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    Want to know where you can find the best "pinto" in town or which beaches you should cross off your bucket list first? .

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  • How is life and travel in Costa Rica?

    In this blog you will find all you need to know about this beautiful country; from travel tips to our culture.
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  • How is life and travel in Costa Rica?

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Accommodations

Conchal Beach… A real resting place to be known


As many people have heard, the Costa Rican Beaches are one of the main country’s treasures to be known. There are many beautiful and different kind of beaches in the Pacific and in the Caribbean Coast. Some of those beaches are quite different among them due to the fact of their sand color. This is the case of Conchal Beach, located in Guanacaste, at the Pacific Coast. Conchal is recognized for its white sand composed by miniature shells. This beach has its contrast on the crystalline light blue and green sea water colors. 


For this reason, our Blog went to Conchal Beach. It is located six hours in car from San José. We were driving a comfortable tall vehicle Daihatsu Bego, we got it at National Rent a Car, in Costa Rica. This place has always prepared us an excellent package tour to make long travels in the country. It contains all coverages, good car quality, and support.
Only the route getting to Liberia City was amazing to see the first beaches that are along the way. We stopped once or several times to drink a coffee with a delicious typical breakfast that cannot be absent for our tourists.


This time, our place to stay was the Westin Golf Resort & Spa Playa Conchal, an All Inclusive Resort. This time was our first experience there.  We arrived to a fully personalized attention with a high standard on its food service. It also has a high standard service on its rooms’ presentation. We could see all that since the first day. Of course, the first thing we did was going to our room to change our clothes to go directly to enjoy the white-shell-beach and its beautiful dusk.

We stayed in that hotel during three full days. We were surrounded by its lush and green vegetation. The people who work there are so kind to the customers with an excellent attention for them.   It is very pleasant that we could savor every dish prepared with fresh seafood, drinking a good refreshing beverage. This is a place to come back and take areal rest.  

 

 

 

 

 

A strategic place to lodge

 
 
This time, we looked for a hotel which is not so big and very comfortable. But, it had also to be of a very good rate for a Canadian family that will visit the country for a familiar activity: a wedding. For the first time in Costa Rica, one part of this family’s interests is taking some one-day-tours and visiting the nearby provinces that are amazing for their beaches and volcanoes.  
 
We arrived there because it was recommended by a San Antonio de Belén’s local inhabitant. Vista de Golf Hotel is a “Boutique” hotel with 38 rooms. It is strategically located in a place that is only 15 minutes driving from Juan Santamaría International Airport. It is located only 300 meters from the new National Convention Center. This is an excellent location to go to the main touristic places of the country. Here, we can also find great offers for tours and activities that the guests can get and coordinate at the front-desk. Additionally, the Internet is offered in all the hotel, so this is an excellent choice for business visitors.  
 
 
This hotel is for tourists who are going from San José to beach or mountain destinations. It is also for people that come to sleep their first and last night in Costa Rica.  The most important detail is that we realized that this hotel’s night rates are very competitive and attractive. The rates are from $70 dollars, offering  the visitor a wider possibility on his/her travelling pocket. So, one can spend it in tours, or on the other hand, one can go shopping. The tours and shopping are planned in a Costa Rican National way. More information: www.hotelvistadegolf.com   Location: Avenida La Marina, Ciudad Cariari, 300 meters West from the Fresh Market. 
 
Photo by:  Blog Life and Travel in Costa Rica 
 
 
 

A Caribbean Route

 
 
We traveled to the Caribbean Zone to enjoy its culture and also its beautiful beaches. We were looking for tasting real rice and beans with coconut milk in a local restaurant. We also wanted to appreciate a wonderful twilight in a relaxed environment. This was some of what we were looking for while visiting this zone. 
 
One part of this trip was to know in the same place Le Caméléon Hotel, situated at Puerto Viejo’s locality. It is also very near to the famous Cocles Beach, an attractive place lost into a real rain forest.  
 
This minimalist hotel made us rest, forgetting the city’s noise and bustle. This is because its comfort and privacy could invite you to stay in your room, thinking immediately about a room service to have dinner. 
 
Another detail that caught our attention was the silence and tranquility that are perceived in this hotel due to the fact that its style is not massive: they do not have many guests. This means that the little sound you could hear is the mix of the sound produced by the own local fauna and some downpours that are typical of the Caribbean weather.  
Le Caméléon has its own private Beach Club. The best of it is that it is very near to the rooms, because you go across the street and you arrive right there, at the beachfront. In the same way, it offers a Jungle Spa with a wide treatment variety. 
 
We must talk about the delicious breakfast that we ate the next morning. Our eyesight and our palate were keen on the guest assistance and the food presentation, because we chose to ask for the Costa Rican typical breakfast: gallo pinto, eggs, cheese, and obviously, a good coffee with very fresh handmade bread. 
 
We loved the Caribbean Zone’s detail that the different beaches like Cahuita, Gandoca, Bonita, Manzanillo, Cocles, and many others are all together like in a line. They are connected among them and we can access to them easily. You can visit all of them almost the same day. For this reason, we recommend you to take some snaks and drinks with you, into your travel bag to enjoy your day the best you can do, if one of the beaches invites you to stay more time on it. You can also visit one of the local restaurants that offer a wide Caribbean Food variety. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/lecameleonhotel/  
 
 
 
 

"Toad Hall Hotel" a special view of the Arenal Lagoon

 

 
Are you visiting or will visit the San Carlos area near La Fortuna-Arenal Volcano? We have and excellent recommendation of a place if you wish to observe more closely the Arenal Lagoon in all of its splendor with more detail, and also, if you wish, with a good cup of Costa Rican coffee or a specialty regarding local food in a creative way. The Toad Hall is a small hotel in the middle of the mountain near the lagoon and has a great view to it.  Under a boutique hotel style, this place is set among a great variety of green nature that surrounds the gigantic Arenal Lagoon. The environment in the hotel is very warm and perfect to rest with its beautiful views and the tranquility of the area.
 
This hotel has family-oriented spaces as well as spaces for couples, private suites and special events. Each room has its own personality in decoration, which makes them even cozier.
 
They also offer the "Arenal Adventures Tours" for those who wish a little more of adventure in their trip. The place is located close to the Arenal Volcano, natural hot springs, the Venado Caves, Tilarán and also the beaches in Guanacaste if you wish to continue your journey a little more bordering the Arenal Lagoon. 
 
For more information: www.toadhallhotel.com / 2692-8181
Location: La Unión, 9 kilometres SW from Nuevo Arenal on route 142. Arenal, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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