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Highlights from My Trip to Costa Rica

After two weeks of traveling through Costa Rica and having family in town, I’m now back to a regular routine — which means I’ll resume my regular blog schedule. My trip to Costa Rica, which I took with five of my close college friends, was one of the best trips I’ve taken. We went to Monteverde, Tamarindo, San Jose and Miravalles, among other places. Here are a few photos from the trip …

Went on a mini hike to a beautiful waterfall near Miravalles Volcano.

Went on a mini hike to a beautiful waterfall near Miravalles Volcano.

Us getting ready to swim near the waterfall.

Us getting ready to swim near the waterfall.

Just before doing a canopy tour and zip-lining in Monteverde. Seeing as I'm afraid of heights, I was a little worried about the canopy tours, which include a Tarzan Swing, a 50-foot rappel and a "Superman" zip-line. Ended up loving it. Soared 263 feet above a forest canopy and said goodbye to fear.

Just before doing a canopy tour and zip-lining in Monteverde. Seeing as I'm afraid of heights, I was a little worried about the canopy tours, which include a Tarzan Swing, a 50-foot rappel and a "Superman" zip-line. Ended up loving it. Soared 263 feet above a forest canopy and said goodbye to fear.

Zip-lining crew.

Zip-lining crew.

My friend Colleen and I did our fair share of cartwheeling, running and skipping along the beach.

My friend Colleen and I did our fair share of cartwheeling, running and skipping along the beach.

Friends. We were at a restaurant in downtown Tamarindo called FT's. Served delicious Casados here. Casados come with rice, beans, fried plantains and your choice of meat or veggies. Yum.

Friends. We were at a restaurant in downtown Tamarindo called FT's. Served delicious Casados here. Casados come with rice, beans, fried plantains and your choice of meat or veggies. Yum.

Three-quarters of our college crew, FBW. Fun before work (FBW) was our college motto. Always served as a reminder that we had to find time for fun amidst all the papers, exams, etc. ... Photo taken on our last night just before sunset on la playa Tamarindo. Did I mention how much I love my friends?

Three-quarters of our college crew, FBW. Fun before work (FBW) was our college motto. Always served as a reminder that we had to find time for fun amidst all the papers, exams, etc. ... Photo taken on our last night just before sunset on la playa Tamarindo. Did I mention how much I love my friends?

Looking for Suggestions of Where to Go in Costa Rica

In less than two weeks I’m heading to Costa Rica with five of my 10 close college friends. Eight of us took a trip to Fort Lauderdale two years ago after graduating and have wanted to explore another place together. The trip means a lot to me especially because I live so far away from my college friends, most of whom live in the Boston area.

We’re flying into San Jose and then taking a bus to Tamarindo, where one of our friends is teaching for the summer. Seeing as I’ve never been to Costa Rica before, I’m looking for recommendations of places to go, sights to see, things to do. We hope to travel outside of Tamarindo to the extent that we can and explore some less toursity areas. Any suggestions?