Three hot new beach properties in Costa Rica 16 January 2020 16 January 2020 • scottdunntravel Costa Rica is the jewel in Central America’s crown thanks in no small part to an abundance of natural wonders. Here, you’ll encounter wild beaches flanked by lush jungles, giant sea turtles hurling themselves onto remote shores and dolphin pods paying in the waves. Latin America Expert, Michele, got to experience this paradise for herself recently and wasn’t just struck by the country’s beauty but also the incredible hotels on offer. If you’re looking to hit the beach on your next vacation, this one’s for you. Here’s her top three hottest, new beach properties in Costa Rica. KASIIYA Ethos: Kasiiya means “finding your own pace” in Swahili. This is definitely the vibe I felt at here – you can be as active as you want or as much of a beach bum as you please. If you want to take full advantage of the activities they offer, (we’re talking kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, snorkeling, and movement sessions), you could have an action-packed schedule all day. This is a great idea if you also want to take advantage of the beautiful sunrises and sunsets visible on either side of the property. If posting up on a private beach with a good book and getting a massage is more your style, you can do just that as well. Whatever you need out of your vacation, you truly can find your own pace at Kasiiya. What to Expect: Extremely attentive and accommodating service. During my stay, the staff went above and beyond with little touches that really made me feel special and relaxed. They dropped off hot water outside of my door at 5 am so I could enjoy a sunrise coffee from my room, as well as offered alternative ideas and excursions on a rainy day. You’ll also find three virtually private beaches – one which is located directly in front of the hotel, one only accessible by a short paddle via kayak or paddleboard, and one completely private, wild beach only open to hotel guests. KasiiyaBedroom at Kasiiya Favorite Part: The snorkeling was amazing – I have never experienced such great snorkeling so close to land. It was so easy to just walk right into the ocean in front of the hotel and see a plethora of tropical fish and, if you’re lucky, sea turtles! How Many Nights: I would recommend at least 3 nights to be able to really take advantage of all of the activities they have to offer, as well as ample time to just relax and enjoy the three beaches. Best For: Couples, groups of friends, families with older children Kasiiya beachMichele snorkeling at Kasiiya AGUAS CLARAS Ethos: Tranquility, relaxation, and finding beauty in both nature and art What to Expect: While staying in one of their suites or bungalows, you’ll to be surrounded by a fusion of classic Victorian architecture and modern, colorful interior design, lush green jungle paths, and an overall chilled out vibe. The short walking path to beach opens up to a rugged, secluded beach. A short distance from the beautiful Cahuita National Park and downtown Puerto Viejo, you will find a great balance of jungle, beach, and nightlife. Aguas ClarasMichele at Cahuita National Park Favorite Part: My favorite part about Aguas Claras was the spacious wraparound porch on my casita. I experienced the true Caribbean weather with one day of beautiful sunshine and blue skies and another of heavy tropical downpour. During the downpour, I just relaxed on my porch, drank some tea, and listened to the calming jungle sounds of nature. I felt so fortunate to be able to sit essentially outside and enjoy these surrounds while staying dry. I instantly felt so at home and so relaxed at Aguas Claras – I can’t wait to go back someday! How Many Nights: 3 nights is the perfect amount of time to have a chill day by the pool and/or beach, enjoy the cute downtown area, and a day of snorkeling or exploring the national park. Best For: Couples, honeymooners, groups of friends (no children under 12) Aguas Claras bungalowAugas Claras porch GILDED IGUANA Ethos: Sun, surf, wellness, and killer sunsets. What to Expect: The Gilded Iguana feels like an upscale surf camp for any age and any level of surfing. Whether you’ve never been on a board in your life or you’re basically a pro, the Gilded Iguana truly has something for everyone. Claiming to be one of the best spots in the world to learn how to surf due to the steady sets, The Gilded Iguana has a surf club, juice bar, on site restaurant, and amazing pool. The adventure sports aren’t just limited the water – they also specialize in mountain biking. Even if you have zero interest in surfing or mountain biking, the beach which is roughly a 3-minute walk from the hotel and the pool at the hotel is a great way to unwind. The Gilded IguanaSurfing in Costa Rica Favorite Part: The beach, the live music, and the amazing surf lesson I received. How Many Nights: 3 nights at the beginning or end of your if you want to see other parts of Costa Rica. Best For: Couples, families with young children or teenagers, groups of friends – great for all! Gilded Iguana poolBedroom at the Gilded Iguana To find out more about traveling to Costa Rica, call one of our Latin America Experts on (858) 523-9000.