Costa Rica is not all about rainforests and rich wildlife. The beaches are to die for too. The country’s natural beauty and reputation as one of the world’s greenest countries has helped make it one of the planet’s hottest destinations for gorgeous vacation homes. We’re thankful for that, because there are few things in this world we enjoy more than a private beachfront villa. There are many reasons to love Costa Rica. Here are 5 of our favorite.
Only a few steps separate your back door from the pristine sand at this gem of a property in Puntarenas. Casa Oceano sports a charming design and a series of balconies and terraces with doors that can be folded back to invite the ocean breeze right into the home. Relax in the geometric plunge pool that hovers over the beach and overlooks the sparkling waves of the Pacific Ocean, or relax in the Jacuzzi tub overlooking the treetops. And did we mention that this stretch of beach is often deserted aside from the villa’s guests? We can think of no better place to watch the sunset.
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Diosa del Mar
At Diosa del Mar, you’re living on the edge; the edge of a cliff that is. That’s where a set of 45 steps leads you from your private villa to Playa Blanca beach. Gorgeous greenery surrounds the entire home, including a lawn that stretches almost the size of a football field, giving you plenty of room to unwind and get active. Beyond that, the ocean is your backyard, and is perfectly swimmable during low tide. Snorkel equipment is on hand so swimmers can explore their surroundings. At high tide the waters are not ideal for swimming, but not to worry, there’s room for everyone in your sixty-foot infinity pool.
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With an infinity-edge pool that seems to go on forever, colorful interiors, and lush gardens that won’t quit, Floramar puts you in a positive state of mind every time you open your eyes. If your idea of a getaway includes a morning workout with an ocean view without leaving your home, a daytime surf on one of Costa Rica’s top swells at Playa Negra, and a relaxing evening on the balcony overlooking the ocean, this is the villa for you. With the beach of Playa Negra just a few feet away, and two others within easy driving distance, you’re spoiled for choice at this Guanacaste hideaway.
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The color of this hacienda’s exterior is, as you might have predicted, yellow. Also predictable: you’ll have an incredible time here. Perfect for families or couples, YellowHouse’s proximity to Marino Las Baulas National Park opens the door to plenty of fun activities nearby, even if we’d be tempted to hang around the villa and its backyard beach all week long. A bubbly hot tub jets out into the middle of the pool, so friends of all temperatures can hang out side by side at any time.
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Hacienda Casa Del Arbol
Fittingly situated on Playa Flamingo on the Nicoya Peninsula, Hacienda Casa Del Arbol’s exterior can best be described as flamingo pink. Nothing short of a beachside palace, Del Arbol is a place where activities are positively encouraged. Fishing, swimming with sharks, kitesurfing, and ziplining are just some of the high-adrenaline options available, while Reserva Conchal Golf Course is just a short drive away for those diagnosed with the golf bug. Back at home, balconies and outdoor living areas demand that you stop a while and admire your beachfront view of Playa Flamingo’s gleaming white sands.
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