Discovering Hiking in Arenal, Costa Rica

This month I’ve been on a bit of a travel binge (I know — how very unlike me!), but now I’m back home and ready to report. First on the agenda: United Airlines’ planes are kind of gross. I made the horrendous mistake of visiting the “lavatories” with my shoes off, and my feet may never feel clean ever again.  I recognize that common sense should have told me better, but I was mid-way through a five hour flight and obviously a bit discombobulated.

More importantly, this dirty-bathroomed plane was carrying me to Costa Rica for a week of adventure and rain sun with J.  We spread our 8 days across three popular Costa Rican destinations, so to ensure that I cover each in adequate detail, I’ll discuss each separately (so look out for future blog posts….I knowwww how exciting!).

Arenal Volcano -- far more impressive when not shrouded by clouds

Arenal Volcano — far more impressive when not shrouded by clouds

Our three destinations were Arenal Volcano/La Fortuna, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio National Park. Costa Rica is a great baby step into Central and South America. It’s super easy to travel around and almost everyone speaks English. Basically, the infrastructure for tourism is very advanced.  The downside of the built up tourism industry in Costa Rica is that it’s not as cheap as you might expect.  That being said, it still such an amazing place to visit.

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Disneyland for Adults: Napa Valley

Unfortunately, Disneyland took the slogan first, but Napa Valley may be the true “Greatest Place on Earth” ….at least for adults. To be fair, I don’t think kids would appreciate it in the same way because a lot of my love for Napa comes from the wine.

Actually though, Napa has more to offer than just wine.  Granted, it does have over 300 wineries just in the Napa Valley (so that doesn’t even count Sonoma or the coast), but it also is home to some fantastic restaurants (including quite a few Michelin stars I might add), and some pretty amazing hotels and spas. Keep reading, I shall explain.

Biking Through Napa Valley

Biking through Napa Valley

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Don’t Blink! San Francisco

I keep hearing about people moving out to San Francisco from New York for a breath of fresh air and a Cali perspective.  So, on my quick visit out there, I had high expectations.  I love living in New York, but I’m not immune to its downfalls. Being that it’s summer, the smelliness of the city is starting to set in as the temperatures soar.  And, don’t get me started on the subway in summer time–whoever invents a portable shower you can use after your subway journey in July will be a millionaire.  But, then again, there’s nothing like a rooftop bar on a Friday afternoon in NYC.  Anyway, I figured San Francisco would have to offer a lot to compete.

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