Costa Rica boasts 800 miles of pristine shoreline with countless beautiful beaches. If you’d like to stay right on the sand enjoying fabulous sea views and easy access to water sports, there are lots of beachfront resorts to choose from. For the best of the best, book one of these.
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One of the most luxurious hotels in Costa Rica, the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo is extremely secluded. Set on a narrow isthmus, it provides ocean views from nearly every vantage point, including every one of the lavish rooms which feature marble baths and screened-in living-room terraces. The 18-hole Arnold Palmer signature golf course offers even more breathtaking ocean vistas, while its Di Mare restaurant serves outstanding Italian fare and seafood specialties. Activities include kayaking, volcano hiking, surfing and stand-up paddleboarding. Swedish massage is available for relaxing afterward.
The Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort sits within walking distance of Manuel Antonio National Park. This eco-resort offers some of the nicest rooms in the area, which include vibrant local art along with large private terraces, some with hot tubs. It also boasts two unspoiled, nearly-deserted beaches along with two pools and a spa. Surroundings are spectacular, with lots of wildlife, including butterflies, birds and monkeys that occasionally come to visit. Complimentary cooking classes, rum tasting and sustainability tours are offered too.
The luxurious, hacienda-style JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa has a beautiful beach that’s ideal for peaceful strolls as well as activities like snorkeling and diving. The property has multiple restaurants and bars on site, a sprawling infinity pool and a fabulous spa offering massages, facials, pedicures, plunge pools, therapy baths and more. Activities available include surfing, kayaking, hiking and biking. Rooms include deep soaking tubs and balconies with views of the sea, garden or pool.
Made up of an intimate cluster of elegant cabins, the “casitas,” at Latitude 10 feature open-air bathrooms that are enclosed by a wall to ensure privacy, decorated with a garden. There are no phones or televisions, providing guests with the opportunity to enjoy a break from electronics intrusions, but all come with four-poster canopy beds and an outdoor deck for relaxing with the magnificent views. Guests are just steps from Playa Santa Theresa and can take advantage of complimentary bikes, a private chef, swimming pool and beachfront dining.
Located on the beautiful Papagayo Peninsula, Secrets Papagayo offers luxurious suites with views of the ocean or lush gardens, providing a tranquil adult-only experience. The all-inclusive rates include meals at six excellent a la carte restaurants and one buffet – no reservations required, along with access to a two-tier pool with a swim-up bar and a beautiful spa pool. The activity options are practically endless and include snorkeling tours, yoga classes, water aerobics, cooking classes, hiking, wine tasting, rum tasting, non-motorized water sports and more. There are special theme nights featuring live music and karaoke too.
Tulemar Resort sits across 33 acres, filled with tropical flora and wildlife. There are four infinity pools, a secluded beach and a restaurant with oceans views, while Manuel Antonio National Park is less than a 10-minute drive away. Accommodations range from one- to four-bedroom bungalows and villas, all of which include kitchens or kitchenettes, multiple living areas and balconies with water views. Many different tours and activity options are available, including surfing, canyoning tours through the rainforest, zip lining, horseback riding and catamaran tours.
This remote, high-end beach retreat is made up of luxurious villas and rooms with terraces and romantic hammocks. Guests can look forward to unbeatable ocean views, a magnificent infinity pool and a beach pool, both of which include swim-up bars. Enjoy golfing, tennis, sunset cruises, cooking lessons and private candlelight dinners as well as relaxing at the spa.
The upscale Bosque del Mar is a contemporary boutique hotel located along Playa Hermosa, popular for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing and sailing. Its spacious suites include separate living areas and bedrooms, along with glass walls that open to private wood-deck terraces, some that face the ocean. Watch for the iguanas that soak up the sun from balconies, and listen for the howler monkeys that provide a morning wake up call. Guests can enjoy the expansive open-air restaurant that overlooks the ocean, a spa that offers in-room and beachfront massage as well as a free-form pool.
Los Altos Beach Resort & Spa is tucked within the rainforest and offers jaw-dropping ocean views. Families will especially appreciate having all the comforts of home with 2,500-square-foot condos that include three bedrooms, kitchens and balconies that open up to views of the water. Enjoy easy access to the beach, a fabulous infinity pool, spa and open-air eatery with rainforest and ocean views. There are plenty of ways to relax or get active, with the chance to enjoy everything from snorkeling and jungle hikes to zip lining, whitewater rafting and parasailing.
The intimate Bahia del Sol Beach Front Hotel & Suites sits along the shores of Playa Potrero, a black-sand beach that edges calm waters, ideal for swimming. The resort is filled with tropical gardens and caters to those who want to get active, relax or enjoy a little of both. It features an outdoor pool and poolside bar, spa and Jacuzzi, and also offers free fitness and yoga classes. Activity options include snorkeling and sailing in the Catalina islands, horseback rides on the sand, hikes through the rainforest and diving excursions.