Costa Rica

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Eating at the Andaz Papagayo Costa Rica and Beyond

If I had to list my three favorite things to do while traveling, there is no question that eating would make the cut for that top activities list…let’s be real, it may even hold the top spot. I love trying local foods, learning about different ways to prepare meals and drinks, and taking the time to sit and savor meals in exotic places. Now that absolutely does not happen to any large degree when traveling with my toddler, but since…

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Review of a Room and a Suite at the Andaz Papagayo in Costa Rica

Our first “no kids” trip in over two years just wrapped up, and boy was it worth the wait. Josh and I recently visited the Andaz Papagayo in Costa Rica not only with each other, but we met up with a few friends while we were there, and found the resort to be the perfect backdrop to feel calm, relaxed, rejuvenated, and maybe even a touch inspired before starting a bit of a new chapter in our day to day…

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Getting to the Andaz Papagayo in Costa Rica

I think one of the most confusing things about the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo is its name. I am no branding expert, but I think they would do much better named Andaz Costa Rica or even Andaz Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo. Outside of hearing about the hotel specifically, I had never heard of the Peninsula Papagayo and certainly couldn’t point to it on a map until recently. I mention this because before I got deeper into the research and planning phases…

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Southwest Sale: Houston – Mexico from 6,700 Points + Taxes

As they often do, Southwest is promoting a sale right now for fall travel that absolutely has my attention. This is not one of their huge systemwide $49+ type sales (that often comes in June), but there are some really fun prices to international destinations out of Houston I wanted to point out. I know fall isn’t peak travel season for families, but if you want to have grandparents cover for you a bit while you sneak off for a few days,…

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Video Review of Andaz Papagayo in Costa Rica

As you may have seen, in the last few months I’ve been trying to get my feet wet in the world of creating video reviews for some of our trips. I think video has tons of potential in this space, but it certainly is much more complicated and time intensive than just writing blog posts, so I’m keeping the number of videos I make to no more than about one or two a month for now. That said, I just finished a…

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Free Kid’s Club at the Andaz Papagayo in Costa Rica

For me, the best type of vacation is often one that provides a nice mix of both family time and adult time. Adults-only trips are great on occasion and trips that are nothing but family time 24/7 can also be great, but after a few days of either extreme you can yearn for a little bit of balance. Whether you accomplish this balance by bringing grandparents, a nanny or babysitter from home, using a resort kid’s club, or hiring a local…

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First Impressions of the Andaz Papagayo in Costa Rica

One of the very best values in the World of Hyatt award chart is undeniably the Andaz Papagayo in Costa Rica. This property is a Category 4 Hyatt, which means you can use your Category 1-4 certificates or just 15,000 Hyatt points per night to stay at a resort that otherwise can easily run you $300 – $400 per night during peak seasons. It has been on my ‘must visit’ list of properties since it opened in 2013, but we have…

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