By Aaron Gulley
Even Costa Rica, one of the planet’s best-known eco-travel destinations, has its hideaways. In the northwest corner of the country, not far from the Nicaragua border, a small spit of land called the Papagayo Peninsula
is emerging as the country’s high-end family destination.
Stay: Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo
put the region on the tourism map, with 154 rooms on 45 lush acres, an 18-hole Arnold Palmer-designed golf course, and water sports ranging from sea kayaking and sailing to snorkeling, diving, and a surf school. Villas
of Distinction has two properties on the peninsula: Five-bedroom Casa Praia
, with an enviable oceanfront setting, was one of the first homes built here, while eight-bedroom Villa Manzu
is prime for large family gatherings, with two pools, a spa, and a private theater.
Head for the Hills:
“It’s more than just Papagayo,” says Virtuoso advisor Marisa Stephens of Dallas. “The entire state of Guanacaste is relatively untapped.”
In the mountains east of the coast, Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park
has a number of volcano hikes, and several resorts offer thermal baths. The best part? It’s all within an hour or two of Liberia’s international airport, with direct flights to the U.S.
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Originally appeared in Virtuoso Life magazine, January 2015.
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