The last time we visited Granada, Nicaragua was 10 years ago on a day trip from Costa Rica & there were very few tourists mostly of the backpacker variety, few restaurants and few shops. In the past 10 years there have been many changes! There are now vendors in the central park, new hotels & restaurants & colonial homes being renovated. Granada is becoming a vibrant city and I predict in another 10 years (or less), it well be as visited as Antigua, Guatemala & Cuzco, Peru.
Our LL package included a 5 night stay in an angel room, breakfast, $75 credit to use in the spa or dining room and taxes.
We arrived at the hotel around 4:30pm after a short local Sansa flight to Quepos to pick up our rental car. The drive from Quepos was around 45 minutes on a nice, scenic highway with views of the ocean, jungle and many palm oil plantations.
Check in was effortless thanks to Angelica the very personable front desk manager. She had all of our Ll
Updated 11-12-2012 at 06:10 PM by [email protected]
For anyone who keeps up with the entertainment news, Labor Day weekend was a big weekend for Philadelphia. Jay Z and Philadelphia hosted the Made in America Festival and I was there for the festivities as a guest of one of the bands. Ron Howard was on hand to film a documentary to come out in 2013.
The talent stayed in the Four Seasons and I have to say this hotel would be a nice addition to LL. Right on the Parkway where the Art Museum, Barnes Foundation, Rodin Museum and The Franklin
Updated 09-04-2012 at 01:36 PM by [email protected]
On day 4 we left Tortuga Lodge for our 3 night stay at the MonteverdeLodge & Gardens. After breakfast we boated across the river to the airstrip to catch our flight to San Jose there were quite a few of us leaving Tortuga the same day so CRE had chartered 3 planes for us. There was only one other couple going to Monteverde (the couple I mentioned earlier) so we had a plane to ourselves. After a 35 minute flight, we were met in San Jose by yet another excellent CRE guide (who also happened
Our CRE tour included all meals except for lunch the 1st day in Monteverde, all transportation van, boat and plane, 2 tours at Tortuga and 2 tours and a visit to the butterfly farm in Monteverde.
In the March 2012 issue of Travel & Leisure, CRE was rated #2 of tour and safari operators and all my initial emails to Nadia in CREs San Jose main office and mostly good reviews on TripAdvisor gave me high expectations for this tour. I communicated with CREs main office quite a few times
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