gems of the west coast; a truly local village. The latter half was spent in the much more developed and touristy Tamarindo, farther north. After a 4 hour drive in a little Jeep on roads I was completely unfamiliar with, we arrived! Surfing, hiking, hammocking, eating, relaxing, and visiting Jaco, Crocodile River, and the Manuel Antonio National Park were on the agenda. Honestly, now I understand why so many expats relocate here. It's so beautiful, friendly, and they seem to really be ahead of the curve on many environmental issues.