The only thing you buy that makes you richer! Just like Ruth, most of the Latinx travel stories start in our many trips to our native lands – meet Ruth and her experiences in Costa Rica.
Travel has always been such a big part of my life. At an early age, I remember traveling to South America to visit family (aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents). When my parents moved to The United States from Paraguay – they left behind memories, loved ones, their homes, and dreams. No matter how far away we were from their “home”, we made sure to build and maintain relationships with their roots. I always felt Paraguayan even though I was born and raised in New Jersey. I grew up eating Paraguayan food, listening to Spanish music, and speaking Spanglish on the regular. Summer and Christmas vacations overseas were part of our yearly routines. My siblings and I looked forward to spending our summers with our grandparents – eating home-cooked meals, walking around barefoot in the mud, and being submerged in the culture.
When my husband and I started dating – I understood that traveling would remain a big part of my life. After all, his immediate family (parents and siblings) was still overseas in Costa Rica. Over the past couple of years, we have traveled multiple times to Costa Rica – and I can honestly say I am completely in love with their culture, cuisine, and way of life. We daydream of raising our children with the same lifestyle I had – summers and winters with Abuelo and Abuela.
This year, we flew my entire family to Costa Rica so they too could experience Pura Vida. Almost instantly, my parents began to fall in love with my husband’s home, their food, the Costa Rican people, their kindness, and lingo. It meant the world to me – to have our two families together. It was amazing to watch our two cultures blend together.
Our almost three-week trip included hiking in the mountains, volcanoes, hot springs, tours of coffee reservoirs, swimming in the ocean, and a wedding (our second wedding, this time in the church)! With every trip we take to Costa Rica, we always try to visit new places and make new memories. The small country has so many treasures to discover.Here are my top recommendations:
Playa Flamingo: If you love clear water and white sand, you won’t want to miss this beach. The best part yet, it’s neighboring beaches offer nightlife and beautiful scenery as well. You won’t regret this trip!
Playa Tamarindo: Another must-see beach in Costa Rica. Here, you’ll be greeted by many English speaking tourists and feel right at home. The nightlife is the best in the area – so bring comfy dancing shoes.
Poas Volcano: I’ve been here twice and have loved both trips. This active volcanic park includes a quick hike to the top of the volcano. On a clear day, you can see the center of the volcano!
Hacienda Alsacia: Are you a #coffeelover? This is Starbucks with a view. We took my entire wedding party here, and they fell in love. What is better than freshly brewed coffee in the mountains?
San Jose: Costa Rica’s biggest city has so much history to offer. The shopping malls are to die for and don’t even get me started on the food options. If you have time, check out the National Theater for a quick tour/story.
If you haven’t already planned a trip to Costa Rica, it’s time to start looking! Any questions/recommendations feel free to reach out and follow my instablog to continue to watch as our multi-cultural family unfolds: @heyruthg.
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