Monthly Archives: May 2015


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As some of our guests may already know, The Springs Resort and Spa is expanding!
We are adding 27 new units, which will be in the new “Aracari” building. These units are expected to be open for your enjoyment in 2016. You can already see some of the construction on the drive up to the reception when entering the property.


The new “Aracari” Building will have four types of units:

Vista Grande Guest Rooms – This unit has the same layout as our current Vista Guest Room except that it is 3 feet wider and 3.5 feet longer inside thus giving us the ability to add an extra single bed/day lounge on one side of the unit and a pull out sofa in the middle. The extra space allows for easier circulation and luggage storage for guests with more than a two-person occupancy. It is also great for large families that would prefer to stay together in one location.

Vista Grande Honeymoon Suites – Similar to the Vista Grande (mentioned above), but with an added bonus! This unit will have a two person Jacuzzi on the balcony creating a more lavish atmosphere for our guests.

Aracari Junior Suites – The master bedroom and bath have the same layout and dimensions as the Vista Grande Guest Room AND there is an additional bedroom and bathroom with three single beds plus a balcony.

Three Bedroom Premier Suites – These guest rooms have 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms plus a living room and an extensive balcony with a Jacuzzi and dining area. The master bedroom has a king size bed, Jacuzzi tub and private balcony. One of the additional bedrooms has a full size bed and a single bed and the other has two full size beds.
This is the ideal home away from home!

**For those concerned about overcrowding, the “Aracari” building will come with its own set of recreational amenities, hot spring pools, and reception lobby. This will ensure that the intimate feel of our resort will not be lost**

The Springs Resort and Spa is thrilled to be expanding and looks forward to guests’ comments about our new additions. We will continue to provide updates over the course of the construction on the exact opening date and any changes being made.

We would also like to thank all of our past, present, and future guests on their patience and cooperation as we strive to further improve our resort for your enjoyment. Looking forward to the year 2016!

Until next time…

Pura Vida!

La Cabalgata

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Sunday May 17th was the Gran Cabalgata in La Guaria, San Carlos, Alajuela. The Spanish word “cabalgata” means horseback ride and La Gran Cabalgata is an annual fundraiser that supports the enrichment of local schools. Every year this event has taken place from the beginning of May through the end of December, travelling from town to town across Costa Rica. Festivities include music, dancing, food, raffles, and of course horseback riding. All participants ride their horses on a trail through rios, roads, and rainforests. Imagine a group of dozens of horses and their riders strutting through town; looks like something out of an old western movie!


Spirits were high as the people of La Guaria enjoyed each other’s company and rejoiced in food, drink, and merriment. Young and old, all came together on horseback to enjoy La Cabalgata. Some of our very own employees at The Springs also attended the event together. We began at the stables at Club Rio around 10am and rode for about an hour and a half through terrain until we reached town, which is where the main event took place. There we saw lots of people and their horses, men playing music on a marimba, and vendors selling cowboy hats, belts, and more. The official Cabalgata ride started at approximately 1pm. For about 3 hours we were able to admire the scenery of the countryside, Rio Arenal, and the view of the Arenal volcano as we rode on. We even saw some farm cows and horses along the way!


At the end of the ride, everyone gathered again to end the evening with more food, drink, and a final dance. It was a genuine Costa Rican experience that will leave you feeling exhausted, but also very content. Anyone looking for an authentic Costa Rican experience should take part in this amazing event.

Until next time,

Pura Vida!