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Pura Vida Day 1 -4

December 16, 2017

The Grahamblett’s have a few milestones this year. A college degree, 30th, and 50th birthdays… I feel so blessed! Love my fam so much. What better way to celebrate than to go to Costa Ricaย ๐ŸŒธย I wish I could just pack up all the people I love and take them there. Most beautiful country, and people. SO chill. Josh is half Costa Rican, so we have gone a few times to visit his family there. Love it so much!

Friday November 25, 2017

This was a travel day. We got to the San Jose Marriott around 10 pm, and had late night coffee with Josh’s aunt, uncle and cousin. This hotel is PERF for flights that get in late. You can often find great dealsย with Southwest! 3.5 hour direct flight from Houston. Super clean, nice, and easy drive from the airport. They even have a complimentary airport shuttle that runs on the hour.

Saturday November 26, 2017

Woke up to the perfect tico breakfast at the hotel– black coffee, gallo pinto with a side of natilla (sorta like sour cream), fresh avocado, eggs, tocino (bacon), and maduros (fried sweet plantains). ๐Ÿ˜› Picked up our rental car, and made the 3 hour drive along the coast to Manuel Antonio. Brief stop in Tarcoles to check out the gators. How many do you count in this picture? ๐Ÿ˜ณ

We were told that over the years, people would catch them and dump them here. A slaughterhouse is nearby, and dumps their waste at this site. So they never leave…. and just get bigger and bigger. ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ

Luckily there was a POPS nearby, and I could get my first fix of the trip. There’s nothing *that*special about this ice cream store, but they’re everywhere and you need to stop and try some of their tropical flavors. Like Guanabana. Saw this handsome guy there. Gallo pinto’s namesake.

Finally got to Manuel Antonio, and it was picture perfect. I did ALOT of research before booking a place, and it paid off. This was the most gorgeous house I have ever stayed in! Highly recommend Casa Samba.

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Monkeys and toucans everywhere. Paradisio.

Finished unpacking and had dinner at Emilio’s. Cool cafe right around the corner from our place.

Sunday November 27, 2017

Woke up true princess style to our private chef Junior cooking a tico breakfast.

Sunrise there is around 5:30 am, but didn’t even care. Loved being able to do yoga on the patio, and sip coffee listening to nature. Zen AF. ๐Ÿ˜


After breakfast we headed out to Manuel Antonio national park. Stopped for pipa on the way. Cheers to being 30 and 50 โค๏ธ

We opted for a paid guide through the park, which was a great decision. We saw so many more animals, and learned so much more than if we had gone alone.

MAJOR TRIP HIGHLIGHT: sloth sighting. I love him. Sound on when watching the video ๐Ÿ˜‚ commentary from our guide Leo is priceless.

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After the tour we went back home to yet another fab meal made by chef Junior! Mahi mahi, yuca sticks, piccadilo… noms. * we drank American beer because the price of domestic there is INSANE! 4-5 x more to drink Imperial. Bummer. Also… a 12 pack of la croix was $26. ๐Ÿคฏ

Monday November 28, 2017

Another day, another Tico breakfast. Hence why I gained a few lbs on this trip. WORTH it. Pilates class and then spa day with mom at Holis Spa. Perfect day in my book. No idea what the boys were doing. I think drinking beer on the beach. We met up afterwards for happy hour at El Avion. Super cool restaurant made out of a C-123 Fairchild cargo plane. Good drinks, but main draw is the view. ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ


For our last night, we chose Ronny’s place. Awesome seafood, apparently even better view, but we went after sunset. Most hilarious bananas foster presentation.

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Perfect first half, I would say.





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