Whew! What a year 2020 has been for the whole world! Here in Costa Rica, everyone is awaiting tonight’s celebration with more anticipation than ever. New Year’s in Costa Rica is always a big event, and although group celebrations will be limited this year, people can’t wait to bid farewell to 2020.
This year, New Year’s will be brought in with an air of new hope and enthusiasm toward the future. So, before we sign off for the holiday weekend and head to the beach to catch the last sunset of the year, we wanted to give you a glimpse at how people in Costa Rica will be spending tonight’s celebration.
Most government and private offices close for anywhere from 2-3 weeks right before Christmas, as people take off from the city in search of some R&R among nature, usually at the beaches, which are generally packed this time of year! Regardless if New Year’s is spent at home or at one of the many beach towns, including our beautiful Manuel Antonio Beach, New Year’s in Costa Rica is definitely a family affair. Costa Ricans typically gather with large groups of family and friends at home or at a Manuel Antonio vacation rental or other vacation villas along the coast.
The celebration starts by watching sunset at the beach, then heading back to the vacation rental to start cooking, all while enjoying music and a little dancing to set the mood for the night’s celebration. Dinner is enjoyed late, normally around 10pm so everyone has time to digest and wait for the midnight fireworks, which can be enjoyed all over the country. A typical dinner consists of carne asada or grilled meats, along with roasted pork leg, pasta or potato salad, corn on the cob, and a fresh salad. For dessert, a cinnamon-spiced, rice pudding or tres leches (three milk cake) can’t be denied!
Although this year’s celebration will be a little different as the beach gatherings and public fireworks shows have been cancelled, the air of excitement can still be felt and no doubt the new year will be brought in with happiness… After all Costa Rica knows how to embody the pura vida lifestyle in all situations!
And for our American visitors who we have had the pleasure of hosting at Villa Perezoso this week, they will enjoy dinner with our chef and have opted to try some Costa Rican traditional dishes to ring in the new year in a different way! Their morning was spent on a private catamaran and snorkeling cruise, followed by afternoon massages at the villa. Aside from several private tours and activities and complete relaxation at the villa, their holiday vacation has also been packed full of monkey sightings, scarlet macaws and toucan visits. What better way to spend the New Year’s holiday?
So, for now, we will sign off, but before we do, we wish you all a happy and healthy start to the new year. Never have we been happier to say: Pura Vida & Feliz Año Nuevo!
We are starting to wrap up a year that none of us ever will forget. As we approach the end of 2020, we are all so happy to turn to something more joyful: the holiday season and everything we have to be grateful for! Whether your traditions center around family, food, football, the Great Outdoors or travel, we know the holidays will look a little different this year for most of us. Yet, in spite of the crazy year we have all endured, we still have much to be grateful for.
At Villa Perezoso, we are grateful to live in a tranquil place that is surrounded by so much natural beauty. We are also grateful for the support of our staff and our vendors as well as the tour operators in Manuel Antonio, who have shown so much camaraderie and solidarity during this challenging year. If you are traveling with us for the holidays ahead, you will soon be able to experience some of the reasons why we are so grateful this year…
To be able to sit outside on one of the terraces of the villa and observe nature, serene and at peace, is a true gift. To be able to visit the beach or mountains, to breathe fresh air and experience wildlife in its natural habitat is healing. Many of us spent months at time during the shutdown filled with worry and anticipation. Sitting among nature in a peaceful environment is an offering we must all learn to cherish, and one that so many of us here in Manuel Antonio took on board this year. Another important reason we are grateful is that in spite of the difficulty of the year, we were able to spend important family time together. As we approach Thanksgiving, we will once again gather together, but this time with an air of enthusiasm for the new year ahead of us.
We are so excited to be welcoming our guests back and we want to thank you in advance for your continued support over the years. Many of you have visited us several times, or have referred us to your friends and family. Your support means everything to us and we are so grateful! If you visit us this year, you will be greeted with the same warmth that you have always received, although you may note an even greater sense of excitement from our team to be hosting you! Your well-being and that of our team is at the forefront of everything we do. We take pride in playing a part in the important moments of your vacation, and give thanks for the opportunity to be able to host you.
Happy holidays from all of us at Villa Perezoso to you!
After a much-needed break and some green season home improvements to beautify the villa for the upcoming season, all of us at Villa Perezoso are back and looking forward to the upcoming 2021! With the holidays right around the corner, we know everyone up North is soon going to be busy making delicious meal plans and cozying up against the cooler evenings. Meanwhile down here in paradise, we are beginning to make travel plans with different groups of guests we have coming after the new year. So, while we’re busy making travel arrangements, we thought we’d take a moment and share some perfect getaway ideas in case you are interested in taking a little escape to our tropical haven anytime soon. Whether it be for a long weekend getaway with your significant other, a family vacation with the kids, or a friends’ trip, here are 3 Costa Rica trips that are sure to give you that R&R that you need!
In need of some time away with your honey? What could be better than a long weekend in the tropics! Complete with peace and quiet, beautiful scenery and a villa that is perfect for couples, this might just be the perfect getaway to have some down time, and to finally be able to enjoy some one-on-one time with your significant other. Who’s interested in strolls on the beach, beautiful sunsets and waking up leisurely? Or perhaps you prefer to travel with other couples and make it a multi-couples trip. Villa Perezoso also provides the perfect lodging experience for groups of couples wanting to get away without the kids. Complete with different options to suit each travel group, Villa Perezoso offers the upper 2-bedroom penthouse with its rooftop Jacuzzi and sweeping ocean-views, or the lower main 3-bedroom villa complete with infinity-edge plunge pool and spacious bedrooms, each with en suite baths and private balconies. If your group is larger, combine both for the complete 5-bedroom offering of this amazing tropical villa set right in the heart of the Manuel Antonio rainforest! Whether you are looking for romance and relaxation, or adventure and activity, Villa Perezoso offers the perfect lodging option for couples’ groups.
Looking for a great way to get away with the whole family to a place that offers something for everyone? Who in your family would enjoy surfing, fishing, jet skiing, ATV’ing, zip lining through the rainforest, hiking through the jungle or lying on the beach with their toes in the sand? All of this and much more is available in Manuel Antonio. Known as the place that “has it all”, it’s no surprise that the Manuel Antonio beach has been named one of the world’s most beautiful by Forbes. Complete with a beachfront national park, Manuel Antonio provides incredible vacation activities and ways to get out and have fun! And remember that in case Mom and Dad want to get out one night for dinner on their own, we even have nanny service available!
Who is ready for a guys-only or girls-only trip? Whether you are looking to have a little fun with the girls, get pampered and indulge in chef services and spa therapy right at the villa, or head out to one of the nearby spas and wellness centers, and enjoy some great excursions and time on the beach, Villa Perezoso is your perfect vacation lodging option. Or perhaps you and the guys want to get away for a fishing trip or an adrenaline-based adventure trip… Manuel Antonio offers the perfect mix of adrenaline opportunities mixed with relaxation and comfort.
Whatever your perfect vacation getaway scenario is, we can help you set it up. Our travel concierge is on-call prior to and during your stay to make sure that every detail is attended to, so that you don’t have to worry. And don’t forget about our winter travel specials! We are offering 10% off all reservations booked now through December for travel through mid-March.
October is here and the days are starting to get cooler up
North. Leaves are changing colors and starting
to fall, and ideas for the upcoming holidays are starting to take shape… As you start to plan for this year’s holiday
season, you may be ready to consider travel, and perhaps even an exotic and
relaxing getaway to the beautiful beaches and rainforest of Costa Rica. So whether you want to come for the holidays
or at a different time, we have some exciting offers to share with you, and
some fun travel ideas also!
Amid these crazy COVID times, we could all use a little
peace and benefit from the healing
effects of nature. And with Costa
Rica now open to all US states (starting on November 1st), who
wouldn’t enjoy a stroll on a quiet beach with the sound of palm trees moving in
the wind and monkeys playing in the background?
Or how about an exciting zip through the rainforest canopy to energize
your senses? Sometimes just a change of
scenery is enough to provide us that much-needed break we all need from our
daily stresses, and from the intensity of 2020.
Well, at Villa Perezoso, in the beautiful town of Manuel
Antonio, just minutes from the Manuel Antonio National Park, there is no shortage
of breathtaking views. Morning coffee on
the terraces of the villa will offer you a chance to observe Costa Rica’s
wildlife at its finest, and will be sure to wipe away all your stresses. And if a tranquil morning didn’t do it, then perhaps
an afternoon cocktail and dip in the pool, complete with the sound of scarlet
macaws flying overhead, will provide you the perfect backdrop to sink into utter
and complete relaxation. On the other hand, if you are more prone to getting
out and about on vacation, we have a great list of private
activities that are the ideal way to stay active, while practicing social
distancing and enjoying the Great Outdoors of Costa Rica!
So, with R&R and a little adventure in mind, as well as
a desire for a change of scenery, we are offering the following reservation specials for this 2020 Fall/2021
Christmas Week: $12,950*
New Year’s Week: $12,950*
*Includes Chef for up to 3 meals daily.
Cost of food is separate.
For those who don’t want to travel over the holidays, but
are interested in a little getaway before 2020 ends, we are offering the
following special for our beautiful villa from now through December 19th!
*Excludes Thanksgiving. Does not include Chef, but can be added-on.
And finally, for those who are interested in visiting us
after the holidays for a Winter escape, we are offering 10% Off all reservations for
Winter 2021, excluding Easter Week,
for reservations booked now through December 19th!
As always, our rates include our pre-arrival travel planning
and on-site concierge services! So if you have questions on why
you need to visit Costa Rica on your next vacation, or need help with
travel ideas or activity planning, our reservations and travel team are on-hand
to assist you! Remember that at Villa
Perezoso, we offer a place where you can relax and decompress in total privacy,
while enjoying the surrounding tropical beauty of Manuel Antonio’s rainforest
September 15, 2020 celebrated 199 years of Costa Rica’s independence.
This was a joyous day across the country and for Costa Ricans all over the
world, as this day symbolizes freedom, democracy and a culture of peace. This day is celebrated with several popular
traditions, and this year was no exception.
Here is a look at a few of these traditions and their important meaning
to Costa Rica:
“Faroles” or lanterns are lit up on the eve of September 14th, the day before Independence Day as a symbol of freedom. This tradition dates back to the year 1821, when at 6pm Costa Rica’s Independence Act was signed, giving them autonomy. On this day many years ago, Costa Ricans lit lanterns and joined together to sign the National Anthem to celebrate. Since then, this has become a tradition that school children, families, government offices and homes across the country all observe. Beautiful and elaborate lanterns are often part of children’s homework the week working up to Independence Day, and these are usually boasted at parades that are held in each town. The night of the lanterns is a huge Costa Rican tradition and party. This year it was celebrated virtually.
National Anthem and the Costa Rican Flag
The lyrics to Costa Rica’s National Anthem are always sung
in the homes of Costa Ricans. The National Anthem is not a war song; rather, it
tells the story of a democratic people, of farmers who have not experienced
great conflicts and of a peaceful nation.
The national flag faithfully expresses the life of Costa Rica,
characterized by always seeking conciliation, as well as by the virtuous
purpose that guides its destiny. Mini
Costa Rican flags are proudly adorned in homes and in people’s car the weeks
leading up to the holiday, and towns are all festively decorated with large
flags on lamp posts and traffic lights. It’s a lovely sight to see!
Weekends to the Beach
No Independence Day in Costa Rica would be complete without a
visit to the beach, and this year was no exception. In spite of Covid and its restrictions,
families all loaded into their cars and took road trips to nearby beaches. Social distancing and remaining in bubbles
was enforced, but this certainly didn’t take away from the fun of being
gathered at the beach, having BBQ’s, playing soccer and soaking up the sunshine
and fresh air. Our very own Manuel
Antonio National Park and beaches were very busy this past weekend and we were
thrilled to receive responsible visitors from all over the country!
All of us at Villa Perezoso have a great love for Costa Rica, and are proud to reside here and be able to share this wonderful piece of paradise with our guests. This is a country that promotes peace and honors family and relationships in a way that we should all take note. We look forward to sharing the beauty of Costa Rica and its wonderful people with you soon. We are happy to announce that the following US States are now allowed in to Costa Rica: New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Maine, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Michigan, Rhode Island, Wyoming, Arizona and New Mexico. Starting on October 1st, California residents will also be allowed to visit. Additional states will also be added at that time. If you would like to visit, please contact us, and we will be happy to help you plan your next visit…
Happy 199 years of independence,
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