This past weekend a few of us had the pleasure of visiting Manuel Antonio National Park on the southern Pacific coast. We had the less fortunate pleasure of renting a GPS that had Costa Rican tourism advertisements built into the system. For example: did you know that the oil from the African Palm Tree can be used to make margarine, industrial lubricants and makeup? This fact and many more were continuously spewed to us as we made the three hour journey to/from La Guacima. All joking aside, Manuel Antonio is a beautiful set of beaches that stretch over light brown sand and turquoise water and I highly recommend everyone visit it on their next trip to Costa Rica.

We’re in our final week at El Rancho and are finalizing our respective language needs. I have started to tackle the infamous “subjunctive” tense and am quite grateful to have a knowledgeable and patient instructor. I can truly say that I have never been more comfortable speaking and writing Spanish than in all of my previous years of schooling. Trust me, Sallie Mae will confirm that I’ve historically been a big fan of shelling out tuition money for language instruction.

In our last few days in Costa Rica it seems to be apparent that everyone has bittersweet feelings about transitioning back to the States. I feel that I have so much more to learn lingually and that many of the nuances of Central American culture has yet to become apparent to me. However, all things must come to an end, and our summer immersion is no different.

I leave you and Costa Rica with a toast, so raise your glasses of Imperial (Costa Rica’s token beer) if you have them:

Here’s to new experiences and lasting friendships. “Pura Vida” Costa Rica.


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  2. Neil Lowe says:

    Would love to visit Costa Rica. I have heard so much about it.

  3. I love Costa Rica since the very beginning. I forgot to say that there I found the best coffee I’ve tasted in this world. Each time I travel there I buy as much coffee as they permit me to carry back to my place at the plane.

  4. Costa Rica is one of the best places to find almost dessert beaches that seem to be almost in paradise. I know that country that way and each time I got a chance I get back there to continue the search.

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  6. Costa Rica es un lugar tan hermoso que lo único que pienso cada vez que voy a allá es en quedarme para siempre ahi. Todo es bonito, su gente, sus noches tibias con sus sonidos lejanos y sus playas. Quisiera estar para siempre en las arenas de sus playas. En fin, lástima que yo también he ido a allá en viajes de estudios y cada vez he tenido que regresar.

  7. Nicole says:

    I had a short layover in Costa Rica back in High School, and I only wish I could have stayed…

  8. I’ve visited Costa Rica (but not Manuel Antonio…) and all I have to say is that it’s beautiful.

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