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…
Without question, we have entered into unchartered waters, and each of us is scrambling to address an ever-growing health crisis while also attending to our finances, our families, our personal life and attempting to evaluate what the future holds. While the latter is impossible, here at Villa Perezoso we are weathering the storm and making use of the time. We have taken proactive steps to join together with the local tourism industry to implement changes for when the time comes to once again welcome travelers to our tropical oasis. At Villa Perezoso, we have a dedicated team with whom we have implemented new cleaning and sanitation protocols, new guest service interaction rules and new protocols for the maintenance of all internal and external areas. As we move through this crisis, guest comfort and safety will continue to be our #1 priority.
According to the ICT, Costa Rica’s tourism board, over 3
million tourists visit our peaceful and beautiful country every year and 30% of
the Costa Rican work force comes from tourism, with more than 80% of the
tourism sector related to boutique establishments and family-owned businesses,
like our very own Villa Perezoso. With
numbers like these, it is easy to understand why tourism is the heart of our
community and why the COVID-19 health crisis has affected everyone so
As of March 18th, Costa Rica’s democratic
government, made the decision to close its borders to in-coming tourists. This decision was difficult for our
tourism-based country to swallow, but it was a decision that was fully
supported by everyone, both business owners and local citizens alike, who know
that this immediate sacrifice will produce future benefits. With the excellent leadership of our health
minister, a doctor and a master in public health and epidemiology, in
conjunction with the unified spirit of all Costa Ricans, who want nothing more
than to be able to welcome back tourists, we have been on a stay-at-home call
to action for 2 weeks now. To date we have just under 350 cases and no reported
cases in our beloved Manuel Antonio.
While we know the numbers are bound to change with time, we feel
confident we are staying ahead of the curve and doing our best to keep the
numbers low. Our entire community is
working together for the future health and prosperity of our tourism-based
businesses and for the health and safety of our families.
As we wait to turn the corner, we relish on the simple things;
abounding nature, tropical fruits, warm weather, sunshine and most of all,
things calm down, and we know they will, we will be waiting with open doors at
Villa Perezoso to welcome you back. With
its rich nature and focus on tranquility, no doubt Costa
Rica will offer a safe, private and much-needed escape.
From our family to yours, we wish you continued
health and peace during this time.
Award winning luxury vacation villa rental in Manuel Antonio featuring best staff collaborates with Napa Valley Chef
A standard that we at Villa Perezoso have set from the beginning when we first opened our doors in November of 2008 was to offer a 5 star experience to you, our guests. Our aim was for all of you to feel pampered in a beautiful, tranquil, tropical setting and to enjoy a vacation experience that would surpass all others. We constantly strive to maintain and keep this standard. It’s always difficult to say goodbye to those we work with, especially those that we have come to think of as family. It is with some sadness that we announce to you that Victor will be leaving us in June, but with a lot of glee that it will be for him to pursue his own business. We couldn’t be more thrilled that he will be building his own company and being his own boss. Our exciting staff changes….we are promoting Randall Rodriguez to Guest Services Coordinator/Concierge. Randall who has been with us the past two years, and has over 25 years of hospitality experience, has proven himself to be an excellent team player, giving 110% of himself to ensure that you have a wonderful experience. Based on your feedback and reviews, he is very liked by all of you and thus is much deserved of this position which he has been training for these past few months. A bit of trivia, Randall actually helped us during our opening with our first guests who were here November of 2008! And not to worry…Randall will still be available to mix up those drinks in the evening for you all to enjoy.
We are thrilled to announce that we have hired a new chef, Jose Castillo.
Introducing Chef Jose!
Jose brings with him years of experience cooking for luxury villas in the area. In fact, Randall has worked with him in the past and really stands behind his cooking, presentations and guest service appeal. He is a true gem and we are incredibly excited to have him be our new VP chef. This month, we are honored to have Joshua Mitchell be a guest chef and collaborate with Chef Jose to elevate Villa Perezoso’s dining experience to yet another level.
Guest Chef Josh collaborates with our new Chef Jose!
Guest Chef Josh, having worked in multiple Michelin rated restaurants in Napa Valley, believes in using local ingredients to maximize flavor and presentation. During this time of collaboration, they will be developing new menu ideas to add to our Villa Perezoso repertoire. With Chef Jose’s can do spirit and great smile, we look forward to him “wowing” our guests with new, innovative dishes and our old favorites.
Bruce Paugh, begins this month as our new Facilities Manager
Bruce, Villa Perezoso Facilities Manager
—a new position we have created. Bruce will make sure VP looks and operates perfectly and will be onsite 24/7 to take care of any needs our guests may have.
Cecilia and Katia
continue to provide their quiet service with a smile in keeping the Villa clean and tidy.
Cecelia and Katia
More details about our amazing staff will be available soon; and look for photos of our week with Chef Josh and Chef Jose on our Facebook page.
You’re considering going on that bucket list trip to Costa Rica with your favorite gal pals. You’ve just booked a week at the top rated luxury vacation Villa Perezoso in Costa Rica. You want to relax, get away for a few days, and have nothing to do — no work, no traffic, nobody screaming for your attention. You just want to lie in the sun, enjoy delicious food and drink, and explore the beauty of your surroundings.
Aside from lounging, lying in the sun, and cocktailing, your more ambitious friends are asking, “What is there to do there?” This article can eliminate your need to do any homework, since we have the five best things to do on your girlfriend getaway right here.
As you’ll see in the online reviews, everyone raves about our concierge Victor, who will be your guide to making the most of your Costa Rican adventure. Ask him about any of these fun activities.
1. Spa and Yoga Day
From downward dogs to deep tissue massages, our staff of seasoned professionals will help you achieve that feeling of being at your personal best. Even better, the setting is our breathtaking, magical penthouse deck, with a 280-degree view of the Pacific Ocean’s whole horizon, in addition to views of the Manuel Antonio National Park, named one of the Top 12 Most Beautiful Parks in the World by Forbes. Get mani-pedis with your girlfriends while you relax on this magnificent deck, take a dip in the Jacuzzi, and enjoy cocktails and the exquisite, healthy creations from your own private chef.
2. Whitewater Rafting
If your ready for more excitement, we are the only resort outside of Rafiki Safari Lodge granted exclusive access to their whitewater rafting trips. Experience the exhilarating power of whitewater rafting on the Savegre River. You can also request custom hiking trips through the rainforest, kayaking excursions through the mangroves and horseback riding along the river with this top-notch outfitters. So not only can you experience the river, but the Costa Rican wilderness while you’re at it. Rafiki offers several trip options and difficulty levels, each catering to our guests varied physical abilities.
3. Catamaran Adventures
Our fun-loving, attentive, and responsible guides really help make this a memorable trip. For four hours, you will see our breathtaking coastline from the Pacific Ocean perspective, witness the dolphins and whales frolicking in the water, and even do a little snorkeling before the sunset drinks and light dinner.
4. Surf Class
Hang ten and rouse your inner surfer! Renowned for our world-class waves, it would be a shame to come all this way and not give it a try. Even if you’ve never touched a surfboard, our very Randall, ex-Costa Rican surf champion, will do more than teach you to stand up. From safety and caring for your surfboard to catching waves, and actually riding them, we’ll get you hooked on this exciting sport.
5. Salsa Dancing
You’ll burn an average of 150 calories for every 30 minutes you partake in this sexy, high energy, and beautiful form of Latin dance, taught by our favorite and nicest instructors. Once you’ve learned a few new moves, you can even hit the local dance clubs and enjoy a night out. A lot of our visitors will check out the local club scene after their lessons.
At Villa Perezoso , there is truly something to make every girlfriend getaway a memorable and exciting experience. While we invite you to just sit and relax, there’s something to do for those who also want a little excitement on their vacation.
View of one of the Beautiful Manuel Antonio Beaches in Costa Rica. These are one of the most stunning and preserved beaches in the world
Beautiful Manuel Antonio Beaches
Where else can you find the perfect combination of a peaceful, pretty laid back country, with easy access to many SURFING beaches that have consistent surfing year round? than Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.
Another Pacific View Costa Rican Beach In Manuel Antonio
QUEPOS / MANUEL ANTONIO, COSTA RICA is the perfect departure point for your SURFING adventure trip along the coast. BEACH BREAKS, rivermouth, and reef BREAKS can be on your daily schedule. Visiting QUEPOS not only puts you in reach of some of the best SURFING spots in COSTA RICA, but also allows you to enjoy a variety of day time activities. From WATER RAFTING, KAYAKING, and HORSE BACK RIDING, QUEPOS has it all. QUEPOS is also only minutes away from MANUEL ANTONIO, COSTA RICA where you can explore some of COSTA RICA natural wonders. When the sun sets in QUEPOS, the town comes alive with numerous bars and restaurants for nightlife. Inquire as to where you might find a place to have a good time, watch SURF videos, and hang out with the local SURF crowd. If you are looking for fun and SURF adventure, no matter how long your stay, QUEPOS MANUEL ANTONIO, COSTA RICA is the place!!!
To describe the general attitude of the people of COSTA RICA, it is best summed up by their favorite saying, “Pura Vida”, which refers to an easy, healthy and good lifestyle. This is what you can expect to find in COSTA RICA – a very slow and relaxed type of atmosphere – why do it today when you can do it tomorrow!?!. Nowhere is this more evident than in the local SURF community of QUEPOS, where foreign surfers will always receive a warm welcome. When encountering local tico SURFERS give your Spanish a try – no one will laugh. Even if you know only a few words, your attempt can go a long way. So, when SURFING in QUEPOS MANUEL ANTONIO, COSTA RICA, you must relax, enjoy life, and experience the meaning of “Pura Vida”.
The following listing will give you more information about the SURF BEACHES of MANUEL ANTONIO, COSTA RICA and the area :
1. PLAYA HERMOSA – Very strong BREAKS, this long stretch of BREAKS peaks working any given day, but the preferred sand bar is located in front of a large tree known as the Almendro, waves are general best when the tide is rising.
30km north of QUEPOS and the Manuel Antonio Estates
2. ESTERILLOS ESTE, ESTERILLOS OESTE, BEJUCO, BOCA DAMAS – Beach BREAKS, good WAVES,……. located very close to PLAYA HERMOSA, makes easy access, the wave conditions are very similar to them of PLAYA HERMOSA 20Km north of Quepos and the Manuel Antonio Estates.
3. QUEPOS – This small left point is found at the river-mouth in the city of QUEPOS, easy access. 2km from Manuel Antonio Estates and QUEPOS
4. PLAYITA / Manuel Antonio Beaches, Costa Rica – Beach BREAKS, lefts and rights with good shape, this coast area need larger swell for the …. 4km from the Manuel Antonio Estates and QUEPOS
5. PLAYA DEL REY – Right and left beach BREAKS peaks, beautiful wild BEACH, which hasn’t been touched by civilization. 11km south of QUEPOS and the Manuel Antonio Estates
6. PLAYA MATAPALO – same conditions as PLAYA del Rey, offers small restaurants. 20km south of QUEPOS and the Manuel Antonio Estates
7. DOMINICAL – Good strong BEACH BREAKS with lefts and rights. Beautiful landscape and very TROPICAL. 30km south of QUEPOS and the Manuel Antonio Estates.
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