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Costa Rica Adventure, Days 6 and 7: Pura Vida

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This was our final full day of our tour.  Chris and I awoke early and were able to enjoy our coffee in the living area of our suite at El Mangroove without disturbing the kids, who were still sound asleep.  While we were sipping coffee, we heard monkeys in the trees outside our window.When the kids woke up, we dressed in bathing suits and cover-ups and headed to breakfast.The breakfast buffet at El Mangroove did not disappoint.Overall, the breakfasts were my favorite meals throughout the trip.It was excellent at all three of the properties where we stayed.

After breakfast, we took a leisurely stroll down to the beach to wait for our catamaran.There is no dock at the beach, so our catamaran anchored as close as it could.A small motor boat ferried us from the beach to the catamaran.This one was the cleanest catamarans I've seen and the crew was top notch.  They provided plenty of water, punch, and beer.  

After getting everyone on board, we pulled anchor and were off to our snorkeli…

Costa Rica Adventure, Day 5: Hit the Beach

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After three amazing days in Arenal, it was time to say goodbye and head to the Pacific coast.We packed up our bags and set them outside our room before heading out to our last breakfast at the Kioro Resort.While we were at breakfast, our bags were collected and loaded on to the bus.Adventures by Disney really does make it that easy.Today would be a big travel day and one that involved a lot of windy roads.Easton is prone to motion sickness, so I was little concerned.The adventure guides reserved the first few rows on the bus for those who suffer from motion sickness.Thankfully, he held it together on the ride, but at one point, he did announce very loudly that he didn’t feel good and he thought he might throw up.We sat in the front row for the remainder of the trip holding a bag, just in case.
To break up the day’s long drive, we took part in a private tour at the Chocolate Rainforest.I’m a choco-holic, so I was really looking forward to this, but on the whole, I don’t think this was …

Costa Rica Adventure, Day 4: Reach for the Sky

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The most anticipated day of the trip had finally arrived!  These kids were ready to zipline!  After breakfast, we loaded on the bus for the short ride to the other side of the Arenal Volcano to the zipline outfitter.  Due to cloud cover, we hadn't seen Arenal since our arrival.  Right as we were unloading the buses, the clouds cleared and we had a gorgeous, clear day.  We were quickly outfitted with harnesses, helmets, gloves and our pulley.  We were given a safety briefing and then lined up to enter the sky tram, which would take us up to the zipline platforms.  An alternative activity is offered for those who choose not to zipline or do not meet the minimum age or minimum/max weight.  In our group, every single person chose to zipline.  We even had a grandfather in his 80s participate.  If I'm still ziplining in my 80s, I've done life right.

Due to their weight, Easton and Clara would zipline together with a guide except for the first and last run.  The lines are so lon…