Above Photo: Ballena Bay on the Gulf of Nicoya. It doesn’t look quite like this right now since it’s dry season, but it is still beautiful! The trees are more of a golden brown instead of green.

We landed at the Liberia Airport at the tail end of the dry season in Guanacaste. Believe me, it is dry. For first time visitors thinking they are going to Costa Rica’s Rainforest, they will be shocked by the brown hillsides and think they boarded the wrong airplane. This dryness is typical of the region, though. In just a few short weeks, the rains will start and the area will begin to grow more lush and green.

The new Liberia Airport is a great improvement over the tiny open air terminal of the past. Folks who have traveled here in the past will be pleasantly surprised by the upgrades.

We stopped to pick up the rental car, an H1 Hyundai Van (there were 5 of us) then we were off. Our journey lasts 7 nights and visits 6 different spots. We are not only checking out the hotels we use, but we are also on a quest for the perfect wedding venue for my cousin’s daughter for 2014. Each of the properties we visited seemed to be “THE ONE” for them as each had such great possibilities. The jury is still out on what they will pick for the wedding, but we picked this 7 day drive as an exciting circuit for those who want to truly experience the Nicoya Peninsula.

Our first night was at Reserva Conchal, a first class condo development with a lovely golf course and private beach club. The Westin Playa Conchal is the anchor hotel in the development and the only all inclusive we recommend in Costa Rica.

Here is a shot of our wedding clients, Jenna and Kent, checking out the beach at Playa Conchal:

J&K Conchal