Enticing Eco Glam In Pura Vida Costa Rica

Hang out with Mister Iggy at Finca Rosa Blanca

By Si Si Penaloza

The citizens of Costa Rica are known as some of the happiest, most content people in the world, much of this due to their relative national stability and “pura vida” (pure life) lifestyle. Generally speaking, the locals are very friendly and open, in fact, many are accustomed to opening their doors to travelers and new friends. They are also very responsible when it comes to animal welfare. Since 2003, the Central American country does not allow euthanasia as a form of animal control, instead relying on sterilization programs.

Photo: Finca Rosa Blanca

We recently fell in love with a hotel that we had to share with fellow dog lovers. As the experiential hotel trend grows, Finca Rosa Blanca answers the call in a most authentic way. This hotel is embedded in a working coffee plantation. Tea drinkers need not apply. This spirited hotel an hour outside of San José is pretty much a temple to coffee, and coffee alone. Set on a sustainable, bird friendly, tree-shaded plantation, the hotel incorporates the beloved bean throughout design elements and spa treatments. Succumb to a coffee ground scrub in the spa, get buzzed during a tour and tasting, or dive into coffee-rubbed chicken at the excellent restaurant, which has delicious views of the Costa Rican capital.

Photo: Finca Rosa Blanca

You may not be able to bring your dog to Finca Rosa Blanca as it’s a bustling plantation, but visiting Mister Iggy, a lumbering gentle giant of a Newfoundland dog more than makes up for it. He loves long walks and getting wet. This kindly dog is good-natured with guests, especially children, though they should be as well-behaved as he is. A very sociable plantation dog, he craves companionship and enjoys meeting new people. Generally speaking, Newfoundlands don’t do well when left alone. Good-natured Iggy has been a hit with guests who marvel at his broad paws and massive head.

Photo: @fincarosablanca 

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