Playa Esterillos Este is, I understand, one of the few white sand beaches on Costa Rica's Pacific coast. A new highway puts it just 2 1/2 hours from the San Jose airport. We were able to spend our last night at the hotel and had an easy drive the next day to catch our 1 p.m. flight home--much better than staying in an airport hotel or in San Jose. The grounds are lush and shady, with hammocks and lounge chairs on the grass under the palms, and just beyond, the pristine beach and sparkling water. An architect and artist designed and decorated Alma del Pacifico, using stucco and vivid colors and lively works of art. The bathrooms are huge. We spent our days snorkeling and hiking and then retreated to the spa for truly expert massage. The dining room is open air and the food is very good. Don't miss the ceviche! I went with my sister and daughter, but this would be a fabulous spot for a honeymoon.