Costa Rica’s Romantic Hideaways
Some people head to Costa Rica to experience the nightlife, try the cuisine and mingle with the locals and other travelers. Meanwhile, others head to this beautiful country to escape the everyday and find a secluded spot to relax, get closer to nature, or enjoy a romantic getaway.
If a private corner of paradise this sounds like your dream trip, we’ve got your number. Here is our list of the best private hideaways in Costa Rica.
Costa Rica’s mountainous terrain and numerous rivers make it a prime place for some of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls. While some of these falls are popular tourist attractions, many others are tucked away in the recesses of the rainforest, and can only be accessed by horseback, a long hike, or an ATV ride.
At the summit of the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano in Guanacaste, you’ll find the Cataratas Escondidas, which literally means “hidden waterfalls.” Not only will you get a private view of these cascading falls – you’ll have the experience of standing on the crest of a dormant volcano.
The Nauyaca Waterfalls are tucked away on private property, near a secluded canyon in Costa Rica’s southern Pacific area. Two separate falls cascade into a silver pool that’s perfect for swimming. The falls can be reached by horseback, and the property owner offers daily horseback tours.
Costa Rica features an extensive coastline that extends on both its Pacific and Caribbean sides. There are beaches to suit every preference, from swimming, to surfing, to hanging out alone – or together with your favorite person.
Located just moments away from the Los Sueños Resort is Playa Fantasia, one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful and most secluded beaches. Playa Fantasia is only accessible by boat, and features white sands and a coral reef perfect for snorkeling adventures.
Surrounded by the jungle and located off a dirt road, Playa Barrigona features a long swath of empty and beautiful shoreline. La Isla de Caño, an uninhabited island 10 miles out to sea from Osa Penibsula, features pristine, unspoiled white sand beaches with few visitors. And perhaps most secluded of all, Uvita’s signature “whale tail” disappears at high tide each day, and reemerges at low tide to expose golden sands perfect for an uninterrupted stroll.
If you’re looking for the path less traveled through the rainforest, one of the best places to visit is the Los Angeles Cloud Forest Reserve. Located next to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, this is a private park that hosts surprisingly few travelers, and offers intrepid visitors a better peek at Costa Rican wildlife and a view of a practically untouched rainforest setting.