After our epic US Road Trip in April, we felt re-energized, full of life, and excited for more adventures! After 2 weeks on the road at the end of April, we decided to spend the first week of May in Canada. It was the first time we’d been back since we got married, so we spent the week catching up with friends and family who weren’t able to make it to our wedding and frantically running around Government Canada Offices in an attempt to officially change my name. (Why hasn’t anyone told us how time-consuming and annoying this process would be?)
On May 6th, we flew to Miami. Max caught up with one of his friends that were visiting from Australia and finally attended a live Miami Heat vs Toronto Raptors playoff NBA Game. Max is a huge Toronto Raptor fan, but since we are always on the road, he hasn’t been able to catch a live game in years. This was such a treat for him! Plus, he got a chance to experience Miami’s awesome nightlife. (He shared his favourite discoveries in our recent post – City Guide: What to do in Miami)
From Miami, we sailed to the Dominican Republic with Fathom Travel. It was my second cruise sailing and Max’s first and to our greatest surprise, we really enjoyed our time on board. We met a ton of really cool people, ate some delicious food, and really took the time to relax on board the ship and at the port in Dominican. It almost felt like a proper vacation!
From the Dominican, we made our way back to Costa Rica. After a month on the road, we were looking forward to a few weeks of R&R&W (rest, relaxation, and work, of course). We’ve been loving the weather in Guanacaste. It’s warm but not scorching hot and the occasional afternoon showers are very refreshing. So over the last 2 weeks, we’ve been mostly just enjoying the beach, getting our tans on, and catching up on work.
Last weekend we went on a little adventure to the most southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula to check out the town of Santa Teresa. We didn’t fall in love with the town itself (more on that in an upcoming post), but we did love our journey there. It was an awesome 4 hour trip through mountains, lush green teak forests, and never ending pastures.
US, Canada, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica
Dominican Republic: Puerto Plata
Costa Rica: San Jose, Tamarindo, Playa Avellanas, Santa Teresa, Mal Pais, Montezuma
Our total spend for the month of May was just under $2,300 or around $75/day between the two of us. We managed to strike a good balance between staying on budget when we travel and keeping our expenses to a minimum when we are in Costa Rica.
Only 1,000 snaps this month.
The highlight of our travels in May was our time in the Dominican Republic with Fathom. We never expected to enjoy this cruise, but a lovely group of fellow travelers, and some interesting impact activities on the ground, showed us that not all cruises are made the same.
More on that here: FATHOM TRAVEL: TAKING THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS DEEPER TRAVEL
It’s been raining quite a bit here in Costa Rica. And while we don’t mind the rain itself (we’d rather have that than dried up trees), we do mind the chaos it creates on the road. So thanks to a bit of rain, some serious mud, and a faulty 4×4, we ended up getting stuck in a mud ditch en route to Santa Teresa! Luckily a group of lovely locals on ATVs came to our rescue, but if it hadn’t been for them, we could’ve easily been stuck in that ditch for hours!
We’ve been looking for a good hotel in San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital city, for months now. Since the cheapest flights to Costa Rica arrive into San Jose, we’ve had no choice but to start every visit to Costa Rica with a night in the capital. By now, we’ve stayed at half a dozen of hotels, but none of them have really impressed us, until a few weeks ago when we discovered Adventure Inn.
Rated as the #4 hotel in San Jose and the #13 hotel in all Costa Rica on TripAdvisor, Adventure Inn offers spacious comfy rooms, good food, and an awesome pool. For a very reasonable price of just $100/night, our stay included free WIFI, airport transfers, and a delicious Costa Rican breakfast. All in all, not a bad deal!
Here are the most popular posts from the blog published in May.
- Drink Tea & Travel Turns 2 Years Old
- 10 Reasons to Visit Western Colorado
- What It Really Costs to Road Trip Across US for 2 Weeks
- Ultimate Colorado Road Trip Itinerary
We are heading back up to Toronto to enjoy a few weeks of summer fun in the city with our friends and family and then heading back down to Costa Rica for a few weeks of adventures. Now that my leg is almost healed up, we can get back to exploring Costa Rica. We are planning a trip to Puntarenas, Costa Rica’s largest province and home to destinations like Manuel Antonio National Park, Jaco, Dominical, and Uvita.