By Aphrodite Syrengelas
Costa Rica has a unique combination of rugged and exotic landscape that borders white sandy beaches. There is so much to see and explore on land or in the ocean. The province of Guanacaste and the small town of Manuel Antonio are two popular areas to visit in Costa Rica. Guanacaste is located along the Pacific Ocean on the northwest side of Costa Rica. Due to its history, Guanacaste offers a different experience than the other regions in Costa Rica. It has a mix of numerous volcanoes, mountains and tropical forests. There are many beaches to visit and several national parks. The small town of Tamarindo has nightlife and restaurants to enjoy after an active day at the beach. This beach has many activities from surfing, ATV riding and zip lining. If you are searching for a less crowded beach, Playa Hermosa is laid back and relaxing.
Area de Conservacion Guanacaste is a World Heritage site which includes three national parks and a wildlife refuge. There is such an abundance of wildlife and ecosystems to explore in this area. Santa Rosa National Park, Guanacaste National Park, Rincon de la Vieja National Park and Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge are included in the World Heritage site. You can see an active volcano, waterfalls, dwarf cloud forests, jaguars and many more exotic animals. Getting to Guanacaste is not difficult and is a short drive from the Daniel Oduber International Airport. Accommodations at the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Papagayo Peninsula await you for more activities or relaxation. This is the only Forbes 5 Star rated resort in Central and South America. Enjoy a 1 to 3 bedroom luxury residence with a spectacular ocean view and your own villa pool. The residences are decorated in indigenous materials such as stone or wood to reflect the area. If you are still craving the outdoors, a round of golf at the Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course with stunning ocean views on 14 of the 18 holes is available just outside of your residence. The course is nestled in a protected wildlife area, where you may even have a visitor like a white-faced monkey stop to watch your swing. Rejuvenate at the spa then choose from several Latin and Italian inspired restaurants for a fantastic dining experience.
Manuel Antonio is a small oceanside town located about 100 miles south of the San Jose International Airport. A combination of flat plains and tropical forests, Manuel Antonio is very diverse. It is famous for its amazing national park and sandy white beaches. There are many exotic options to explore, some being the rain forest, national park and coral reefs. A must see is the Manuel Antonio National Park. It may be the smallest national park, but it is the most biodiverse in the world. While hiking through the lush park there is an abundance of exotic species, from mammals to birds. This is an experience that you will always remember.
When visiting Manuel Antonio, there are many beaches to choose from, each within or next to lush surroundings. Playa Espadilla Sur is located in the Manuel Antonio National Park. It is connected to another beach by a unique land bridge. This beach has beautiful surroundings but is also known for its strong currents. Playa Manuel Antonio is an excellent beach for snorkeling because of its numerous tide pools. It is a great spot for swimming or observing sea life. Playa Espadilla is located just outside the national park and is a quiet beach near downtown. If you are looking for more ocean activities, the nearby town of Quepos is famous for sport fishing.
To have a truly special villa experience, the villa Punto de Vista is like no other. This 10 bedroom unique and luxurious villa is nestled in the tropical rain forest on one acre of land. It offers 180 degree ocean views of the Pacific Ocean which is a short walk from the villa. The architect of this magnificent villa, David Konwiser, inspired by the growing need for luxury accommodations, would capture and reflect his mother’s Costa Rican homeland and its environment in his creation. When you are in Costa Rica there is always something new to see!0