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Budget Traveler's Paradise at Room 2 Board - Jaco, Costa Rica

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You wake up along the beach and can hear the waves crashing along the shore. The breeze brushes upon your sun-kissed skin as the palm trees sway. Morning yoga classes will have you finishing with a heart-felt Namaste. 

A getaway at Room2Board will certainly deliver more than you even bargain for. Listed as a hostel, it actually provides the ambiance of a hotel with the option of shared rooms for budget travelers, and private rooms for those desiring a more exclusive experience. It’s a newly constructed building which is very well maintained, with the cleanliest of rooms and bathrooms for your comfort. 

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The 1st floor hosts their check-in area with an in-house restaurant and bar right by the pool so you can lounge and enjoy your favorite drinks and plates. Reggae music is often flowing out of the speakers to compliment the vibe of the beach side environment and you can also make special requests for music of your choice. At night, surf videos play on their big screen projector. Even if you don't surf, these videos are entertaining to say the least.

Room2Board is a great place to connect with fellow travelers sharing stories, laughs, and great times. No exaggeration - the friendships I’ve made while staying here have lasted far beyond our time in Jaco. I stay connected to many of the people I met here still to this day.

Besides making new friends, during the day you can sign up for surf lessons, walk along the beach, relax in the pool, explore the town, or enjoy an adventure on one of their many tours by going to see a nearby waterfall, riding horses, etc. 

This is especially my favorite place to stay in Jaco because of it’s location. You’ll be right along the beach and it’s just a few minutes walk into town. Also, on the way, you have to drive along a bridge that I call Crocodile Crossing. Stop here if you can and get out to see why! Pictures don't do it justice.

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You'll know you're approaching it when you see colorful tapestries along the road. Plus, many people stop and get out here so if you see groups along a bridge, that's the spot :)

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In addition to all this fun, (and this is what I love most) when you stay at Room2Board - you are just a short walk away from a hike to a glorious sunset view point. 

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Traveling up this nearby mountain, you’re likely to cross paths with mountain-bikers, runners, and others walking and journeying to this majestic view that allows you to see Jaco in a way that can’t be done anywhere else in town.

Rumor has it that a restaurant was meant to be opened at the top, but funds ran out so now what’s left is pieces of it’s coliseum type architect. Fortunately for us, it makes for a divine space to enjoy the Pacific coast sunset. It’s about a 20 minute walk to the top view, and I consider it a MUST each time I’m in Jaco. Luckily, Room 2 Board is the closest stay to this point which makes it even more appealing to me. 

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In addition to the location, the environmentalist in me loves that they have recycling options in place (super important - help save our beaches by using plastic minimally and if you do use it, please recycle!). Light sensors are throughout the hallways and bathrooms to conserve energy, vegetarian options are on the menu.. And maybe they’d even be keen to add vegan options if enough people ask ;)

They also provide a communal kitchen with all the necessary utensils for people like myself who save funds by personally cooking most meals. Both the kitchen and in-house restaurant are fun atmospheres so you’re bound to have dining experiences that you will much enjoy.

Just in case you want to venture out though, I also recommend Taco Bar or Namaste Cafe. Taco Bar offers an awesome salad / buffet and they have the option to sit on swings which I always find fun.

When the sun begins to set, if you’re not interested in a hike, just head upstairs to Room 2 Board’s third floor where you can also enjoy a great view and hammocks setup for your relaxation.

When I’m in Jaco, there is never a doubt that Room2Board is where I want to stay. Check out my video recap to see more of why. 

Pura Vida! 

The Trip that Changed my Life

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Sometimes your intuition directs you to a place you've never been, and although it can be intimidating to find yourself in a completely new environment.. Deep within, you can feel that this journey is a part of your divine destiny. 

At least that is how it has felt for me. 

When I went on my first solo trip as a 21 year old female, my head was filled by friends and family with, "What - ifs" and, "Do you know how dangerous that can be?" 

Despite the concerns, my heart had been called on a mission: and I was going to answer it! 

Where to?

Costa Rica to experience La Pura Vida ~ 

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I had been working as an Administrative Assistant to the Pediatric Heart Transplant Program of my local Children's Hospital when I realized, I too needed to heal. 

My father passed away from cancer when I was 10 years old which was quite traumatic. Watching him undergo surgeries and chemotherapies only to deteriorate in front of our eyes was the most painful time of my life that I had not yet dedicated time towards truly transcending.

So my intuition led me to research how I could do some soul searching.

I came across a learning vacation at School of the World where I signed up initially for spanish classes.. But little did I know, that something much larger awaited me. 


Along with spanish classes, I decided to sign up for daily Yoga as well since I had heard so many great things about it.

The intention had been solidified. I respectfully resigned from my job. I was set! 

A month in Costa Rica learning spanish and Yoga! I thought, I can immerse myself in the culture and return with new insight, plus being able to finally make my family proud by speaking spanish more fluently. 


Ha, well.. Let's just say that I still struggle with my spanish :x. 

BUT, I received the greatest gift that saved and changed my life forever.. and that gift is.. 

Yoga. 

The beginning of my journey with Yoga is an expansive post for another time and space. I'll keep you posted ;)

As far as the travel experience, School of the World has an amazing team of teachers and the facility is so comforting, I felt right at home. Offering not only spanish and Yoga classes, but surf lessons and photography as well, the school attracts people of diverse backgrounds from all around the globe. 

My desire for culture and global awareness was easily exceeded.

I made friends with locals as well and have remained in close contact with the people I met along this journey years since. 

It's a deep connection that is shared when you meet people through travel. Such unique experiences that although the relationships may be short in time, are heart-warmingly fulfilling in spirit. 

Traveling alone, you learn more about yourself than you could ever imagine. You realize the strength and courage you possess, and it grows through each experience.

During my time there, I volunteered at a local preschool teaching english, helped a missionary feed the homeless, climbed mountains and watched the sunset, made life-long friendships, cried, laughed until it hurt, wandered aimlessly, donated clothes, and fell in love..

With life and with myself.

A feeling I had long lost. 

If you are considering traveling, my advice would be to research your ideal locations, keep an open mind and open heart, and if your intuition is truly calling you to this place.. Follow it! There is probably a life changing gift waiting for you there too :)

 

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PS: School of the World did not ask me to write about them, but I am personally so grateful for the experience I enjoyed there, that I feel inclined to share it with as many people as I can. If you're interested in a vacation that involves more than simply laying along the shores of a beautiful beach (although there's nothing wrong with that), I would highly recommend SOTW

It's a great way to meet and connect with new people while visiting another country. The classes are worth every penny. Plus, big bonus as a solo female traveler, I always felt safe and even at home during my time there. (I actually flew back 2 weeks later because I felt homesick once I got "home"). 

Have you been on a learning vacation before? I'd love to hear about your experience! 

Thanks for reading! Lots of Love.. Namaste <3