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Bienvenido a Costa Rica

Words by Taylor Wilson
Photos courtesy of JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa

With a verdant landscape of rolling hills and dense, green canopies, it’s easy for one to think they’ve stepped off the plane and into nature’s version of the Emerald City.

Bienvenido a Costa Rica – a destination where “pura vida” is not only a saying, but a way of life.

After a three-hour plane ride from Miami to Liberia, imbibe the landscape on your way to the JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa. Upon arrival, enjoy a fresh fruit smoothie and explore the stunning grounds.

With the largest infinity pool in Central America situated on the sandy shore, a spa boasting utmost relaxation and six delicious, on-site restaurants with diverse cuisine, you and your guests would be content if you never left the property. But, why miss out on the rest of the fun?

Whether you are an adrenaline junkie who craves adventure, a cultured traveler with a desire for all things “local,” or a nature buff who enjoys observing wildlife, Costa Rica has it all.

Visit Hacienda el Viejo and perfect your tortilla-making skills in this historic homestead. Don’t be surprised by the chickens, iguanas and peacocks roaming the premise, as people and animals live as one here – a concept the locals take pride in. Observe the majestic creatures of the wetlands in their natural habitat on a river cruise. Soon, crocodiles basking in the sun and monkeys swinging from tree to tree won’t even phase you.

Rainforest meets ocean on a serene horseback ride through the resort’s property. Follow your equestrian tour with a round of golf on a course the pros would envy or relax at the revitalizing spa. “So little time, so much to do” has never been truer than here.

Adventurists, it’s your turn! Hop on those ATVs for some four-wheeling fun or zip through the trees on a canopy tour. Close your eyes and let go – this indescribable sensation is where “pura vida” comes to life.

It’s easy to get lost in the beauty and thrill of this land as the stress of planning a destination wedding disappears thanks to the Marriott’s accommodating property and staff. Whether you want your ceremony to be large or intimate, indoors or outdoors, casual or luxurious, the event coordinators at Marriott can arrange it all. From a charming on-site chapel and a vast ballroom to the garden terrace overlooking the ocean and a picture-perfect courtyard, opportunities are endless.

Get carried away in Costa Rica and experience the magic of Guanacaste as you escape for your destination wedding or honeymoon. After all, every day spent here is better than the last.

This article first appeared in Destination I Do's Spring/Summer 2015 issue. You can order a copy here.

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