Loved it! If you are looking for white sand beaches this is not the place to go. The beach is as it shows in the pictures, dark gray. Water was nice, but it is the Pacific and not the Caribbean. People go to Costa Rica for different reasons. The adventure. Yes I zip lined and even Supermaned and also did the ATV tour. It always gets dark early in Costa, about 6-630 and gets light at 5am.
Our transfer from the airport took about 40 minutes. Getting through immigration, was very fast and easy. I had to pay the departure tax of $29 per person. They will take credit cards but charge you a small fee. The airport is very small, only 4 gates, so you can’t get lost (noticed United, Delta, and Southwest flights and Apple Vacations charter nonstop from Chicago- 5 hour flight).
The resort offered the best food choices I have ever had. They had 6 inch lobster tails in the buffet!! Awesome selections. The Italian restaurant (no reservation required) had the same food for lunch and dinner. Great rack of lamb and I had the cod and other Italian choices. The Fusion restaurant (reservation needed) had great Lobster Risotto. The steakhouse (reservation required) had a wonderful New York Strip Steak. Did not eat in the Japanese restaurant. I was very impressed with the buffet for breakfast and dinner. So many choices and good food.
The Riu Palace has gone the way of all the renovated other Riu’s have gone in a modern decor, white and a bit of silver and purple. Not my tastes. Our junior suite room was good sized except for the bathroom. It was open to the room except the toilet room had a door. We would take a shower and run to the toilet room to dress or we would dress in the shower. Not good. The tub with jets was two feet from my bed. So if you get up in the middle of the night, you had to be careful not to fall in. Our room had a good sized balcony. The resort had elevators, most resorts don’t, but also lots of stairs if you needed extra exercise.
The entertainment was different every night. The had a great Michael Jackson show and a 70’s show with a live band before and after, to dance to. They also had a children’s show with games before. There is a street between the two resorts to share the casino, club, spa and shopping stores. You have to pay for drinks in the club and casino. Otherwise enjoy the entertainment at the resort with drinks included.
If you stay at the Riu Palace you have exchange privileges at the Riu Guanacaste which is just a short walk away.
If you are looking for something different and want the convenience of an all inclusive and some outdoors adventure, Costa Rica is perfect and prices well with good flights. Contact the Travel Brokers Inc to plan your Costa Rica resort vacation or book Riu Palace Costa Rica now.
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