last summer we decided to take a big trip with the excuse that it was the year of our thirtieth birthdays. our neighbors christy and erik were in! erik's birthday is a couple of days after mine, so our excuse bases were covered. we knew we wanted to go to costa rica, but had no idea where to start. after doing one of my yoga videos, i googled where it was shot and came across tamarindo. we all liked the idea of staying in a surf town (who didn't want to be a surfer after watching blue crush?) so that was decided. next we searched trip advisor to find our hotel. after reading the glowing reviews of hotel arco iris and it's owner richard, we booked our rooms.
the hotel was set back from the beach, so it was a little bit of a walk, but perfect for burning off the rich food we were eating! the walk allowed us to explore the area, but was a bit dusty due to us traveling during the dry season. the weather was perfect and we were told that it hadn't rained in three months. i really liked that we were secluded in the hotel. it was the perfect place to relax. we saw so many beautiful birds and i was able to get a glimpse of a family of howler monkeys!
the rooms were made up of a collection of little bungalows, both connected and free standing. everything was very clean and the bathrooms were really nice. tamarindo is on a septic system so no flushing of the tp. that definitely took some getting used to...
we really loved arco iris (rainbow), the only downside being that our bed was a little on the hard side, but it's not like we wanted to sleep all day. i couldn't wait to wake up and soak up all that costa rica had to offer. the staff was amazing and we felt completely safe and cared for.
stay tuned for part 2- eating & shopping (aka my favorite thing to do on vacation)