What a blur! Everyone says it, but within the blink of an eye, Scott and I got engaged, planned a wedding went on a honeymoon and are now starting our lives together as husband and wife.
For a solid year, we have been planning our dream wedding and spent endless hours, days and time on the wedding. We knew that by the time the Honeymoon finally rolled around, we would be more than ready to get away! “Get away” doesn’t even begin to describe this trip to Costa Rica … what went from a gamble of turning in a trip that we already had to use turned into the trip of a lifetime both of us will always remember!
I tried to condense our Honeymoon into one post, but it was pretty much impossible. I came home with 550 photos, over 10 videos, and stories to fill up an entire month worth of posts. After driving myself nuts about it, I decided to do as many posts as I need to share everything I want to, and today I’m starting with the first few days we spent there.
Leaving For Costa
It was time to head out for our honeymoon! It was dark and early, but nothing could stop us from getting to paradise, except for flight delays. Once we got to the gate, we spent an extra hour or so hanging out waiting to board the plane. We had a little bit of a layover in Miami, but used that time to start the celebrations with a few beverages and Pizza Hut – there wasn’t much else around to grab, but it was actually pretty good for our last American meal.
Ready to get there, Scott and I boarded the plane again and were pleased to see that we were sitting next to an American who now lives in Costa. He gave us a lot of great advice and tips to use once we got to the country. When people heard that we were going to Costa Rica, we both kept hearing “Watch out, it can be dangerous,” so we were both a little nervous, especially since we decided to rent a car and drive ourselves across the country to get to Guanacaste.
When we landed in San Jose, we were super excited to get our rental car and hit the road. Our excitement was overtaken, however, by that nervous feeling when we couldn’t find our rental car company at the airport. Little did we know, this so called “deal of a rental car company” was about 30 minutes from the airport, and turned out to be wayyyy more than we bargained for. When we got there, there was a shuttle that could have taken us there, but beyond that, they wanted $1,000 deposit on top of the already required insurance to rent the car. Really? $1,000? That seems a bit extreme.
To make a long story short, we finally negotiated with the guy and left the rental car place with our ride for the next week – a silver, beauty (and come to find out practical) silver Mitsubishi Lancer equipped with a GPS and 2 excited honeymooners!
Shortly after we got the car, we stopped by a grocery store to get some snacks and headed towards our destination in Guanacaste. We were told the drive was about 4 hours, the GPS told us it would take about 3 hours and in real time we finally made it to the hotel in about 5. Driving in Costa Rica is insane. Not only do street names and addresses not really exist, but people pull out of nowhere, stop at stop signs when it’s convenient, and come within 2 inches to the car next to them!
If Scott was not an amazing driver (I’ve come to find out he should probably always be driving anytime that we are together), I’m not sure what we would have done. In no way shape or form would I ever attempt to rent a car and drive myself in Costa Rica, but I had great faith in my man to get us from point A to B safely. We turned out to be little explorers and ventured out a lot on our trip.
But, the adventures in Costa Rica truly began on the road from San Jose to Guanacaste. Just to give you a little bit of an idea of what I’m talking about, I’ve put together a video montage of the 5 hour driving trip of what we experienced. Believe me, it could have been a lot longer, but here are some highlights on the road:
After a lot of laughing, praying, and hoping, we finally arrived to the beautiful Villa Sol Resort in Guanacaste. There was definitely a point in the trip where we didn’t think that the place existed and that we fell prey to a huge scam, but thankfully, that was not the case. The resort was gorgeous.
After we checked in to a villa (or more of a standard room) we grabbed some dinner and got some rest to wake up early and hit the beach the next day.
Day 1: Poolside and Beach Time