Mama Travels: Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

May 5, 2016

There are 196 countries in the world and I plan on seeing as many as possible, therefore I rarely repeat locations. But Santa Teresa is an exception!

My son Odin and I headed there for his spring break. My son’s first time and my 3rd time visiting this paradise. Spring break is not the best time to travel but I was eager to show my son this magical place and willing to fight the crowds and price. After 5 1/2 hours on a large commercial plane (65 Uno games), 30 minutes on a 12 seat puddle jumper, and a 50 minute car ride on a bumpy dirt road without my luggage making it, we finally arrived in Santa Teresa. Luckily, all of the traveling irritations melted away after one dip into the pool.

As I was getting out of the pool, I noticed a family of howling monkeys migrating to a nearby tree. The father monkey was guiding the entire tribe of 5 or 6 monkeys. And then… I saw it and was thinking it, but it was my son who yelled out “Mama, look at the size of his nuts!” Sure enough, the father monkey had sack of cojones that could pass for dos mangos! We laughed for a good ten minutes until the last monkey exited out of our sight.

My 8 year old son Odin is a city kid – born and raised in Manhattan. Towards the beginning of the trip, he was asking for the bug repellent, sunscreen, air conditioning, and iPad. Actually mostly for his iPad. But as the trip went on, he merged into nature. Soon he had no shoes, no shirt (there were no mosquitoes this time), tacked on back of my ATV like a little monkey, having the best time. Instead of sweating the little things, he was sweating his balls off and having a great time! That is what I love about taking him to places like Costa Rica. Turning the city kid into that kid from the jungle book is one of my proud mama moments. We all need nature, even city kids who don’t realize it!

We had encounters with a snake, lizards, ate mangoes off the trees, climbed and swam in the Montezuma water fall, and surfed from sunrise to sunset. I have to say the highlight was building a bonfire to make s’mores by gathering rocks and wood from the beach. The cherry on top was when he actually commented on how my ATV skills were improving.

I really loved every min of this trip. I bottled it and kept it in my pockets. If life ever has dull or bad moments, I am going to pull it out. My son running around the flaming bonfire as the most beautiful sunset spread through the waves … I couldn’t help thinking – life is great.

Spring break was a massive success and I can’t wait to come back here and – even though I don’t often repeat destinations – do it all over again.

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