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This post is for day 2 of Bloganuary, a month-long blogging challenge that includes a prompt every day. Today’s prompt: What is a road trip you would love to take

I’m a road trip lover, and have some pretty cool drives around the world under my belt already – so choosing a new one I’d love to take is an exercise is refining a few hundred exciting ideas and a huge challenge to narrow it down!

That’s why today’s #bloganuary prompt has involved a lot of pondering.

What is a road trip you would love to take?

After considerable thinking, I’d choose a road trip around Costa Rica. it’s a Central American country I adore, which I would like to see more of, and is extremely road trip friendly. It has fabulous wildlife, breathtaking beaches, cloud forests, waterfalls, and butterfly gardens.

aerial photo of trees near beach
Photo by Jose Acevedo on Pexels.com

I’d try to loop around as much as the country as possible, by starting in the north near to the Nicaraguan border in the town of Liberia. After exploring the Rincón de la Vieja National Park I’d take the car right down and around the Nicoya Peninsula first – exploring the gorgeous looking Pacific Coast beaches of Tamarindo, Samara, and Santa Teresa. This part of the country has a gorgeous, chilled out, surf vibe to it and I’d love to explore right round the edges of this Costa Rican protrusion.

After I’d wound right around the edges of the Nicoya peninsula, I’d make a beeline into the majestical looking cloud forests of Santa Elena and Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Preserve, explore the El Tigre Waterfalls, and head onto the small, scenic town of La Fortuna to explore Arenal Volcano National Park and hang out with as many sloths as possible.

Once I was done marvelling at the magnificent cloud forests, I’d start heading out towards the Caribbean coastline via a stopover at the La Paz Waterfall Gardens, and then onto Limon to spend some time exploring the small towns on Costa Rica’s lesser known Caribbean coast, which reaches all the way to (and across) the Panama border; as well as Tortuguero National Park to the north where you can reach only by boat or plane to watch green sea turtles.

Backtracking a little now I’d head back inland to the capital of San Jose for a quick city break, before driving back to the Pacific Coast to explore the Southern end of Costa Rica. This part of the country is already familiar to me, but I am keen to revisit it and explore even more.

The Southern Pacific beaches are some of the most beautiful, and include a place very dear to my heart – Manuel Antonio National Park and the charming little town of Quepos. After revisiting one of my favourite places, I’d continue exploring south, stopping in the extra-chilled surf town of Dominical, then on to the remote southern reaches of the Oso peninsula & tropical rainforest of Parque Nacional Corcovado for even more wildlife spotting.

To finish, I would take the inland route back to San Jose, drop off my rental car and head out from the airport to wherever I was off to next!

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This is a budding post, It's a work in progress

Notice anything missing? This is a budding post, which means although it's mostly complete, I'm still dropping in and working on it. I believe in learning in public, and releasing my thoughts, notes & ideas before they are finished is a part of the process. You can read more about seedling, budding, and evergreen posts here, or give me a nudge if there's anything you'd like me to add.

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