This is Where to Find the Resort Zone in Costa Rica
It's been fun highlighting Costa Rica this week, checking into the country's must-stay properties and digging into what it means for a hotel to be sustainable and how those principles translate into reality.
Most of the latter are located in the foothills and rainforests, but what if you're looking for a good old-fashioned luxurious beachfront resort? The majority are clustered in the northwest corner of the country in an area known as the Bay of Papagayo.
If you love hotels and resorts, this is the place you want to find yourself. It's a little bit of a hike from San Jose - a four hour drive - but home to Costa Rica's flagship properties, including the adults-only Occidental Grand Papagayo Hotel, the all-inclusive Hilton Papgayo Resort, Andaz Peninsula Papagayo, and the Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo amongst several others.
There might be a slight dropoff in culture due to the area's dedication to tourism, which is why you should totally take advantage of the newly-opened Andaz's "Cultural Insiders," local experts in the industries of art, music, and surf. Then, you won't miss out on what it means to live the Pura Vida.
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