Luxury Costa Rica Vacations

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Luxury Costa Rica Vacations for Pleasure

Luxury Costa Rica vacations are designed to surround you with the finest cuisine and amenities while you enjoy the natural beauty and exotic sights of Costa Rica. Many of the lodges and hotels, especially on the Caribbean coast, are located in rural or jungle settings, and their decor tends toward the rustic and casual. Vacations in Costa Rica can be luxurious, however, especially when the accommodations are set among the lush rain forests or along the secluded beaches of the Pacific coast.

Most travel within this country starts and ends with San Jose, the capital. It is fitting that several deluxe hotels provide luxury stays for visitors who tour the museums that house the world's largest collection of American jade and that display pre-Columbian gold pieces. The El Martino Club and Spa is a five-star hotel where you can get everything from a massage to esthetic surgery. Xandari's villas are surrounded by acres of coffee and fruit orchards, scenic trails, and a river with five waterfalls. The Costa Rica Marriott is a hacienda-style hotel located in a 30-acre coffee plantation setting.

Luxury on the Pacific

Perhaps the most idyllic luxury accommodations are along Costa Rica's Pacific coast. Romantic, secluded, opulent--these getaway hotels combine dazzling scenery with lavish quarters. Topping the list of the best is La Mansion Inn in the Quepos area. This is one of the most exclusive vacation sanctuaries in Central America, where movie stars regularly reside.

Also in the area is Hotel El Parador, an elegant Mediterranean-style building surrounded by tropical gardens alive with gaudy birds, iguanas, and monkeys. Nearby is Makanda by the Sea, which is set on a mountainside and overlooks 60 miles of beautiful coastline. For a tropical Victorian mansion and villas, book yourself into Villa Caletas near Jaco. Built on a hilltop, this hotel has secluded beaches, mountain breezes, and tropical rain forests. For luxury Costa Rica vacations on the north Pacific, head for Punta Islita, also set on a high bluff, which has a colonial decor done in earth tones and is a lovely, romantic hideaway. For many more deluxe accommodations, go online for Costa Rica travel information.


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