1 As the journey began from airport, mom took the drivers seat, and we were off!
2 Along the sides of the road, fences were made eco friendly. Baby trees were planted side-by-side and strung together with wire. Their leaves had yet to sprout.
3 As casual as it seemed to the town's people, my brother and I were fascinated by the fact that cattle roamed freely.
4 Although the ride was long, and sitting through it became tough, the beautiful scenery was calming.
5 The warm salty breeze that whisked through the car made the long ride worth it.
6 On the other side of this peninsula, our paradise awaited.
7 After a good night sleep, there is nothing like waking up to the sounds of the morning - cicadas, monkeys, and birds - Their melodic tones were very energizing.
8 Of course, my younger brother Mikey, was up and at em before I even rolled out of bed.
9 After a few days of observation, my mom noticed that this cute little bird nest in the sea grape bush was vacant.
10 Estrella, which means 'star' in Spanish, was the name of our beautiful little villa.
11 If there is anything I miss the most about our trip, besides the heat, it would be the wildlife. Nothing intrigues me more. I loved the colorful foliage of the crotons.
12 This little cobblestone path lead through a mango grove where, on occasion, we had to stop for large iguana crossings. Drive safely!
13 This banana flower, was an extravagant sight!
14 This is a spectacular ginger flower.
15 When the weather was not on our side, relaxing at the villa was fine by me!
16 The sight of palm trees never gets old. I enjoy their rustling sounds in the gentle breezes.
17 More amazing foliage - giant philodendron leaves
18 Whether they were wild, or planted, flowers bloomed at every turn.
19 More stunning blooms
20 Mikey, was having quite a wonderful day. He really enjoyed his virgin strawberry daiquiri.
21 Hotel Punta Islita sits right on a secluded cove along Guanacaste's open-ocean coastline.
22 There is nothing like lunch, on the beach. I got used to this lifestyle quickly.
23 A handsome shot of my father, Mike, who looks quite relaxed.
24 Cute as a button, Mikey was a happy camper!
25 My mom, glowing with beauty, was happily relaxed.
26 Shade was easy to find under the vast canopies of coconut palm trees.
27 Even though Mikey's younger then I, he teaches me a lot. Here he is teaching me how to properly skip a rock!
28 The cloudy skies couldn't keep this family out of the water!
29 This Spanish-style chapel held a beautiful palm Sunday mass, which we were happy to attend.
30 Hibiscus flowers sprinkled the resort adding wonderful fragrance and vibrant beauty to everything. Even little skittles, the hotel dog likes to walk in their shade!
31 Sunscreen was a staple in our daily routines! Don't want to burn that beautiful young skin!
32 A little drive into town, and Mikey already made new friends!
33 Getting ready for a beautiful dinner on the beach. There's nothing like getting dressed up!
34 All of the candle, napkin, and soap holders were handmade. This one, a candle holder, was carved from a coconut and decorated with bits of glass. How clever!
35 Another great shot of my mom!
36 There was a full moon during dinner on the beach. How could it get any better?
37 I hope this cutie stays young forever! I'm going to miss those little dimples!
38 This beautiful bird, the Great Kiskadee, which is known for its advanced fly catching ability, made its appearance quite often.
39 This was the Tedesco family's first surfing experience. We found that it is not as hard as it looks!
40 After getting hit in the face with a surf board one too many times, I sat out for a good hour break!
41 It's like they always say - like father, like son.
42 Oh how I love to relax!
43 One morning, after a great breakfast, zip-lining was the highlight of the day!
44 As he yelled 'Cowabunga!!!'
45 Mikey, having lots of fun, loved the exhilarating feeling of eight different lines over the green canopy of the jungle.
46 On line number four, a barrel of howler monkeys could be heard calling to each other below, or maybe to us!
47 This great zip-lining experience was offered as an event by the hotel either during the day, or at twilight.
48 Even at line eight, the adrenaline still pumped up when I took off!
49 Like I said, palm trees never get old!
50 This magnificent cluster of Cyrtostachys lakka palms, thrive in hot and humid weather.
51 This unusually vibrant trunk invites birds to take a rest in its feathery fronds.
52 I thought I was dreaming when I walked down to this beautiful setup - another dinner on the beach. I was drawn to the turquoise and white tablecloths. How amazing!
53 Late in the afternoon, the natural colors of the region became more vibrant.
54 Opening a coconut was one of my favorite things I did on the whole vacation. The milk inside was warm and naturally sweet.
55 The faculty and staff of the Punta Islita resort were some of the nicest people I have ever met. Happy, as always, Miguel loves his job!
56 My mom thinks I'm part fish... What can I say? I love the water!
57 When the sun's bright rays were too much, relaxing in the shade to read a book was a good escape beneath this palapa.
58 This swim-up bar is conveniently located right in the pool. Having a refreshment like this was quite unusual.
59 If there's anyone I love, it's my family. I'm so glad to have experienced all of this vacation with them. You too dad! (taking the picture)
60 The Punta Islita Resort has helped this area of Costa Rica by being 'green', by attracting tourists to the region, by providing jobs, and by helping to protect the birds and monkeys. This resort is completely Eco-friendly, along with downright friendly!