Jungle Hideaway near Pavones Beach
In the Gulf of Dulce along the southwestern border of Costa Rica, a steady parade of white-capped swells breaks against the coast of Pavones Beach, where surfers ride one of the longest left waves in the world. There are no monolithic hotels or chain restaurants marring the landscape. Instead, a short walk through a thicket of Costa Rican jungle—home to monkeys and scarlet macaws—puts visitors on the doorstep of the Castillo de Pavones. Perched on a mountainside overlooking the ocean, the hideaway with a stone façade and rustic timber balconies blends humbly in with its scenery.
On the third, fourth, and fifth floors, the glass-enclosed Blue Morpho Grill & Lounge features 360-degree views of the ocean, the jungle canopy, and the bay. The eatery’s Brazilian-style buffet encompasses all-you-can eat pizza, a salad bar with organic vegetables, nuts, fruits, and berries, and platters of jumbo river shrimp, seared ahi tuna over mashed potatoes, filet mignon, and chicken skewers. Guests can climb onto the rooftop deck to gaze at the sea or spy on toucan families enjoying bowls of Froot Loops in their natural habitat.
All four main-house suites feature coral and marble floors as well as fine wooden and stone furnishings. The ocean is visible from the private, two-person jacuzzi tubs in select suites. The Villa Harmonia is a freestanding villa adjacent to the Rio Claro; buyers of the second deal option rent both of its spacious suites. In the morning, a complimentary Costa Rican breakfast, which includes freshly squeezed juices and house-made smoothies, can be delivered to guest suites or served in the restaurant.
Pavones, Costa Rica: Beachfront Village near Jungle and Tropical Wildlife
Although Pavones's world-class surf has attracted its fair share of visitors, the tiny beachfront community remains largely undeveloped. The aptly named Rio Claro, which translates to "clear river" in Spanish, winds past Castillo de Pavones's property and empties at the beach. Visitors often swim, tube, or hitch a ride on a friendly sea turtle down the length of it. Pavones's jungle and beach terrain make it an ideal jump-off point for outdoor recreation. The adventure credit included with this Getaway can be used toward such vigorous pursuits as whitewater rafting, horseback riding, deep-sea fishing, surf lessons, ziplining, kayaking, and scuba diving.