Recent freezing mornings in Arizona prompted me to recall a January trip to Costa Rica. Just revisiting my photos from the trip brought back great memories and helped thaw out some winter blues. Here are some reasons we’ll be anxious to return:
Los Suenos Resort’s gardens
Views of the marina, Herradura Bay and Los Suenos Resort from The Hook Up Restaurant and Bar
Many species of birds like this egret are common sights at Los Suenos
Manicured gardens and covered walkways in the Los Suenos Resort/Herradura area.
While the others in our vacation group we’re out on the La Iguana Golf Course, the rest of us enjoyed exploring the resort — its beautiful gardens, arbor-covered walkways, creeks and canals, expansive pool area and marina. Tip: It’s an easy stroll to the marina village. Consider a leisurely lunch at the nearby sports pub, The Hook Up, overlooking the Herradura Bay and marina. This luxurious resort has all the finest points of superior lodging. But for the room rates, we’d expect to be on a nicer beach property. Nearby to Jaco, and other Costa Rica resort towns, the resort makes a nice option for a fine dinner, spa treatment or shopping venue.
One of the best Costa Rica vacation memories — the wonderful coffee
While in Costa Rica, we enjoyed Cafe Britt coffee also, as that seemed to be found everywhere, and we brought some of it back with us. But we had a special memory of eating a delicious breakfast and sipping some the best coffee I’ve ever tasted at the Cafe Milagro restaurant on the morning before our trip to the Manuel Antonio National Park. Once back in Arizona we were pleased to know it was easy to order this coffee online — both brands. There’s no better way to bring back tropical vacation trip memories and fend off chilly Arizona mornings than a cup of great Costa Rica coffee.
Warm waters throughout the winter — Manuel Antonio beach
Water temperature = 83 degrees
While my swimming pool is probably 40 degrees or so, I can’t help but think about the warm waters in Costa Rica. Checking online for water temperature reports I found a great surfing info website. It gives me a great sense of warmth just knowing that somewhere there’s a destination within a five-hour flight with beautiful beaches — a lush tropical paradise with a seemingly endless amount of activities stretching across one’s imagination of vacation dreams. Sorting through Costa Rica vacation photos is great way to cure the winter doldrums — even in sunny Arizona.
Bio: One of Nancy Garrett’s favorite journalism jobs was as writer-editor-photographer for an Arizona travel magazine. She hopes to develop that same sense of passion with her blog, AZGetawayTravel, where she writes about her travel experiences, travel tips, recommended destinations, lodging and restaurants. She also shares travel deals. Destinations and evaluations are based solely on personal preferences. No free lodging, food or other gifts are accepted in association with her entries.
Garrett, an Ohio native, moved to Arizona in 1978 and has lived in Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert and Show Low. She attended graduate school at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She and her husband have traveled throughout the United States and to Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada and the Bahamas.