COSTA RICA (NOVEMBER 1 - 14, 2014)
Costa Rica is one of my favorite places on earth. In November 2014, we took our second trip to this beautiful country. We were brainstorming a place to take the Mamacita, aka Renee Chevalier, to celebrate her 60th Birthday. During a conversation where we asked her if she'd like to go there, she responded "why would I want to go there when I live in Florida?" Immediately we knew that she was in for a real treat and called Philip's sister, Sophie, who quickly agreed.
This time we decided to select a location that was a little less traveled than Arenal, Quepos and Santa Teresa. We chose Playa Dominical due to it's remoteness from the larger towns and quickly coordinated all of our airfare. The digs were to be a surprise upon arrival known to no other but me.
We arrived on schedule and began our 3 hour drive along country dirt roads, up and down steep hills and through ditches overflowing with rain water. When we finally arrived, our palace in the jungle was lit up and waiting for us.
I cannot say enough about how beautiful this place was. It was positioned high on a hilltop, in the rainforest, overlooking the ocean. Each Palapa had a floor plan that opened right up to the surrounding environment. From the rain bath showers with ocean views to the floating pool stairs, they literally thought of everything. Henry, the grounds keeper was there to greet us and provide local advice for our stay.
This trip was a memorable experience for us all and I can't wait to go back!
Where we stayed - The beautiful Villa Temenos in Dominical, Costa Rica.
Restaurants - PorQueNo? Cuna del Angel, Dominical Sushi, Cafe el Sueno, Roca Verde, Las Palapa Restaurant, Cafe Delicias, Jolly Roger
Activities - Exploring Manual Antonio National Park, Zip-lining, hiking, horseback riding, stand up paddle boarding, bird watching, playing with the stray dogs that roamed about, watching the sun set over the horizon, eating fresh local food.
Local Tips - Mingle with the locals and practice your Spanish skills. Eat the comida tipica at the sodas (local cafes). Live a little!