Fly High at Hotel Costa Verde

By BobbyRica | May 18, 2011

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Want to overcome your fear of flying? It’s easy if you go to Hotel Costa Verde in Costa Rica. There you can live the high life in a Boeing 727 that has been transformed into a cozy suite.

The refurbished 1965 plane that was once part of South Africa Air and Avianca Airlines (Columbia) sits on a 50-foot pedestal overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It was moved there all the way from the capital of San Jose, the largest city of Costa Rica where you’ll find Juan Santamaría International Airport. Five big rig trucks were used to transport the plane piece by piece through the jungle to its present-day location.

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The suite can be accessed via a private river rock spiral staircase. Inside you’ll find all the comforts of a luxurious room. Two air-conditioned bedrooms beckon you to relax in style. One has two queen-sized beds and porthole windows. There’s a sitting area with a flat screen TV and a kitchenette with an adjacent dining area. The walls and ceiling are covered with teak paneling from the cockpit to the tail while teak furniture from Java decorate the interior.

The covered terrace offers a spectacular view of the Manuel Antonio National Park. Even though this is is the smallest national park in Costa Rica, this coastal rainforest is rich in wildlife. This is the home of 109 species of mammals and 184 species of birds. Among its many attractions are the Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth and Hoffmann’s Two-toed sloth. Bird lovers will find much to love with a variety of toucans, woodpeckers, parakeets and hawks.

The park has four beautiful beaches that are ideal for scuba diving, snorkeling and sea kayaking. Mountain biking and hiking provide hours of fun and a chance to experience this tropical paradise. As the second most visited park, Manuel Antonio attracts as many as 150,000 visitors a year.

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However, the idea for this kind of suite is not really new. It was actually borrowed from another company that offered housing units made of Boeing 727 parts. As the hotel management explains in its web site http://www.costaverde.com/727.html:

“Our refurbished Boeing 727 home is not the only such dwelling in the world: We were inspired by a Forbes Magazine article about a company offering hurricane-proof living via surplus Boeing 727 airframes! Of course, we were intrigued and found some new ways to introduce convenience and luxury to this very prosaic bit of aluminum scrap. We are sure that you will agree with us!”

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The 727 Fuselage Suite is only 2 hours by car from San Jose’s international airport, making it the perfect destination for travelers looking for a unique place to stay. If you love adventure, ecotourism, sport fishing, surfing or simply want a quiet place to get away from it all, I recommend this unusual hotel.

Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s time for me to reach for the stars. This is your Captain Bobby R taking off from Hotel Costa Rica. Hope you have a happy trip!

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