Claire & Max

Claire & Max

August 14, 2016

Claire & Max

Claire & Max

August 14, 2016

As nonprofit arts professionals who love adventure, Claire and Max have made the most of their small vacation budget to explore the Colorado Rockies on weekends off. Now, with your help, we'll get to do something we've never been able to do together: hit the beach!

Six days in Costa Rica will be a first for both of us, and we can't wait to explore the rain forests, beaches, coffee plantations and national parks of this beautiful country. It's been a wonderful treat to look forward to throughout this crazy year, and we're so grateful that our friends and family are willing to help us get there!

We realize this may be a new thing for some of our loved ones, but we figure you know us better than anyone -- you know how much we love having new experiences, trying new foods, and exploring new places. We hope you'll feel proud contributing to our first trip abroad together via Traveler's Joy!

We're going to Uvita, Costa Rica!

We've heard from friends that the section of Costa Rican coastline between Quepos and Dominical is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Central America. For a guy who loves snorkeling and a girl who loves boats, the national parks of Costa Rica's west coast are a dream destination!

We've always found a renewed sense of joy and a deeper level of connection with one another in the great outdoors. We can't tell you how much we're looking forward to six days in this beautiful natural setting! We'll go kayaking and canoeing, hiking and swimming, and, yes, snorkeling. Max has even threatened to teach Claire how to surf.

With so much to see and do, we're hoping that this becomes the first of many trips to Costa Rica in the years to come. It's never been possible for us to plan an international trip together until now, and it means the world to us that our friends and family will be helping us get there. We can't wait to share stories of our adventures with you when we get home!

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When we were planning our honeymoon, Claire suggested a road trip... but Max wanted a beach. Help us rent a 4x4 to navigate the wild coastal highways of Puntarenas Province, and we can do both!
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To get to Costa Rica, we're flying from Denver to Houston, Houston to San Jose, and San Jose to Quepos Managua... and then doing the whole thing in reverse to get back home! Help us get "there and back again," as the hobbits say.
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Snorkeling Adventure - One of Max's favorite things to do, in one of the most popular snorkel sites in the world! We're looking forward to spending an entire day exploring amazing coral reefs and enjoying the open water.
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Guided Birdwatching - Claire has been obsessed with macaws and sloths ever since she was a little girl. With almost 850 species of birds packed into a region the size of Kentucky, we're looking forward to seeing some amazing tropical wildlife!
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Surfboard Rental from Costa Rica Surf Camp - Claire's a bit skeptical, but Max has promised to show her how to hang ten. Wish us luck!
$7500
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Nauyaca Falls - This gorgeous sightseeing destination is a challenging five-mile hike from Playa Dominical. Local outfitters will guide us there on horseback, with lunch on the way!
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Rafting Adventure - We raft the Arkansas River every summer with our friend Vince, but this will be a whole new level of intense whitewater fun! Just saying, helping us afford a professional guide might be a good thing...
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Bahía Aventuras Whale Watching Tour - August is prime humpback whale-watching season, and Marino Ballena National Park in Uvita offers the best whale watching in Costa Rica. This package includes snorkeling, too!
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Guided Kayaking with Pineapple Tours - Fun fact: Claire was a kayaking and canoeing instructor during college. She's looking forward to schooling Max among the caves and mangroves of Costa Rica's west coast.
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Canopy Zip Line Adventure - WHEE! What better way to explore Costa Rica's famous rainforests? We'll zip across valleys and soar over streams, viewing places more spectacular than we could ever imagine in the back-country of Manuel Antonio!
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Scuba Lessons - Claire offered Max a fishing trip on the Pacific, but he said he'd rather look at the fishies than eat them. Your gift will get us a full-day scuba excursion, complete with diving lessons!
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Beach Reads - You know Claire and Max are total bookworms. Buy 'em a paperback or two to read while sunbathing -- feel free to recommend your favorite titles!
$1000
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Candlelight Yoga at Danayasa Eco-Retreat - What better way to ease achy muscles after being stuck on a plane for 8 hours? Luckily, there's a yoga spa right down the road from our lodgings.
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If you know the story of how Max and Claire met, you'll know he drank a lot of bad champagne as an excuse to keep talking to her. Want to treat us to a bottle of GOOD champagne on our honeymoon? Merci beaucoup!
$5000
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Beach-side Couples Massage - Nothing like some hot stones on our backs and the gentle sound of the surf...
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Guidebooks and Maps - Costa Rica is famous for having convoluted traffic patterns and NO street signs. Help us buy a few guidebooks and wayfinding apps so we don't get lost on our way to the beach!
$1500
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Waterproof Camera - Max is a passionate amateur photographer. Help supply him with a waterproof camera for our Costa Rica adventure, and you can expect some really gorgeous photos of tropical fish by way of thanks!
$3000
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Marital Baggage - No, not THAT kind... Costa Rica's airlines are famous for their stringent luggage restrictions, and these sturdy packs will help us travel light!
$5000
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Snorkel Gear - Fins, snorkels, and masks... thus guaranteeing we'll spend every spare minute of our honeymoon in the ocean.
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Sunglasses - Thanks to you, our future's so bright, we need shades. ;)
$7500
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Binoculars - Speaking of amazing wildlife, it's a well-known fact that Max and Claire are both a little nearsighted... much like Costa Rica's sloth population. Help us buy two pair of binoculars so we can see the rainforest up-close!
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Breakfast in Bed - Breakfast in our jammies in one of the world's premier coffee-growing countries? Pass the French press, por favor.
$5000
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Uvita Farmers Market - We'll spend Saturday morning shopping for organic produce and souvenirs at the local farmers market -- it boasts vendors from around the world who've made their home in Puntarenas!
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Dining Out - We can't wait to try as much of the local cuisine as possible during our stay in Costa Rica! Your gift will get us fun mornings at the local markets and maybe even a few romantic dinners on the beach.
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Six Nights at Casa Tranquila - Our friend Kirsten helped us find this beautiful Bali-style AirBNB on the edge of the rainforest. It comes with ocean views, lots of friendly wildlife and a private pool -- the perfect honeymoon refuge!
$17000
6/6
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A Night at the Crawford - We'll be getting back to Colorado late Saturday night after 14 hours of travel. By allowing us to snooze first, drive home later, you'll win our eternal gratitude!
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DIY Gift - Perhaps you've thought of an idea that we didn't? Create your own gift and we will make it happen. Who knows, we just might have a funny story for you!
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