GUEST BLOGGER: Kerry Kobe: Owner of Sweet Sanity Designs
Why did you pick Costa Rica for a Summer getaway? We considered the Caribbean and Mexico and we had not really tried any spots in Central America. The flight from Miami was a quick 3hrs and we wanted a spot we could get to relatively quickly. Ironically even though it was ‘rainy season’ in Costa Rica, we lucked out with sunshine everyday. Of note, going in rainy season also means way less people then high season (Nov-Mar) so we felt like we had the resort to ourselves!
How long were you gone? Did you need more time? 4 nights / 5 days: Could have used one more night for one more dinner spot and another half day tour!
How was your trip and would you go back? Our trip to Costa Rica was so much more than I expected! We opted to stay on the western side of the country in the North-Pacific Riviera. This area is on the opposite side of the country from the capital and is more rural, nestled in between forests, farms, and stunning blue oceans. Staying at the Westin Playa Conchal was my first all-inclusive resort experience. As a foodie like so many reading this blog I have to say I was a little nervous. I was shocked that every meal exceeded our expectations! In addition to the great food and friendly people there was access to the perfect local beach behind the resort. While in some travel destinations I have felt more comfortable sticking with the pool, this beach wasn’t crowded and felt safe and relaxing. You are always trying to escape the heat so the ocean water is even a bit more refreshing than the pool! A short stroll from the town of Brasilito made us also feel like we really got to enjoy true Costa Rica. If you stay at the Westin, consider the upgrade to the Royal Beach Club which gives you access to another pool (adult only) as well as yet another breakfast spot!
Who would you recommend this trip to? For those who like the beach, pools and great food there is plenty. This is definitely more of a nature touring place and while there were tons of adventures for people who want to have an adrenaline rush, the overall vibe is VERY laid back. We saw lots of new moms and dads just strolling with little ones and looking at the wildlife and I think it is a very manageable place with kids. Should mention not a lot of nightlife, unless perhaps you were in the city. While it sounds cliche there is something for everyone!
Do Not Miss Experiences in Costa Rica:
1. Fish, Fresh Fruit and Coffee! If you love any of the above you will have a good trip. The ceviche everywhere from the local beach shacks to the resort restaurants was amazing. Whether fruit for breakfast or in your papaya margarita the rain forest will not disappoint. I came home with a suitcase full of coffee for friends and family! One surprise for us was how exceptional the beef was as well. With so many farms in the area steak lovers will be happy as well!
2. Take in an Adventure. If you like to kayak, snorkel, zip line, hike, visit a volcano or anything in between you will find it here. There are so many tours to choose from. Full day or half day tours, are available with large companies, but there are also smaller local guides that will craft just about whatever you’d like. We did a 2 hour horseback ride down the beach and into the mountains for photos to last us a lifetime!
3. Wildlife. Bring your camera, keep a look out and listen! From the iguanas,to the monkeys, to the beautiful colored birds..it was so much fun watching all the activity and listening to sounds everywhere. One of our favorite afternoon pastimes was to sit with a pineapple mojito and watch the Pizotes come out for their evening stroll. Everyone laughed watching these little guys running in bands working hard for their dinner!