Hello. I’m Niajae. I am a spunky entrepreneur that loves to travel. When my travel obsession started, I felt it necessary to create a blog about it. This blog will be about traveling and lifestyle design. So lets dive right in!
My favorite place to travel is Costa Rica. I had the pleasure of spending two weeks exploring different cities. My main goal was to make my way to the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. All of my previous trips were spent on the Pacific side, but with my Caribbean background I was determined to see what the other side of Costa Rica was really like.
I flew into San Jose airport. The first place I visited was Tina Mastes, Costa Rica. It is on the Pacific side but I had to visit my amazing friend Christine Van Loo and hubby Jonothan Conant. They have this breathtaking aerial retreat facility named Airborne Arts, with a perfect view of Costa Rica’s tallest waterfall. I spent 3 days there, visiting neighbors, watching toucans and of course doing some aerial silks. This place is truly magical. The detail they put into designing each room is absolutly amazing. They are the sweetest couple I’ve encountered and the view… did I mention the view? Pictures and videos does it no justice. It is a must see!
So, after parting ways with my talented and amazing friend, I made my way to Paquera. There was a bioluminecene tour I had to experience. It has been on my bucket list for quite some time. This was in a part of Costa Rica I’ve never been to. I took a ferry at sunrise, which was exciting and beautiful. The company name was Bahía Rica. The lady was very friendly and inspired me to want to own a bed and breakfast one day, maybe when I retire. For the tour, you went out in a kayak when it got dark. They didn’t allow you to get in the water but it was magical! When the paddle hits the water it creates little specs of light and glows. If you ran your hand through the water and scooped it up you can see the water lighting up in you hand. The world is truly amazing. The tour guide didn’t speak english well but we communicated enough for him to realize I sucked at navigating my kayak so he strapped my kayak to his and pulled me through the tour while the rest of the guest paddled away. I was happy. I continued to run my hands through the water without worrying about paddling lol. The mosquitoes were really bad and I got bitten up quite a bit. Walking back to the guest house was slightly scary because it was pitch black and there were a ton of monkeys out. The monkeys are cute but when it’s pitch black and you’re alone, it’s a little scary. So I would recommend lots of bug spray, a head lamp and/or good flashlight.
After the bioluminescent tour it was time to head to the Carribbean side of Costa Rica. I read online that it’s dangerous and the crime rate is higher but I did not let that stop me. I was supposed to take a Sansa flight from San Jose to Limón but the little jet had maintenance issues. It was only 3 people on this flight so Sansa put us in a cab to Limón. It is about a 6 hour drive so that was a pretty frustrating experience but when I arrived at my hotel and saw how beautiful it was the 6 hour drive with the reckless cab driver was worth it. I stayed at Le Camelon in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. O M G this hotel is amazing. It’s contemporary and sleek. The room had an ambiance light that changed color. Ugh, a little piece of heaven. When I arrived I was pretty hungry so I asked where is a good place to eat. They suggested this Italian restaurant that was in walking distance. It was this cute little restaurant with great energy. The owner actually comes out and greets the costumers and they offered me wine while I waited for a table. So, you know I was happy! The food was tasty and the staff was friendly. The next couple of days I went into town during the day. The cab ride was $5-7 US. The beach was beautiful. The waves were pretty aggressive, but that may be good for surfing, I don’t know. I don’t surf lol. The people were so friendly. I loved the diversity! If you are going to Costa Rica, I highly recommend visiting Puerto Viejo. It’s an amazing town, with amazing energy.
To end my trip, I wanted to stay in my favorite hotel (which I titled it that before staying in Le Camelon). It was back on the pacific side of Costa Rica, in Puntarenas, not far from Dominical. I stayed in Dominical the last time I went to Costa Rica, another place I really enjoy. So, it was a lot of back and forth but I wanted to end my trip with the luxery and serenity Oxygen Jungle Villa offers. The infinity pool over looking the mountains and ocean, the glass villa in the jungle, the waterfall in walking distance… Sometimes I wondered am I dreaming? How am I so lucky and blessed to experience this beauty? How do I ever go back to the real world?
I’m sure you’ve gathered I’m a huge fan of Costa Rica. The energy is amazing. The people are friendly and say Pura Vida as you walk by. I always feel at peace there. The water and scenery is beautiful.I fall in love more and more with it each time I visit. I normally fly out of Atlanta airport. It’s a short 4 hour flight that’s not overly expensive. So, if you are looking for beauty, great energy and fun excursions to mark off your bucket list Costa Rica is the place.