The Road Less Paved

We love seeing Santa Teresa featured in the travel section of the New York Times, especially with such an insightful perspective at the effects of growth on our infrastructure here.

One of our recent guests was journalist Dave Seminara who stayed in villa #5 with his family.  After his short stay with us, Dave wrote a beautiful piece about his Florblanca experience in one of the world’s top travel blogs, Gadling.com. We were so thrilled with his praise of the resort, our amenities and hospitality and wrote about it in an earlier post (See: Travel Writer Praises Florblanca for its “Rock Star Luxury”).

Dave went on to write a feature piece for the New York Times Sunday Travel section about his experience traveling in our part of Costa Rica, specifically Santa Teresa on the Nicoya Peninsula. His wonderful article – In a Costa Rican Beach Town, the Road Less Paved – sheds light on the challenges that our area’s dirt roads present in terms of travel, comfort, health, and safety for residents, business owners, and visitors.  We have experienced a great deal of growth in the last decade and our dirt roads were not initially designed to support the relatively heavy traffic they are now seeing on a daily basis.

Dave explores these issues from his first-hand perspective and through interviews with local residents, business owners, and travelers.  He reveals the complexities of a once hidden gem of a resort town as it becomes more popular, attracting residents, visitors, and businesses to the area. People have differing opinions about the issue and offer up a variety of solutions.

Florblanca is pleased to be featured in this New York Times article which also includes a quote from our own Manager, Cody Dillon. We invite you to visit our Press & Media page to explore this and other feature mentions.

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