I joined my Dad & Mom for a lovely retreat to Costa Rica. My husband was busy, so it was just the three of us. We have traveled all over the world. However, this was our first exotic trip together. The hotel was very nice & clean. It was so relaxing and I felt encompassed by nature and beauty. Breakfast was fabulous by the pool & cabana with coffee & juices; the freshest assortment of fruits; yummy breads with jam; & yogurt with granola. Every morning was a true pleasure. Bird watching from the hotel courtyard was delightful.
We stayed in room #4 with a kitchen, bathroom & futon on the main floor. A back door opened to a patio with incredible views of the ocean. Upstairs was a second bathroom along with two beds, a queen & twin. A private verandah extended from the bedroom with an ocean view as well. There was plenty of storage for our luggage & souvenirs. We felt completely safe here, even when leaving my laptop computer while on day trips.
Wishing to explore a larger part of Costa Rica, we rented an air conditioned car & were quite adventurous. In total, we drove over 1700 km over a period of ten days. We didn't take any planned bus tours...save your money. What a fantastic idea! Be sure to bring a map though. The roads were absolutely fine. A beautiful drive down the coast about an hour or so from Jaco lead us to Quepos. We explored Manuel Antonio National Park & the beaches were remarkable. Dominical is a bit further south, approximately two hours from Jaco.
My favorite part of the trip was our drive north to Arenal Volcano. With one bag packed, we left the rest of our belongings at Vista Pacifico. We stayed one night in a lodge at the base of the Volcano with a clear view of the red lava crashing down after dark. This astonishing place was the most remote place I have ever experienced. Lake Arenal was so beautiful. If you take a day tour, you will miss the red lava. The volcano only appears a smoky white during those hours.
The owners of Vista Pacifico, Greg & Jan, answered all of our questions & gave us directions as needed. They were great, friendly people & it was fun to stay at their gorgeous property. Keep in mind, the climate in Costa Rica at sea level is very hot & humid. This is normal. The fewer clothes you wear, the better. Botanical gardens are only about thirty minutes north of Jaco. We had our pictures taken with a Toucan & Macaw. The nearby River Tarcoles is home to large crocodiles which you can view from the bridge above. Costa Rica is an incredibly diverse country. What a special place to spend time with family. I had the time of my life!
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- Also Known As:
- Aparthotel Vista Pacifico Jaco
- Aparthotel Vista Pacifico Hotel Jaco
- Aparthotel Vista Pacifico Costa Rica/Jaco