Costa Rica Adventure Summer '16 - The Streets Do Guanacaste! Part 1

Hey Everyone, I'm excited to be able to share with you our six-day vacation spent in the magical country of Costa Rica. Hubs and I celebrated 28 years of marriage during our time away on July 23rd- such as blessing!  We stayed & played at the lush, beautiful and picturesque Westin Playa Conchal All-Inclusive Golf & Spa Resort located on Costa Rica's North Pacific Riviera on the sparkling Conchal beach. The resort and beach is nestled in the rich Guanacaste area of Costa Rica, which happens to be the largest and most visited province in the country . Check out some of the pics below highlighting our stay & play. Enjoy, hope you're having a great Summer '16! #SybilStreetSTYLe

This hooded jersey Michael Kors dress was good for traveling in.

This hooded jersey Michael Kors dress was good for traveling in.

Wheels down - checked in and ready to play! The Westin's staff welcomed us with a spectacular reception that included cool towels, pineapple mojitos, a plethora of Costa Rican refreshments and an abundance of hospitality in true Tico (what the natives call themselves) "Pura Vida" style. Pura Vida translates, "Pure Life." I can't begin to tell you how friendly, attentive and courteous the staff was there.  It was like southern hospitality to the 10th degree! This huge 2,400 acre resort, full of everything you need for a super relaxing and fun vacation, comprised of various types of rooms and two sides - family and adult only. Our accommodations, located in the adult only Royal Beach Tower, was nicely appointed with 'all' the amenities and great amount of space for a home away from home, but probably much better than your home!. I had heard prior, that bathtubs are not the norm in Costa Rica, so when I found that our room had one I was pleasantly surprised. I was even more delighted when we arrived to see such a deep contemporary tub in our bathroom, in addition to a separate shower with a rainfall head. We even had our own pool and private restaurant just a few steps away from our room, exclusive to guests of the Royal Beach Tower. The pool view was a nice touch! 

In the image above, we were sitting poolside actually waiting for our room. Without our asking, the pool attendant graciously served us drinks and shared a very friendly conversation with us. After which, they took our bags to our room, we got settled, changed clothes and hit the beach. After the beach we enjoyed a nice dinner and cocktails at one of the beautiful open-air restaurants (8 total fine dining establishments on the property). Funning and watching the sunset on the beach (click video above) was an amazing experience!

Soaking it all in - I was simply mesmerized by the resort's natural beauty! Wearing a J Crew floral tropical print cami and matching cotton shorts - the perfect contrast to nature's decor. 

I found this BCBG Giselle dress at Macys in Herald Square NYC and actually purchased it in white and this green shade called oasis. It also came in a natural and orange color as well, so the choices were tuff. It's lightweight and loose so it's not only cute, but very comfortable. I went with the oasis color which worked out wonderfully with my current accessories and sandals and the colors of nature. Besides, white especially in that setting, can get dirty very quickly. I was able to use one of my scarves from several years ago to wrap around my hair to add more interest. along with my gold sandals, gold sunnies and a multi color crossbody that anchored my orange lip color and viola - you have a cute, comfy, sassy vacay appropriate look.

I found this BCBG Giselle dress at Macys in Herald Square NYC and actually purchased it in white and this green shade called oasis. It also came in a natural and orange color as well, so the choices were tuff. It's lightweight and loose so it's not only cute, but very comfortable. I went with the oasis color which worked out wonderfully with my current accessories and sandals and the colors of nature. Besides, white especially in that setting, can get dirty very quickly. I was able to use one of my scarves from several years ago to wrap around my hair to add more interest. along with my gold sandals, gold sunnies and a multi color crossbody that anchored my orange lip color and viola - you have a cute, comfy, sassy vacay appropriate look.

Part of the beauty of the Westin is being able to enjoy the local wildlife of Costa Rica on the resort. We discovered some new friends just wandering the property freely doing their natural thing - monkeys, coatis, iguanas and a beautiful toucan! 

Monkey business! You see me holding the phone above, well I was trying to get a good capture of the monkey up in the tree. One perk of the resort is having someone to drive you around to the different activities and places on the grounds. One driver in particular, Dixon, we became very fond of him. During one of our rides back from the main lobby to our room, we had a nice little talk about the monkeys at the reserve, but we had yet to see them. When getting ready to venture back out we see Dixon again and he says, "I seen the monkeys!" He offered to take us to see the monkeys first, then to our destination. How nice, we agreed! And so there you have me trying to get pics of this guy, high in the sky!

It was hard to leave this area - the pool, swim-up bar and restaurant exclusive to guests staying in the all adult Royal Beach Tower section of the resort. Not only  super easy on the eyes, but so very relaxing as well. It was great waking up to this view every morning and playing in this sandbox, LOL!.

It was hard to leave this area - the pool, swim-up bar and restaurant exclusive to guests staying in the all adult Royal Beach Tower section of the resort. Not only  super easy on the eyes, but so very relaxing as well. It was great waking up to this view every morning and playing in this sandbox, LOL!.

Loved our summer playground, how could we not! It was simply amazing, like our very own little piece of paradise for six days!

When deciding what pieces to take on our trip, I chose pieces that were full of color, comfortable and easy to pack. Mission Accomplished - bright, fun colors set against the best backdrop of all - nature - is always a good way to go!

When deciding what pieces to take on our trip, I chose pieces that were full of color, comfortable and easy to pack. Mission Accomplished - bright, fun colors set against the best backdrop of all - nature - is always a good way to go!

It was an awesome first two days! Stay tuned for more adventure and some funny shenanigans with my Jay Bird friend who came for breakfast and my jet ski wipe out!

What I'm Wearing

Black Hoodie Dress: Michael Kors

Blue Floral Print Top: J Crew | Blue Shorts: J Crew | Belt Pouch: Lands End (Old) | Sandals: Zara (Old) | Straw Bag: Target | Sunnies: Miu Miu 

Pleated Cami Dress: BCBG | Purse: Pamela V | Gladiator Sandals: J Crew

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