Dreamy days filled with endless adventure, warm hospitality, and idle hours spent lounging beneath the sun with no care for the time of day: this is the experience awaiting you the moment you arrive on Costa Rica’s sacred lands. This country epitomizes the best of Central America, and with a name that roughly translates to “rich coast,” discerning travelers flock to its abundant grounds for an unforgettable luxury vacation. Travelers to Costa Rica often opt to reside at its luxury villa rentals or private vacation homes, available for guests seeking to rent a slice of paradise in this world-class destination.
Bordered by both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica features magnificent beaches from which to launch a day of sun-drenched leisure on warm powder sands, or participate in water sports for an exhilarating ocean adventure. The Guanacaste beaches that line the country’s Pacific Side offer prime beach frontage for vacationers who desire ocean-based daytime activities or simple seaside leisure. This two-hundred-kilometer sandy stretch features Costa Rica’s most crystalline waters - the perfect setting for days of surfing, scuba diving, and fishing. The Santa Cruz area of Guanacaste features Tamarindo Beach - another popular destination for surfing, diving, and ocean adventure. Meanwhile, the coveted beach town of Montezuma offers a variety of luxury villa rentals, exclusive beach resorts, and private vacation homes for those who wish to enjoy the endless sun and clear blue sky from their secluded terrace.
Costa Rica’s inland is as rich in natural beauty as its coastline beaches, brimming with lush and treasured rainforests, wondrous dormant volcanoes, and fantastic white water rapids that provide adventurous daytime activities to active travelers. With an array of animated wildlife traversing its grounds and hanging from its treetops, to a vast expanse of colorful flora and fauna that flourishes beneath the bright orange sun, Costa Rica’s dreamy landscape has to be seen to be believed. Adventure-hungry travelers can choose to zip line across the terrain, enlivened by magnificent sights and nature’s song. Subsequent to such exhilarating daytime activities, return home to a luxury villa rental or private vacation home to enjoy well-deserved downtime after unforgettable Costa Rican adventure.
Costa Ricans do not take the land for granted; the locals here remain committed to preserving its natural treasures and wildlife. Costa Ricans pay avid respect to these sacred fertile grounds, adhering to eco-friendly practices that aim to preserve its sanctity. The country is known for its progressive environmental policies and meets the five-point criterion that measures environmental sustainability. With such fervent dedication to Costa Rica’s sacred environment, the country features an abundance of pristine parks that benefit and excite tourists and scientists alike. Among Costa Rica’s popular environment-friendly attractions are the Osa Peninsula’s Corcovado National Park, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Rincon de la Vieja National Park, and Tortuguero National Park. This environment-based focus offers Costa Rica a leg up on many other tropical destinations, attracting sustainability-conscious travelers to rent some of its eco-friendly villa rentals and private vacation homes.
Visiting the Caribbean Coast ranks high on the list of any traveler seeking a luxury vacation, with a distinctive culture due to years of isolation from external influences. The village of Tortuguero is best visited during the months of July and August – the peak season to witness sea turtles nestles on its shorelines. Meanwhile, Manzanillo offers premiere scuba diving excursions with its beautiful reefs, and isolated beaches fringed with palms provide a calm atmosphere for travelers escaping Costa Rica’s tourist hubs. Head to an authentic restaurant to taste the region’s famous Seafood Gumbo, or try recreating your own version of this Costa Rica back at your private vacation home or luxury vacation rental.
Travelers planning daytime activities centered around Costa Rica’s history and culture can pay a visit to San Jose, the country’s largest city. San Joe offers its tourists a different kind of jungle – exchanging lush greenery for concrete and song of toucans for the honking cars. Still, tourists will delight in perusing the local art galleries and unearthing the neighborhood’s rich history with a visit to its museums and history-laden architectural structures. Come sundown, the evenings in San Jose greet guests with animated restaurants and night clubs, abuzz with live music streaming into the streets. If you are willing to exchange scuba diving adventures for cultural sight-seeing, San Jose is well worth the visit. When leaving the comfort and leisure of your Costa Rican luxury vacation rental, take the time to hit the streets and go on a historically relevant tour with your taste buds. Costa Rican cuisine features a mix of recipes that trace their origins to Native American, Spanish, and African dishes. Must-tries include the Gallo Pinto—the country’s national dish, Casado, and Bocas.
To experience a more traditional taste of sacred jungle lands, head to Southern Costa Rica. Still largely undeveloped, this region features the splendor of untouched wilderness and whimsical scenery of rugged coastlines, augmented by the local traditions of its indigenous groups of people.
Whether you are traveling to Costa Rica for a week of scuba diving and ocean adventure, exploring its national parks, or unearthing its heritage from San Jose to the country’s untouched south, it offers a luxury vacation to suit any kind of tourist. With so much to explore in this jewel of Central America, it is little wonder that what begins as an adventurous retreat in a Costa Rica private vacation home or luxury villa rental often turns into a permanent residence for many, with Costa Rica featuring a large ex pat community charmed by its otherworldly environment and ode to laid-back living. Book any of Villaway’s luxury villa rentals or private vacation homes today to start planning a once-in-a-lifetime Costa Rica vacation.