On a Business Trip to Tropical Beaches and a Tropical Rain Forest

When one gets to head to ‘work’ in Costa Rica or Nicaragua, there is not much else that can compare. I recently returned from (let’s say my 15th) visit to Costa Rica. Each time I learn something new, meet incredibly amazing people and indulge in all that my favorite country has to offer. After a spectacular visit to Jicaro Island Lodge in Nicaragua earlier this year, I was eager to get back to Central America. This time I made my way to Arenas Del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort in Manuel Antonio, Latitude 10 Resort in Santa Teresa and Finca Rosa Blanca in Santa Bárbara de Heredia.

As most people usually beg to argue, traveling to these amazing places and experiencing these unbelievable properties is a part of my job. They say dress for the job you want right, so I was sure to show up in my linen pants, swimsuit and ready to live Pura Vida.

My favorite part about working with The Cayuga Collection is how each property truly compliments one another. I arrived in the evening to the warmest welcome at Arenas Del Mar. After traveling throughout the day, it was nice to arrive seamlessly and enjoy one of the best meals I’ve ever had right on the beach under the stars. I kept thinking to myself, yes I am finally back where I belong. When you arrive at night, there is something special about waking up fresh in this beautiful country to the monkeys and birds right on your balcony. The next say, we headed over to Kura Design Villas to enjoy a fabulous lunch overlooking the infamous Whale’s Tail in Uvita and to check out the new master suites – which are over-the-top spectacular! For all those couples out there, this is where you want to be.

Next, we made our way on the ferry to Santa Teresa. I’ve always heard incredible things about this quaint beach town and it lived up to its expectations. Latitude 10 is impressively set off the main road in town, behind a private gate. Each casita is open-air and unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. Some of us have been to ‘open’ format resorts, but none like this.. I promise you that. The beautiful architecture of each casita accompanied by the most gorgeous outdoor shower is very unique. Here you are at one with the rain forest, while the ocean and beach are just a few footsteps away.

Lastly, Finca Rosa Blanca is always my home away from home and I was thrilled to end my trip here. Grano de Oro is another incredible option right in downtown San Jose that I was fortunate enough to visit on my last trip. Their restaurant which specializes in French Mediterranean and tropical influenced cuisine is to die for. I still dream about those incredible flavors in the dishes the chef prepared for us. Both these magical places always exceeds my expectations.

Waking up on an organic coffee plantation with the fresh smell of coffee roasting and enjoying your own cup (or cups) is the right way to wrap up your Costa Rican adventure. On my way out, I grabbed several bags of their organic shade-grown coffee to bring back to Florida for friends, family and of course myself. Each morning, I am lucky enough to still have a taste of Costa Rica at my fingertips. Sometimes, I think I can still hear the monkeys or birds outside my window.

Each visit to this special place and amazing properties offers more than I could imagine and is the perfect reset button to what can sometimes be a hectic life. Can’t wait for my next Central American adventure; perhaps Panama?

This is a Guest Blog by Dana Cohen.  She works as Publicist for the Cayuga Collection of Sustainable Luxury Hotels and Lodges in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama.  dana@cohen-pr.com

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