Boa around the neck Costa Rica

Rather than hang around the B&B today, we decided to take a short trip to the nearby World of Snakes museum in Grecia, which houses over 50 varieties of snakes, lizards, and other reptiles (as well as a couple toucans).

The museum is a quick $4 taxi ride from the center of town, and a 30 minute walk back (uphill). Entrance fees are $11 for adults, and $5 for kids over 5.

Venomous Snakes

World of Snakes has snakes from not only Costa Rica, but from all over the world. The most venomous snake is from Africa. If it bit you, you would die within seconds. The most venemous snake in Costa Rica would take about seven hours to kill you if you didn’t get treatment. Fortunately, the hospitals here do have anti-venom shots they can give you if you receive a bite. But it is rare to see poisonous snakes here, as most are shy, as well as nocturnal.

Our guide was helpful and explained a lot about each of the different types of snakes, in English. Some lay eggs and other have the eggs hatch inside. We saw many different colors of snakes, including yellow, pink, green/brown, black, red, and more.

Holding a Rainbow Boa

Girls holding a rainbow boa constrictor

The highlight of the museum for us was definitely when we all got to hold a rainbow boa constrictor! It was fun having it wrap itself around our arms and neck. The girls absolutely loved it, and couldn’t get enough!

It took about an hour and a half to see everything with the guide. We took our time on our way out and really enjoyed watching the toucans, which are so vibrant and beautiful.

On the way back, we stopped at a clothes store and Jen was happy to find more clothes that fit her. So she has now spent all her Christmas money, and is fully outfitted.

In the Evening…

After an hour or two relaxing at the B&B with our computers, we took off for dinner at a local pizza place, which was very good, and similar to the pizza you’d get at home. We had ice cream (again) for dessert – hey, it’s only 70 cents for a cone! And after eating it in the park, we came back home to end our day. (Oh! We had a delicious sandwich for lunch in a bakery this morning as well…)

Anyway, enjoy the pictures and video below. I will post about our new house in a few days once I get the chance to take more pictures of it on Monday.

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. I’m so delighted to hear that the girls weren’t afraid of the snakes, and actually liked holding them.

    in high school science class, there was a friendly (and beautifully striped) king snake that I’d have around my neck during class. He loved to weave in and out of my long hair.

    What a fun day. I wish I could have ice cream….. (not on my current diet, I’m afraid)

  2. BTW – I love Marie’s little yellow outfit in the last photo…

  3. What a cool experience for the girls (and for you & Jen as well). That is great they weren’t afraid. I don’t know that Kennedy would be that brave… lol. I love snakes. That would be so much fun :)

    It was so good to talk to you guys this morning! :) We will have to do that again soon!

  4. Looks like a very interesting and friendly museum. It was great to see how much the girls enjoyed their experience with the snakes. Your mom loved snakes as a teenager. As I recall we had a garden snake get loose in the house. Me , now I don’t like snakes or at least not up close and personal. I think they are beautiful and interesting, but not to hold or have slithering around out side their cages.

  5. The snakes were very interesting to see and learn about. I really enjoyed the toucans too, and I think they are one of the most beautifully colored animals in existence.

    That pizza was so delicious for dinner. I am very happy we found that restaurant by chance.

    Yes, Ashley it was so fun to talk on the web cam with you and Kennedy. Marie got sad on the way to dinner that night because she misses being with Kennedy in person. She likes the web cam, but misses the real thing…I think seeing you guys on the camera reminded her of that.

  6. Lisa McLachlan Says: January 25, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Did I miss the post on the house?

  7. @Lisa – Nope. I posted it about a half-hour after you made that comment. Check it out at

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