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DESTINATION: COSTA RICA

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The Destination: GUANACASTE, COSTA RICA

Guanacaste is a majestic province in Costa Rica, full of lush jungle, mountains and even volcanos. It is a perfect spot for people looking to get close to nature and to enjoy thrilling outdoor activities. It is home to breathtaking national parks, hot springs, and sandy beaches. The country’s unofficial motto is ‘pura vida‘, or ‘pure life’, something ingrained and reflected in the culture of Costa Rica and the Ticos, as the locals are known. The people in Guanacaste are very warm, friendly and welcoming, and the lifestyle is very laid-back. The atmosphere here makes it ideal for an unforgettable vacation. Come find your own “pura vida”, and experience a destination you will hold in your heart for a long, long time.

“WHY COSTA RICA?”

  1. Adventure! Whatever your pleasure or level of adventure, you can find it here. Find adventure as you soar through the tree canopy on a zip-line, or as you shoot down a 1,300-foot water slide. Explore the jungle on horseback or a tractor carriage, or unwind in a natural spa as you savor volcanic a mud treatment. 

  2. Weather -

 

The Hotel: JW MARRIOTT GUANACASTE

 

It's easy to discover the essence of Costa Rica at the JW Marriott Guanacaste. The JW Marriott Guanacaste is surrounded by the splendors of Costa Rican rich biodiversity. This resort and spa sits oceanfront and is the only international branded resort and spa close to Tamarindo town. Next to the hotel you will find an equestrian center, tennis courts, and an 18-hole golf course with a coastal layout. Off-site activities such as surfing lessons, zip lining, horseback riding, white water rafting, kayaking, bird and monkey watching and ATV tours can be arranged on site. Enjoy surf beaches with excellent year-round waves and warm water, visit turtle nesting sanctuaries or observe a great variety of wildlife. The resort has 7,000 Sq. Ft. of meeting space and more than 23,000 Sq. Ft of outdoor space that can be used for events, this without considering Mansita Beach, one of their most requested venues for hosting theme dinners. The hotel features the largest infinity pool in Central America, outdoor Jacuzzis, a fully equipped fitness center, biking and jogging trails and a Kids Club with professional care. Relax in the world class spa, ranked one of the top five spas in Latin America by Spa Magazine. Within the resort guests will find an array of gastronomic options such as Azul Grill our beach front restaurant, Tamarine our Asian fusion cuisine restaurant, Sabanero is a genuine Guanacastecan Steakhouse or Mansita Restaurant. Insider’s Tip: Take in Guanacaste´s spectacular sunset while enjoying a handcrafted cocktail either at Nau Sushi Lounge or right in front of the beach at Aperitivo Lounge.

All guestrooms have balconies either with garden, pool or ocean view. In-room amenities include LCD TVs, soundproof windows, alarm clock with mobile docking station, streaming speed Internet, total blackout curtains, plush pillow-top mattresses, 300 thread count Egyptian cotton linen sheets, rich woods, and marble bathtubs.

Awards

  • Certification of Sustainable Tourism – 2016 & 2017 include biological, infrastructure, service, sustainability and socio economic. 4 leafs certificate.

  • Blue flag program certification for Mansita Beach – 2016 & 2017

  • Top 15 Hotels & Resorts by Conde Nast Reader’s Choice award 2015

  • Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2015 and 2016

  • World Travel award for best Resorts in Mexico & Central America – 2016

  • 5 Stars award by the Costa Rica Tourism board as the best hotel and resort in Guanacaste - 2015

  • Leading Spa and Leading Hotels Suite by the World Travel award - 2015

 

 

Make them say “wow!” - incredible activities

 
 
 
  1. Do Nothing! - Sounds pretty great, right? If you can’t sit still, try adding in popular “do nothing” activities like floating in the pool, walking on the beach, or napping in a hammock. Drink in hand, warm breezes, gently lapping waves, total relaxation? CHECK!

  2. Meet (and swim with) the adorable and famous Swimming Pigs - Some say they were left by a group of sailors, who planned to come back and cook them. Or that the pigs swam over from a shipwreck nearby.Wherever they came from, This is one thing you can't miss while you're here.

  3. Bond, James Bond - Just how many James Bond movies were made in The Bahamas? Four! And it’s no wonder! Glamor, beauty, adventure…Nassau Paradise Island has it all. Walk in the footsteps of 007 himself by visiting some of the locations for famous scenes from Thunderball, Casino Royale, Never Say Never Again and The Spy Who Loved Me. Don’t forget the Martini…we recommend picking that up at the Manor Bar at the Rosewood Baha Mar.

  4. Deep Sea Fishing – The Bahamas is well known for its deep sea or big game fishing, and the surrounding ocean is home to some huge predators, including marlin, tuna, and sharks. For anglers, there’s no greater challenge than pitting yourself against one of these fish that can outweigh you by five times or more. 

  5. SUB Aquanaut - Explore the seas in your very own personal submarine with this unique underwater adventure. After a piloting lesson, hop aboard your SUB aquanaut—a seahorse-shaped submarine that propels you through the water at depths of up to 15 feet and speeds of two knots. Think of it as an underwater motorcycle, complete with a dome “helmet” that keeps your head completely dry and allows you to breathe. 

  6. Adventure - Eco-travelers can explore natural wonders that stimulate the senses and invigorate the imagination: the world's greatest geologic oddity known as the Tongue of the Ocean, a vast number of blue holes, and intricate underground cave systems used by indigenous Bahamians as storm shelters.


THE DETAILS…


SAMPLE ITINERARY (5 DAYS, 4 NIGHTS)

 
 

ESTIMATED PROGRAM BUDGET

 
 

PROGRAM INCUSIONS

 
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