Monkeys, Lizards and Rip Tides

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Our adventure had begun. We spent our first full day in Domincalito, Costa Rica soaking up the sun and enjoying the
gorgeous view in our tropical oasis. Our infinity pool offered views of the rainforest and crashing waves in the ocean. We quickly learned that we were not alone in the jungle when howler monkeys began singing back and forth to one another in the trees. We tried relentlessly to spot one, but they’re not as large as you would expect based on the commanding presence of their calls. During this first day we were unable to see one.

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Russ soaking up the rays in the infinity pool


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Although we didn’t spot any mokeys, many other creatures came out to welcome us, including this little lizard. We also were greeted by some of the largest spiders and bugs that any of us had ever seen in real-life. We have plenty of creepy crawlies in the Midwest, but nothing like you see in Costa Rica!!!

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Our new lizard friend
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Catching some waves in Dominicalito

After a short 5 mile drive down the mountain side, we arrived at the ocean shore where Ticos (natives of Costa Rica) were enjoying the surf. Not many other tourists were around other than us, which was phenomenal. To me, the best part of traveling is the ability to experience the culture and the area like a local would.

The riptide in Costa Rica is stronger than anywhere else we’ve ever traveled. For an experienced swimmer, it shouldn’t be an issue. However, inexperienced swimmers should be cautious.

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That night, we set off to a food festival the next town over, enjoying amazing regional dishes from local high-end restaurants. Music from a talented local band filled the air and Imperial (the beer of Costa Rica) was in our hand. It was a great end to a sun-filled, beautiful first day.

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