For future travelers, here are some expectations you might have. I will confirm or deny their validity:
Costa Rican food is probably like Mexican food.
True and false. Sure, there is rice, beans, and chicken. I suppose that is like Mexican food, but it is NOT This was an expectation I did not even realize I had; I expected spicy, flavorful food. Most of the food is pretty bland, and salt and pepper have to be requested (they don’t just sit on the table in most places). Expect some really incredible, exotic fruit, though.
Costa Rica is lush and wet.
It rained a few days while we were there, even though it was not the rainy season. Everything was lush and green. It was beautiful.
I thought sloths were going to be like squirrels or raccoons, but during the entire trip I only saw one from a distance. Same thing for monkeys, until we went to Manuel Antonio! There were a lot of monkeys there. Still no sloths, though.
My showers will be lukewarm at best.
False. I had perfectly hot showers every night, except for one night.