Costa Rica | Playa Hermosa

Costa Rica | Playa Hermosa

Owens Family Vacation Album 3/3

 

This leg of our trip was the longest and where we spent Christmas and New Year's.  We traveled to Playa Hermosa three years ago with the kids, so it was exciting to go back and see everything again.  My husband was excited to surf!

We brought a few things from home to decorate a little for Christmas, lights, stockings, elf and Santa hats, and I got a few things at the Maxi Pali.

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On Christmas morning, we took a hike to Tres Pascinas near Parritas, about a forty minute drive south.  It was awesome!  The Travelocity directions were perfect, the lady charged us 3 mil per person instead of 2 mil each but it was worth it.

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Again, with them being best friends. This is how they were sitting watching a show on Netflix. It's so hot during the middle of the day we would come in and have a little down time before heading out in the afternoon.

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Seriously folks, I can't even.  This girl absolutely takes my breath away.  The air was perfect temperature, gorgeous light, we had a nice chat while the boys were surfing (blurred in the background) and the sun was setting.  This just makes my heart swell to see as she inches slowly toward being a teenager.

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My family. This is us.  If there were ever a more genuine family photo of us, I'd actually be IN it- but still photographing them (or reading, knitting, painting maybe holding a cat).

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About half way through our days here, a neighbor paid a man to excavate the creek and made it a deep swimming hole, over our kids head! It was still muy frio, but now there could be canon balls off the rocks!

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We went on a hike a few years back in Hermosa to a waterfall, but remembered how hard it was to get to but we wanted to do it again.  Luckily, we ran into our Nicaraguan friend, David, and he took us up the mountain.  We saw poison dart frogs and snakes, David is gathering specimens for a serpentarium in Tarcoles, near the crocodile bridge, so we felt safe.

Being an East Coaster, we love seeing the sun set on the ocean.  We gathered a bunch of drift wood and made a fire and roasted marshmallows on a palm frond stick.

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New Year's Eve sunset had a rainbow!

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Thanks for reading! Make sure to check out part 1/3 Montezuma, and 2/3 Playa Carrillo!

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