On our last day in Costa Rica, we drove from Arenal to San Jose, which is the capital of Costa Rica. Every thing we read or heard about the city was unappealing (unsafe, dirty, nothing to do) but I kind of did not believe everyone. How could a city be so bad?
While the drive there was easy and lovely, driving through San Jose was a bit of challenge. We found out very quickly there were absolutely no street signs anywhere. The only way we figured out where we were was based on a random marking on a store front. Luckily I had a good map and was able to figure out how to get to our hotel based on our limited knowledge, but if you are a person who is geographically challenged--this city is probably your worst nightmare.
It was Sunday, so we decided to walk down the main strip which seemed to be what everyone else was doing. There were some stores and fast food places, but everyone was right. There was nothing pretty or worthwhile or interesting about it. We couldn't even find a decent place to eat so we settled on McDonald's and ice cream. We turned in early and spent the evening looking at our wedding pictures and videos. Having spent most of the vacation away from email and the internet, it was a real treat and made the fact that our honeymoon was over a little bit easier to deal with.
Signage in Costa Rica.
We stopped at this colorful soda for lunch.
And of course we nabbed some local candy...lots of caramel-sort of goodies.
The plane ride home.
It was so much fun. Can we do it all over again?