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Embrace la Pura Vida with a beach vacation in Costa Rica
Are you dreaming of pristine coastlines backed by lush rainforest, exotic wildlife and high-octane adventures? Then Costa Rica is the place for you! Home to some of the best beaches in the world and vast expanses of protected rainforest, Costa Rica is the perfect destination for nature lovers and beachgoers alike.
Go off the beaten path on the Nicoya Peninsula
If you’re looking to combine tropical tranquility with beachside living, you’ll find your perfect beachfront villa getaway along Costa Rica’s stunning Pacific coast. Boasting near-perfect weather year round, gorgeous strips of white sand and some of the best surfing spots in Central America, the Nicoya Peninsula is something of a beach lover’s paradise. From the peaceful car-free community of Las Catalinas to the tranquil fishing village of Tambor on the southern tip of the peninsula, Luxury Retreats’ beachfront vacation rentals invite you to disconnect from your daily routine and relax amid idyllic views of unspoiled nature (you might even catch sight of migrating whales from your villa!). The only thing standing between you and the ocean will be your terrace and your private infinity pool...
Spend your days soaking up some rays on a secluded beach just steps from your home, or go explore the natural wonders of the peninsula. Whether it is riding the waves, sailing the ocean, snorkeling, stand-up paddleboarding, catching big fish off the coast, horseback riding or hiking the forested trails, the Nicoya Peninsula promises a host of memorable sights and exhilarating experiences. Your personal concierge will be happy to arrange any activity you wish.
Get your surf on in Tamarindo
If you like the buzz of a busy beach town, head to the lively town of Tamarindo on Costa Rica’s Gold Coast! Known as an international surf mecca, this is the perfect destination for anyone seeking a picturesque beach getaway with exciting nightlife options and a bustling food scene. Explore our curated collection of Tamarindo vacation rentals to find the villa of your dreams! Hand-picked for their exquisite style and outstanding amenities, these contemporary homes offer a haven of serenity and privacy, steps to all Tamarindo has to offer. Take a short walk to Tamarindo Beach or Langosta Beach from your villa, or a quick boat ride to the unspoiled shores of Playa Grande in the protected area of Las Baulas National Marine Park, a major nesting site for leatherback turtles.
Nature lovers will have a wonderful time exploring the maze of estuary waterways that make up the landscape between Tamarindo Beach and Playa Grande on a guided kayak tour. Spanning 1,200 acres, the Tamarindo National Wildlife Refuge is home to ospreys, herons, kingfishers, as well as howler monkeys and coatimundis. Look out for crocodiles sunbathing on the river bank!
Looking for thrills? Grab your surfboard and hit the waters at Tamarindo Beach, where you’ll find great conditions no matter your skill level. When you’ve had your fill of beach time, take a leisurely stroll around town to browse the vibrant shops and artsy boutiques, and dine at one of Tamarindo’s many restaurants, which offer everything from traditional Costa Rican to Japanese fusion. Alternatively, relax in the peaceful ambience of your own alfresco dining room, and have your personal chef cook up delicious meals featuring the flavors you love best. After sunset, put your dancing shoes on, and dance the night away at a salsa club!
Experience unique tropical rainforest vacations
With nearly half a million species on record, Costa Rica plays host to approximately 5% of the Earth’s biodiversity! On the forefront of sustainable tourism, the country allows you to experience nature like never before. Discover untouched rainforests teeming with wildlife on a villa getaway in the lush Costa Rican jungle. Plan your trip during the “green season” (or rainy season) when rivers swell up and the rainforest comes alive to fully experience the thrills and beauty of Costa Rica. From May to mid-December, you can expect the mornings to be bright and sunny, followed by an hour or two of rain in the afternoon, if it rains at all. So reserve your mornings and early afternoons for outdoor adventures, and take advantage of the afternoon showers to relax in a hammock and enjoy a delicious cup of Costa Rican coffee.
From canopy tours to golfing: adventure vacations with something for everyone
Canopied by lush rainforest vegetation, the exclusive Papagayo Peninsula in northwestern Costa Rica is the ideal destination for those looking for a lush jungle setting with pristine beaches nearby. Surrounded by vibrant tropical flora, our luxurious Papagayo villas offer incredible indoor and outdoor living spaces, along with an amazing panorama of the jungle and mesmerizing ocean views. Listen out for howler monkeys hollering from the tree-tops as you relax poolside! When you’re ready to explore, take a day trip to surrounding national parks and attractions, such as Rincon de la Vieja National Park, where you will be able to zipline through the trees, rappel down waterfalls, experience the thrills of whitewater rafting, ride on horseback along forest trails or laze the day away in volcano-fueled hot springs.
The Papagayo peninsula is also home to a private 18-hole signature designed Arnold Palmer golf course, offering all golf enthusiasts the opportunity to keep their game on point in between beach time and jungle adventures!
Enjoy the magic of the rainforest in Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio National Park—the smallest national park in Costa Rica—is also one of the most popular for wildlife watching. Find your ideal rainforest retreat among our curated collection of Manuel Antonio villas , and get ready for an unforgettable escape! Tucked into the jungle, just moments from the park, these stunning homes ooze relaxation and come complete with infinity pools and other lavish amenities. Every night, you’ll fall asleep to the tranquil sounds of the jungle, and wake up every morning to some of the most impressive views in the Manuel Antonio area. During the day, an incredible range of activities await: follow the park’s many hiking trails to spot white-faced capuchin monkeys, tiny squirrel monkeys, sloths and colourful frogs, soar above the treetops on an exhilarating canopy tour, or snorkel straight off the beach to explore beautiful coral reefs. You can also take a night jungle tour to experience the wonders of the rainforest after dark! So are you ready for the vacation of a lifetime?