Costa Rica Pt 1 – Landing in San Jose | Driving to the Rainforest in a Downpour

Part 1 of our Costa Rica Travel Series.


Itinerary for Day 1

  • Take an evening flight out of Baltimore, bound for Juan Santamaría International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica (connection in ATL).
  • Arrive in San Jose the next morning around 11AM
  • Pick up our rental car.
  • Sharpen up our Central American driving skills by cruising through downtown San Jose
  • Drive about an hour north from San Jose towards LaPaz Waterfall Gardens and Peace Lodge Resort
  • Navigate through an afternoon rain forest downpour.  This happened every day around 12:30PM.  The following morning we would awaken to a perfect reset of bright sun and clear blue skies.  We quickly learned to plan our outdoor activities between 6AM and Noon, followed by storm watching in the afternoons.
  • Arrive at the Peace Lodge hotel.
  • Lounge on the balcony and try to absorb the fact that we made it to Costa Rica.
  • Head out for a fancy Costa Rican dinner.
  • Get some much needed sleep and prepare for our upcoming day of rain forest exploration.

Stay tuned for Part 2 where we do a rainforest waterfall hike and see how Sara does face to face with poisonous frog (spoiler alert: they become best friends).

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