After breakfast, we’ll make a brief shopping stop for last-minute items at a supermarket, and then head west through rolling countryside to the Gulf of Nicoya on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, where our rustic Star Lodge, set in a bird and wildlife habitat, is reserved exclusively for your stargazing and recreational pleasure.
Our lodge provides a welcome retreat amidst breathtaking natural beauty. This is an “unplugged” experience: no guest telephones, no TVs, no in-room Internet connections. To further reduce our footprint, there’s also no air conditioning – but rest easy, most guest rooms have screened windows on three sides, so you can enjoy the evening breezes (and there are ceiling and floor fans if you need them). Your room also includes red lights to keep your eyes adjusted to the dark before you head out to view the skies. The lodge’s manicured lawn has open southern vistas, offering a perfect site for telescopes and other equipment (which you can begin setting up soon after we arrive in the afternoon).
The open-air restaurant and lounge, which overlooks the tree-lined grounds and the sparkling bay beyond, are popular meeting places throughout the day and evening. The chefs present meals made with fresh ingredients, including fish and other meats, locally grown produce and tropical fruits. And throughout the night, you can count on regular cups of expertly-brewed coffee – Costa Rica’s most famous export.
We’ve arranged for dinner to be served around 5:00 p.m. each day, so you’ll have plenty of time to prepare for a great night under the stars. In February, the nights at our viewing location are about 10 hours long: sunset is just after 6:00 p.m., with astronomical twilight ending less than an hour later. We kick off our first evening of viewing with a tour of the southern sky, as our TravelQuest astronomer guides you to the most impressive sights visible with binoculars and small telescopes.
DATE(S): Wednesday, February 10, 2021
MEALS: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
ACCOMMODATION: Star Lodge