My Trip to Costa Rica — in 5 Photos

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary with a week on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. If a picture is worth a 1,000 words, here’s 5,000 words about my trip:was these swans, strewn with fresh flowrs, on the foot of the bed. A wee bit schmaltzy? Sure, but I liked it, nonetheless. The J.W. Marriott in Guanacaste excelled at customer service.

This was the first thing I saw when I entered our hotel room at the J.W. Marriott, located in Guanacaste, about 1 1/2 hours from the airport in Liberia. A bit schmaltzy? Sure, but I liked it, nonetheless. The J.W. Marriott excelled at customer service.

American crocodile at Palo Verde

Palo Verde National Park was definitely the high point of our trip. It took about 1 1/2 hours to get there from the Guanacaste area and was well worth the trip. We saw 11 species of birds, three mammals (the howler monkeys were way cool) and three reptiles, including this American crocodile.


Iguana orange in mating season

This is a green iguana. Yeah, I know, it looks orange, not green. That’s because November, when we visited, is mating season. The male green iguana turns orange during mating season to impress the ladies.

Private dinner on beach JW Marriott

We sprung for a private dinner on the beach to celebrate our anniversary. Our host and waiter was Kenneth, the manager of Azul, our favorite (and the most casual) of the restaurants at the J.W. Marriott. Kenneth gave us the rock star treatment the rest of the week, treating us to drinks by the pools as we swapped stories about our kids.


Sunset at JW Marriott Beach

Everybody stopped what they were doing between 5:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to watch the sun set over Mansita Beach in front of the Marriott. It was one of the best places I’ve been for sunset viewing — sorry, Key West and the Caribbean!