Last week my husband and I went to Costa Rica for our very first vacation out of the country! We had never gone on a honeymoon when we got married so we decided that this was going to be our honeymoon vacation…almost 3 years later but better late then never right? Costa Rica is absolutely gorgeous, I completely fell in love with the place and cannot wait times go back! The weather was great as well, it was humid but not so bad and my favorite part was believe it or not the storms that we got almost every single day with thunder, lightning and rain…lots and lots of rain! I felt so relaxed and in peace when the storm started! We even got a storm when we were on a boat and it was amazing! It was a first experience for my husband and I and we both loved it! We then went snorkeling well my husband did, I just swam in the ocean, for some reason the snorkeling gear just gives me anxiety the second I even try to put it on, but I have done snorkeling before in Catalina Island. After the snorkeling we got to see one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen and the most magical rainbow on the other side of the boat! We did also go on a boat to see crocodiles which we saw a few of, I was so terrified that one was somehow going to get on the boat 😂
We stayed at Riu Guanacaste Hotel which is all inclusive, the only thing was that they didn’t have room service which I find so strange! I wish they had it, but now i know to check for next time when we book a hotel! The food there was ok, it wasn’t the best but it wasn’t the worst either! It’s mainly buffet style and some of the food items weren’t as warm which kinda sucked and after a while I kinda just got tired of the whole buffet thing and couldn’t wait to get home to Los Angeles to have different types of food!
Overall, we had such a great time and cannot wait to go back!
I don’t think I have ever mentioned on here that my husband and I are trying to get into photography; so on weekends now, we tend to go somewhere and work on our skills at taking pictures and just getting more familiar with our cameras. For now we are just doing photos of nature/places/etc; we will eventually love to start taking photos of people but for now this is what we are doing. This past weekend we decided to go to a place that we love… Hearst Castle! We first went there on our 3rd year anniversary and fell in love, and decided to go back and do our engagement photos there. It is about a 3.5 hour drive from where we live so we only went for the day. We have already done most of the tours so we knew we just wanted to get up there to take pictures so we bought a tour which you have to buy in order to enter the castle, and as soon as we were in, we ditched our group haha. I want to show you a few pictures that we took; of course I will post more on our Instagram account if you would like to follow us on there for future pictures.
Have you ever been to Hearst Castle? What was your experience like?
In 2013, my husband and I went to Hearst Castle for our 2 year anniversary. At this time we actually were not married, we were just engaged. I fell in love with the castle, so much so that we actually went back to take our engagement photos there before our wedding; I will actually post that video up another day!
If you have never been to Hearst Castle, I highly recommend you go. But if you do here are a few tips:
Try to avoid going in the summer time, our first trip was during the summer and let me tell you, it was so hot! There are no AC’s obviously, they just have portable fans throughout the castle which doesn’t help as much since everyone tries to stand in front of it.
Wear comfortable shoes and clothes! There are a lot of stairs like A TON!!!
Don’t schedule as much tours as you can! Hubby and I scheduled all 4 tours for the day! We barely made it to tour 4. They usually don’t refund you back when its so last minute, but they felt so sorry for us for booking all of them in one day that they ended up refunding us for the last tour since we were so exhausted!
Here is the video, I hope you enjoy!
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