Santo Domingo Chocolate and Clay Tour

Santo Domingo Chocolate and Clay tour

What do chocolate and clay have in common? During a visit to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic we joined a tour and found out that the answer is, quite a bit. We started out by leaving the coastal area of Santo Domingo and winding our way along toward the center of the island. Along the … Read more

Romance in a Caribbean Pirate Cave – El Mesón De La Cava

El Meson De La Cava

El Mesón de la Cava. It doesn’t sound like your typical Caribbean dining choice. But, let’s break this down. It’s in a cave – sure. Interesting food selections (not to include jerk chicken – it’s not that kind of place). Why not? Put them together and you have a romantic atmosphere in the center of … Read more

Santo Domingo Botanical Garden

Lily Pads in Santo Domingo Botanical Park

The Santo Domingo Botanical Garden is a beautiful island of green situated in a sea of concrete. When most people think of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, they come up with visions of blue ocean and white sandy beaches. Because the reason for our visit was largely work related, we had the opportunity to … Read more

5 Things Not To Miss In Madrid Spain

If Madrid, Spain isn’t in your travel bucket-list, add it now. Before we got there we heard all about the dramatic bull fights, the fruit laden sangria, the amazing paella. Of course, we learned once we arrived that most of those things are pretty much reserved for the tourists. But don’t let that deter you from visiting. … Read more

Puerto Viejo – What’s Not To Love? You Decide.

Puerto Viejo Beach

Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica – what’s not to love? In previous posts we wooed you with our pictures of the white sandy beaches and warmed you with our story about the valiant efforts of the Jaguar Rescue Center. We showed you pictures of all of the amazing animals that we spotted and tempted you with stories of … Read more

Puerto Viejo To Manzanillo Bike Ride

Cocles Beach Costa Rica

Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean Coast has everything you want in a visit to Costa Rica. And the best way to view it all is over your beach cruiser handlebars on a ride from Puerto Viejo to Manzanillo. Start off in the relaxed town of Puerto Viejo. You can find bike rentals here from about $6 per day. There are … Read more

Jaguar Rescue Center Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Costa Rican Sloth

The Jaguar Rescue Center in Puerto Viejo is a great way to spend a few hours during your visit to the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica. Not only will you get to see a large sample of the animals that live in the area, but you will also get to learn about these jungle natives … Read more

La Fortuna Waterfall Hike Costa Rica

La Fortuna Waterfall

Even though we were traveling in Costa Rica outside of the rainy season, we still had plenty of rain…every day. The good news is that with rain in a tropical climate comes the rainforest. And if  you’re lucky, waterfalls. And we were. The La Fortuna Waterfall was about a mile away from our cabin in the … Read more

Lose Yourself At The Springs Spa Costa Rica

Springs Spa Costa Rica

No visit to the Arenal Volcano region of Costa Rica is complete without a visit to the naturally heated volcanic hot springs. We chose The Springs Spa for our thermal pool experience. There are quite a few hotels and spas in La Fortuna you can choose from at all price ranges. There are day spas … Read more

Discovering Pura Vida in San Jose Costa Rica

Pura Vida San Jose Costa Rica

During any visit to Costa Rica you will become familiar with the phrase “Pura Vida” or “Pure Life.” Catchy, but what does it mean really? We decided to take the “Costa Rica Pura Vida Experience” tour to find out. It combines a walking and cultural tour, food tastings, and …. a masquerade. Who could resist? … Read more