That's what people always ask me when it comes to tropical vacations. And lately, the question of Costa Rica has come up. I'm there in August, which is smack dab in the middle of Green Season. This means lots of sun in the morning and a smattering of the rain in the afternoon. Not to worry. The rain is actually a good thing since it leaves the whole place lush and green and the rain itself never lasts very long.

Normally, I would wait until after my trip to write. But I thought I would share a little "insider" tip that a little birdie shared with me. (Too late for me to take advantage of it myself. But why should we both suffer?) Because the Green Season is such a great time to visit, the costs can be a little out of hand. But some resorts are offering specials since the economy is still playing hardball with all of us.

The Costa Rica Marriott Collection for example is offering a "Green Season Package" that includes daily adventure tours (for those sunny mornings) and daily spa treatments (for those rainy afternoons) plus breakfast and accommodations, of course, starting at $276 per night. Pretty amazing travel deal actually.

The deal is available at Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort, Costa Rica Marriott, Courtyard by Marriott San Jose Escazu, and Residence Inn by Marriott San Jose Escazu for travel now through October 31, 2010. (Make your reservations by October 29, 2010.) Details and restrictions online. Use promotional code EB7 when making a reservation.

Lots more upon my return. Until then "“ Hasta luego!

Jenny-Block-Publicity-Shot-250Jenny Block is the author of "Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage" (Seal Hardcover, June 2008 and Seal Paperback, March 2009), which has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. She writes a weekly column for the Dallas Morning News publication Quick called "Sex Talk with Jenny Block" ( Jenny holds both her BA and her MA in English from Virginia Commonwealth University and taught college composition for nearly ten years. She writes for a wide variety of publications and websites, including,, American Way, Veranda, the Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Voice,,, Spirit,, and