San José, San José, Costa Rica

San José, founded in 1738, is the capital and largest city of Costa Rica. It is also the capital of the province of San José. The city is located in the centre of the country at 1,200 metres above sea level, on the plateau of the Central Valley, 130 km from Puerto Limón on the Caribbean coast and 115 km from Puntarenas on the Pacific coast. Surrounded by mountains and volcanoes, the city has a spring temperature in all seasons; between 18 ° C and 25 ° C. She is known for its old quarters: Amon, Otoya, and Soledad.with colourful varied and amazing wooden houses. Several museums worth a visit: the Museum of Gold, which is certainly one of the most beautiful jewels of Latin America; the Museum of Jade, with the largest collection of pre-Columbian America’s jade and the National Museum, which contains many pieces of sacred art and pre-Columbian objects, a room devoted to the Costa Rican civilization which tells the story of the country and a room that pays tribute to President Oscar Arias Sanchez, Nobel Peace Prize in 1987. To visit also: the Central Market, the National Theatre, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Church of Grace and the Church of Solitude.

Tips

If you like to buy crafts, there is a daily market on the Square of Democracy.
If you are with children, you can visit the Recreation Centre ‘El Pueblo’ that represents a Spanish village in the 1930s with characters in period costumes, dances and traditional attractions. You will find handicrafts shops, bars and restaurants.
If you want a good coffee while you enjoy the art exhibitions, go to the National Theater, you might know local artists exhibiting there.
If you want to spend a weekend as the locals, go to La Sabana Park, with its large pond and its many sports facilities, this park has all the ingredients for a good time, buy your snacks at a local store (pulperia) and enjoy the park.

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Arenal Volcano, Alajuela, Costa Rica

Arenal is a young volcano in Costa Rica; its first eruption occurred there are 7,000 years. with a nearly symmetrical conical shape. It has been erupting since 1968 until 2010. It is located in the Northwest of the country, in the West of the province of Alajuela, 90 km northwest of the capital San José. It is surrounded by the central mountain range, but it is part of the Cordillera de Tilarán, close to the Chato volcano and the artificial Arenal Lake. La Fortuna and La Palma are the closest towns. It has an altitude of 1720 m. It has 5 craters.

Tips

There are several hotels in the area and the volcano is easily visible from these locations weather permitting because very often the volcano is under the clouds.
You have hot water baths in the region open even in the evening, they also offer restaurant service but you are not forced to eat there.
You also have ideal suspension bridges to visit in a day hike. If you think to go away and penetrate into the nature, you can do it with a guide because there are places which could be dangerous if you don’t know the area well and they would ask a very good physical condition.

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Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa, Jamaica

The Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa is located on a rocky peninsula on the north coast of Jamaica, 7 km from downtown Lucea, 12 km from Tryall Golf Club, 35 km from Montego Bay and 30 minutes from the airport. It is an all-inclusive luxury complex with suites that overlook the sea, garden or pool. The rooms are luxurious, spacious, with flat-screen TV, hot tub, minibar, teapot and coffee maker, wi-fi service and a balcony as the villas have a terrace and outdoor shower. There are 6 swimming pools, a spa, 10 restaurants, 13 bars, a nightclub, a playground, a children’s club, a few shops and a beauty salon. The complex has direct access to the beach and you have the possibility of practicing water sports. The Resort shares facilities with the hotel of the same name. As the site is quite large, there are shuttles that pass regularly.

Tips

This hotel can accommodate families with more than 2 children in the same room. There is also paying child care if you need it. If you like to walk, the site allows it but bring the appropriate shoes because there are climbs and descents everywhere. There are also other possibilities of activities close to the complex such as horseback riding, golf or just car rental. If you like seafood, enjoy the restaurant by the beach as it is its specialty. Bring shoes to get into the sea, it’s convenient.