It is a challenge to find an authentic Costa Rican experience when you are staying at a resort, but we are definitely trying our best. Two of these experiences are Sodas and the rogue hot springs:
Don't think soda like soda pop--think a small building with three walls and an open front where you can buy the best Costa Rican food for really, really cheap. The owner of our favourite Soda wants to practice his English and I want to practice my Spanish so it is a match made in heaven. We manage to order the basic ingredients but the form it arrives at the table in is always a complete surprise!
The rogue hot springs is right across the street from the famously expensive Tabacon Hot Springs. If you want a drink with a fancy umbrella you should definitely go to Tabacon. If you want to have a blast on a Sunday afternoon with fifty of your newly found Costa Rican friends, their babies, their dogs, and their BBQs crawl under the gate across from Tabacon. Priceless!
We haven't seen a volcano yet--too cloudy--rainy season. No matter, there is so much adventure to enjoy. Dad seems to finally have a grip on the currency. He randomly announces I know where my Colones are and giggles.
You are Always in my Prayers. Love Mom.