My favorite photos: “best of” Costa Rica!

I spent an entire year in Costa Rica, so it’s almost impossible for a sentimental sack like myself to choose favorite photos. For me, the “best” pictures are the ones that remind me of the good times we had. I miss my friends. I hope you fall for everyone just like I did… For starters, here are the guilas (kids). They’re a cheeky bunch and jumped in the pool the second after I took this photo so I wouldn’t take any more.


Pura vida!

No photo essay from Costa Rica would be complete without a sunset or two.

Marcelo and his watermelon just scream “happy” to me. This was an amazing boat day!

We were SO hot this day that Lisa and I literally took a pit stop in the supermarket to stick our heads in the freezer.

Alicia doing tricks in the water.

Kelsey holding on for dear life on a ride at the fair.

This straw Judas (with a coconut head, natch) was paraded around town with a band before landing outside the supermarket for the big party: the pueblo’s sins were read out loud for everyone to hear! (Letters were anonymously written in to aid the process.) Then he was burned.

Above all the others of the Monteverde cloud forest, I remember this photo, because I felt like I’d found a portal into a strange new world.

Also in Monteverde… Our hotel room was so high up that we were literally eye-level with the clouds.

Many of my fondest memories are hanging out with the guilas. They NEVER tired of taking self-portraits with my camera!

This is actually my screen saver! I took it while walking alone on a deserted beach outside of Puerto Viejo.

We spent all day moving a friend’s stuff after a divorce. Fran ran out of hands and started using her head to save the extra trip!

One more sunset — from Pacifico, my favorite happy hour/live music/sunset locale.

I’m ending with this one for no other reason but that no matter what we were doing (here, Lisa and Denise are at the fair), we were just so darn happy!

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  1. LOVE IT! I am laughing at the photo of my head in the freezer. Remember how much we laughed that day. We miss you so much in Costa Rica!
    Pura Vida mi amiga y Feliz Ano Nuevo!

  2. This is fabulous!! What a way to end 2010! It looks like an amazing place and like you had a truly wonderful time living there. Kinda jealous ๐Ÿ™‚ But I know my time is coming. xoxo love Happy New Year!!

  3. Lisa, that day was SO fun. My cheeks still hurt from laughing!

    Kirsten — it was soo wonderful, yes! You and I have some memories to make in 2011!

  4. My favourite is Marcelo in his watermelon, makes me smile.

  5. Oh man, what a post to inspire wanderlust. That sunset photo is gorgeous!

  6. Francesca says:

    JA JA JA no lo puedo creer! that pic of me with whatever thing in my head is waaaay 2 funny!
    im looooving every pic of increible Costa Rica!
    thanks for sharing

  7. Looks like you definitely had an excellent time in Costa Rica.

  8. OMG – the cloud forest took my breath away. How freakin’ phenomenal.

  9. What an amazing experience you had living in such a beautiful and special place. Memories you’ll always have! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. I love the one of the sky taken from the room. I took a few pics like that from my villa on my trip to St. Lucia and the contrast between light and dark is sharp.

  11. The straw Judas sounds like an interesting story. Love all the photos of friends that evoke such happy memories ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Cool photos princess! Kudos

  13. Oh, I just LOVE these photos. Beautiful. And I can feel the happy.

  14. I love the kids at the first photo. They’re so full of life. I always like to take photo of the people at their happy moments. This is recording the best seconds or minutes of people’s lives. Keep posting them.

    Rahman Mehraby
    Destination Iran Travel & Tours

  15. Thank you!! Those kids were always so happy — and always causing mischief. I loved our pool days!

  16. I’m sure all these pics bring great memories Abby!

  17. Great pictures of what looks like a wonderful experience. Costa Rica, and Central America for that matter, are a region we’ve never been to, but it’s high on our list. The window shot with the cloud rolling by at eye level is very cool. I love shots like this since I’m born and raised in Missouri. Every time I am in a place where the clouds are seemingly so close, it just makes me happy because it’s so unique to what I’m used to. Great shots!

  18. Great shots, I’ve been to Panama several times but never Costa Rica, looking forward to next winter!

  19. Looks wonderful and great pictures of the beautiful sunsets!

  20. Costa Rica is on my radar. Even more so after viewing these beautiful pics.

  21. Awww thank you, Ted! Let me know if you go. I’d love to help/follow your trip!

  22. Clรญona says:

    Hi Abby,
    Loved your photos. I’m heading to Costa Rica in 2 weeks FOR 2 weeks, want to make the most of our time there so looking for some advice – Pete Heck of Hecktic Travels recommended you! basically we’re wondering what weather to expect – is 2 days enough/too much for San Jose, hoping to spend a few days in Montezuma to chill – what do you think??
    Would appreciate any advice you may have!

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