Admittedly, checking into the Four Seasons on the Papagayo Peninsula is not a bad way to begin. The resort is carved carefully out of a jungle surrounded on three sides by water. Howler monkeys and white-faced monkeys live in that jungle along with deer, fat lizards, dozens of varieties of birds, and other critters that sometime saunter across the fairway of the dramatic topography of the Arnold Palmer-designed golf course.
With 14 of 18 holes offering views of the Pacific Ocean, I was almost tempted to take up golf.
Four Seasons service is famous worldwide, but the welcoming nature of the locals set this country above the norm. From maintenance guys at the airport to hotel staff, the level of warmth a visitor feels is quite extraordinary.
There are two seasons in Costa Rica: The high season from December to Easter called the “dry” or “gold season,” and the rainy, or “green” season from August through November. No hurricanes touch the peninsula, and room rates are about $400 a night during low season, $600 during high.
It’s a great family or romantic getaway destination.