Known as Glamping, Glamorous Camping is global trend that has arrived to Costa Rica. Glamping is a lodging option that combines the thrill of the outdoors but without sacrificing the comfort of a traditional resort. José Carlos Brenes, our International Sales Supervisor recently visited Isla Chiquita, a beautiful new hotel located in the Gulf of Nicoya with a unique style and the simplicity of down-to-earth happiness.
“My recent visit to Isla Chiquita was memorable and adventurous. We arrived via Ferry from Puntarenas to Paquera. We drove a short distance to a secure parking lot where we were met for the boat ride over to Isla Chiquita, this new waterfront hideaway!
Once we arrived at the lodge we were greeted by friendly staff who offered us a welcome cocktail and provided us with a general introduction of the island and facilities.
Together with our luggage an ATV/Golf Cart drove us uphill to our tent. We found our dwelling to be very comfortable not quite knowing what to expect from a tent camp. The tent is very spacious with a very comfortable king bed with an overhead ceiling fan, day bed, plenty of closet space, private bathroom, hot water, mini fridge, and a safety deposit box. The bed is very comfortable with an overhead ceiling fan. We did not miss A/C or a TV in the room.
The food at Isla Chiquita Lodge is Top Quality. We had lunch on their open deck with ocean views called Harry’s Bar (named after Harry the owner). It was very relaxing and welcoming. Fresh ceviche, fish tacos and the whole red snapper we had were all delicious.
Activities include paddle boarding or sea kayaking that are provided free of charge. Curu Nature Reserve is a good option for a nature hike. We enjoyed boating to nearby islands and beaches and got to see dolphins and a big flock of brown pelicans. During certain months – July to October- whales are seen as well. Fishing is also an added attraction.
We also enjoyed relaxing in the hammocks facing the ocean and the palm trees….enjoying the breeze and the sunset. Dinner was at their at Doña Nora’s restaurant, named after the mother of the lodge’s owner. It’s totally a different type of experience in Costa Rica!
Next morning we headed off to Santa Teresa Beach. As I was leaving the island back to the mainland, I kept yearning to go back soon….this is pure paradise.”
José Carlos Brenes
International Sales Supervisor
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