Central America

Costa Rica New Year

April 28, 2017

YES, YES, I KNOW! Sorry I’ve been gone so long , but truth be told when you’re trying to manage the daily grind it can be a little overwhelming at times. To bring you up to speed with what’s going on in my world;  I had an amazing time in Costa Rica, which we’ll get to that in a moment. Right now, I am getting in gear for my work events and big fundraiser at RaiseAChild.org, and in addition, I’m working towards my certification of becoming a Life Coach (website coming soon). Needless to say, it’s been a challenge to find the time and creative juices to blog. Please know that I may not be posting as much as I’d like, but I am committed to writing about my first love – Travel.

You may recall my post Lost in Mexico about my dear friend Jacqui who was traveling throughout Mexico and Central America. It was my goal to meet up with her, Jorge, and PJ (Jacqui’s dog) during our travels, and the chosen destination was Costa Rica as noted on my Travel Bucket List. As much as I love the beach and definitely want to go back to explore that part of Costa Rica, I decided to submerge us in the tropical rain forest North Central in Lake Arenal.

Liberia Airport Costa Rica

Welcome to Costa Rica

I found a great property called Casa Cascada on Trip Advisor that was a 2 bedroom/3 bathroom house. It was a beautiful home overlooking a tropical paradise with views of Lake Arenal on a clear day.

Here’s a video tour of the property edited by my daughter :

Lake Arenal is the largest lake in Costa Rica and located approximately two hours from Liberia Airport. I arranged for a car service ahead of time to pick me and my daughter up from the airport. Thank God my daughter speaks a little Spanish because our driver didn’t speak any English. Between her Spanish and using the app iTranslate we made it safe and sound to Casa Cascada where we were greeted by our peeps.

Costa Rica WelcomeIt almost felt like the week flew by, but we managed to do a lot of activities in a short amount of time. Most mornings it was raining, but we didn’t let that stop us.

A summary of our week:

We decided to take a scenic drive to the town of Fortuna to get a feel of area. Along the way we made a few pitstops and did a meet & greet with the local wildlife.

Lake Arenal Costa Rica Fortuna Costa Rica Supermarket in Lake ArenalShopping in Costa Rica Cost Rica Raccoon


A visit to the Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park with the occasional rainfall made for an eventful afternoon .

Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges ParkMistico Lake ArenalMistico Hanging Bridges

Topped the evening off with a nice quiet dinner on New Year’s Eve.
Maya's Place Lake Arenal Costa RicaMaya's Place Costa Rica

What a way to welcome a new day in the New Year! A great cup of coffee with an incredible view.Costa Rica Coffee

We later celebrated the day with a little R&R at the hot springs at Los Lagos Hotel Spa & Resort.

Los Lagos Hotel Resort & Spa


Not exactly my cup of tea, but my daughter wanted to visit Arenal Natura Ecological Park. I have to admit we learned a lot and the best part was getting a close-up of the famous Costa Rican frog – The Red Eyed Tree Frog.

Red Eyed Tree Frog

Afterwards, we had the pleasure of enjoying a delightful lunch with breathtaking views of Lake Arenal.

Lake Arenal


One of my favorite days! Perfect weather for a perfect non-stop adventure. The morning started off with kayaking on the lake. It’s been awhile for me, but I truly enjoyed being out on the water.

Kayaking in Costa RicaJacqui Kayaking on Lake ArenalSecond half of the day consisted of a beautiful scenic ride through the countryside to do an intense muddy hike at Rio Celeste in Tenoria National Park. It was an incredible day!

Upala Costa Rica Tenoria National ParkMuddy Hike


Another fantastic weather day which was just right for zip lining through the tropical jungles of Costa Rica. What a surprise when I discovered that I signed me and my daughter up for the eXtreme zip lining. I didn’t pay attention to the fact our package had the highest and longest zip lines. Once we got over the first line, it was a piece of cake. 🙂

While we decided to zip around, Jacqui and Jorge opted for a different kind of an adventure:

Costa Rica Water Hole

From all the rain during the days we were there, the last two days of sunshine cleared away the clouds and Arenal Volcano was gracious enough to show off its majestic beauty.

Arenal Volcano


After an action-packed week, it was time to say our good-byes.

Rose and PJ

Getting a goodbye hug from PJ

Jacqui, Jorge, and PJ continued on with their journey to Nicaragua while my daughter and I headed to the airport to get back to the daily grind.

An unforgettable trip and wonderful way to kick off the New Year!

And now, I’ll leave you with one of my favorite sunsets.

You’re Welcome!

Costa Rica Sunset


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  • Reply Jose Allen June 14, 2017 at 3:31 am

    Wow, really awesome pictures, Specialist is Ziplining, it look so cool but dangerous too.

    • Reply Travel Elixir July 6, 2017 at 5:34 am

      That you! Zip lining is a lot of fun, but they make sure you’re secured and safe.

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