We got off the plane in San Jose and couldn’t believe we were actually in Costa Rica. Our anticipation had been building for months and our trip had finally started. Myself and seven friends went through customs, grabbed our bags and headed for the car service we had hired to drive us to Dominicalito.
The main reason we hired someone to drive us can be summed up in two words – Puerto Rico. A couple of years prior to our trip to Costa Rica, we visited Puerto Rico and learned that traveling in the country was extremely difficult. There were no road signs and if there were, they were about 500 feet before you had to make the turn. The GPS didn’t understand the roads and we spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to get where we were going. Rather than take the risk that Costa Rica would be the same, we decided to hitch a ride.
Within 15 minutes of the drive we knew Costa Rica had a much better traffic system than Puerto Rico. But at least having a driver meant that we could enjoy some celebratory beverages to kick off our trip. We kicked back and enjoyed the scenery before stopping at a small business a little over half way to our destination. We enjoyed delicious tropical drinks, ate lunch and watched crocodiles on Costa Rica’s famous Alligator Bridge spanning the Tárcoles River.
Once we reached Dominicalito, we were blown away by the beauty of the house we had rented. With an infinity pool overlooking the rain forest and the ocean, we knew it was going to be an incredible trip.