Hotel La Mariposa
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Visit Klenske, Ink. We are staying at La Mariposa hotel (the butterfly), which is perched on a cliff overlooking the pacific ocean and manuel antonio national park. The hotel is gorgeous, mostly due to the scenery and the vistas. There┤s a swimming pool and two swim up bars, and an open air restaurant, and our room has a nice porch where we can get …
... so we wanted to wrap up her visit with a trip to this must-see Costa Rican park.
The crowds aren't really the big concern- it's just that most of the crowd are Ticos (the name Costa Ricans have given themselves- and, duly following the rules of Spanish, if it's a group of women only, it would be 'Ticas'). I'm not convinced that there's a Costa Rican Spanish word for 'whisper', 'quiet', 'stealth mode', or any reasonable facsimile thereof. We ...
... beach to San JosÚ is Jaco, but Jaco is like the Ocean City of MD. The beach isn't nearly as nice. The nightlife is great, but it can get crowded and touristy. If I'm in Costa Rica, I figured that I might as well endure the extra hours to experience a more pristine beach. If I'm taking a beach trip, I might as well do it right!
I found two cheap hostels online for $12 a night (not too shabby). I was conflicted between Vista Serena ...
... red and black and they look like tiny bats. Our food in Costa Rica has not been too different, not a nation well known for it's gastronomical delights I feel. It is greatly influenced by Spanish and Mexican tastes and so we have enjoyed fajitas, burritos, quesadillas, empanadas and tacos. Not good for our waist lines though. We have thoroughly enjoyed Costa Rica and would definitely recommend it for adventure, nature and beaches. Next stop ...
... places I've stayed in, this would be my top pick so far. That night Tim and I had lined up a few bottles of Diablo, a Chilean red wine, and along with the rest of the group we drank - responsibly of course - in nothing but a friendly & cheerful atmosphere.
I woke up at 7, surprisingly healthily, to head down for the second half of the dive course. Getting rid of the brain fog with some incredible organic Costa Rican coffee as I ran over our tasks for the day ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet