Introduction: On A Quest for Pura Vida

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Introduction: On A Quest for Pura Vida
Review: United Airlines (ERJ-175) First Class Oklahoma City to Houston
Review: United Airlines (737-800) First Class Houston to San Jose
Review: Marriott Hotel Costa Rica
Review: The Palms – Jaco
Out and About in Costa Rica
Review: Courtyard Marriott Hotel San Jose Airport – Alajuela
Review: VIP Lounge – San Jose Airport
Review: United Airlines (737-800) First Class San Jose to Houston
Review: United Airlines (ERJ-175) First Class Houston to Oklahoma City

Hi. Welcome to my next trip report. I recently spent a few days in the beautiful country of Costa Rica. This was my first trip to the country this year, but my fourth overall. I enjoy Costa Rica because the people are really fun and chill. The weather was mild, with the occasional rains coming because I was visiting during the rainy season. My friend, Matt, whom I have known most of my adult life accompanied me on the trip. I think a trip to Costa Rica is becoming an annual thing.

We began the trip in Oklahoma City. From there, we took a United Airlines regional jet to Houston. The flight was scheduled for only an hour, so we had time for a few drinks and some snacks.

United Airlines ERJ-175 First Class
United Airlines ERJ-175

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I stopped by the Centurion Lounge to relax prior to the flight. Before too long, it was time to catch our flight to Costa Rica. This flight, as all flights to Central America, was operated by a United Airlines 737. The views on the flight were amazing, but the food left a lot to be desired.

United Airlines 737-800 First Class Houston to San Jose
Galveston after takeoff from Houston
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Landing in San Jose Costa Rica

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Upon arrival, we made our way to the Costa Rica Marriott. It was a gorgeous property with a great concierge (more on that later), Farid, who took of anything that we needed. The room and the view was spectacular.

Costa Rica Marriott
Costa Rica Marriott Double Queen Room

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After leaving the Costa Rica Marriott, we made our way to Jaco. The condo was right on the beach and minutes from downtown.

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While in Jaco, we had some fun riding side by sides through the mountains and playing golf at the Los Suenos Marriott in Herradura.

Out and About in San Jose
Offroading in Costa Rica
Out and About in San Jose
Moonshine in the mountains of Costa Rica
Out and About in San Jose
Golfing at Los Suenos Marriott

We made our way back to San Jose for our departure. We decided to stay at the Courtyard by Marriott in Alajuela. It was a really small property. The pluses were that it had great staff and location.

Courtyard Marriott Alajuela
Courtyard Marriott Alajuela Double Queen Room

Before leaving San Jose, we had breakfast at the VIP Lounge. It is a Priority Pass lounge located near gates 5/6.

VIP Lounge Costa Rica
VIP Lounge entrance
VIP Lounge Costa Rica
VIP Lounge Omelet

The flights home were uneventful. They were pretty much the same flights in reverse. The best part about the return was Matt’s Global Entry interview.

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Thanks again for reading and please follow along for more in depth reviews.

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