So, I searched houses all over Tamarindo, Costa Rica. I ended up with a great deal -- we stayed in Villa Andalucia (if you ever get a chance to visit - I highly recommend staying there!) Gary & Jolene were amazing - they took such good care of us! We had beach cruisers (that we used daily since we opted out of renting a car), breakfast cooked by Maria - a local, a clean pool, TV (a huge plus since we don't have it at home!), A/C, and anything else we needed.
This year we knew we wanted to do something (other than surfing) so we went snorkeling with Brooks & Kyle. It was amazing - they took us to the Bay of the Pirates which was stunning. I've never seen anything like it. We also got to experience the Panodoria (Bakery) Truck..this little gem drove up after we'd snorkeled for about 3 hours - with a trunk full of German baked goods. We were hooked from the smells alone! We told them they could've charged us $100 for our pasteries & we would've payed! It was delicious!
We really didn't do much. We read, a lot. We layed out. We ate a ton of great Costa Rican food (you would be surprised at how much pizza we ate though). We enjoyed watching TV since we don't do it at home. But mostly, we enjoyed each other. Time away was such a blessing - we've gone on some mini-vacations since we've been married (skiing in the spring, a few days at the beach with our families, weekend lake trips) but nothing just the two of us. Much needed, much recommended if you're newly married...or if you're oldly married (:
My beach cruiser
Mikey soakin' up the sun
Goin' out for dinner one night!
Goin' to dinner...another night!
the beaches are very LOST-esk
AT Nabbana's. Great local food (not so great pizza)
[there are conservation laws that will prevent you from bring the 4 pound bag of shells that you picked up all week home. just know this in advance so you don't wast your time.]
in the Houston airport
laughing at the gallo