View from the main level of Villa Perezoso. I never got sick of looking at this:
Jon enjoying the hike through Manuel Antonio National Park.
Manuel Antonio National Park Beach - it ranked as one of the best beaches in the world.
Just walking the mile and a half from our villa to the beach, there were many wonderful flowers to see, including this Mexican Bird of Paradise, and countless bougainvilleas.
These hibiscus plants were probably the most common flower I saw, followed closely in second by the bougainvilleas.
More hibiscus plants lining the villa streets.
This makes me want to get a hibiscus for my Texas garden. I'll just have to put it in a container so I can bring it inside during freezing temperatures.
Orchids were the third most prominent flower I saw in Manuel Antonio. This purple one was my favorite.
I've seen passion flowers in shades of purple, magenta and even green, but this was the very first time I saw one in fire engine red. Stunning.
Orange cosmos. These guys do well in Central Texas. I will definitely need to add some to my garden.
More bougainvillea in a light pink shade.
More orchids in white and yellow.
Just look at all that color! And the size of those bougainvilleas!
Flying over the Costa Rican canopy.
We visited in mid-March, which was during the dry season. This riverbed looks like something you might find in our drought-ridden Texas.
Dry riverbed and a wild cashew. The top is the nut (inside a shell), which is attached to a fruit that looks like a mini apple.
Costa Rican farmland.
Quick drive-by shot of the palm tree plantation - used to make palm oil and various related products. Also one of the most destructive crops to the environment.
Seriously, the views we kept seeing never ceased to amaze me.