Top 5 Luxury Destinations in Costa Rica

By Camille Poire | BLOG

Aug 10
top luxury destinations in costa rica

If you want to go on a luxury vacation in the near future, Costa Rica is one of the best countries for taking a sip of the high life. With a coastline to the Caribbean, this is one of the beachiest and most tropical countries in the whole world and has some of the richest biodiversity on the planet. Its spectacular landscapes and colorful wildlife make for an outstanding traveler’s destination.

But with plenty of luxury destinations to explore all around, you’ll want to know which of the luxury spots in the country have the most to offer you! And with our top 5 ranking below, you’ll be able to pick and choose from the best places to visit in the whole of Costa Rica.


Top 5 Luxury Destinations in Costa Rica

Gulf of Papagayo

A tourist hot spot, but still a luxury destination that everyone wants to visit, the Gulf of Papagayo is a beautiful body of water. With plenty of luxury resorts to boast, including the Four Seasons, you’ll be able to kick back and relax in true style, surrounded by the bright and vibrant colors of this true slice of Costa Rica.

You can spend time in the National Parks, and you’ll be close enough to take a leisurely stroll along Playa Hermosa as well!


Home to the beautiful Reserve Conchal, an ongoing community project that is ever expanding, while still keeping local, natural resources in mind, Guanacaste is a province that has luxury in droves! You’ll find over 250 tropical bird species here, as well as a long and sandy coastline.

The beaches in Guanacaste are great for swimming and diving, as well as rafting and sailing, and they’re popular all year round. There are a few stunning Costa Rican luxury resorts found in this area as well that will make you feel like you are in heaven!

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Once Costa Rica’s most active volcano, Arenal has a National Park of its own to visit and stay in, and you’ll be getting a taste of pure luxury during your stay.

You’ll be able to witness Arenal no matter where you are in the country, and it’s one of the most beautiful backdrops to capture memories against. A must-visit, it offers opportunities to hike, kayak, bike, and spot wildlife all within the Arenal area.


Monteverde is a mountain range you’ll be happy to climb. You’ll be able to visit the famous "Cloud Forest" while you’re taking a trip round the Cordillera de Tilaran.

With plenty of lush and green rainforest, as well as interesting weather patterns and the most breathtaking views of the country on this entire list, this is a luxury destination you’ll never forget about. You’ll even be able to stay in mountain side mounted Rainforest Cabins, for that picturesque wakeup scene you’ll never capture anywhere else.

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Manuel Antonio

An incredibly long and sandy beach, Manuel Antonio is known to be a "tropical paradise." You’ll be able to rock climb, zipline, and generally get your adrenaline pumping during your visit here, and then take some time to lay on the beach with a flavorful drink in hand!

There’s even a dedicated wildlife sanctuary you’ll be able to tour, with plenty of cute animals to spend some time with. What more could you ask of your luxury destination trip?

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About the Author

Hey, I'm Camille! I'm a 30-something "ex-French" girl turned world explorer. In 2013, I quit my life to travel the world - and I haven’t stopped since! I have lived in the UK, South Korea, Thailand, and Colombia, and have visited 50+ countries as a location-independent travel writer and affiliate marketer. I like sleeping in hammocks, riding scooters, eating all the foods, and scaring my mother trying adventure sports! I now share this journey with my nomadic boyfriend Mr B, with whom I recently bought a home base in the mountains of Bansko, Bulgaria.

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