Costa Rica – Day 4

Hello, Everyone!  Below is my final day in Costa Rica.  It’s been a fantastic adventure!  I hope that each of you has the opportunity to experience this destination for yourself!  I also encourage you to check out the various programs that Apple offers – There’s something for everyone! Pura Vida!

JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa – This EP resort is one of the newest in the area at only 15 months old.  Absolutely stunning property!  Resort features 310 beautiful rooms with flat screen TV’s.  No front desk but rather an intimate air conditioned room with three individual desks for more personalized check in/out.  Free WIFI throughout the entire property or there’s a Business Center with Internet access for a small fee.  Resort offers 2 bars, 6 restaurants, a huge wine cellar, 24 hour room service and a Catholic chapel.  Guests can golf nearby for $80 including the cart or take a class – Yoga, Dance, Pilates, Language or Cultural.  HUGE Spa – Voted by Travel Leisure as the Best and Biggest Spa in Central America!  This resort is truly a winner!

Barcelo Playa Langosta Resort & Casino – Great value!  Resort is located in the Tamarindo area.  GREAT SURFING!!!  Features 998 rooms, 5 bars, 2 restaurants (had lunch here and the food was really good), on site casino and a large theater with a different show every night.  Grounds are extremely lush.  Very nice beach (waves are pretty intense) and nice pool.  There is a surcharge for top shelf liquor.  I would say this is a great resort for anyone looking to be close to the nightlife in Tamarindo or anyone wanting to surf. Continue reading

Costa Rica – Day 3

Hola, my Friends!  Here is Day 3 . . .

Playa Hermosa Bosque del Mar Hotel / 5 Apple – I would say that this boutique resort is what Frank Lloyd Wright would have created had he built a tree house.  It’s a charmer!  Lovely open-air lobby.  Resort offers recently remodeled large junior suites decorated with a modern flare.  Features 1 restaurant and 1 bar, nice pool area with a jacuzzi and free WIFI.  Beach is quite large with lots of shade!  This resort is featured in the Deluxe option of Apple’s 7 Night “Discover Costa Rica” escorted tour.  Love it!

Excursion:

The famous Costa Rican Zip Lines – the Canopy Tour!  Arrived at the jungle area and was greeted by the English speaking operator for Congo Canopy Tours.  Headed up hill to an open air building to suit up – fitted out with a harness, gloves and hardhat.  Headed further up hill to the first platform via a suspended bridge over a beautiful river gorge.  The operators gave me easy instructions on what to expect and how to handle myself.  Then, my first jump!  WOW!  If you have never experienced this particular type of excursion, you have to add it to your bucket list!  It’s invigorating and exhilarating!  Zipping down a line at 25 miles per hour is something you will NEVER forget!  My excursion included 9 lines (one was over 900 feet long) and several more suspended bridges.  There were monkeys everywhere (probably laughing at me – HA)!  The only thing I would suggest is to remember that there is some climbing involved – not an excursion for anyone with mobility issues.  A FANTASTIC experience!!!

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James’ Journey in Costa Rica continues

satMore hotel reviews from James Reese from Costa Rica!

The Allegro Papagayo is located on a beautiful black sand beach, this resort features 2 bars, 3 restaurants and 300 rooms. Stunning views of the Gulf of Papagayo! Great pool and pool bar. Guests can climb the “Watchtower” and have a drink while watching the sunset. Rooms are standard and clean. Showers only. Kids club for ages 4–12. $2 per day charge for the safe and $25 charge for WIFI for duration of stay (regardless of length). Restaurant reservations are required. Resort is built on the side of the mountain — LOTS of walking! Great for clients looking for a value.

Villas Sol Hotel and Beach Resort — Too, cool! This resort is built on the side of yet another mountain with phenomenal views!!! Every room is Ocean View. 2 restaurants and 2 bars, 2 pools and 1 jacuzzi. Continue reading