Caribbean coast was great
Sep 30 - Oct 6, 2023
Tortuguero was full of great nature, although the heat and lack of fans and air conditioning can be brutal at times. Puerto Viejo/Cocles was our favorite and it was great to see the Caribbean side of Costa Rica; all of the experiences there were fantastic as well. Overall, we enjoyed our honeymoon and hope to make it back to Costa Rica to visit the other side of the coast in the future!
The rooms were a good size, but not the most well-kept. The biggest issue is there is only one small fan in the corner of the room pointed at just one of the beds. The room was in desperate need of a couple ceiling fans or an air conditioning unit. The grounds of the property were very beautiful and the staff were all very friendly. The food served was also fairly good, and changed up the menu just enough between days.
The bungalows were a fantastic blend of jungle environment with modern accommodations. The rooms were very spacious and the beds comfortable. There were ceiling fans for each bed as well as mosquito nets, all of which were very much needed. The location was also fantastic, as it was close to several nice beachside restaurants in Cocles. If you wanted to go into Puerto Viejo, its a short taxi or bicycle ride. Breakfast was also good and quite filling
The town was very nice and enjoyable to walk through. It wasn't necessarily "guided" as it is mostly 90 minutes of your own time to explore the town
The boating tour was a great and relaxing way to see a lot of animals in the park up close. The guide as well as person operating the boat were quite good at spotting animals and making sure everyone on the boat got a chance to see them.
This was one of the better snorkeling experiences I've had as the waters were very calm and Kendall was a fantastic guide. We got to see many different schools of colorful fish and other aquatic life. The hike was a nice short walk through the park where we saw a snake, sloth, and plenty of monkeys!
The cooking class was a fun, intimate way of experiencing a part of Caribbean food and culture. Glenda was a fantastic host and made the experience special. Overall, it was the right balance of us getting to be involved in some of the steps, while not being stuck doing the more laborious tasks.
The zip-lining experience was great and a thrilling way to experience the rainforest! We did wish the guides would have talked a bit more about the nature as we went, but they were still great at making sure everyone was safe and enjoying the zip lines.