While living in Costa Rica, we have to renew our visas every 90 days (sometimes shorter depending on the Customs Agent we get). Last year we ventured north to Nicaragua for a few days and this year we decided to head south and visit Panama. The islands on the northwest side of Panama called Bocas DelKeep Reading!

Yesterday we ventured into the capital city of San Jose for the first time. We hailed a cab, and Nelson, our driver, took us all over San Jose to see the sites from the road on our way to our final destination, the Children’s Museum. I’m glad we took as cab, as the museum isKeep Reading!

Costa Rica is not a very large country (geographically) and while we have seen quite a bit of it, we headed back to Colorado last summer knowing that we had so much more of Costa Rica we wanted to explore.  When we officially decided this past Fall to journey back to Costa Rica for anotherKeep Reading!

We’ve been back in Costa Rica for 3 weeks now, and while things really haven’t changed much around our favorite little town, our life is quite a bit different this winter, primarily because the kids are going to school. For the first time in CR, Erin and I have our mornings free. I’ve been ableKeep Reading!

Last Thursday I got a call from our friend Elsy and she told me about a surf competition that was going on in Tamarindo that coming weekend and she wanted to know if we were interested in coming. “Sure!” I replied, assuming that she meant to watch. As the conversation went on, I realized thatKeep Reading!

Monte Verde was a cool town. It reminded us of many mountain towns in Colorado . There was a small downtown, restaurants and hotels. The town was very focused on community, cleanliness and the environment. If you are in Costa Rica and have time to visit Monte Verde, I would highly suggest the trip. WeKeep Reading!

After our walk through the cloud forest on the hanging bridges and a quick lunch, we ventured into the Butterfly Garden. It’s the largest butterfly garden in Costa Rica from what I remember being told and it was quick incredible. Erin and I both agreed that they should have weddings in there. It kind ofKeep Reading!

Our second day in Monte Verde we ventured up to Selvatura Park, another incredible experience. First stop for the day was a guided walking tour on the hanging bridges (sky bridges) that weave in and out of the cloud forest. I can’t remember how many of them there were, but it was a lot. ReallyKeep Reading!

When we arrived in Monte Verde the first thing we noticed was the temperature. It was actually COLD! Quite a refreshing feeling after spending two months in the dry and hot northwest coast of Costa Rica. The second thing we noticed is that it’s green. Everywhere. Monte Verde is incredibly lush. The plants and trees areKeep Reading!

It’s sounds cooler than it is, but there is a cool service that will take you from La Fortuna / Arenal across Lake Arenal to Monte Verde saving you the drive around the lake. It’s a very big lake. It’s called the Jeep – Boat – Jeep, but it could have been called the ShuttleKeep Reading!

Tabacon Hot Springs is one of the coolest places we’ve ever seen. Close your eyes. Imagine a combination of Disney World design with luxury, water and nature. Now take that image and triple it. That’s Tabacon. I think the most amazing element to Tabacon was that it was in a natural setting. They took aKeep Reading!

We already posted these pix on Facebook last week, but some of our friends are not on Facebook (what? Jenn? Brenda? ) so we wanted to post them up here on 10 Feet as well. The following are a selection of pix from our first day in Arenal and La Fortuna.Keep Reading!