Central and South Pacific Coast

Hotels in Central and South Pacific Coast

When Lana Wedmore came to Costa Rica 30 years ago, she knew she wanted to move there. Purchasing 150 acres of tropical wilderness on the Peninsula de Osa, she erected a lodge and eight thatched-roof bungalows.

Unless you have a live-in chef, views of dolphins from your bedroom, and 750 acres of rainforest at your doorstep, this five-bedroom Pacific coast villa is better than a home-away-from-home.

Perched on a rainforest-covered hilltop on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast, just a one-hour drive west of San Jose, the 43-room Villa Caletas combines Victorian and neo-Classic elements for a refined escape with views of the beach.

There’s almost no better place see Costa Rica’s incredible wildlife (monkeys, sloths, iguanas, and more than 350 species of birds) than from this 21-acre rainforest property on the edge of Manuel Antonio National Park. The perks?

Set in what National Geographic calls one of the most biologically intense places on earth, the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica, Corcovado Adventures Tent Camp houses its guests in full-size tents on the yellow sand beaches of Caletas.

Deep in the forest nearby the Gulf of Dulce on the southwest Pacific Coast of Costa Rica lies the Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge.

At the very tip of the Osa Peninsula in the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, are more than 750 acres of forest boasting hundreds of species of trees, birds, and reptiles, and almost 10,000 species of insects.

On an isolated six miles of dark-sand Pacific beach, this Costa Rican property attracts outdoorsy travelers who don't necessarily want to rough it.

If the idea of open-sided, thatched-roof bungalows with netted teak beds, private decks with hammocks, and secluded outdoor showers stirs you, you’ll get your fix here.

Extravagant ocean views are de rigueur at this 800-acre hillside establishment near the less- traveled Panamanian border. Owner and environmental activist Peter Aspinall has helped reintroduce the scarlet macaw to the area.

Overlooking the central Pacific coastline in the small town of Manual Antonio, this gated, 33-acre, well-manicured resort slopes down to a private sandy beach on a protected bay, which eliminates any worry of undertows and riptides for swimmers, kayakers, and boogie boarders.

Sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean to the west and Caribbean to the east, Costa Rica has a diverse ecosystem that is embraced by the proprietors of Florblanca — a vacation resort on the northwest coast.

Built into a hillside on 12 acres of tropical jungle, this adults-only resort is situated approximately halfway between Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park.