We did not use a tropical decor for our two condos. We wanted a clean, modern design. We used a French interior decorator in Tamarindo, and she went to the Capitol of San Jose, 4 hours away, to find furniture for our condos.
Ironically, when my wife and I bought our house in Scottsdale, Arizona, the previous owners had the entire house furnished by Robb & Stucky in a tropical decor. They even had an artist paint murals of jungle scenes with toucans in the cutouts in the walls. There were even floor to ceiling palm trees, 16 feet (5 m.) tall, in the master bedroom. We felt guilty to have them painted over, but the tropical motif simply did not go with our furnishings from China, Tibet, Mexico, Native American cultures, and more.
We are showing photos of the Roman ruins in Merida, Spain, and some photos of Seville, on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.