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Choose from eight ocean view Inspirato homes on the Cacique Peninsula, nestled in Costa Rica’s rolling hills close to quaint beach towns. For the best views in the area, stay in Cumbre del Rey, a luxurious home just a short drive from Playa Hermosa or Villa Madera, a secluded and private hideaway. Villa Vientos sits atop a lush bluff with an infinity-edge pool that stretches toward the horizon, while the stately Villa Altamira and the more modern Serena offer abundant outdoor living space.
Tucked in the private gated development of Pacifico, the five-bedroom Villa Paloma has its own swim-up bar, while four-bedroom Villa Lantana features a great room that spills out onto the patio. Monte del Mar has a stunning, private infinity-edge pool, two master bedrooms, and sweeping ocean views.
On the north Pacific side of Costa Rica, Guanacaste is known as the "Gold Coast" for its sunny shores and warm weather. In fact, it's usually sunny even during, "rainy season." This region is also a treasure trove of authentic and exhilarating Costa Rican adventures. The intimate stretch of shoreline from Playa Hermosa to Playa Coco is Guanacaste's launch point for zip-line tours through jungle canopy and boat rides to view wildlife in the national reserve at Palo Verde. This area has easy access to the main highway, so you can reach iconic sites such as the country's nine active volcanoes and interior rain forests abundant with flora and fauna.
If you want to get up close to wildlife, the Palo Verde National Reserve is a must-see. After a drive through cane and melon fields, you'll travel by boat through a sanctuary that includes rivers, marshland, mangroves and dry forest.
Venture into the Pacific in comfort aboard a 45-foot sailing yacht. Lounge atop the spacious deck as you journey to snorkeling spots and remote sandy beaches. Dolphins are often spotted on these cruises, and the sunsets are spectacular.
On this day trip, you'll discover Nicaragua's astonishing beauty, from its magnificent lakes and active volcanoes to Granada, one of the oldest colonial and most colorful cities of Central America. This is authentic Spanish culture.
If boundless exploration via ATV intrigues you, travel from Panama Beach to where multiple tours await. Not afraid to get dirty? Hit the jungle tour to traverse mountains and rivers, with beautiful scenery and small villages along the way.
At the popular Tamarindo beach, you'll find Costa Rica's mellow surf breaks - perfect for a first-timer. For more advanced surfers, Playa Grande, Avellanes, Witch's Rock and Ollie's Point are known for their world-class surfing.
The lush Guanacaste region offers thrilling Class III and IV whitewater rafting on the Tenorio River. You'll encounter continual rapids, drops and turns along the 15-mile course. You might also see monkeys colorful birds on your adventure.
As the green changes to brown, the gold season (from mid-November to May) offers beautiful, unfettered ocean views and less humidity. By contrast, the rainy season (particularly June to September), is lush and lovely, with sunny mornings and brief afternoon showers.
One of the most common Tico phrases is "me regala," which translates to "gift me." Ticos use this to ask for everything, whether it's placing an order at the local restaurant or asking for another glass of scotch; try it out, and you just might be mistaken for a local.
"Sodas," the equivalent of mom and pop diners, are everywhere, and they're definitely worth trying. Order the casado (dish of the day) or the staple gallo pinto. It's a mixture of rice and black beans with special spices. Queso nacional is also a must-try.
There are 9 active volcanoes in Costa Rica with Arenal being the most famous. Until recently, when it suddenly became dormant, you could actually see the lava running down the sides. Right now is the best time to safely hike the base and witness the sheer majesty.
Costa Rica is a favorite for filmmakers because of the diverse landscape. "Jurassic Park," "Apocalypto," "Congo" and most recently "After Earth" were all filmed in Costa Rica. "Jurassic Park," Steven Speilberg's blockbuster hit of 1993, is the reason you'll see seemingly random dinosaur statues around the country.
You'll be greeted with warm days on your Costa Rica vacation. At night, the temperatures stay in the low 70s, making for pleasant conditions on your patio. Although rainfall in the country is much higher from May to October, the Guanacaste region is the sunniest in Costa Rica, and generally sees mostly sunny days even in the "rainy season," with a possible shower in the late afternoon or early evening.