Day 1: Arrive in San José
We are going to Costa Rica! Arriving in the afternoon we still have a few hours to explore San José despite the rain.
We lie awake anxious to escape the Pittsburgh snow hours before our 2:30am alarm. Planning to arrive in San José as early as possible, we booked a 6:05am flight out of Pittsburgh International Airport. After a short layover at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, we arrive in San José International Airport at 12:30pm. Exiting the airport into torrential rain, I hand an index card with our hotel name and address to a taxi driver.
Traveling Gingerbread Tip: Cost comparing with other group members, we learned taking an Uber from the airport was cheaper than a taxi.
The streets are filled with a variety of art, murals, and graffiti during our tense forty-five minute ride weaving through traffic to Boutique Hotel Casa Orquideas.
Unable to explore San José today due to the rain, we ask the front desk for a recommendation to have a drink. We walk down the street along a busy highway from our hotel to Sus Amigos Beach Club. The sandy ground and colorful island décor is just what we need. We order a couple Imperials and Rock Limóns, tasting like a salty Bud Light Lime. To celebrate the beginning of our adventure in Costa Rica, I order a round of tequila shots that unknowingly cost as much as our taxi ride from the airport.
In search of food, we walk across the street to Bar Rio. Our chicken wings and bucket of Imperials arrive with 3 shots of Chili Guaro (Tabasco, salt, lime, tomato juice, and Guaro Cacique). Cheers!
As 6:00pm approaches, we finish our Imperials and return to our hotel to meet the rest of our G Adventures group and our CEO, Pam.
* For more information on our tour check out: G Adventures Costa Rica on a Shoestring.
- Day 1: Fly into San José
- Day 2: San José travel to La Fortuna
- Day 3: La Fortuna
- Day 4: La Fortuna travel to Montezuma
- Day 5: Montezuma
- Day 6: Montezuma
- Day 7: Montezuma travel to San José
- Day 8: Fly out of San José