momma b’s travels: costa rica again!

by Janetha on July 28, 2012

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hey, guys! i am in costa rica right now, as you know, but what you may not know is that momma b just got back from costa rica! she is here today to share her adventures with the class. enjoy!


Hi everyone! I’m always a little nervous doing a guest post here on meals & moves because I can’t always get the words from my head to the paper very well! I trust that Janetha will clean things up for me and that you will enjoy some of my ramblings about our recent vacation to, where else……Costa Rica!

If you read my first guest post about Costa Rica, you know by now that is our very favorite place to go. To say I love it there is a huge understatement! I can talk about it non-stop, plan trips for others, and probably qualify as a pretty good “tour guide”.

Many years ago, “adventure” could have been my middle name. I wanted to do so many things – including but not limited to:

  • Parasailing
  • Wakeboarding
  • Sky diving
  • Bungee jumping
  • Holding snakes
  • Zip line
  • Repel down waterfalls
  • White water rafting

Now that I’m staring down the barrel to my 60th birthday, I have reflected on these activities and remarkably have done most of them. The interesting thing is that most of them took place in Costa Rica! I haven’t done them all– tell me which 2 you think I have NOT yet completed. ;)

This last trip was to be a total relaxation time and, in fact, that’s what it was. I like to tell people the most pressing decision I had to make was which swim suit should I wear that day and if should I hang out by the pool or by the beach! And then, of course, what and where should we eat for dinner?

We stayed in a beautiful beach house which was literally a few yards from an almost private beach. Warm water, fun waves, beautiful shells and incredible sunsets all in one day!

We typically arrive in San Jose. Staying at the Marriott there is always a great way to get started.


We then take a little puddle jumper plane over to the beach. It’s only about a 25-35 minute ride, very low to the ground/ocean, and allows us to see some beautiful scenery.


When we landed at the airport, there were some great bathroom accommodations waiting for us!!


It’s always an adventure to see if the car rental guy will really show up AND have the right size car for the 6 of us – he pulled through for us this year! We piled in and began the 45 minute ride to the beach house. This year we took a huge chance traveling to Mal Pais and Santa Theresa in the rainy season – but we weren’t disappointed! Some rain each night and then only one day with some giant rain drops and then a slight drizzle – I still managed to sit by the pool!

The home had a beautiful kitchen where we spent time popping popcorn, making breakfast and my friend, Holly, even cranked out a home made apple pie!



Picking a type of food and where to eat was always the topic of the day! We ate a variety of food: pizza, sushi and some incredible Mexican chicken tacos that really stole the show for me!



Our Mexican meal was in a darling restuarante called Habaneros owned by a beautiful woman from New York. Dessert was an incredible chocolate mousse which we all devoured!


The home came with two real cuties – Cleopatra and Coco.


These two figured out where we were for dinner and joined us most evenings! They walked with us on the beach and stayed close by when we hung out by the pool. Great traveling companions, and very well mannered! Cleo we nicked named Klepto because she stole Marc’s sunglasses case WITH his expensive sunglasses inside – we scoured the beach but never were able to find them!

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My guilty pleasure quickly became these tasty ice cream “do-nuts” – wow I ate way too many of them but it was SO worth it! The little market was just across the street – I found myself there a lot.

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Our lunch consisted of fresh guacamole, chips and fruit!


I will leave you with some photos that will never do justice to the most beautiful place on earth!!


Thanks Janetha for letting me ramble here – I hope you’re having a spectacular vacation – you certainly deserve it!!

Thanks to all those of you reading along! Love you xoxo!


What one vacation destination could you go back to over and over (and over!) and never tire of it? Why?

xo. Momma B.

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Andrea July 28, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Cape may nj its beautiful.

Andrea @ Vegvacious July 28, 2012 at 6:05 pm

What a lovely sounding vacation! Costa Rica is one place on my bucket list —- I really want to spend 2 weeks there; the first doing an eco-tour and the second relaxing on the beach.

Our favourite vacation is cruising. You get to see lots of different places all in one trip!

Amanda July 28, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Loved the Bahamas! I’d go back a few more times. I’d love to see st Lucia too! Maybe for our honeymoon.

Kris July 28, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Jason and I spent the month of December backpacking through Mexico – this post reminds me a lot of that trip! we had such an amazing time, traveling up the coast getting more and more remote as we went, lovely!

we talk about doing it every year…

Stoney Acres July 28, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Wow, Momma B sounds like you had a great time!! Next time you need to take your overworked accounting and his wife with you!!

Momma b July 28, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Boy wouldn’t that be fun…..we need to drum up more work huh??!!
Thanks for reading and commenting!! :)

@pluvk July 28, 2012 at 8:39 pm

You make Costa Rica sounds wonderful! I’m looking at travel sites right now!

@pluvk July 28, 2012 at 8:39 pm


Erica July 28, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Guacamole with chips and fruit? Sounds like a fantastic lunch- I could definitely do that every single day!! I honestly love Mexico! We went there for our honeymoon and had a fabulous time. That and I’d love to go back to Hawaii over and over again

Corrie Anne July 28, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Those ice cream donuts looks AMAZING!! I love to visit the Dominican Republic… I lived there for three years so I still have friends there, but I also just love the HAPPY, relaxed culture.

katie July 29, 2012 at 5:52 am

Costa Rica is amazing! I have been there and I was there for 3.5 weeks!

Yay for your upcoming birthday, 60th one is a big one! You look amazing and can’t believe you will be 60!

Glad you had a wonderful trip! I would say you didn’t hold a snake?! I know I wouldn’t, scared of them!

love ya!

Momma b July 29, 2012 at 10:54 am

Thanks! Actually I really like snakes :)
I haven’t been sky diving or bungee jumping and don’t anticipate doing either!!

Michelle @ Eat Move Balance July 29, 2012 at 7:44 am

Costa Rica looks absolutely gorgeous! I’ll have to visit there someday. But for now, I keep going back every summer to my beloved Colorado! I just returned last week, and I miss it already.

Rachel July 29, 2012 at 9:10 am

Costa Rica looks beautiful! If I could go back to a vacation place it would definitely be Hawaii… I loved it there… if I could live there I would lol

Lara July 29, 2012 at 9:17 am

Momma B, I just want to say that you have the best smile :) It makes me smile when I see it in your photos and I love following you and JBean on Instagram! Thanks for sharing a little bit of this gorgeous paradise!

The Delicate Place July 29, 2012 at 9:40 am

momma b you are so inspiring! i hope when i’m approaching 60 i’m still as adventurous! :) my fave vacation was a study abroad series i did in new zealand. i hiked both the north and south islands and it is in my mind the most beautiful place on earth! the topography changes so dramatically..once i was hiking in rain forest and an hour later i was on top of a glacier! crazy stuff!

jessiker July 29, 2012 at 10:30 am

Love this post! Costa Rica is so special to me. I was there during the last summer olympics so I have been thinking about it a lot lately.
The people there are some of the most incredible in the world. I miss cr everyday :) I bet you haven’t sky dived or repelled a waterfall :)

Momma b July 29, 2012 at 10:51 am

Hey there! Yes the people are incredible there! You got one right I’ve never been sky diving….did the water fall repelling @ the OSA Peninsula TWICE!! I must be crazy cause it’s pretty scary!!

Janetha July 29, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Love the post and love you :) Thanks for sharing your travels!

Trisha July 29, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Super fun Momma B post! Costa Rica looks beautiful & most definitely on my travel bucket list. We go to Playa del Carmen, MX nearly every year & I never grow tired of it. The culture, food, entertainment, & views are some of my favorite things to experience over & over again

Kim@hungryhealthygirl July 29, 2012 at 4:30 pm

I REALLY want to go to Costa Rica and this just made me want to go even more!! Great recap and looking forward to Janetha’s recap, too.

Becky July 30, 2012 at 11:53 am

Hey Sue…loved reading about your adventures! You definately have Von”s sense of adventure :) XO

momma b. July 30, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Thanks for reading and commenting Becky!! Just wait until you see what I have planned for my 60th birthday this year :)…..wakeboarding on Lake Mead with my kids and grand kids!!

Bria @ West of Persia July 30, 2012 at 12:27 pm

What a fun post! I’m glad you had such a lovely time. :-)

Paige @ Your Trainer Paige July 30, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Love Momma B:) I have GOT to go to Costa Rica some day.
And that is TOO funny about the dog stealing the sunglasses! LOL

Nikki July 31, 2012 at 1:18 pm

It looks like you had a GREAT time!
As for the other thing from your list that you haven’t done, my guess is bungee jumping. :)

Carly August 2, 2012 at 11:49 am

I love that Costa Rica Ice Cream brand (the donut ice cream)! We hit up the “costa rica gas station” as we called it sometimes twice a day when I went with my youth group(:

Move to Costa Rica - International Living August 27, 2012 at 10:10 pm

I must second the motion: that ice cream donut looks great. Another favorite from Costa Rican company Dos Pinos is the “Trit” (pronounced “treat”). It’s a thick vanilla ice cream sandwich – with graham cracker-like cookies on the outside. Costa Rica has great fruits and veggies for cheap – but its people love a good dessert too.

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