Rainmaker Park, is located about 40 mins outside Manuel Antonio. We decided to go here instead of Manuel Antonio National Park, as our local AirBnb hosts let us know that the national park was a comparable experience to the zoo.
As in, there are hoards of tours/tour guides (I HATE tour-y things) and well… yeah that’s pretty much all they told us and it was more than enough to change our plans from National Park –> private park.
Fun fact, Rainmaker Park is for sale. See, wasn’t that a fun little fact?
Anyways, there was a hella lotta nature in that place. A bit too much nature for my liking. I think I need a break from all poisonous ants, bugs, etc for like… ever.
For real tho, the other driving we’ve done this trip (Tamarindo –> Santa Teresa) was roughhhh. We are talking zero pavement, driving through river beds, the whole nine yards. Very Indiana Jones.
Anywho, in this travel vlog we drove from Jaco to Manuel Antonio! Ohhh myyyy gosh was I ever happy to GTFO of Jaco. Our last night was beyond brutal, there was legit sewage flowing into our room at midnight…
I. Can’t. Even. 😭
So yeah, I was happy to hightail outta that place, and head on to our boujee AirBnb in Manuel Antonio! ALREADY SO IN LOVE!!
But unfortunately, I was indeed catfished into staying at the biggest party hostel in Jaco, Costa Rica this week.
First off, WHY THE F IS A PARTY HOSTEL ON AIRBNB?! Like, why. 😫
Second, I could kiiiiind of tell it wasn’t going to be our vibe (aka chic and chill and QUIET) when I booked but the pickins were especially slim in Jaco so I had to go ahead and do it.
Anyways, sleep has been on a minimum since arriving in Jaco as our “luxury room” is immediately next to the pool bar. 🙄
This hostel (Selina) would actually be pretty dope if I was not a grandma👵🏻and interested in going out every night. In college, I likely would have been all about this place.
But now, my body is a TEMPLE (lol kind of ) and I am trying to keep wrinkles at a minimum. Partying does not help that situation. 😂 Also, Troy works every morning at 7. Soooooo not super ideal for us.
What I am trying to say is Selina Jaco (there is a huge chain of Selina hostels, and the one that we saw in Santa Teresa was sooo chill! Not like this at all.) should 150% not be allowed to even be posted on AirBnb. You see, AirBnb posts select boutique hotels and private homes. This place definitely isn’t under that category lol.
Anywho, we have a pretty savage AirBnb review coming their way, mostly because it’s not an appropriate posting to be on the platform. As I write this people are “wooooooing” like is spring break 2005 from the pool outside our room.
LOL. Im seriously so old. Listen to me. 😂
But anyways, tomorrow we leave for Manuel Antonio (!!!!!) AND IM SO FING EXCITED. YOU KNOW WHY??
SLOTHS LIVE IN MANUEL ANTONIO. AND LOTS OF THEM. Like, all the sloths.
Girl is on a sloth hunt, I swear. If I don’t see one I will be crushed.
Anyways, about to put in my ear plugs so I can get a few winks tonight.
This was a bit of a different style of video for me, and I really feel like it’s my best one yet. 💪🏻
First, I shared the FULL story behind my Costa Rica trip and the unique challenges associated with being in a cross-boarder relationship. (I’m Canadian, and my boyfriend is American.) I know other people have experienced similar things when dating between different countries, and it’s so rarely talked about! So I wanted to be the one to do it. Naturally. 😉
Second, this is also a vlog from our day spent in Montezuma, Costa Rica. I really liked Montezuma (even though it was small and super hippie lol) and wanted to share the experience with you.
Watch the video above to learn about what it’s like to be a Canadian dating an American. And how we have figured out how to spend more than 182 days together at a time.
Thanks for being here! Love you to the moon and back. ❤
I was so happy to vlog this because it is my first day BACK FROM HAVING THE FLU!!!
There is no better feeling in the world than coming back to health after being sick. Because there is also nothing worse than being stuck in bed, feeling poppy, and being HELLA BORED. Like, the most bored of all time.
ALL. TIME. 😭
(Yes, the dramatics are necessary.)
You can imagine the joy of being able to leave the house.
Anywho, Santa Teresa is pretty great! Today’s vlog shares my favourite lunch spot (shocker, foodie stuffs 😉 ), a cool surf competition, some adventuring, and fun times in the pool at our AirBnb!
Let’s talk about something that hasn’t really been formally addressed here. You’ve probably noticed a lot more videos and less photos lately on Skinny Belle.
OMG SO CRAZYYYYY. 🙄 *Sarcasm*
But for reals, figured I would share wtf is up with all the videos and lack of other content here.
Videos feel like a much more personal way that we can connect with one another. I love photography and still do lots (see my instagram!) but writing to you never feels as personal as talking to you directly in a video. So for now, hope you are down diggity down for this, as I plan on focusing my energy on creating awesome/funny/useful videos. Or at least that is my hope for them.😜
It’s been a HUUUUUGEEEEEE learning curve making videos, and I am confident that every upload will be better and better.
Change is good, and this little bloggity blog has changed to be more video focused. For now. 😉 Who knows what will be next!!
So yeah…. thought we should talk about that. Cuz I just kind of went and did it and didn’t really address it at all. Not that it’s something that needs addressing anyways?
UHG OVERTHINKING. 🤣
There you have it. Lots of videos on Skinny Belle. 🎥
SENDING LOVE AND HUGS AND KISSES YOUR WAY! (I’m V chipper today if you haven’t noticed lol!)
I’ve got to say, Nosara was way more my jam than Tamarindo. It was much less touristy and much more cute/chic/my vibe. That being said, Nosara was definitely still a tourist driven spot, but not the bad kind of touristy. If that makes sense..
New vlog! From, you guessed it… NOSARA!
This was for sure my favourite part of the trip so far. The boutique hotel we stayed in was called the Vivo Nosara Hotel and it had the besttttt little brunch cafe on site. We had the smoothie bowls EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. because they were so good. The staff was kind enough to make me custom smoothies that didn’t include the approximate 56329 ingredients that hurt my stomach.
Ha… ha… ha…. kidding. But not at all. My stomach sucks and basically all the things hurt it.
Meaning to say that the team at Vivo Nosara Hotel was awesome and worked with my ridiculous dietary restrictions.
Anyways, we had a great stay. I share all the best things to do, eat, see, and where to stay in further detail in the vlog above!
Make sure you give it a thumbs up on YouTube if you enjoyed the video! 😄
Well folks, there we have it! My very first vlog all the way from Costa Rica 🙂 Let me tell you, it is VERY likely that my hair will be in braids like this for every video/photo/whatever for this whole trip. The humidity does NOT do fabulous things for my mane.
I mostly just look like Monica from Friends when the crew went on vacation lol!
We spent the first few days here in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. It is definitely a super touristy town with prices comparable to Hawaii… I KNOW. Who would have thought.
But it was still very beautiful and we had the best time. Watch the video above to see what Tamarindo looks like and what I did on day numero uno! (That’s me practicing my Spanish 😉 )
Writing to you now from Nosara, and omgggg is it ever amazing here. Vlogging today so I will have you fully updated in a few days. Still learning to edit these dang video thingymabobbers and it takes me a while lol!
Anywho, I gotta go. Ya girl has a date with a fresh fruit smoothie. #romance
This is what’s happening. Next week, I shall begin my Costa Rican adventure. And ya’ll are coming along for the ride!! This girl is finally semi getting the hang of vlogging and Ima film the whole dang thing.
I will also have a new laptop so the technical difficulties experienced this past week will hopefully be reduced to a minimum. 🔥
OK BABESICLES 🍦
I’m off to go watch some sort of trashy tv show. Haven’t picked my poison yet. But it’s gonna be minimal on the intelligence high on the entertainment value.
CANT WAIT TO BRING YOU TO COSTA RICA!!! Is this even happening?!?!
tbh I was super proud I got those two birds in the shot
Road trippin from Santa Monica –> Vancouver
Hello hello! If you follow my instagram stories (if you don’t, shame!!), you already know I have been on an epic road trip from Santa Monica to Portland for the last few days.
It was been a TON of driving (total driving time is something like 26 hours) but we have seen some pretty amazing sights. Pictured above, obviously. 😝 We drove part of the California coast, and part of the Oregon coast. Honestly I had no idea half the stuff we saw even existed so close to home! Girl was like 😍😍😍 for most of the drive.
I am writing to you from Portland, Oregon. We spent my bday night here last night at The Nines Hotel (highly recommend, the inside of this place looks like a Tiffany Box which OBVIOUSLY makes me v happeh) and went around and did some beer/cocktail tasting. There are so many “micro” and “nano” breweries here it is hipster heaven.
Anywho, today we are driving from Portland –> Vancouver which will definitely not be as scenic, so this will probably be the last of the photos I share from this trip. If you have ever driven from Portland to Vancouver (Canada) you also know it is a pretty borrrrring drive. Luckily, Troy (bae) and I have my beautiful singing talents to entertain us for the drive. LOL. I’m actually the worst at singing. Like, the worst ever. 😭
We are stopping in Seattle today, which means I will likely hit up Din Tai Fung (aka the best Chinese dumpling spot everrrrrr) for some Xiao Long Bao. If you know what this is, you know what’s good. Basically Xiao Long Bao is a traditional soup-filled dumpling from Shanghai that is just TO DIEEEE FORRRRRRRRRRR. THEY EVEN HAVE TRUFFLE FLAVOURED ONES!!!! (Not excited one bit.😁) Anywho, follow instagrammmm for updates on my dumpling journey. I will likely post about it here too because dumplings = life. 😊