When deciding where to stay before flying out of San Jose airport following a trip through Nicaragua and Costa Rica, I considered taking in Costa Rica’s capital city, and like many travellers, I decided that with just an overnight visit I couldn’t do it justice.
Instead I plumped for a relaxing night in the small colonial town of San Ramon, Alajuela, for a more leisurely final night in Central America.
This made for the perfect last stop in Costa Rica; comfort and sustainability are the watchwords at Casa Amanecer and it more than delivers on both counts.
In fact I did something I seldom do, which is pluck somewhere straight out of the Lonely Planet – in a town with only three entries. But once I had checked Casa Amanecer’s website and read through their info, I was excited about trying the place out.
After a very long drive through from Tamarindo, way over on the Pacific Coast, and a good few hours spent in a behemoth of a Costa Rican traffic jam, I wound my weary way to the B&B, which was in an unlikely suburban street 10 minutes outside the town. The owner Christopher had helpfully spent that 10 minutes on the phone with me, guiding me to his door.
The building was designed and built by the owners (Christopher and his Peruvian wife), to a high standard, and was like a mirage after the long journey. When I was offered a late dinner of spelt pasta and herbal tea I was so grateful I almost burst.
Things always seem worse late at night, but if this was the worst it got, then I knew I was in for a treat in the morning.
When the sun rose, and I eventually caught up and dragged myself out of the comfy bed some time later, I was able to see the view I’d been denied by my arrival in the darkness - a stunning vista from a perfectly placed back porch, complete with roaming rabbits, enjoyed while drinking local Costa Rican coffee and eating pretty fantastic veggie breakfast.
I’d been mentally referring to the province of Alajuela as Alleluia long before arriving, but by the time I left I really was full of praise. I was sad to leave Casa Amanecer, but at the same time so glad Id had the experience, which could not have been a more perfect end to my trip.
The organic food and the hospitality – anyone who is missing their local Whole Foods store will truly love it here!
The house is a little tricky to find, especially if you arrive at night – make sure you have thorough directions and the number in case you need to call.
Casa Amanecer Bed and Breakfast / Sustainable Tourism
San Ramon, Alajuela, Costa Rica
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