Post # 1
My FH just called me and asked me to look into Hotel Cocal in Costa Rica, located on Jaco beach. A friend of his is part owner of it and said our June honeymoon is ideal because its not so busy since its so hot.
I looked at it online and read the reviews and its not getting the best reviews most people say its just a place to stay.
Id love to go to CR for our honeymoon (Maui was our other choice) however id like to stay in something that gets better reviews and a little more luxurious. Would it be rude to go to CR and NOT stay at his friends hotel? I dont think my man would care where we stayed but how do i tell him?
Has anyone been to this place?
Post # 3
I haven’t been there, but if I were concerned about it I would just stay I didn’t want to stay in one place the whole time. Stay at the friend’s place for a night or two and then move on elsewhere if you’re worried about offending him. Nobody can fault you for wanting to see more of the country!
Post # 4
I’d be a little worried if the reviews weren’t very positive. It’s your honeymoon and I think it’s understandable that you would want to stay in a place that’s a little more than “normal.” I don’t think it’s rude at all and I believe your friend will think it wasn’t either.
Post # 5
The best thing I can think of would be visit for a night at his hotel, and then tell him that you have your heart set on seeing other parts of the country.
FYI from personal experience Jaco beach is NOT the most beautiful by far. It’s the most convenient to San Jose, but in a country full of rainforests, waterfalls, and volcanoes, convenience shouldn’t be your #1 priority (in my humble opinion).
My favorite beach is Manuel Antonio. It’s on the Pacific side and it’s a bit of a hike, but totally worth it. From Manuel Antonio you can zipline, hike in the rainforest, tour a butterfly garden, surf, snorkel, etc. the list goes on and on.
You should also check out the Monto Verde cloud forest, and Arenal Park which is set around an active volcano. Don’t miss the coffe plantation tours either.
Costa Rica is so beautiful, clean, safe and definitely not to be missed!!
Post # 6
We went to CR for our honeymoon, and I would give anything to go back there. We spent a week in Jaco because family owned an amazing condo there. For no other reason would I go to Jaco. I mean, we enjoyed it….but its certainly not romantic. Mostly what we did were the adventure tours, which were fantastic. We never went to the beach. Jaco is definitely not known for their beaches, so if you want a beach honeymoon, go to another area. Jaco is a surf town. Manuel Antonio is a must-see if you are going to CR, no matter where you stay. It really is beautiful there. The thing about CR though is that there is so much all over the country. We spent 2 weeks and only went to Jaco, Arenal (which you have to see as well) and we spent the end at the Peace Lodge, which is really popular for honeymooners. If you go on this website, I would say these are probably the nicest most romantic hotels in CR. They are pricey, but definitely worth it for a couple nights. http://distinctivehotels.com/our_hotels.html Tamarindo might be the beach that people travel for. I can’t remember. Either way, CR is not the place to go to if you want to stay put the whole time. There are way too many amazing things to see and do. Even driving through the country is amazing. Go to Jaco for a couple nights. If you do, try Adventure Dining….definitely an amazing dining experience. The ride up the mountain is rough, but the view of the waterfalls, ocean, countryside, mountains, and the macaws flying around is incredible. hhmmmm….talking about this really makes me want to go back ; ( Oh- we had friends who stayed in Jaco the whole time and their trip really didn’t sound exciting to us. CR is definitely for the adventurous type who want to get out and see things. One thing I loved was that while it is a tourist country, I never felt it – like when you go to Mexico and you are surrounded by tourists and the locals trying to sell you stuff. Everywhere we went there were locals enjoying their own country, eating at all the restaurants. I don’t know how you feel about over-touristy places. And keep in mind that if Jaco really is the most airport-accessible, its still a 2-hour drive. Anyway, CR is the best vacation I have ever gone on. Its well worth it!