Costa Rica Archive

New Andaz Papagayo Resort in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

The Andaz brand from Hyatt is meant to be luxury with a playfulness, upscale but fun, well-equipped but laid-back. Their foray into Latin America is a good start, with the new Andaz Papagayo Peninsula Resort in northern Costa Rica getting high marks from our reviewer who was just there. The Papagayo Peninsula is an upscale [...]

Golf in Costa Rica – a New Update

A few years back we posted an article on golf courses in Costa Rica and what experienced players can expect in this small country better known for jungles and nature. We realize it’s not the first activity most people think of for this eco-friendly destination, but there are some very good reasons for golfers to [...]

More Luxury Rooms at Arenal: Nayara Hotel Costa Rica

First there was Tabacon, then The Springs, and now there is another luxury hotel to choose from in the Arenal Volcano area of Costa Rica: Nayara Hotel, Spa, and Gardens. It took us a while to get someone into this resort I’m afraid. Nayara has already gotten write-ups in the major travel magazines and even [...]

Sleek and Seductive: Kura Design Villas in Costa Rica

What gets your heart racing when you look out your bedroom window? If it’s a terrific panoramic view of the ocean, framed by lush green vegetation, then Kura Design Villas might be your paradise. Perched high on a hillside above Uvita, Costa Rica, near the famed “Whale’s Tail” protruding from the shore, this resort has [...]

Lapa Rios Reserve in Costa Rica Gets Permanent Conservation Easement

One of my greatest family travel memories is when the three of us stayed at Lapa Rios Ecolodge on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. Sure, the views were stunning and the food was good, but what made it special was the incredible array of wildlife we saw. For the story and photos, see this [...]

Real Estate Reboot on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica

Like most markets that were closely tied to the U.S. housing market, the central Pacific Coast in Costa Rica went through quite a downturn the past few years. Investors who previously could depend on rapid appreciation saw their home values level off or fall. In some cases they fell quite a bit. Situations like this [...]