Updated: Aug 3, 2020
If you only have a week or so to get away, you can still immerse yourself in nature and experience the tropical paradise of Costa Rica. For the first half of our trip we stayed at the beautiful Villas Jaquelina in Quepos. This location was a beautiful and fun place to stay while also being very budget friendly. It is a short walk from the downtown area and a fruit stand where we bought lots of tropical fruits like papaya, lychees, mangos, and watermelon. It has a pool, fruit trees on site, hammocks, and incredible views. For our last night, the super friendly owner Steve Acedo upgraded us to the "Bird's Nest" room on the very top floor complete with an open-air layout and a loft bed.
The photo shows an absolutely dreamy sunrise from the "Bird's Nest".
#Quepos is very close to the beach as well as Manuel Antonio National Park. We spent a lovely day at Manuel Antonio Beach eating mangos and swimming in the waves. But we regret not spending part of the day in the National Park so we advise that you check it out while you're there! In the park you will have a chance to see a variety of animals like monkeys, sloths, frogs, reptiles, tropical birds, and more on an easy walking trail. It's one of the most bio-diverse locations in the world, home to hundreds of different species.
The photo to the right shows the side entrance walkway of where we stayed in Quepos. One of the things I really loved about #CostaRica was how lush the landscape was everywhere you went. The next place we stayed was at a retreat center in the jungle for a few nights. We did a three day weekend healing Ayahuasca retreat with yoga, sacred ceremonies, #meditation, and organic farm to table plant-based meals with an abundance of fruit in the heart of the rainforest. Our stay at Posada Natura Retreat Center was a very special experience.
"Situated alongside an enchanting river and surrounded by rainforest, our spacious, open-air palace is the epitome of jungle luxury. During your #retreat you will have exclusive use of our space. This is to maintain a harmonious container for groups to feel safe and nurtured during the retreat experience." Our sanctuary includes a range of healing spaces:
Two #yoga decks overlooking the river
Peaceful lounge areas
Temazcal (sweat lodge) site
Sheltered fire space
Pool & Jacuzzi
Arts & crafts area
Massage & body work space
Tea & coffee bar
Artesan gift shop
I really couldn't have asked for a better location to truly immerse myself in nature, relaxation, and peace. Whether you need a place to heal, relax on the beach, or get active in nature with zip lining and river rafting, Costa Rica has an experience for you. I'll never forgot the kind people we met throughout our trip and all of the special things we were able to experience in just a week!