Single mom in Costa Rica?

by singlemomseeking on July 10, 2009

I wish I could tell you that I was the one hopping on a plane to Costa Rica. Not yet anyway.

It’s my single mom friend, Amy, who has the guts (yes, that’s Amy pictured here).

Amy is one of the most adventurous women I know. And since she’s a teacher with the summer off, Amy has flown to Costa Rica with her daughter — yes, just the two of them!

You can follow Amy’s adventures through her blog — including some hilarious videos!


The truth: Amy hadn’t originally planned to go Costa Rica, which is now ranked the happiest nation on earth. She was first headed to Mexico (where we’ve traveled together with our girls!). But thanks to the swine flu, Amy got creative and scratched her Mexico plans for a former fishing village on the Northern Pacific coast in Costa Rica.

“There are NO street signs here,” Amy writes. “In fact, there are no paved roads here. There are paths that lead to places.”

In the meantime, her daughter, Elyza, is loving the beach but dealing with the bugs:


So, I emailed Amy to ask what their mother-daughter days are like. In the morning, Elyza wants to eat banana bread at the local cafe. Then, after lounging around the house for a long time, “she gets swim lessons — from me — in our pool.” (Yes, you read that right: they have their OWN pool!)

After swimming, they have lunch — “casados” (traditional food: frijoles, arroz, pollo o carne, banano fritos, ensalada) — and head to the beach. Mmm, can you imagine?

I’d love to know: have you ever been to Latin America? With — or without — your kids?


I wonder what she and Elyza will be up to next? Visiting a volcano? The hot springs? The rain forest? (I hear that you can zipline over the rain forest canopy!)

Amy’s most recent post is about getting lost in their rental car on her way to a national park, Rincon De Viaja. After driving and driving, they finally found a restaurant, where a guy told them they were “on the other side of the park, about one and half hour away from the entrance.”

Amy took it all in stride. But to be honest, due to time and cost concerns, I’m not sure I have it in me to plan a trip all by myself. I’d probably consult with a one-stop-shop travel company like Sunny Land Tours — with more than 20 years’ experience in operating tours to Costa Rica.

I’m in awe of Amy’s independence and determination. In the meantime, I’m considering turning to a company like Sunny Land Tours to plan out my day trips in Costa Rica. Hmmmm.

Thank you so much to Sunny Land Tours for sponsoring this post!

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