Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica

Pacuare Lodge is a unique jungle getaway nested deep inside the enchanting and captivating Pacuare River and tropical forest. It is a recognized ecolodge completely surrounded by nature in its purest and most primitive state. Guests of the lodge experience the most coveted of travelers rewards, an opportunity to savor the spirit of the rainforest!

The lodge has been carefully designed for a perfect balance with its natural surroundings. It has been cited by World Tourism Organization for its model sustainable ecotourism practices, and was chosen by Outdoor Magazine as one of the 10 best adventure destinations in the world. The two-story lodge has 8 cozy wooden bungalows with thatched palm roofs that hide beneath giant tropical trees, a rustic dining area on the first floor, and an open-air lounge on the second floor with sitting areas and hammocks.

Tips

There are two ways to get there, by a jungle path or rafting, taking the raft could be the fun.

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.

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.