Earlier this year I visited Costa Rica for the first time. My boyfriend and I took a risk and decided to go during rainy season which is from May to December. Despite the rain in the morning and cloudy afternoons this country was absolutely amazing. We stayed at the RIU Palace in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Not a fancy hotel at ALL, but they serve great food, drinks and have good entertainment every night. Plus you get to feed monkeys at the monkey bar (pretty cool).
If you are staying in Guanacaste, I recommend booking an excursion with Buena Vista tours. This day trip was amazing! I booked this tour via Viator which makes booking activities super easy and most importantly SAFE. Our personal tour guide picked us up early in the morning. It took about 1 hour to get to Rincon de la Vieja National Park (an active volcano!). Once we arrived our tour director gave us an overview and reviewed safety guidelines. This tour included horse back riding, mud bath, zip lining tour, water slide and lunch. I overcame my fear of heights on this tour. I never would have imagined I’d be flying over the rainforest in Costa Rica. Yeah, this was pretty much breath taking.
Tamarindo beach is a must! This beautiful beach is praised by surfers and tourist. It’s known for its white sand and big waves. I enjoyed my visit because it was not very crowded with local vendors. The town is filled with cute little shops where you can find custom-made stuff and souvenirs. We couldn’t leave Costa Rica without going to Tamarindo.