Costa Rica is the known to be the “world’s happiest” country and I can truly say one of the “friendliest” as they have forbidden an army for over 60 years! It is truly one of the most satisfying places to live with the average life expectancy at 79 years. Ticos is a term widely used between Costa Rica natives. You will hear the term PURA VIDA (meaning Pure Life) very frequently as this is usually said in place of hello and goodbye. You will arrive here and the people and breathtaking scenery will make it very hard to leave!
I am an airplane fanatic and love staying in the retrofitted Boeing 727, a 2-Bedroom suite at the Costa Verde Resort where most of the time you find more monkeys hanging around than guests. Hotel Costa Verde is located on a coastal rainforest bluff overlooking the Pacific beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park near Quepos, Costa Rica.
Explore the famous Monteverde Cloud Forest where you will find several bird species and the largest population of the country’s quetzal named for its splendor. There are more than a dozen volcanos here, however Arenal is my favorite reaching over 5000 feet above sea level. This volcano draws many visitors to the area as it is located in the Arenal Volcano National Park which is over 29,000 acres with many activities such as hiking, canoeing, waterfall rappelling and a must visit to the hot springs are just a few of the attractions in and around Arenal.
Costa Rica has something to offer for everyone, from the bustling streets of San Jose where you can enjoy the nightlife, explore the diverse gastronomy or just sit at a street-side café and people watch. Or for the more discerning traveler, the luxury intimate setting from a boutique resort overlooking the beautiful rainforests. Guanacaste located in Northwestern part of the country is widely known for its beaches and world class surfing and sport fishing. A visit to the nearby town of Tamarindo where you can enjoy the small “beach town” ambiance is always my favorite when visiting Costa Rica.
Puerto Vallarta is one of the most exceptional destinations in Latin America. With its biodiversity, exquisite food, romantic atmosphere, artistic paradise and the diverse and friendly community; Puerto Vallarta cannot be beat. The beauty of Puerto Vallarta can be found in its inhabitants who are friendly and very welcoming to everyone.
Explore Puerto Vallarta’s beautiful vegetation which blankets the mountains and shelters hundreds of species of birds, orchids and wildlife such as the ocelot, jaguar and the iguana. With its immense biodiversity, you can watch dolphins and hunchback whales leap in and out of the water. You could even go out and fish for marlin, tuna or sea bass. If you are a food enthusiast looking for a holiday destination, there is no better place than Puerto Vallarta. You will find traditional food in local restaurants and outdoor cafes or gourmet meals in international restaurants.
Puerto Vallarta is considered one of the most romantic destinations in Mexico and has received a large variety of awards in numerous categories. This destination comes highly recommended for big occasions such as weddings, honeymoons, vow renewals and bachelor/bachelorette parties. Share experiences with that special someone such as a delicious romantic dinner or celebrate romance on your honeymoon. In addition to couples, Puerto Vallarta is also a great family destination with a number of family-friendly hotels to choose from.
Here, you will find a paradise of art and culture, home to culture fans and artists from all around the world. You will be inspired by the beauty and romance of the colonial town and the people in it. The artistic scene is reflected in the art galleries, public sculptures and cultural festivals. With one of the best LGBTQ communities, everyone is invited to enjoy the tolerant atmosphere, amazing climate, the great cuisine and the breathtaking beaches. In the malecon, or the pier, you will find the world-famous nightlife and shopping scenes.
The El Dorado Maroma Beachfront Resort by Karisma sits right on one of the 10 best beaches in the world, according to Travel Channel, and is the perfect destination for couples traveling on a romantic getaway. It is just a short 25 minutes’ drive from the Cancun Airport. El Dorado Maroma is intimately scaled, so everything from the beach to the bars and world-class restaurants, is just a short walk away from your room. There are private, thatched-roof beach bungalows available where guests can enjoy a Sky Massage while listening to the soothing sounds of the ocean.
The resort offers amazing accommodations, including 7 restaurants, 4 bars, 1 spa, well-appointed swim-up suites, studios, villas, infinity pool suites as well as the new Palafitos Overwater Bungalows. Normally, you would have to travel to the South Pacific to experience this kind of luxury. But now, you have the opportunity to experience a taste of the South Pacific in the Overwater Bungalows in Mexico, just South of Cancun!
The Palafitos Overwater Bungalows are perfect for weddings, honeymoons and romantic getaways. Guests get all the romantic seclusion they are looking for with luxurious amenities in every suite such as an overwater spa, several Gourmet Inclusive restaurants, romantic outdoor showers, an oversized deck, an indoor Jacuzzi for two and a full butler service that will meet all of your needs. With the full-service butler at your beck and call, you can fulfill every need from pre-arrival requests to refreshments and gourmet bites. For an unparalleled pampered experience- try the Elite Overwater Bungalows, which feature an awe-inspiring view of the turquoise waters of the Maroma Beach. Guests will get all the intimacy of a private hideaway. Watch the marine life right from your king-size bed through a glass-bottom floor or you can grab the snorkeling gear and join them. Guests will have exclusive access to the Overwater Grill & Wine Bar and the Overwater Naay Spa.
Los Cabos, also known as “Land’s End”, is located at the tip of the Southern Baja California Peninsula. It is partially known for its contrast of breathtaking seas to deserts and mountains. Its unparalleled beauty, range of amenities and biodiversity will appeal to every type of personality. Cabo San Lucas used to be nothing more than a fishing village with a few settlers from colonization time. However, it has now grown to one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
We have special partnerships for local excursions such as ATV riding, ziplining, horseback riding on the beach and/or fishing. We also have our own fleet of boats offering private charters. Los Cabos is also a great destination for company incentive trips with good dining options, an amazing nightlife and fun group and team building activities.
Cabo San Lucas has some of the most luxurious resorts, a world-class marina and the biggest fishing tournament in the world. The fishing tournament, Bisbee’s Black and Blue Marlin tournament, is held in October and the participants have the chance to win millions. Even if you didn’t want to compete, you could just sit and watch the contestants weigh in their catch. Despite of all the tourists, Cabo manages to retain something of a small-town feel. Besides the full-service marina, Cabo San Lucas’s main attractions include an underwater nature preserve only a short boat ride away from the harbor and the infamous Land’s End rock formations at one end of the bay, with a pristine beach right around the corner.