In October or 2011, my girlfriend and I drove up to Vero Beach from Miami to spend a weekend at Costa d Este. I had heard of the place thru a friend and was looking to get away from the city’s hustle. I was also looking for a romantic getaway with my new girlfriend, a place where we can relax and get to know each other even better. A place where I could just arrive on Friday, park the car and not worry about a thing until Sunday. Where we could just forget about everything and concentrate solely on us. I found that and much more at Coste d Este. Upon our arrival, the Front Desk handled our check in with ease and even treated us to a couple of “mojitos” at the Cabana Bar. Just before heading to our room, James, the bartender made us the best “mojito” I’ve ever tasted, and that’s coming from a Cuban-American like myself. Then we headed to our room which was spectacular. The ocean view balcony was so relaxing, and the sound of the crashing waves gave us the tranquility I was looking for. There was no need for anything else: beautiful king size bed, bottle of champagne, some fruits from the restaurant, an ipod docking station which allowed me to play the special songs (yes some of Gloria Estefan’s classics) I downloaded just for the trip, and my beautiful girlfriend, a lawyer who was as impressed as she could possibly be. On our first night, we enjoyed a late dinner in the hotel restaurant called The Wave. We both shared the Mahi Mahi which was very good. On our second night, my Cuban girlfriend had the “Ropa Vieja” (shredded beef) which was just as good as her mother used to make it. I had the snapper which was amazing. But the most amazing experience was the Lobster Ceviche, DO NOT PASS THAT UP! Robyn, the restaurant manager, stopped by to greet us and was really cool. At 10pm, The Wave turns into “the club” with a DJ that made us dance the night away. In the mornings, we walked the town and had breakfast at “The Lemon Tree” which is a block away. It was sooo good, we went back a second time. The weather was lousy. But the truth is, being from Miami, we didn’t need the sun and we weren’t looking to jump in the beautiful pool. However, the beach was picture perfect: from strolling to collecting sea shells, we snapped photos that will last us a lifetime. The entire experience was first rate, and the service, from the front desk to our house keeper was first class, just like Gloria and Emilio Estefan.
Ed and Laly