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Note on conditions in Costa Rica

Here are some general notes we took about costa rica:

very clean hotels/restaurants/etc. even though most are open-air (esp. the bars and restaurants – even the bar in Puerto Viejo which had a sand floor was extremely clean).

paper napkins and toilet paper are thin. at the hotel la pradera that we stayed at in La Fortuna there was actually a toilet paper dispenser which released one sheet of paper at a time. pretty nifty and novel for us.

paper towels generally aren’t used in bathrooms etc. with towels being used and cleaned and reused again. the object in these measures being sustainability of the environment.

silverware in restaurants often comes in a small clean plastic bag though packaged plastic silverware is rarely offered.

restaurants and hotels can appear closed because of how dark they are but they are indeed open for business, only the lights aren’t being used unless its absolutely necessary again in the interest of sustainability but as this creates a more cozy and relaxed ambience patrons don’t mind. Some shop owners will turn on the lights and a/c when you walk in the door. I noticed this was a common practice in Mexico as well.

air conditioning is also optional, although much more necessary in regions with warmer climates, such as the carribean coast, than in more northern regions, such as monteverde.

Costa Ricans take pride in their establishments and their service so it’s been easy to come to expect the best here.

We Finally Started to Plan our Trip!

As of today, we actually sat down, after being inspired by the travel channel, and began to plan our route. The RV is started to look finished so we figured that it was about time to choose destinations. Thanks to AAA internet trip tix our main destinations will be:

Click here for a PDF of our path across the country

  • Mobile, Alabama
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Hot Springs National Park, AR
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico
  • Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Four Corners
  • Arches National Park, UT
  • Canyonlands National Park, UT
  • Zion National Park, UT
  • Grand Canyon, Arizona
  • Sedona, Arizona
  • Pheonix, Arizona
  • San Diego, California
  • Mexico
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Sequoia National Park, California
  • Yosemite National Park, California
  • Napa, California
  • Crater Lake, Oregon
  • Bois, Idaho
  • Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
  • Black Hills, South Dakota
  • Badlands National Park, SD
  • Omaha, Nebraska
  • Kansas City
  • St Louis, Missouri
  • Spartanburg, SC

So it total we are looking at almost 8,000 miles and over $2000 in gas. I am sure the route will change, but as of now this is the best we have.