Escape to… Costa Rica

Cynthia
May 11

Costa Rica is the perfect tropical destination for romance…and one of my ultra-favorite destinations in the world. Vibrant colors, serene beaches…everything you could ever want in a love-filled getaway.

The beach itself feels visceral and authentic…a place to recollect yourself among the sometimes rocky shore of life. Pause for moments of reflection on your recent wedding or anniversary…or simply laugh the day away with your lover, favorite cocktails in hand.

The architectural detail is Victorian meets Neo-classical…transporting your heart and soul to a time when the simplicity of running water was the song that connected one to another. It’s pure perfection.

For your own Costa Rican journey, here are the best places to sleep/eat/see:

Sleep: Villa Caletas…located in the central coast, this luxury boutique resort offers everything you’re looking for in a romance-filled getaway: tropical rainforests, intimate accommodations, and un-paralled views. Stay in one of the property standard rooms, or splurge and indulge in the awe-inspiring superior suite…complete with separate living room and private plunge pool. Either way, you’re sure to enjoy endless hours of one-on-one time in the lap of luxury.

Eat: Kiantis…a local favorite, Kiantis (located in San Antonio de Belen) offers the best in reasonably priced tropical cuisine in everything from seafood to steak. The staff is friendly and the cocktails are divine. Be sure to try our faves…the Arroz con Pollo or Sea Bass.

See: Manuel Antonio National Park…the one destination you can’t miss, this park is both rainforest and beach. Here you can experience everything from snorkeling, fishing and white water rafting, to horseback riding and hiking. It’s quintessential floral and fauna, and the perfect escape for couples of all tastes.

 

Photographer: Josh Gruetzmacher

Escape to… Havana, Cuba with Jose Villa & Joel Serrato

Cynthia
May 03

I’m a big fan of travel photography, especially of places not usually visited by Americans. Here, Jose Villa‘s beautiful photographs capture the soft colors of Cuba and the city that seems trapped in time…

The texture of the walls…

How beautiful are these doors? The chippy paint and the scale of the doors is perfection.

The vintage cars are so beautiful…

Jose said that while most Cubans have very little, they are a very happy, warm people…

And now for the most stunning film by Joel Serrato of Havana, be prepared to be completely swept away…

Ready for your own Cuban escape?! Here are the best places to sleep/eat/see:

Sleep: Hotel Saratoga…located in the heart of Havana, this 96 room 5 star hotel is as much modern and eclectic as it is classic, and has some of the best views of Havana from it’s rooftop terrace (perfect for those warm Havana rights!). Lucky for you, the hotel also has some of the best food/drinks/spa services around. Located on one of the busiest streets in central Havana, Hotel Saratoga offers the perfect combination of luxury and convenience.

Eat: Floridita…opening in 1817, this Havana landmark is known as much for it’s authentic Cuban inspired seafood dishes as it’s famous cocktails. Once named one of the 7 most popular bars in the world  (as noted by Esquire Magazine in the 50′s), Floridita offers visitors to Havana a flash back to Cuba’s former glory days.  Fun fact: Ernest Hemingway was a regular at Floridita back in the day, and is even said to have written his first draft of “For Whom the Bell Tolls” here. Looking to channel Hemingway’s literary genius? Be sure to order a daiquiri, his favorite drink!

See: Often called “The Soul of Havana” by locals, no trip would be complete without a walk along El Malecón. This 4+ mile seafront promenade is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. You’ll find yourself wandering past local Cuban children swimming, taking in the gorgeous ocean views on one side while gazing back across the walkway upon now dilapidated luxury villas from Cuba’s heyday. It’s a truly romantic juxtaposition. Two other visitor must sees? The Havana Capital Building (otherwise known as El Capital) and the Partagas Cigar Factory.

Super 8: Joel Serrato

Escape to… Baja Mexico

Kelly
April 18

I don’t know about you guys, but I am seriously craving a getaway that involves laying on a beach and no emails (or databases for that matter).

The sound of the ocean, clear skies…

Maybe a boat ride, definitely a corona or two, and some local seafood sounds just about perfect.

Photographer: Patrick Moyer