James Reese Apple’s Philly Regional Sales Manager just visited — Costa Rica. I asked him to report back and here is what he had to say!
Greetings from Costa Rica! Or, as they say here — “Pura Vida” — Pure Life! I flew from Philadelphia direct to San Jose via Atlanta on Delta. I was met outside of Baggage Claim by a Swiss Tours representative who “tagged me” with a Swiss Tours badge. Customs/Immigrations was super fast and very easy in this very modern and air conditioned airport. My air-conditioned transfer bus was waiting as soon as I stepped outside.
On the transfer I was able to see a bit of San Jose. This capital city offers everything you’d expect of a big city — many cultural attractions, lots of dining and great nightlife! The transfer to the Arenal area (about 3 hours) went by quickly as my guide gave me some great background information. We drove through stunning vistas of misty mountains, valleys, sugar cane and coffee plantations. I arrived in the Costa Rica “Green” season (which is the end of April through the beginning of December). The weather is cooler and wetter. Stopped at a local place on the way called El Jardin (about an hour into the transfer) for a great lunch with the locals!
We arrived at Hotel Magic Mountain. The “magic mountain” referenced in the name is the beautiful Arenal Volcano! This boutique resort (36 rooms and 6 junior suites) offers stunning views of the Arenal Volcano from EVERY room! This EP resort offers a pool with heated pool bar, two jacuzzis, a surprisingly roomy spa with 4 treatment rooms and convention facilities. The resort features 1 restaurant (breakfast is included) and a sports bar — both offering the same stunning views of the volcano! 3 floors with scenic elevators. This hotel is offered in Apple Vacations’ “3 Night — The Mighty Arenal Volcano” escorted tour.
That night we did an excursion at the Tabacon Hot Springs, which were rejuvenating! Built at the base of the Arenal Volcano in the lush tropical jungle, the Hot Springs are a collection of many springs, waterfalls and pools that collect the magma heated water from the volcano — very hot at the top of the string of pools and cooler as the water flows down the hill to the lower pools. The facility offers a pool bar, restaurant, lockers and even bathing suit dryers! Afterwards, I enjoyed dinner at the gourmet buffet offered in the restaurant overlooking the jungle and pools. Food was superb! This excursion and dinner is also a piece of Apple’s “3 Night — The Might Arenal Volcano” escorted tour.
Fact:: Did you know that almost 100% of the power used in Costa Rica is generated by Hydro, Geothermal or Wind? Costa Rica’s goal is to become one of the few countries that are carbon neutral! Nice!
More updates to follow, stay tuned!