Year after year, winter comes, and you have to respond with your annual routine to prepare for the bitterly cold season. You dust off your heavy coats and take out your winter outfits to stay warm: long underwear, wool socks, snow boots, hats, mittens, and more. With layer after layer of clothes, sometimes you just can't get warm enough, and you're tired of it this time around. Just dressing warmer doesn’t make it warm, you know?
You long to change your routine to get away from the cold this year and take a warm tropical vacation somewhere on a beautiful island.
Here's a thought. Costa Rica. It's a place where you can certainly forget about snow boots, onesies, and socks. This year beat the winter blues by using this guide to help you plan your warm tropical vacation to Costa Rica.
Where to Stay
Costa Rica has no shortage of options when it comes to accommodations. However, if this is your first time visiting, consider staying at a luxury resort. You’ll still get plenty of local flavor without the uncertainty of knowing what to do in every situation. Plus, it’s nice to get pampered.
One popular choice for first-time visitors to Costa Rica is a pristine resort located on Peninsula Papagayo, where you can experience luxury with breathtaking views of Culebra Bay. Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo Resort, your new answer to frostbite and snow-covered roads. This luxurious resort offers 1,4000 acres of fun, relaxation, and activities for the whole family. The resort offers guests four pools, three beaches, an out of this world spa experience, golfing, and two kids club (one for teens too) to just mention the many things you and your family can enjoy, all without stepping foot outside the resort.
The Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo is another incredible resort option. You can spend your days zip-lining, hiking volcanos, surfing, and swimming in the ocean, only to spend your nights eating fresh sea-to-table fare and relaxing with a world-class spa treatment. The Four Seasons Resort offers a stunning and unique travel experience if you’re able or willing to spend extra.
You are on vacation in a new country, so you’ll probably want to skip out on driving, too. So you are probably wondering how to get around or how to get to the resort once you arrive at Costa Rica's Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (also known as Liberia International Airport LIR). If you opt to stay at a resort, almost all of them offer guests an airport shuttle service. Otherwise, you can take Liberia Airport Public Transportation or the airport's shared-private shuttle service to get you to your accommodation and the surrounding areas.
If you are looking to eat as locals do and want to really take in the Costa Rican lifestyle, then there are a variety of eateries that you may want to head to. Depending on your location, Restaurante Chao Pescao and The Dive Bar are both located in the Peninsula Papagayo area. From Playa Panama to Playas del Coco and beyond, you will find a mix variety and fusion of Costa Rican, American, Mediterranean, and Italian cuisines.
If you are looking to venture outside the resort and see the rest of the area, there are several area attractions to entertain everyone in your group. There is the Vandara Hot Springs, where you can enjoy natural hot springs or other activities like zip-lining or horseback riding. Vida Aventura Nature Park is also an attraction where you and your family can experience horseback riding, zip-lining, and more.
Now, I know you said you didn't want to drive, but who doesn't like driving around in a buggy? At Monkey Buggy Flamingo Adventures, you can take your family on an open-air tour in their buggies at the beach or on a cultural tour.
So what are you waiting for? Use this guide to help you plan your tropical vacation getaway today. Leave the winter blues behind and come have some fun in the sun in Costa Rica.