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Costa Rica is beautiful with lush greens and spectacular sunsets. There are still beaches left uncrowded and some local people genuinely friendly. If beaches and sunsets enjoyed from a comfy beach chair with your favorite beverage are your perfect vacation, Costa Rica may be for you. Of course, surfing and boating come along with beaches and sunsets but those are not my personal favorites.

So why would a non-beach person be in Costa Rica?  The trip was a family visit and so touring time was more relaxed than a commercial tour. The ocean, from knee deep, is fabulous. The multiple beaches we did visit were all beautiful and several were exceptional for shell collecting. Visitors need to know that the government prohibits taking shells unless the shells have been used in artwork, jewelry or other commercial production. Fortunately, my sister is a shell artist and so I was able to bring back some of her whimsical works.

Moving inland visiting Diamante Eco Adventure Park, was my “ah.” Zip lining, my first ever, was great fun. My favorite of the three zip lines was the “superman” it really feels like flying! Rescued Costa Rican creatures populate the animal park. Two-toed sloth, Lucy, is a fan favorite. Luckily we were there at feeding time when Lucy was at her most active. “Active” for a sloth means being awake, hanging off a tree and munching sugar cane. The jaguars and puma were also active having just been fed. If you ever do visit, the 10 am time frame is when the animal park is at its most active.

A boat ride into Tamarindo’s estuary was a fun way to see local species in their own habitat. We were fortunate to spot several crocodiles, from a young juvenile to an adult. Howler monkeys were entertaining as long as everyone was careful to stand a proper distance away. Hint: male monkeys are in the habit of quite literally pissing on tourists. Bird species are abundant and if you are a birder, be sure to take binoculars for a great time spotting birds to add to your list.

If you’d like a sunset on canvas to take you to your dream place while sitting in your cubicle or love Lucy, send a note: 

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