Stay at a Beachside Resort in Costa Rica During Peak Season
Costa Rica's Guanacaste province is justly renowned for its tropical landscape. Located in the North Pacific region of the country, Guanacaste is the driest and sunniest region of Costa Rica, characterized by steaming volcanoes and rushing rivers. Equally remarkable are the region's beaches—visitors flock to the crystal-blue waters to go swimming, scuba diving, and sportfishing. Bahia del Sol Hotel puts all of these activities within reach from its spot on the tranquil shores of Playa Portrero, one of the best swimming beaches in the area.
Popular inland adventures in Guanacaste include zipline tours through the forest canopy, hikes through the forest, and tubing in the Rincon de la Vieja area. Catamaran tours take groups to secluded sites for kayaking or snorkeling, and it's common to see dolphins and whales passing through as they migrate south for the winter.
Back at the hotel, you can cool off in the outdoor pool, which wraps around a swim-up bar serving exotic cocktails and light snacks. At NASU Restaurant, the chef crafts fresh seafood dishes and traditional Costa Rican favorites, including ceviche and gallo pinto, a spicy concoction made with rice and beans. At night, you can dine outside amid flickering tiki torches, palm trees, and views of the ocean.
Vibrant colors and natural-wood furnishings brighten the guest rooms. Roomy one- and two-bedroom suites are outfitted with full kitchens and private terraces overlooking the surrounding gardens. For an indulgent treat, visit the hotel's outdoor spa, where services range from deep-tissue massages to a full-body exfoliation treatment infused with coconut and chocolate.
Guanacaste, Costa Rica: Forested Mountains and Legendary Surfing Beaches
The province of Guanacaste in northwestern Costa Rica takes its name from the Guanacaste tree, an umbrella-shaped species also known, less picturesquely, as the earpod tree. These trees blanket the slopes of the Guanacaste and Tilaran Mountains, which help to shelter the coastline from rainstorms and keep the beaches warm and dry.
Stick to the shore of Tamarindo and you'll find plenty of waterfront activities. But it's worth heading farther afield to take in some of the province's national parks. Starting in October, Marino las Baulas National Park serves as a major nesting ground for leatherback turtles. And in the north, Santa Rosa National Park is known for its legendary surf breaks, including one made famous by the documentary The Endless Summer II.