Essential Details for A Vacation in Costa Rica, Relax and Enjoy the Ride

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Costa Rica features a diverse landscape that includes tropical rainforests and rugged beaches. Its steep cliffs, good surfing conditions, stunning volcanoes, rich wildlife, and gorgeous sunsets are just a few factors that make it a top travel destination. From a luxury resort built into a cliff to a chic rainforest boutique with glass-walled villas, here you can find the essentials for pure vida. The beautiful properties stretch from the Guanacaste Province in the north to Puntarenas in the south. Costa Rica is on the cutting edge of so many trends: surfing, farm-to-table restaurants, and sustainable tourism.

Costa Rica is one of the world’s most biodiverse countries, with half a million species. National parks allow visitors to glimpse life in both rainforest and cloud forest. Rainforest hikes and brisk high-altitude trails, rushing white-water rapids and warm-water, world-class surfing. Pura Vida (pure life) is a term you will hear everywhere in the country. It means hello, goodbye, everything is cool, same to you.

Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica

Airports

San Jose: Juan Santamaría Airport (IATA: SJO) is located close to the cities Alajuela, Heredia and the capital San José. SJO is serviced daily by Air Canada, Air Transat (Seasonal) American Airlines, Condor, Delta, Iberia, Interjet, JetBlue Airways, Spirit Airlines and Southwest Airlines. 

Down Town San Jose Costa Rica
Down Town View of San Jose, Costa Rica

Liberia: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) is near Liberia in the Guanacaste province. This airport is closest to the Pacific Northwest coast. Liberia receives flights from Delta, American, Southwest, Sun Country, United, JetBlue, Air Canada, Westjet, Sun Wing (charter), and First Choice (charter).

Top All-Inclusive and Luxury Results

Occidental Papagayo

Occidental Papagayo
Occidental Papagayo

The Occidental Papagayo – Adults Only 5-star hotel is a fantastic adults-only experience, located in the Gulf of Papagayo: the wildest nature is in harmony with the most luxurious facilities and services on the stunning west coast of Costa Rica. Guests can enjoy both the comfort of the all-inclusive program and the exotic fauna in the vicinity. To make the most of the setting in Guanacaste and Culebra Bay, there is nothing better than cycling, guided tours, kayaking and much more. The hotel provides a magnificent culinary offering, including 2 international à la carte restaurants and a buffet with international food.

Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica

Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica
Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica

Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica is located at the base of exclusive Peninsula Papagayo in the Guanacaste Costa Rica. Guests of all ages can get close to authentic Hollywood memorabilia and enjoy themed experiences in this natural and breathtaking beachfront setting. Guests can choose from a variety of all-inclusive dining venues and bars the resort features 292 luxury suites, eight different venues for dining, and indulge in extra services at the PH Spa and Beauty Bar, plus two serene swimming pools.

The Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo - Gulf of Papagayo
The Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

With customized itineraries for families and couples alike, experience “pura vida” at Peninsula Papagayo. Surrounded by native tropical landscape, enjoy the sights, and sounds of Costa Rica’s exotic wildlife from these well-appointed Guest Rooms, while optional private terraces afford partial ocean or bay views. With electric bikes available for exploration of newly blazed trails, leisurely crisscrossing Peninsula Papagayo. Cross rivers, cruise along beaches and end up at Playa Cabuyal for the best views – and the best surfing waves – in Costa Rica, all without breaking a sweat. Peninsula Papagayo is one of the most beautiful places in the world – a magical 1,400-acre playground. So, leave it all behind, step into the joy of the moment and explore the riches of paradise.

The Springs Resort & Spa

The Springs Resort & Spa

The Springs Resort and Spa at Arenal is one of the most spectacular resorts in the world. The 165-acre property perches one thousand feet above the Arenal Valley on a mountain ridge just six kilometers north of the active volcano. The hotel’s higher altitude relative to other hotels in the area allows for not only incomparable views, but also access to the area’s famous prevailing breeze. Club Rio Outdoor Center is located directly below the resort along our beautifully forested, mile long stretch of Arenal River frontage. With its eight different soft adventure activities, Club Rio is perfect for all ages and is a “Must See” amenity of the resort. Club Rio features Arenal’s finest animal sanctuary. In conjunction with the MINAE (Ministry of the Environment and Energy) we operate a preserve for Costa Rican wildlife. The Springs Resort & Spa presents a varied selection of dining experiences.

Beaches Of Costa Rica

Costa Rica Coastline Beach
Playa Sámara

Makanda by the Sea

Makanda-by-the-Sea
Makanda by the Sea

Hotel Makanda by the Sea adults only resort has been recognized as 2020 Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best award winner. Based on a full year of Tripadvisor reviews, prior to any changes caused by the pandemic, award winners exemplify travelers ultimate favorite, top 1% of hospitality businesses. Makanda spacious suites start at approximately 860 square feet, created chic and comfortable, with amazing views and cool details in making it hard to leave. Quepos, Manuel Antonio and their surrounding areas have something to offer every type of traveler. Whether your travel style is that of a nature lover, an adventure fanatic, or you are someone looking to de-stress, relax, and soak up the warm Tropical air, there is an activity sure to suit all your needs.

Secrets Papagayo Resort & Spa

Secrets Papagayo Resort & Spa
Secrets Papagayo Resort & Spa

Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica is an adults-only all-inclusive, beachfront resort located on the Gulf of Papagayo in the Guanacaste region of northwestern Costa Rica. Offering activities such as yoga, snorkeling, tequila tasting and movies on the beach. Tamarindo Beach night life and the flora and fauna of Santa Rosa National Park just outside the hotel. And with temperatures that rarely drop below 70 degrees you can enjoy an escape year-round! A short 20-minute drive from the Liberia International Airport, will seem a million miles away. Perfectly situated on a serene beachfront and surrounded by lush tropical gardens, this hideaway will offer Secrets Unlimited-Luxury® experience in one of the most romantic and intimate settings imaginable.

Nayara Springs

Nayara Springs
Nayara Springs

Nayara is an adults only retreat for those that enjoy the relaxed, understated ethos that embodies Costa Rica’s go-with-the-flow way of life. Exotic touches, modern amenities, and indigenous wood and stone are widely used to produce an unparalleled, authentic, and romantic experience. The Springs Villa features its own private plunge pool fed by natural mineral hot springs. Mis Amores offers a contemporary interpretation of traditional Costa Rican cuisine served in a spectacular setting, a stylish terrace with a clear view of the Arenal Volcano. The food is light, with a Latin influence: Think guacamole, gazpacho, and ceviche. A large wood-burning oven churns out beautiful pizzas as well. Costa Rica is home to over 900 bird species, and Arenal has plenty of tanagers, hummingbirds, toucans, and oropendolas. Multi-colored frogs and other amphibians, volcano craters, and exotic plants make for a unique region to explore on foot.

Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort

Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort
Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort

Andaz Costa Rica Resort offers three beaches, world-class golf, an extensive activity program, and distinctive dining experiences. Four pools and three beaches offer plenty of room to spread out and unwind. Enjoy complimentary use of kayaks, snorkeling equipment, stand up paddle boards and beach games at Andaz Beach House and Sombrero Oscuro beach. Fly through the trees with the monkeys on an exhilarating canopy zip-line tour or enjoy a relaxing river float in the Papagayo area. At Onda spa, indigenous traditions combine with nature’s healing powers are used to revitalize the mind and body.


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