Well, it’s official: Operation Staycation L.A. has come to an end…for awhile.
Adam and I are off to the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica for the next week-and-a-half!
The last five weeks have been my longest contiguous period at home in Los Angeles since July 2009, and Adam and I have had a wonderful time together.
We tried new/newish restaurants (Street, Umami Burger, Forage). We went to wine events and art walks. We took Toby, our corgi, sheepherding (and damn if he didn’t rock the flock). We took long weekend walks around the neighborhood, hand in hand. Once our air conditioning was fixed (ahem), we sat on the couch and watched TV for hours on end. (We’ll miss you, Lost).
Sometimes Adam got home from work in time for me to see him before bed… other times not so much. Safe to say he could use a vacation.
Ever since my Aunt Kari celebrated her 60th birthday in Costa Rica (on a zip-line, no less), I’ve been excited about seeing the country with Adam. So when Adam’s cousin Minona announced that she’d be getting married in the Guanacaste region, we pretty much jumped at the chance.
You know, for family.
We’re flying in to the airport in Liberia, then being shuttled an hour west to Playa Azucar/Sugar Beach (which sounds like a place on the Candyland game board). With no set plan besides Minona’s wedding to her fiancee, Peter, we’ll spend the weekend with a variety of Waldmans at the Hotel Sugar Beach.
Next Monday, our rental 4×4 will be delivered to the hotel and we’ll start our 4-day drive down the country’s Pacific coast (left side of the map).
Our first stop will be in the Pacific region’s town of Manuel Antonio, beside a national park of the same name (center of the Pacific coast). We’ll stay one night at an eco-friendly resort called Si Como No, which has its own adjacent wildlife refuge.
We’ll then go on to the largely unspoiled Osa Peninsula. We’ll stay at the El Remanso eco-lodge in Puerto Jimenez for two nights; our only plan is to visit the nearby rainforest in Corcovado National Park.
On Thursday at noon, we’ll fly one hour from Puerto Jimenez to San Jose on Nature Air. We’ll check in to the Hotel Don Carlos in downtown San Jose, explore the city for a bit, and then head for a last-day-of-vacation couples’ massage at the Costa Rica Marriott San Jose’s Kuo Spa.
But wait, there’s more.
On Friday morning, Adam will head home…and I’ll head straight to New York City for the TBEX travel bloggers’ conference (#TBEX10 on Twitter). The conference takes place on the campus of my alma mater, New York University, which thrills me to no end. With about 250 travel bloggers and travel PR reps attending, and sponsors like American Express and TripAdvisor, it promises to be the largest tweetup of the year.
Post-TBEX, I’ll be returning to L.A. for one week before heading out again, on a week’s press trip to the Dominican Republic (#drtrip on Twitter)!
For now, any suggestions for cool stuff to see/eat/do along the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica?