Our Incredible 3 Nights at Rancho Pacifico in Costa Rica

Hi! We’re Candy and Crystal. We’re sisters who grew up as military brats and spent the first half of our lives in Japan. The majority of our family resides in Japan, but we ventured out and have spent the second half of our lives mainly in the United States. We both love traveling and have always documented our travels, so we decided it was time to share our travel experiences with the rest of the world.

We have had quite a few friends visit Costa Rica in the past couple of years, so we decided it was our turn to explore this tropical Central American realm. Crystal initially was exploring the idea of staying in a tree house, but instead found Rancho Pacifico, an amazing eco luxury hotel in Uvita that came pretty close to a tree house. 

Rancho Pacifico is located in a canopy-covered mountain in a private jungle reserve with a stunning view of the famous Whale's Tail. It's a really intimate property with a total of ten villas and suites which accommodates a total occupancy of only twenty-four guests. 

Getting There

There are 3 ways to get to this resort: local airlines, private driver or rental car. We opted to rent a car. At first, we thought it might have been better to hire a driver since we heard that driving in Costa Rica was madness, but in the end, we were glad we rented a car for a number of reasons: cost, freedom, and feeling like a badass. Driving in Costa Rica isn't all that bad either. Yes, you will be driving up mountains on gravel roads, but as long as you have a 4x4 like we did, you will be fine. 

Tons of motorcycles driving around in Costa Rica - watch out for them

Tons of motorcycles driving around in Costa Rica - watch out for them

The drive from the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) to Rancho Pacifico took is about 4 hours. We made a couple of restroom stops, took a wrong exit and hit some traffic, so it took us a little bit longer than expected. We had to stop and pay for a few tolls along the way. You can pay in US Dollars (change will be given back in the local currency) or in Colones. However, make sure you practice