Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Costa Rica, 2015

   So I've only been wanting to go to Costa Rica for, like, ever now and at last I finally made it! In June we took off to a small boutique hotel located in Jaco, about 90 minutes away from the Costa Rican capital of San Jose.
Villa Calletas is a four star boutique hotel located on the very top of a mountain overlooking the Pacific Ocean. I knew this before we got there but once we started driving up the mountain I realized how literal what I read online was as I lie back in my seat. 

I'm not sure who's idea it was to stop and see the crocs but it definitely wasn't mine.. On our way to the hotel from the airport our driver stopped at a few places, including this bridge, to see and pick up some essentials for the week.

Our first stop was a small grocery store and this was the first thing I saw when I walked in. Hanover just won't let me go..

My first morning in Costa Rica. The hotel was so intricately laid out and everything was beautiful! The pathways were hidden and covered with countless vines and had iguanas lurking around every corner. It doesn't even feel right calling it a 'hotel' because it seemed more like a surreal place that you'd read about in a fairy tale.

One of the items that we picked up on our way in to the hotel was this mango. I don't think I've actually ever seen a ripe mango in real life before, it was orange! They're never orange in the states! We took it along with us to breakfast one morning and had them slice it up for us to devour.

On Friday we took a day trip into town to visit some of the surrounding stores and restaurants. This is the beach in Jaco which had semi rough waves and not many people inhabiting them. The locals told us that mainly surfers came here to take advantage of these waters.

At the 'Green Room' in Jaco. An all natural, organic restaurant with the best guacamole ever!

..that guacamole I was talking about.

Chicken tacos for the main course

Street side before dinner

Secret pathways

The hotel was equipped with a gorgeous infinity pool over looking the Pacific and other surrounding mountains. David and I were maybe 2 our of 20 people in the entire hotel, their down season. Everything was so tranquil and still that it was almost unearthly. It was like we had our own private getaway for the week.

Playing Coco Cabana on the patio

Crafty cocktails


I've never been a sucker for a sunset but this never got old.. last night on the mountain.

Overall, and I think I speak for both of us when I say, Costa Rica was the most relaxing destination yet! With it's 'Pura Vida' lifestyle and effort to keep this world beautiful, David and I were both so inspired by what is Costa Rica. And if you're able to, a must visit to sneak away to, even for just a little while. 

OLIVIA WEARS in order of appearance
BDG striped mini dress, ALDO leather sandals, ECOTE tee, FOREVER 21 shorts, FOREVER 21 hat, BEACH RIOT x STONE COLD FOX one piece, H&M lace dress