Thursday, January 31, 2008

Love In The Sand

Jesse really wanted a honeymoon on the beach, so after 5 days in the jungle Jesse arranged for 5 days on the beach to meet both of our dreams. We booked the whole honeymoon with the same travel agent and I want to say that as wonderful as the Tabacon Resort was, the Playa Conchal, where we spent the second half of our trip, was terrible. The resort was old and rundown, the pool area and restaurants were in need of updating and cleaning, and the service was mediocre. All of this, I could've ignored but what really bothered me were the stray cats that were everywhere. Dirty cats with oozing sores, cats with litters of skinny kittens, smelly cats begging for food. As an animal lover, I found it hard to ignore the cats and could not enjoy the resort grounds.

That being said, once we realized how much we did not enjoy the resort, we chose to spend most of our time just outside the doors of the resort, at the lovely beach. Playa Conchal's website features photo-shopped pictures of their resort, but the pictures of the beach are dead on. All beaches in Costa Rica are public beaches and we were surprised that most of the time we were the only ones on the beach.

Of course I wanted one of these popular shots.

And, of course we got sunburned despite loads of sun block.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Jungle Love Part II

The Tabacon offers a grand spa with natural hot springs stemming from the nearby Arenal volcano and rain water. Sitting under the falls and letting the hot water run off your neck and shoulders was heavenly.

Because we were in Costa Rica during the "off" season, the hotel, the restaurants, and the spas were nearly empty. We were able to enjoy the spas without being crowded or pestered. Also, we had first rate choices for massage times and restaurant reservations.

The weather was beautiful, the people were wonderful, and we truly enjoyed a nice balance of activity and leisure time.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Honeymoon Love In The Jungle

During the wedding planning, Jesse and I had some different ideas about what a honeymoon should be. He really wanted to spend time lying on the beach, I wanted a more adventurous time. Of course, there were some tense moments for us during the planning and so to ease our disagreements, we agreed that Jesse would plan a honeymoon we would both enjoy and I would not ask him about it at all. When I found out Jesse had planned a honeymoon in Costa Rica, I knew he had hit the nail on the head!

Part I: My Honeymoon

The view from our room at The Tabacon Resort: Arenal Volcano

We did not get a honeymoon suite and we did not regret it, we felt our room was beautiful, clean, and comfortable, and had everything we needed.

Same view as above, once the mist had cleared.