I was barely back in my imperfect paradise of Costa Rica, that special place I called home for a year, one day before being whisked away by seven of my girlfriends for a weekend in a dream five-bedroom beach house in a tiny town called Pan de Azucar. The Sugar Beach Hotel hideaway is near the more famous beaches Flamingo and Conchal. We had a blast! Nothing but walks on the beach, laying in the sun, fruity drinks, and good food… After months of hard work, this was my kind of vacation! When time flies while doing absolutely nothing, you know you’re around some very good friends. All you need is a few days at a Costa Rica resort to actually spend the time with them and recharge.
Can you tell it was dry season? We prayed for rain — when we weren’t walking the gorgeous beach or eating tons of food in our dream beach house on the hill. Sugar Beach delivered amazing meals (my favorite: seared tuna salad) and provided all-night security guards. Our five-bedroom house was fully equipped with Wi-Fi (although for once, we were barely on it!) and claims it can comfortably sleep 12. I believe it!
With views like this, we got comfortable pretty fast.
The water glistened in the daytime…
… and glowed at sunset.
Everyone brought groceries, so there were plenty of snacks. One of my favorites: mango salsa. I miss having mango trees in my yard!
We were almost always the only ones on the beach.
This is my favorite kind of pool: Not only is it a stunning infinity design, but it drops off into thick jungle, creating a blanket of peace and quiet. It is difficult to explain how heavy the jungle can feel. Although there were plenty of other guests at this charming resort, we rarely overlapped for long at the pool. When we did, everyone was nice and friendly.
I spent a lot of time walking around the grounds by myself. In addition to the enormous iguanas I saw, I also loved looking up at the flowering trees.
Eight girls, one beach house. Honestly, I could never imagine getting a group this big together anywhere outside of Costa Rica. Heck, even four people, half this size, at home feels like a crowd! There’s just something about the tropics that makes everyone chill out. Everything about that culture and mindset makes me happy.
We always have fun! Here, Melissa, Cheryl and Tatiana show how it’s done.
Costa Rica, I miss you!
To rent this beach house or any of the resort’s smaller bungalows, visit Sugar Beach.
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