Friday, April 4, 2008
Paradise lives in La Fortuna
Well kids, I think we found it... paradise... or, as the locals call it, Tabacon Hot Springs. Yesterday, we left Bahia Salinas after 10 fantastic days of great company and amazing kitesurfing. After a slight delay in Liberia (some weird Costa Rican bank machine gobbled up my debit card and we had to jump through several hoops to retrieve it), we drove the Arenal Route and ended up at Tabacon Hot Springs. The drive around Lago Arenal is spectacular; we stopped at a couple of kitesurfing/windsurfing locations to check out the scene, and we were lured by sign after sign after sign into "Cafe Macademia", which sells the most yummy coffee and fresh macademia nuts and overlooks the northwest end of the lake. Of course the most incredible sight of all is the view of Volcan Arenal... it is the epitome of volcanoes - perfectly conical and continuously spewing a bit of smoke and boulders. We decided to splurge a little and are spending two nights at the Tabacon Hot Springs Resort & Spa - google it if you get a chance, this place is like nothing we've ever stayed at before!!! The hot springs facility is unbelievable!!! Today, we hope to go hiking around the volcano observatory and check out some jungle life. Cheers!