I think it’s no secret that I love Costa Rica. Here are just a handful of things I love about this great country:
The gorgeous central valley, as viewed from my patio (and yes, this is a Poinsettia TREE)!
Coffee fields everywhere!
How friendly the ticos are!
The year-round perfect weather (even in rainy season)!
The big ‘ole red church in central Grecia!
I love how open the ticos are and how they seem to have no reservations about “class lines.” My dentist, my taxi driver, my tour/personal driver, and various restaurant owners – are all people I count among my friends.
The sunsets are crazy-amazing!
The pharmacies (farmacias) are great – you can obtain most things over the counter without a prescription, and there is almost always at least one doctor on staff.
Fabulous arroz con pollo! This is my go-to dish at most restaurants.
I love how you can wash dishes with cold water and a special dish-washing soap that cuts the grease. This is my dish washer – he sings while he works, how cute is that? Also probably doesn’t hurt that there’s a cool sunset out that window almost every night.
How they don’t say de nada (you’re welcome) but con mucho gusto (with much pleasure) instead.
How Costa Ricans LOVE to dance and celebrate!
The colorful money!
I love how you can just pick a coconut from a tree, chop off the top with a machete, and drink it!
The HUGE hydrangeas!
Cocoa grows wild here!
The boxed wine is not bad! Click here for my boxed white wine review. Click here for Greg’s boxed red wine review.
Boxed wine is even better in a real glass with a mirador (view)!
I love how the elderly, handicapped, and women who are pregnant or have babies are treated here. They are helped onto the bus, people give up their seats for them, and they go to the front of the line at businesses. The elderly are revered, looked up to, and taken care of.
The Morpho butterflies!
Coffee plants everywhere!
Monkeys! There are 4 different kinds of monkeys in Costa Rica, and we have seen all of them. This is the Capuchin (aka white-faced) monkey:
And last but not least – the incredible friends I have here! No picture could capture all of them.
Costa Rica – I LOVE YOU! Pura vida!!