Green butterfly Costa Rica

This month Jennifer and I spent three days away from the kids celebrating our 8th wedding anniversary. We went to the northwestern part of Costa Rica where we’d never been before, near the Guanacaste beaches in the Nicoya peninsula. We wanted to do some things that would have been a little harder to do with kids. Things like…


Neither of us had ever been surfing before, but we wanted to give it a try. We had a short lesson, some one-on-one instruction, and then a lot of practice. It was even more fun than I thought it would be! The waves were perfect for beginners like us, and I got up the second time I tried, and didn’t want to stop, even when the next class started coming in. This is something I’ll definitely have to do again. Jen liked it, too, but not quite as much as I did, I think. Unfortunately, we were both having too much fun to take any pictures. Oh well.

Nesting Sea Turtles

Sea Turtle

One night, we decided to take a tour to a beach where sea turtles often come to lay their eggs. It was late at night, rainy, and very dark, but our guide led us around with a group of about 7 until we saw a turtle coming up from the water. We followed her and watched the whole process of her digging the whole, laying her eggs, and covering them back up. The guide had a red flashlight for us to see highlights (he wouldn’t let us use our own flashlights on the turtle). It was pretty neat!

As the turtle was heading back to the ocean, we even got to touch her shell and her fins, which were very soft. Very few baby sea turtles will hatch and make it back to the ocean because of predators and other factors. But it’s neat to see all of this take place, and how such a beautiful animal carries on her species.

Hideaway Hotel

On this trip, we chose to stay at the Hideaway Hotel in Samara, which is within walking distance from both Samara and Carrillo beach. (We went surfing at Samara). We really enjoyed our time at Hideaway hotel and got to know the very nice owners, who recently built the hotel. They have comfortable and affordable rooms, and a great restaurant which even includes homemade ice cream and heavenly brownies!

Dinosaur Park

Dinosaur Park

On our way back home (it’s about a 4 hour drive from Playa Samara to Grecia), we stopped at the giant tyrranosaurus rex statue on the side of the road coming to Puntarenas, and found out that it’s actually the entrance to Megafauna Monteverde, a dinosaur park where they have statues of lots of extinct animals, as well as an interesting museum and butterfly house. We didn’t have time to see the park, but they did let us browse around the museum for a few minutes. We’ll have to take the kids back here some time! We also had lunch at their restaurant, which was good.

Our Friends

You may be wondering how we could leave our kids for 3 days and 2 nights in a foreign country. I think we’re lucky to have such great friends, the Bustillos family, who offered to watch our kids for us while we were gone. Emily and Marie really enjoyed having a sleepover with their friends, and it also gave them a good chance to practice their Spanish. :)

At the fun park

We’re so grateful to Maggie and Kincho for helping us out. It was a fantastic and very needed break away and a chance to celebrate our marriage. We’re so happy to have each other!

About a week after we got back, we went with the Bustillos family to a fun park (kind of like a mini-Disneyland). It was a pretty wet – and even cold – day, though, so we only stayed long enough to see what rides there were, and we’ll probably be back another day. So we decided to go see the latest Shrek movie instead, which we all enjoyed. Although the next day we found ourselves all sick in bed with a virus that lasted about a week. I guess that’s one reason it’s been so long since I’ve written on this blog. :) We’re happy to be feeling better now, too.

Brandon is a location independent entrepreneur, musician, worldschooling father, and the principal author of this blog. He's all about reaching his potential and enjoying life to the fullest in each moment.


  1. Silly us for not getting a “couple picture” of us during our anniversary trip. Oh well, we were having too much fun and having too many awesome conversations. I would take that over a photo any day!!!!! It was an amazing time we were able to spend together, and I am so grateful for our friends who made it possible by taking such great care of Emily and Marie. :)

  2. Weekends away are the best. So glad you’ve made such good friends and that you got the time away.

    Surfing looks like so much fun……

  3. IT was fun reading about your anniversary trip ( pictures would have been nice) So pleased you could get away and have such a delightful time. You are really making the most out of life. That is great.

  4. Congrats! You exemplify a wonderful marriage!

  5. Happy happy anniversary. :)

    I’m glad you guys had fun surfing!! It’s such a fun sport. The first time that I went, my arms were SO sore the next day from paddling… although it was a very windy day, so I was swimming against a very strong current. But it was fun, anyway!

    Nesting sea turtles would be very cool to see. What a fun time together for you guys. And it’s good the girls had a great time as well :)

  6. I so envy the experiences you and your family are having. What a great life you’re creating for your kids. When we retire, we hope to spend a few years in Italy. We’ll see.

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