Luxury Resort in a Tropical Beach Setting
Sheet-white sand, tropical wildlife, and mountain views dot the shoreline near Flamingo Beach Resort, where red-roofed, Spanish-style architecture houses elegant, modern, air-conditioned rooms. Aside from its strategic position for snorkeling, surfing, or fishing in the nearby bright, azure waters, travelers can find refuge within the hospitable four-star resort's on-site spa or casino.
The air-conditioned standard rooms comfortably sleep two travelers on one king-size or two double beds, each of which face a television with cable within a modern interior tinged with island touches. Ocean breezes pass through the large, fully furnished balcony, which offers panoramic snapshots of the sunset and tall coconut palms. Meanwhile, an in-room safe can secure passports and counterfeit sand dollars as guests head out to explore the nearby birds, iguanas, and small mammals.
After taking a dip in the large outdoor pool, guests can swim up to the Magallanes Pool Bar to nosh light plates and sip cocktails. Come beach time, the marina water-sports center equips seafarers to glide atop the shimmery waterscapes with rental boogie boards and jet skis. A friendly concierge can set up preferred rates at one of two local golf courses or point toward exciting zipline and Arenal Volcano tours, as well as scuba-diving opportunities for fraternization with dolphins, hogfish, and manta rays. After returning to the hotel, the inviting Flamingo Casino treats guests to 21 slot machines, poker tables, and roulette; the spa melts away stress with massages, scrubs, and facials; and the rooftop bar welcomes sips and star-gazing.
Playa Flamingo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica—Along Costa Rica's "Gold Coast" with Gorgeous Shorelines and Mountains
Powdery sands and lush rainforests beckon travelers' feet in Guanacaste. When adventurers aren't cooling off with windsurfing or snorkeling at one of the many sparkling registered beaches, they can get up close to see plodding sea turtles in the carefully conserved Las Baulas National Park; visitors can also survey fauna such as turtles and seabirds at Ostional Wildlife Refuge.
The area's rich cultural heritage—and frequent festivals and parades—is on display in the cities of Guaitil de Santa Cruz and San Vicente de Nicoya, where artisans sell pottery typically made with local clays, natural dyes, and wood-burning ovens. The picturesque capital of the province, Liberia, has a plaza lined with local shops.
Back near the hotel, earthy tones color the inviting Angelina's Restaurant & Bar, which serves up internationally inspired seafood, decadent desserts, and meatless pizzas. For on-site hotel dining, the Arenas Restaurant presents an elegant array of fresh seafood and dishes tinged with local flavors and ingredients; dinner yields yellowfin tuna with soy-ginger sauce, and Sunday brunch fuels travelers with mandarin eggs benedict and pineapple upside-down cake. Homesick kiddies can warm up to grilled-cheese sandwiches, spaghetti, or french fries.