The Resorts, Volcanos + Cloudforests of Guanacaste + The North

Hotels in The Resorts, Volcanos + Cloudforests of Guanacaste + The North

Spread over 2,400 verdant, landscaped acres, this resort is practically its own seaside village.

For those who want a bit of luxury without ecological guilt, the Arenas del Mar Beach and Nature Resort—set on the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica—promotes sustainable tourism in a high-quality, stylish environment.

Take Four Seasons pampering (chilled towels delivered to your pool chaise), cross it with the charm of location (just north of the Nicoya Peninsula, above the placid Gulf of Papagayo), and you'll see why guests return to this hilltop property year after year.

As the only beachfront hotel in the Playa Negra area, surfers are especially attracted to this location right in front of the word famous surf break featured in Bruce Brown's movie Endless Summer II.

Just 50 yards from the Pacific shoreline, this two-story residence is situated along a near-private, golden-sand beach, and though guests have access to the spa, restaurants, and golf course of the adjoining Tango Mar Resort, tropical foliage shrouds the residence from the other travelers.

Named for the frangipani flower, with rock waterfalls and tropical landscapes, Costa Rica’s Florblanca is an ideal Nicoya Peninsula getaway for beachgoers in search of solitude paired with the occasional fitness class or surfing excursion.

Hacienda Cabo Velas sits on a private peninsula in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica, and is only available to one family or party at a time.

This sprawling 310-room property—open since February 2009—distinguishes itself by straddling the line between major resort and remote wilderness lodge. The colonial-style building features breezy rooms with dark wood accents and capacious balconies with water views (pool and ocean).

Hotel Fonda Vela in Monteverde, open since 1990, is just a 15-minute walk to the Cloud Forest Reserve.