Tucked away in its own little world, a 20 minute beach walk north of the laid back surfer town of Puerto Viejo, Hotel Banana Azul is a little piece of heaven. You become their family and they become yours as you share meals, get to know the house dogs and cats, and chat with the owners about travel and adventure. The rooms are spacious and the french doors onto the terrace allow just the right amount of Costa Rican ocean breeze through the room. It doesn't get any better than spending your days riding bikes from beach town to beach town, enjoying evenings bar hopping in Puerto Viejo and then a night time dip in the ocean halfway through your walk along the shores back to Banana Azul. Banana is a home away from home, a hub for your trip to Caribe Sur Costa Rica, and it is the hotel apple of my eye.