The first half of our honeymoon was spent with my family and several friends. We loved our time at Disney, but we were ready for a romantic getaway. So, the second half of our Honeymoon was spent in beautiful Costa Rica… with Husband’s family.
Anytime I mention that we spent our honeymoon with family, people look at me like I’m insane, followed with the response “Why?!?”.
Well, we chose to travel with them because, lucky for us, we really get along with both sets of in-laws, enjoy spending time with them, and we were also trying to stick with tradition.
For the last four years we have gone on several international trips with Husband’s family…including China, Japan, Italy, Paris, all of Scandinavia, and Iceland. Our goal has been to go to at least one new country each year. Husband and I didn’t want to ruin that goal by going to Costa Rica without them.
It just wouldn’t be the same if we didn’t have someone handling the maps, someone getting lost, someone getting sick, someone reading, someone getting in trouble, and a car full of people screaming at each other whether or not Doug Funny is a considered a celebrity.
The first stop in Costa Rica was Poas Lodge…located near Poas Volcano. This lodge looked like a tiny dinky restaurant, just big enough for 5 tables, when we pulled up, not at all like a place to stay the night.
As we entered we were greeted by a friendly dog named Girl, a cat named Cat, and two super nice guys named Oliver and Mark, who ran the place.
But, even better than the friendly ensemble, was the giant wall made entirely of windows with the most incredible view.
And, it just kept getting better. All the rooms, 6 in total, were built under the first floor and into the side of the mountain. Every room had it’s own giant wall of windows with the spectacular view. The bed was made of clouds, and the animals were allowed anywhere they please, including our rooms. It was heaven.
The owners made all the meals, and were thrilled to whip up dinner as soon as we arrived. We ate a fantastic meal of rice, beans, chips, salsa, plantains, quesadillas, soup, fish and salad (all homemade) as the sun was setting. Then, they started the wood burning fire place by our table, and we all got to curl up on the couch with blankets. It was surprisingly cold.
I slept like a baby, woke as the sun was coming up, and had a breakfast equivalent to the previous dinner. We hated to leave Mark, Oliver, Girl, and Cat, but we’d yet to venture into very far into Costa Rica, and a long itinerary was awaiting us.
Stay tuned for stories of volcanoes, waterfalls, monkeys, sloths, scary scary birds, and a surprise ending!