Frances Juriansz

Tambor TropicalTambor, Costa Rica

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Nicoya Peninsula is known for its uninterrupted beaches, charming villages, and large, family-oriented resorts. Enter Tambor Tropical, an intimate, adults-only hotel with 12 teak-and-mahogany villas. Wraparound windows provide tantalizing views of the Pacific, but the hotel’s biggest draw is its long list of activities, from watersports to voluntourism opportunities.

Cost: $160

Don’t Miss: A six-hour kayaking and snorkeling excursion with Seascape Kayak Tours (seascapekayaktours.com; $135).

Stirling Kelso

Best Affordable Beach Resorts 2011

Tambor TropicalTambor, Costa Rica

Nicoya Peninsula is known for its uninterrupted beaches, charming villages, and large, family-oriented resorts. Enter Tambor Tropical, an intimate, adults-only hotel with 12 teak-and-mahogany villas. Wraparound windows provide tantalizing views of the Pacific, but the hotel’s biggest draw is its long list of activities, from watersports to voluntourism opportunities.

Cost: $160

Don’t Miss: A six-hour kayaking and snorkeling excursion with Seascape Kayak Tours (seascapekayaktours.com; $135).

Stirling Kelso

Frances Juriansz

Best Affordable Beach Resorts 2011

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