Spring break planning was interesting this year. Our son had opted to go on a school-sponsored sea turtle conservation trip in Costa Rica the week before spring break officially started. After some discussion (and verification that a Four Seasons resort existed in the country), we decided to join him in Costa Rica and spend spring break there.
We started off in the capital city, San Jose. Highlights there included the National Theatre, the Museum of Gold, the National Museum, and the Museum of Jade.
Special highlights included the (extinct) giant sloth bear in the National Museum (which 3 out of the 4 family members thought bore a distinct resemblance to our daughter),
and the Museum of Jade sign (because not every girl has a museum named after her).
After a few days in San Jose, we flew to Liberia (on a plane that seated maybe a dozen people) and headed off to the Four Seasons resort. (You knew you had arrived at the property line when after miles of wild brush and corrugated tin roof houses and barely paved roads, you hit beautifully manicured grounds complete with palm trees and roads made of pavers.)
The Four Seasons resort is not unlike a cruise ship. You can get off the ship, but it’s not easy. We were mostly content to stay on the ship (with only a half-day escape to Coco Beach). The resort itself is beautiful,
complete with iguanas
and howler monkeys.
There is also plenty to do. Highlights included stargazing where we saw Jupiter and 3 of its moons (photos were impossible to be had for that one, unfortunately);
(Note that I said nothing about the food. The breakfast buffet was lovely (complete with rice and beans and limonza sauce to put on it), but the rest of the food was good although uninspiring.)
It was a highly relaxing vacation (especially for us), and it came at a good time, as both kids were pretty burnt out from school and needed a break. Costa Rica is a beautiful and friendly country, and we very much enjoyed our stay there!