7 Nights and 8 Days in Beautiful Costa Rica!
Picture yourself in Costa Rica, one of the most queer friendly nations in the world, with a group of LGBTQ women, enjoying the beaches, the ocean, kayaking through the mangroves, hiking in the most beautiful places in the world, horseback riding to waterfalls, snorkeling with the fish and parasailing with the birds, watching the sun set over the ocean from a sailboat, soaking in natural hot springs, sleeping each night in a private oasis with a pool and a hot tub right outside your door.
With Lesmon Experience, you don’t have to plan anything other than your plane trip to Costa Rica! We pick you up at the airport and take care of all the details for you. You will have the vacation of a lifetime with experiences beyond anything you’ve imagined!
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For the majority of our Costa Rica Adventure, we will stay at the incredible Coyaba Tropical Elegant Adult Guest House. Our hosts, the owners, Mike and Paul are a gay couple offering a unique fusion of Jamaican and Canadian hospitality. Paul will fix breakfast for us every morning and we will eat by the pool and hot tub. Mike is always available for any needs that might arise.
We have the entire Coyaba Tropical Guest Houses to ourselves so it is our own private, tropical oasis. You will stay in one of the uniquely furnished guest rooms inside the two original Spanish Colonial buildings. Every room has an en-suite bathroom with a raindrop shower, air conditioning, a ceiling fan, a mini-fridge, and a personal safe. The buildings have been lovingly restored and updated with modern conveniences and each room is different and unique, beautifully decorated with artwork from local artisans reflecting the warmth and richness of Costa Rican culture.
We will pick you up at the San Jose airport at 4 PM. You’ll meet your new friends for the week over dinner at a popular LGBTQI beach-side restaurant. We will arrive at the Coyaba Tropical Guest House that evening.
We’ll be in the sun and water all day today! Paul, one of our gracious Guesthose owners, will provide a home-cooked breakfast by the pool, then we will head out to the beach for a morning sailboat cruise with some local Ticas (Costa Rican women.) This is a wonderful boat trip along the picturesque Costa Rican coastline. We’ll see beautiful beaches and islands, dolphins and, if we are lucky, a humpback whale. We will anchor in a protected cove where we can swim and snorkel, eat a delicious meal, and admire some of the most spectacular views from the Pacific coast.
We’ll have lunch and spend the early afternoon at Playa Espadilla, an LGBTQI Beach. You can swim or read a book on the beach. In the late afternoon, we will return to the Guesthouse so you can rest and relax, maybe take a dip in the pool, watch the monkeys and sloths, explore the area, or maybe take a nap. Around 6:30, we’ll head out for dinner and drinks at a popular LGBTQ hot spot.
Another lovely breakfast prepared by Paul for us to enjoy by the pool. There will be plenty of coffee and time to relax a bit in the morning sun before we leave at 8:30. We will travel just south of Quepos, along the Central Pacific coast where the forest meets the white sand beaches, to Manuel Antonio National Park. According to Forbes magazine, this park is known worldwide as one of the most beautiful places on the planet. It is the smallest national park in Costa Rica but has extraordinary biodiversity. We will provide you professional binoculars and our nature interpreter will help you spot some of the 184 types of birds and 109 species of mammals. You might see sloths, iguanas, white-faced monkeys, and capuchin monkeys. It is very close to the ocean, and we will probably also see large groups of dolphins and whales.
We’ll have lunch and there will be time to sunbathe, swim, read, or relax on the Manuel Antonio beach. In the late afternoon, we will return to the Guesthouse to relax before going out for cocktails and dinner.
We’ll start with a lovingly prepared breakfast by the pool at 7 AM before we head out for a day in the sun. We’ll start our morning with parasailing in pairs over the ocean. Then, we’ll take you to the best snorkeling spots Manuel Antonio has to offer. Our experienced bilingual captain will be with us by our side as we explore the ocean and swim with hundreds of species of beautiful tropical fish. We will complete our beach time with a sea-side picnic. In the afternoon, we will return to the Guesthouse to rest, relax, or take a dip in the pool before we head out for dinner and drinks.
We will start our day with yet another wonderful breakfast prepared by Paul and served by the pool. After breakfast, we’ll go kayaking in the ocean for just over an hour, sailing on small islands and watching seabirds and their nesting grounds. We’ll stop at Biesanz Bay, a beautiful hidden cove where you can rest, enjoy a snack and snorkel. Water visibility will vary depending on the season, and there will be opportunities to see parrotfish, starfish, angelfish, and maybe even a sea turtle. On the way back we will see flying fish, turtles, flocks of birds, and even pelicans. Upon our return, we will enjoy a delicious homemade meal.
In the afternoon, we’ll head to Uvita, a tiny village with two miles of white sand beach. You can explore the village with the small local shops where you can purchase handcrafts. We’ll have a lovely dinner before we drive back to the Guesthouse for the night.
Paul will prepare our breakfast and we’ll eat together by the pool. From the Guesthouse we will take a wonderful trip through the countryside to a typical Costa Rican ranch. Our professional ranch guides will lead us on well-trained horses to a spectacular waterfall where we can rest and even take a dip in the pool under the falls. A delicious meal awaits us upon our return to the ranch. Back at the Guesthouse, we will have time to relax or swim in the pool. Before dinner, we will have a short, guided journaling and meditation experience with our professional life coach, Aimee. After dinner by the pool, the evening is yours to explore. We will provide recommendations for activities you might enjoy.
After breakfast by the pool, we will drive to the pier where we will take kayaks or a boat (your choice) and float between the Pacific Ocean and the estuary of the Paquita River among the mangroves of Damas Island. Our mangrove tour finishes with a delicious meal.
After lunch, we will return to the Guesthouse and you will have the afternoon to relax by the pool or explore the area.
After breakfast, we will pack our bags and depart for San José to visit the handicrafts market. You’ll find stall after stall filled with all sorts of wonderful items lovingly handcrafted by Ticos using local materials. You’ll find the perfect souvenirs and gifts for all the people you love. After lunch on your own, we will say our final farewells and drive to the airport. You will arrive at the San José airport by 4 PM.
Meet Your Guides: Montse Serrano and Aimee Bucher
Montse and Aimee, the owners of Lesmon Experience, are serious business partners and romantic soulmates, dedicated to making the world a happier and more LGBTQ-friendly place.
Montse grew up in Sabadell, a little town just outside Barcelona. She has worked as a therapist specializing in flower essences and has dedicated a large part of her life to volunteering at NGOs throughout Central America. She is a skilled photographer, an amazing chef, and one of the most meticulous and creative people you’ll ever meet.
Aimee grew up in Ohio. She is a classically trained pianist and a professional life coach. She has worked as a band director, a marketing technologist, and has owned multiple businesses. Her laugh is infectious and she will tell you her purpose in this world is to create more happiness.
Together, Montse and Aimee provide an absolutely amazing experience for every traveler in their care. They bring their experience, their business-savvy, and their kindness to every part of the trip. They want you to feel refreshed and renewed by the end of your journey with them.