Costa Rica

We are back from Costa Rica, tanned and relaxed.  And even though we got back on Sunday night, I just noticed that I am still wearing my resort bracelet (ha!).   It wasn’t that cold in Raleigh when we left – which is usually not the case when we have made such trips from Chicago in the past – but it was still an awesome time to be away and feel the sand in our toes, which coincidently has managed to cling to all our things and I am now constantly feeling it as I walk around in my home.

Usually Hawaii is our go-to winter destination but we decided to mix things up a bit this year and explore new lands (although…I am not opposed to squeezing in Hawaii too!).  This was officially Arjun’s first international trip and I have to admit that he was already a seasoned traveler.  (Larry B., if you are still reading this blog, Arjun is wondering if you got your passport yet because he would hate to beat you at collecting the most stamps first).

Costa Rica is beautiful! We stayed in Guanacaste on the Northwest Pacific coast which is considered the dry part of the country.  I still thought there was green everywhere with rolling pastures filled with cows, horses, and sheep.  But being so far west we were at least four hours away from the lush tropical forests that Costa Rica is known for.  Arjun and Asha being as little as they are, we decided to save the that bit for our next visit.  Meantime we spent lots of time at the beach and looking for wild life on a river cruise.

If you remember, I was a little apprehensive about staying on a All-inclusive resort. I am happy to report that I did not regret that decision.  (More to come on the hotel itself and why I didn’t mind it so much.)

And now for some pictures.  In the past I would have hundreds of pictures from such a trip but guys, I am running out of hands managing two kids and all their stuff.  IMG_3350

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Chika Gujarathi is a freelance writer based in Raleigh, NC. She writes about everything from travel, food, books, and family. Her current project includes a series of children's books to teach Hindi. She is a native Tar Heel who has also lived in Washington DC and Chicago.

4 thoughts on “Costa Rica

  1. What a wonderful family holiday. Your photos are really beautiful. Costa Rica sounds and looks wonderful – and lovely and hot! To someone from the UK at this time of year it looks amazing. I’m feeling so jealous right now. All-inclusive has its pros and cons for us, but in some countries, it’s the best option.

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  2. If you squeeze in Hawaii, let me know. I’ll meet you there. :) I’m so glad you all had such a good time. I love all the photos. You have a beautiful family.

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