My boyfriend and I just returned from an amazing trip to Costa Rica! It was both of our first times to visit the country and we could not have loved it more. We are already dreaming of our next trip back. We stayed at the JW Marriott Gunacaste. The hotel was about an hour drive from the Liberia airport. I had booked a driver through Guanacaste Traveler after finding out about them on Instagram. Our driver was Jhonny and we thought he was GREAT, even if not at all what was promised. When I booked with them we were guaranteed an English speaking guide, and Jhonny spoke only a few words in English. He brought his daughter along to practice her English when he picked us up. I speak some Spanish so it was a good chance for me to practice my skills. We arrived late at night, so we were excited to rest up and head out for adventure on the first day. We rented a car from the onsite Avis car rental, and took the agents advice and rented a GPS as well. The roads were not in the best shape, and the streets are not marked so I’m glad we took his advice. For reference, the hotel is about six miles down a dirt road with lots of potholes from the main road. We headed in to Tamarindo to do a little shopping and check out the town. Our first stop was the grocery store to get drinks and snacks for the week. Our room had a refrigerator so we were happy to have these over the week, instead of calling for room service or going out to the pool bar and spending $8 dollars on water. The next stop was Pangas Beach Club. This was probably my favorite restaurant of the entire trip. The food was amazing, the view was great, and there were monkeys sleeping in the trees overhead.
From there we headed up the beach to Flamingo Beach, where we spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing in the sun. We had dinner that night back in Tamarindo at Patagonia Argentinian Grill where we were lucky enough to snag the last two seats at the bar since we hadn’t made a reservation. The food here was really good and it was a cool atmosphere right in the middle of everything in Tamarindo.
The next day we spent the morning by the pool before walking up the beach to Lola’s. It was about a 40 minute walk. When we got there we rented some chairs and decided to spend most of the day there. The food at Lola’s was good, and I loved the scene there. The tables were so neat, and it was just a cool vibe.
We walked back to the hotel after a nice day on the beach and got back in time to watch the sunset and head to dinner at Sabanero Steak House in the hotel. Usually, I am not a big fan of the restaurants in hotels, but we ate here twice. We liked it that much. We loved the Pargo (grouper carpaccio), we also loved it so much we ordered it twice. Overall, we loved staying at this hotel. It was very pretty, well kept, and the staff was very helpful. The pool was so nice, and even if there were a lot of people out it never felt crowded because it is so large. We loved watching the sunsets from the beach every night. Check back later for more on our trip.