Travel April 2013
Traveler’s: 2 adults and 3 kids (18, 15, 12 at time of travel)
Hotels: Hotel Royal Corin (3 nights) and Riu Guanacaste (4 nights)
We are in the Miami airport on our way home. The trip was fantastic!
Swiss Travel was great. The drive from San Jose to Arenal was beautiful and our guide made it so interesting that it flew by.
The entire family agrees that the Royal Corin may be our favorite hotel ever. I would recommend booking people there. It is on a busy road across from a public hot spring ( a little surprise as web pics make it look isolated) but great thermal pools, grounds, rooms and the free breakfast was fantastic.
The volcano hike was great! Informative, beautiful and some neat wild life. I would pass on visiting the Tabacon springs given we had springs at our hotel and it was a very busy place.
The white water rafting was the trip highlight! It was very fun and exciting. The guides were fantastic and we saw sloths, tons of birds and had a brief toucan sighting.
The Riu Guanacaste was your pretty typical all inclusive. I would say it was better than Barcelo Riviera Maya. Once we adjusted to the change in scenery and pace from Arenal we enjoyed it. We did end up adding a snorkel sunset cruise as we felt we should see more than just the bay that the Riu Was in. The highlight at Riu was all the monkeys it was awesome. When booking people there tell them to ask about the Monkey Bar.
We did go look at the Riu Palace and were glad to not be there. The pools are just big rectangles and the decor very modern and cold.
Thank you for all your help. Costa Rica has now taken Hawaii’s place as my favorite place to visit! We hope to go back soon to see some other areas.