You Gotta Love Costa Rica

This Central American place has it all!

We flew into San Jose, the capital metropolis, on JetBlue from Ft Lauderdale (a wonderful airline, by the way).

A person night time was put in at the Carriari Doubletree resort, then off to the state of Guanacaste on Costa Rica’s northwest Pacific coast. The generate usually takes about 4 several hours based pit stops (not also several for us, the girls ended up in a rush to get to the vacation resort for some reason). There are a lot of, lots of solutions for facet journeys on this journey. I regret now, in hindsight, that we did not choose a few.. this sort of as the volcano and/or the Cloud Forest.

The road from San Jose to Liberia (the metropolis where by we hung a sharp left to get to the coast and the vacation resort) is a segment of the Pan American Highway. As you can see from the picture, it is speedily becoming expanded to a four lane freeway by the Costa Rican authorities. Expected completion time is about two yrs. This advancement will effortlessly reduce the push time involving San Jose and Guanacaste by an hour or a lot more. (The existing two lane street is in very good shape.. it is the targeted traffic that slows you down.)

The upcoming five times and nights we luxuriated in a very little duplex bungalow at the Hilton Papagayo All-Inclusive Vacation resort on Papagayo Bay.

We shared the other side of our unit with our daughter and mate. Our hillside locale proved to be ideal for accessing the “older people only” part of the resort – and space consisting of the spa, a pool, dining region and seaside.

The grounds (and trees) encompassing our bungalow we shared with some extremely significant but pleasant iguanas and howler monkeys. A quick take note about the monkeys: when shy, they are also really curious. We had been warned not to depart anything at all unattended that might be of fascination to them – either on our front porch or on the beach front. Seems the very little devils have a practice of using objects – this kind of as towels, cameras, apparel, and so forth. – again up into the trees with them. Then, when their curiosity is satisfied, they leave the objects there. So, unless of course you want to locate your possessions in the treetops when you return, very best to depart them indoors or guarded.

All non-motorized water sports are provided at the Hilton Papagayo. Jet skis and deep sea fishing is more, but moderately priced. Freshly engaged Joni & Cameron caught a 50 % dozen grouper during a early morning outing, all of which were cleaned, cooked and served for lunch by the resort chef in an hour of landing. Converse about new!

Tiny vans – actually golf carts on steroids – consistently roam the paths of the resort, offering rides to visitors in between bungalows and many sights on the property. We identified it greatest to stroll the length as a signifies of working out off some of the amazing food stuff! As you can see from my shadow on this route to the dining spot, I’ve gotten taller and skinnier.

We encountered some not-so-shy howler monkeys at a zoo positioned at the base of the zip line facility. A single seemed flawlessly at residence on Savey’s shoulders.

1 afternoon the resort’s spa staff hosted a seashore-facet rub down for couples… it was a concoction manufactured of honey, training course floor espresso beans plus moisturizer of some form. Me and the iguanas opted out of that minimal party.

Did I mention the foodstuff? Fabulous! Heaps of clean seafood and a number of choice dining places to decide on from.. at no more value.

The zip line was considerably diverse from what we anticipated. In its place of a one journey down to the floor from a tower or cliff, we professional a collection of eleven rides as a result of the tree tops of the jungle. Once elevated to tree prime amount, it was a thrill to journey from station to station without as soon as returning to earth.. until the last zip line down landed us on ‘terra firma’ about an hour later.

We savored an audience of numerous ‘critters’ even though we ended up invading their elevated area.

The monkeys are speedy! A single of our celebration bought a little also close when taking a picture. In the block of an eye, just one of the small buggers grabbed her sunglasses. A trainer had to retrieve them.

Costa Rica is genuinely a mother nature lover’s paradise. And the Hilton Papagayo is specifically appealing, all-inclusive and fairly priced. To perspective charges at this house go here.