West Coast Costa Rica: A Group of 10I love Costa Rica. I first went there in my early twenties with my parents and fell in love with their commitment to the environment and education as well as the "laid back" attitude of the country. Costa Rica has beautiful coasts and interior boasting wonderful wildlife, rainforests, mountains and beaches. I was fortunate enough to be able to return to Costa Rica for work and then with my now husband for a vacation. Costa Rica has remained relatively safe and has continued to be committed to the environment, education and tourism. I knew that returning, this time with my kids would re-kindle my love for the country and I was not wrong.
December 22, 2104I typically do not like to take group tours when I travel. I'm more of a DIY traveler. Spending more hours than there are in a day pouring over websites of hotels, reviews places to eat and see in order to put together the perfect Family Five Adventure. However, this trip was my parents' idea and they were taking us. They wanted it to be easy so they booked a group tour with a company.
A nice pro with going with a tour company is you don't have to do any work, it's all done for you, just sit back and let them take care of everything. Also, most meals are included, taking the stress out of trying to find the awesome places to eat. However, the cons are bus rides with people you don't know, tours with people you don't know, meals with people you don't know. Small talk: I don't love small talk; but I love to travel and I love Costa Rica, so I was excited to go. It was my family of five kids ages 9, 8 and 6 1/2 , my parents and my sister and her two kids ages 9 and 12 and the other 20+ individuals on this trip. We were traveling from the west coast of Costa Rica to the east coast in eight days total. We left a day early so the kids and parents could enjoy a relaxing day on the beach. We flew into Liberia, Costa Rica and were transferred to our first destination.g
Our hotel was located on Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste region of Costa Rica on the Pacific Ocean. The area is a bit more arid, but the horseshoe shaped beaches are beautiful with coconut trees lining the shore line. We checked into the Hotel Bosque del Mar as that was where the tour had us staying. A hotel in a bit of a need for a update when we were there. Seems like it has had a face lift since we stayed. It was fine. We did take in the distinctinve scent of the howler monkeys that hang around the hotel. I'm sure guests give handouts and therefore, the monkeys have become accustomed to free food. The hotel staff does their best to wash down the walkways to clean up after the monkeys, but there is only so much they can do. We went for dinner at the restaurant there, the food was decent with many choices. After dinner and the kids took a walk on the beach. Before heading to bed, I warned everyone that in the wee hours of the morning, the howler monkeys will start howling and it is loud. My mom still called the front desk in the morning to complain about the loud air conditioning unit in her room; can they please move her room?