Welcome To The Jungle: Exploring Costa Rica

Getting away from it all requires really getting away from it all, trading in your immediate environment for a place completely removed from daytoday reality. And while city breaks and European jaunts are well within the holidaying remit, opting for a more tropical clime can offer you the kind of respite that you really need in order to recharge your batteries. Away from the hubbub of city life, Costa Rica is a hidden paradise, offering up a juicy selection of chilledout vacation spots that are bound to give you a whole new perspective on things. With any number of chic, outofthe way hotel spots to choose from, jetting off to your next tropical adventure is simpler than ever! 

If your vision of Costa Rica resembles the film Castaway, then you’re in luck. The Papagayo Peninsula is dotted with deserted sandy stretches, perfect for playing desert island during the day. If all of that uninterrupted sun, sea and sand gets too much for you though, never fear. The stretch of land is packed with natural wildlife and caves that are just begging to be seen up close during your stay. After you’ve finished all of that exploring, try resting your head at the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort. One of the most talked about openings in Costa Rica, the hotel balances inside and outside environments to perfection, giving you the ultimate blend of wilderness and luxury.

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Elsewhere on the beach trail is Santa Teresa, an area packed with white sandy beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see. While life here is most definitely a step or two slower than elsewhere, there is still a great deal of action going on behind the scenes, thanks to the Florbanca Hotel. Boasting an eleven-year history in the place, Florbanca puts on an incredibly active show, offering up pilates classes, surfing hire, and a jungle view. With an organic menu that puts the place on the map, and a sustainable message to boot, Florbanca is perhaps the best way to enjoy Santa Teresa.

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Boasting some of the most biodiverse reserves in the world, Costa Rica is the perfect place to learn a little from Mother Nature. If you’re on the ecology trail, you might well want to schedule a stay in Arenal, one of the most impressive reserves in the country. With its very own volcano and twelve thousand hectares of jungle, Arenal is one that deserves a little more time and attention, so make sure you book your own local tour guide. And when you’ve finished trekking for the day? Rest your weary head at luxury spa and hotel Nayara Springs and give your aching limbs a little R&R.

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The small Costa Rican town of Bagaces is a hotspot for adrenaline junkies, pulling in lovers of canyoning, tubing, and mountain biking. In the midst of the jungle in this part of the country, you might just find yourself face to face with your very own Tarzan high wire challenge, with lines of ropes and ladders continuing for miles up in the trees. After a day of swinging through the branches, you can finally relax at the nearby Rio Perdido. With a series of shipping containers on stilts, Rio Perdido might seem like nothing more than a novelty hotel, but once you step inside the perfectly designed interior, you’re bound to have a change of spirit.

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rioperdido.com

Nosara is one of the quieter parts of Costa Rica but if you’re looking for a place in which to really switch off and relax, this district will do it. Packed with its very own six kilometre beach, numerous yoga studios, and excellent lowkey bars, the town is only for those looking to seriously chill out and go with the flow. Looking for a hotel to match the town’s mentality? You needn’t look further than The Harmony Hotel, a place that takes wellness very seriously indeed. Relax with daily yoga sessions, fill up on fresh, natural dishes, and sleep it all off by the side of the pool. You’ll feel like you’ve been born again.

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harmonynosara.com

 

 

 

Hannah Lamarque
Hannah is a freelance writer and copy editor living in Europe. She writes about travel, art, design and culture and loves discovering hidden places in the cities that she visits.