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Sophia LaMonica, Costa Rica Local Expert

About Sophia

Sophia LaMonica
On Sophia's first trip to Costa Rica, she came face to face with white-faced monkeys, gasped at the sight of giant purple crabs, and rode horseback through plunging waterfalls. Costa Rica initiated her to the thrill of putting the books and maps aside in order to forge roads less traveled.
When not marveling at the mangrove swamp of Manzanillo Gandoca Wildlife Refuge or basking in the beauty of Punta Uva beach, Sophia may be found savoring the sunset at Salsa Brava; making criollo cacao in the rainforest; or relishing la pura vida tranquila under a coconut tree.

Special Interests

Sophia knows a lot about:

  • Snorkeling along the Caribbean
  • Roads less travelled
  • Eco-friendly tours and excursions

Sophia's Special Recommendations for Costa Rica

 "Don't leave Costa Rica without tasting gallo pinto for breakfast with a dash of natilla."

10Best Lists by Sophia LaMonica

The Caribbean's Best Street Foods

Don't let this sleepy village's laid-back ways fool you: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is home to some of the country's best-kept street eats. Delicious Jamaican patty and batons of organic chocolate will make you...


Costa Rica Casts Magical Spell on Lovers

It’s no coincidence that Costa Rica consistently ranks high on the world’s happiness index. It’s a place where positive energy runs through the earth, pulsing through waterfalls and hot springs and bursting...