The Tour Continues in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Our third stop on the great Costa Rican tour was Manuel Antonio.  After spending a few days in the chilly Cloud Forest of Monteverde, the beachy Manuel Antonio was definitely a welcome change.

View from our hotel, Gaia, in Manuel Antonio

View from our hotel, Gaia, in Manuel Antonio

We chose to stay at Gaia Hotel & Reserve in Manuel Antonio and it couldn’t have been more perfect.  The hotel was on top of a massive hill surrounded by a nature reserve funded by the hotel owner.  To get to the hotel, you have to take a golf cart up the hill. The hotel rooms are all around the outside of a few different buildings on different levels.  In the center there is a magnificent infinity pool and an open air restaurant with a fantastic view (see above).  At night, the sunset was so beautiful.  Unfortunately my crap camera never did capture its full beauty, but I tried every night about 100 times.

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Beach Getaway – Style Guide

It’s not even Christmas, and I’m already frantically trying to find a way to a beach to escape the chilly Northeast.  It’s snowed twice this week and it’s only Wednesday! Really unacceptable.  So, in the spirit of dreaming (Miami anyone??), here’s my style guide for the perfect beach getaway.

Beach Getaway1 – Bikini, Tory Burch, Top & Bottom 2 – Beach Bag, Kate Spade 3 – Gauze Top, Melissa Obadash 4 – Beach Bat Set, Aha Life 5 – Sunglasses, Oliver Peoples 6 – One-Piece Bathing Suit, Miu Miu 7 – Perfume, Bobbi Brown 8 – Notebook, Sloane Stationary 9 – Facial Sunscreen, Coola 10 – Sun Hat, Eric Javits 11 – Sarong, Calypso St. Barth’s 12 – Beach Cover Up, Mara Hoffman 13 – Sunless Tanning Lotion, St. Tropez 14 – Strappy Heels, Estaleca 15 – Colorful Sandals, K Jacques St. Tropez 16 – Jean Shorts, 7 for all Mankind 17 – Beach Blanket, Artemare 18 – Bikini, Mara Hoffman 19 – Sunscreen, Banana Boat 20 – Earrings, Kate Spade