After much thought and consideration (and research!) I really fell in love with Granada, Nicaragua and Costa Rica's Rainforests & Beaches.
July 2012 I will be there with my son having an amazing time! We are so excited and cannot wait!
In the mean time, as you all know me, I've been doing massive amounts of research for this upcoming adventure... and I'll leave you with some of my favorite places:
Of course you cannot go to Costa Rica without a few days in Beach Paradise, right? ... Samara Beach is a beautiful little town on the Pacific side. And the Samara Tree House Inn is truly the only place I want to stay! They have "tree houses located "on" the beach. Its kind of a rustic paradise. Next to the tree houses there is a nice surf shop and school where we hope (or at least I hope) to be able to stand up on one of those boards!
|Your Own Private Hammocks|
|Samara Tree House Inn-Out Door Dining under your personal tree house|
|Samara Tree House Inn-Living Room with View of the Beach|
ARENAL NATIONAL PARK, COSTA RICA
the Arenal Observatory Lodge is the only lodging within the Arenal National Park. From my research I know the food is sub-par and thus being the foodie that I am, I had to think about this one, but in the end a very wise person said: "When will you ever have a chance to stay in the middle of the Rainforest?"
Ok, I'm sold! That is very true, besides this place has amazing views, lots of hiking trails through the rainforest, a bar open until 10pm, pool and jacuzzi and a game room... who cares about food? Ok, only for these 2 nights!
|Arenal Observatory Lodge-Pool area overlooking the Rainforest|
|Rio Celeste-All day tour from Arenal|
|Arenal Observatory Lodge-Nearby Hanging Bridges through the Rainforest|
|Granada, Nicaragua-Town Center|