April 13, 2013

Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

As I type this morning, snow flurries are falling outside. In April. Like, way later than is tolerable.

Just like everyone else in Chicagoland, I’m looking forward to SPRING. However, I’ve really enjoyed the break that winter has allowed. I make an active decision not to shoot too many winter weddings, so this is the time of year when I find myself pulling out the camera gear and dusking off the spiderwebs.

Well, that’s not the full truth. I did have a chance to take my camera out for a spin when we were in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica last month. You all know how much I love to travel; I’m in a constant state of wanderlust. And I’ve been lucky enough to share some great trips in the past (like Charleston, Turks & Caicos, and–most recently–the fab travel blog, Entouriste, featured my photos from our honeymoon in Santorini).

So, I  was thrilled to escape the gloomy Chicago winter and head to the small coastal town of Puerto Viejo. This was our first time in Costa Rica, but I know it won’t be our last. I absolutely fell in love with the place. Here are a few shots to tide you over until engagement sessions (which actually begin today) and weddings (next weekend) make a reappearance.

Let’s all think warm thoughts, okay?

Yep–that’s someone sleeping in that hammock.

A “soda” is a casual cafe. So, you see a lot of signs light this all over Costa Rica. “Soda Johanna” was our favorite in PV!

I loved that these trees had taken over this rusty abandoned barge.

Cacao grows everywhere in CR, and they produce some amazing chocolate there! These toasted cacao beans were turned into the most wonderful hot chocolate.

I’ve never experienced such naturally beautiful beaches before.

We stayed at Geckoes Lodge–an amazing property in the middle of the rainforest. We rented a 2-bedroom house on the property, and the house was completely open to the environment. I’m talking no walls, y’all! I’d stay there again in a heartbeat.

And this post just wouldn’t be complete without a photo of the very creatures that brought us to Costa Rica in the first place: SLOTHS! Meet Velcro–he’s the new love of my life.