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  1. Neat to hear about your honeymoon there! Many of my wedding guests mentioned wanting to stay there if they go back to the area, after falling in love with Al Cielo at my wedding. Now I can share some more details with them if they ask .
  2. Ask.CostaRica - thanks for the car service tip! Hopefully they'll take us even earlier if we want. I'll give them a call when I get to Costa Rica, if I can. I do speak Spanish, but not well, and my written Spanish is better - I hope they speak English too haha.
  3. Thank you SO SO much again. So $20? I was going to go w/the $25 shuttles b/c it is new and taxis don't know where it is - I guess it is worth the extra $5 for that huh. Muse is the restaurant there, but if it isn't good, I'll go for your suggestions. Do they both offer fish? I don't eat meat. Someone on tripadvisor also mentioned Tablita Campesina in walking distance from Beacon. They said it was cheap and good - would you recommend it?
  4. Ask.CostaRica - Sorry to ask so many questions but you've just been so helpful - and I'm leaving tomorrow! So you've really helped! Now Finca Rosa Blanca is $218 including taxes on Expedia for a Junior Suite (major savings compared to their website). FRB says they provide transportation $30 each way to airport, so total $268, and that it is 15-20 minutes from airport. Beacon Escazu (where I am booked) is $138 including taxes, and they provide transportation for $25 each way, so total $188, and you say it is also 20 minutes to airport from Escazu. Beacon Escazu Is Finca Bl
  5. Ugh everyone says something different, see? So Xandari is 35 minutes from airport? And Finca Rosa Blanca is actually closer? I looked at both and I heard the opposite ha! They both look very pretty - I wish I felt it was worth it - if I were leaving on a later flight, I would have totally booked one of them! I love the idea of waterfall trails at Xandari, although Finca Rosa Blanca's rooms look nicer.
  6. We're arrive at 3:15 PM and departing the next morning at 7:15 AM - so we'd have to be at the airport by 5 AM I think. Normally, I'd just stay at the Hampton Inn, but we have many hours afternoon/evening on the last day, and it seems like it would be nice to stay somewhere slightly more interesting or at least w/a restaurant or restaurant near by. Indigo Hotel looks cool, but it is in Santa Ana? I looked into Beacon Escazu too - new and slightly cheaper, but I'm assuming either of these hotels will be a 1/2 hour taxi from the airport? Do you know? Would Doubletree Cariari Hilton be
  7. Ask.CostaRica - Thanks for the suggestions. We're actually staying at Grano de Oro before and after our overnight rafting trip. We get in too late the first night for dinner (our flight arrives at 8:40 PM), but I do have dinner reservations for when we get back from rafting, so hopefully we'll enjoy the restaurant there. They only had standard and superior rooms available though, so we're not luxing it there. We have a flight the following morning around 10:30, so we won't have time to see any of the San Jose area. Even though I'm leaving on Friday, I'm still confused about where to stay
  8. To hijack this thread - any last minute recs for hotels near SJO? I've read tripadvisor but am still unsure of what best fits the bill for me for my last night.
  9. For those of you who have been to Costa Rica already, do you have any suggestions for hotels near SJO? I've looked on tripadvisor and am just not firm on any of the choices.
  10. Just looked at Royal Corin though - it does look pretty swanky! I'll keep it in mind for the next trip if we make it to Arenal.
  11. We're going in 9 days - doing overnight river-rafting, staying at Pacuare Jungle Lodge, and then 5 nights at Florblanca Resort in Santa Teresa (Mal Pais area). We also looked into Lapa Rios, but didn't have enough time for everything. If anyone has any suggestions for where to stay in the San Jose region , as flight schedules are necessitating 3 (brief) nights there, please share!
  12. You can find my review and photos on tripadvisor - I had to actually had to create the entry of the hotel on tripadvisor b/c it wasn't there, even though I first found out about the place via the forums there. But in short, I thought it was a great getaway for a short period - very very different than what we would experience elsewhere, and I wanted that. I really wanted an ocean view, and I really didn't want the huge highrise hotel room feel that you get in some of my favorite places, like Hawaii, and we didn't have time to go to French Polynesia or Costa Rica for those individual bun
  13. You can find my review and photos on tripadvisor - I had to actually had to create the entry of the hotel on tripadvisor b/c it wasn't there, even though I first found out about the place via the forums there. But in short, I thought it was a great getaway for a short period - very very different than what we would experience elsewhere, and I wanted that. I really wanted an ocean view, and I really didn't want the huge highrise hotel room feel that you get in some of my favorite places, like Hawaii, and we didn't have time to go to French Polynesia or Costa Rica for those individual bun
  14. Casa de Mita would be good I think. You can also look at what we did for our mini-3-day honeymoon (getaway until we take a real longer honeymoon HA) - very very different - Haramara Resort - but you have to be ok w/no electricity, and maybe doing some yoga (we didn't do yoga, but we enjoyed the ocean views from the cabanas). Meals included are vegetarian and fish. Beautiful location and accommodations are rustic chic.
  15. Well, in my experience (per my review), the AI is good for informal group events, but it was quite negative for the organized group event of the rehearsal dinner (the only way to have everyone together, and a lot of $$$ for little value), which made me so so happy I did not have my actual wedding at an AI. However, I had a group of 90 some people, and most people on this forum are dealing with more like 30 people, so they probably would have a different experience. But yes, after the wedding, everyone was talking about an "anniversary trip" . We'd definitely consider a smaller group trip to an
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