A “girls trip” to Central America for a Brussels’ family was a vacation three women won’t ever soon forget. Twenty-two-year old Alyssa Dantoin, along with her mother Sherri and sister Kendra , departed the United States for the tourist haven community of Tamarindo, Costa Rica, on March 14 and returned last Friday. While staying in a beach club condo, Alyssa, who works as the annual campaign director at the Door County YMCA, says they followed the news closely while still enjoying the local hospitality and incredibly beautiful sandy beaches. She noticed that the Costa Rica government measures last week were akin to those taken by the United States and compared the tourism impact to Door County’s summer months.
There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Tamarindo as of this Wednesday, but Costa Rico has spiked to over 200 cases. Dantoin says the travel advisories issued last Thursday led the three women to book the next flight home a day early.
The Dantoins had no problem changing flights but experienced a slight delay at customs. They all feel fine and are now self-quarantining at home for another week. Alyssa encourages everybody to do their part and make the best decisions in the current situation we all face.