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.

Costa Rica, Central America

Costa Rica is a unitary constitutional republic in Central America with a presidential system. Most of its territory is located on the isthmus connecting South America to North America with the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west and south. San Jose is the capital. The country has 1290 km of coastline and also has a small piece of land without inhabitants; Cocos Island, 550 kilometers southwest of the western coast. There are several active and extinct volcanoes. Being the Poas, Irazú and Arenal, the most visited. Puerto Limon on the Caribbean coast, is the largest port in the country. The Pacific coast is the most open to tourism with many beaches like Tamarindo, Puntarenas, Quepos among others. Its flora and fauna are exceptional, there are 6% of the world’s biodiversity; more than 25% of the territory is occupied by national parks and reserves. Thanks to abundant rainfall during the rainy season, the country is watered thousand waterfalls. The roads are viable in general, but often in poor condition due to lack of financial resources to maintain or build.

Tips

You can visit the country by bus or what is the most practical, by a rental car, but before you venture, make sure you have the necessary maps or directions to your destination because signaling is not good. Bring water, protection against insects, sun protection, juice or fruit, comfortable shoes, sunglasses and preferably keep your arms and legs covered to avoid bites.
The climate of Costa Rica is characterized by a dry season (December to April) and a rainy season (April to November).