The new Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica (011-506/696-0000; www.fourseasons.com; doubles from $395), on the Papagayo Peninsula in the northwest, comes fully loaded: it's flanked by two broad beaches and has a full spa, an Arnold Palmer-designed golf course, two kids' clubs, two pools, and on-site horseback riding. Naturalist-led outings take place in nearby national parks, and there's Class II rafting on the Corobici River. Best of all, direct flights are available from Atlanta, Miami, and Houston to Liberia Airport, 40 minutes from the resort.
—Kimberly Brown Seely
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