We started readying ourselves to drive back up the Nicoya Peninsula, over the mountains, through the rivers, past Liberia, to the very top northwestern corner of Costa Rica- almost to Nicaragua. Dreams Las Mareas Resort was our final destination in Costa Rica, right outside the city of La Cruz.
We put our big kid panties on (Dave and I as well as Oakley), ate a big breakfast, pulled out some cash, and filled up on fuel. We couldn’t believe we were going to go back the way we came. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t scary and we knew what to expect, but this time we were going back through the middle of nowhere without an extra tire on reserve. We started the journey, and the kids immediately fell asleep the car (I don’t know what it is about road trips, but our kids love them and they sleep most of the time- plane flights are a different story. ha!) I won’t detail this crazy road trip because I already did that in my last blog post, but after 5 hours of driving and a quick lunch break, we made it to Dreams Las Mareas.
Our SUV was taken away by the valet driver, and we honestly didn’t plan to get back in that car until we absolutely had to. haha. My first impression of Dreams was “luxury.” An all-inclusive resort, this place had everything. Oakley kept repeating, “this place has a beach and a pool!” We checked in, got our keys, and found our way to our room. The room itself was spacious and nicely decorated, complete with a minibar containing all-inclusive snacks and drinks, incense and matches in the bathroom, and a large curtain that separated the bathroom from the bedroom. There were 2 adjacent queen beds and a pack-n-play for little Cali. Despite these luxuries, our attention was immediately drawn toward the back door. The sliding glass door opened up to a patio with a sofa and table, A SWIM-OUT POOL, and an incredible beach view! We were being blown away by every destination in Costa Rica, and this was turning out to be the best last stop. After putting on our swimsuits, we walked out the back door, grabbed drinks at the bar, and went exploring.
To describe Dreams as being “huge” would be an understatement. This place is like a campus! The winding sidewalks and lush landscapes have been meticulously maintained. And then there are the pools. They seem endless. There are deep pools, shallow pools, infinity pools, beach-entry pools, kid pools, adult pools, waterslide pools, and hot pools (aka hot tubs, but “hot tubs” didn’t sound as good.) I don’t know that I’ve ever been to a place with so many pools. We didn’t even get to explore all of them!
Next, we walked down to the beach. On its own private cove of a beach, Dreams Las Mareas offers some fun excursions. Right from the beach, you can hop on a variety of boats depending on your interests: catamarans, sunset cruises, or fishing tours. We also heard that the land tours were fun too- specifically ATVs and zip-lining. As a disclaimer, we didn’t do any excursions. At this point in our trip, we collectively decided that we had had enough excursions, and we were perfectly content staying in the confines of this amazing resort. So that we did, and let me tell you, we did not get bored!
And then there was the food. Food isn’t something that we live or die by when we travel. We don’t revolve our days around where we eat, and most of the time we just try to find yummy local fruit! But this place had the best food. We ate at the same restaurant, the World Cafe, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner all 3 days. We were able to sit at an outside, come-as-you-are table for each meal, and Oakley could run amok without us getting funny looks (you know those down-cast, well-intentioned looks, moms!). I’m also pretty sure that both of my kids ate their body weights in watermelon (sandia). The fruit spread at the buffet was so amazing. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen so many different types of fruit in one sitting. For breakfast, they also went all-out with a mimosa bar in which you could choose from any variety of fresh squeezed and fresh pressed juices.
Anyways, our stay at Dreams was incredible, and you should definitely go when you visit Costa Rica. It was such a great, relaxing topper to our Costa Rica trip-of-a-lifetime. If you’re looking to plan your next all-inclusive vacation here’s the link to Dreams Las Mareas : http://bit.ly/
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