Costa Rica Wanderlust: San Jose

where to stay:

Finca Rosa Blanca Country Inn:  The inn is located 20 minutes outside of San Juan on a hillside with over 300 fruit trees, and a 30 acre coffee bean farm- the inn provides guided hiking tours of the farm.  There's an infinity pool and hot tub that overlook the farm,  as well as a spa, and concierge service to set you up on whitewater rafting, zipline, or volcano exploration adventure.  Finca Rosa Blanca offers an incomparable lodging experience with three extraordinary Master Suites and Villas and eleven elegant Junior Suites.   Suite pricing begins at $261 USD/night  https://www.fincarosablanca.com/en/

 

Hotel Grano de Oro: Set off a bustling thoroughfare, this upscale, boutique hotel is a 9-minute walk from Museo de Arte Costarricense.  The modern, elegant rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, and desks.  We recommend upgraded rooms with added terraces or a suite with a private garden and whirpool tub. There's also an upscale restaurant with courtyard seating and a cozy lounge.  Room pricing begins at $165USD/night.  http://www.hotelgranodeoro.com/

where to eat:

Park Cafe: At this delicious fusion of antique and French, Michelin-star chef Richart Neat offers an exquisite menu featuring smaller sampling plates and a carefully curated wine list.  The romantic, candlelit courtyard is eclectically  decorated with Asian antique imported by Neat's partner, Louise French.  The tantalizing menu includes classic flavor combinations- carpaccio of beef with mustard dressing, crab ravioli with asparagus and ginger carpaccio, and gorgonzola gnocchi with prune-stuffed pork fillet.  An eight-table limit creates an intimate atmosphere.   

 

Posted on February 9, 2016 .

Visit Costa Rica: Playa Manuel Antonio

where to stay

Beach Packer Hostel: Probably the cheapest place in town, but it doesn't sacrifice any of the amenities.  Only seconds away from the beautiful beaches in Manuel Antonio and rain forest, accessible to zip lining, surfing, and white water rafting.  Keep your eyes open because you may just see a capuchin monkey frolicking outside your window.  Enjoy a delicious breakfast of coffee, pancakes, and fruit every morning on the hostel's patio.  A fun stay indeed!  Room pricing beginning at $60 USD/night.  http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/Beach-Packer-Hostel/Manuel-Antonio/87067

Tulemar Bungalows & Villas: Have the ultimate luxury stay amongst the sloths and monkeys in the trees of Manuel Antonio.  Tulemar's spacious 645 sq. foot Bungalows provide all the comforts of home only, perhaps, with a better view! Each Bungalow is equipped with a small kitchenette (mini-fridge, microwave, sink, 2 burner hot plate and coffee maker) an air conditioned living room with a trundle bed and an air conditioned, master bedroom with two queen size beds and television.  When you're not enjoying the beach, bask by  one of the villas' four pools.  Bungalow pricing begins at $205 USD/night.  http://www.4tulemar.com/tulemarbungalows.html

where to eat:

El Wagon: Stop by El Wagon for pizza on your way to the beach for a taste of home.  We recommend ordering the margarita or Hawaiian  thin crust.  If you want to enjoy your pizza to stay, you may have some sloths or capuchin monkeys visiting in the lush greenery next to the patio.  Certainly the best pizza in town and at a price that won't break the bank.

Posted on February 1, 2016 .