Top Reasons to Visit 4-Star Zephyr Palace & Villa Caletas
- The hilltop resort, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean and lush Costa Rican rainforests, was named one of Central America’s top five hotels by Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards.
- Guests can reach the resort’s private, volcanic beach by following a well-marked rainforest trail with the chance to see white-faced monkeys and toucans along the way.
- Suites and villas have private terraces with rainforest or partial ocean views.
- You can taste local seafood dishes at the two onsite eateries, Mirador Restaurant and Anfiteatro Restaurant, both of which have great views of the surrounding landscape.
- The onsite Serenity Spa uses local, organic products in its massages, body treatments, and facials.
- A quick 10-minute drive will get you to Jacó, a coastal town known for its nightlife and scenic beaches.
Puntarenas, Costa Rica: Scarlet Macaws and Surfing in Popular Ecotourism Getaway
Located along the Pacific coastline, Puntarenas is Costa Rica’s largest province, extending more than 500 miles from the Panama-Costa Rica border up to the Gulf of Nicoya. In Puntarenas, you’re never far from beaches, national parks, and nature reserves, making the area a popular ecotourism spot. The beachside town of Jacó attracts surfers from all over the globe with consistently big waves and good breaks. Just a few miles inland, Carara National Park, an 11,600-acre nature reserve, is home to crocodiles, two-toed sloths, and hundreds of scarlet macaws—a rare sight in most parts of the country.
About 60 miles northeast of Jacó lies the Costa Rican capital of San José, a bustling cultural hub filled with open-air artisan markets and street vendors selling tamales and pupusas (stuffed flatbread). Wandering the streets here you'll see a confluence of architecture styles—part Spanish, part Moorish—and some of the older neighborhoods still have homes made out of wood and adobe.
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