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Costa Rica

Apr 9, 2014
Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo Cielo Room
Enjoy incredible views of the ocean, bay and jungles from the Cielo Room at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo.
Photography courtesy Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

A tropical destination teeming with wildlife and rich Central American culture, Costa Rica is a dream jungle and beach destination. There are plenty of opportunities for rest and relaxation, as well as ecotourism activities including zip-lining, river rafting and exploring wildlife. To help plan your next trip, we asked Priscila Porres, the Chef Concierge at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, to share tips for experiencing the very best of Costa Rica.

Into the wild

A flagship destination for ecotourism, Costa Rica is legendary for its natural wonders. Scientists come from all over the world to study Palo Verde National Park, a rich ecosystem of rivers, marshland, mangroves and the very rare dry tropical forest.

The best way to see the landscape is often from above, on a zip-line tour through the canopy. Witch’s Rock Canopy Tour is located just 20 minutes from the Resort. If you’re still craving adventure, visit the Canyon at Guachipelin, where you can rappel, rock climb and swing through the jungle before a horseback ride and a swim beneath a cool waterfall.

To view the peninsula from the water and to see aquatic life, hop aboard the Resort’s 14-metre (47-foot) Goombay catamaran for a sunset cruise on the Gulf of Papagayo.

Golf in Costa Rica

At the Arnold Palmer–designed Four Seasons Costa Rica Golf Club at Peninsula Papagayo, the signature sixth hole features a dramatic 446-yard par-4 with a tee shot that plays 61 metres (200 feet) downhill to a receptive valley-shaped fairway. The course also utilizes many eco-friendly practices and is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

Natural beauty

You don’t have to leave the Resort to experience Costa Rica’s natural beauty. Check the activities schedule to see if you can catch an early morning birdwatching walk, on which you can spot some of the 800 different bird species as well as howler and white-faced monkeys and iguanas.

Each afternoon, a guide leads a trip on the Trail of the Giants, which runs alongside the Resort’s golf course; you will learn about the 25 species of giant trees found on the peninsula, as well as the endangered birds, monkeys, iguanas and butterflies that live among them. Or explore on your own with a hike on the hilly 1-kilometre (0.6-mile) trail connecting the beaches on either side of the peninsula.

The destination’s green season runs from May through mid-November; sporadic rains feed lush landscapes, making this the optimal time to visit. With a comfortable seat on the beach, you can take in the scenery and enjoy the sounds of local music.

Dining in Costa Rica

The most typical breakfast choice in Costa Rica is a rice dish called gallo pinto. It can be prepared many different ways, but the one firm rule is the secret ingredient: Salsa Lizano, a mild red sauce. Savour an excellent version of this specialty at the Resort’s Sol y Sombra restaurant.

The abundance of fresh seafood on the peninsula also provides great options for lunch and dinner. Arrange a visit with one of the Resort’s chefs to Playa Blanca, where you’ll meet with a local fisherman and pick out the fish you’d like to enjoy that evening for dinner. By the time you arrive for your reservation at Cena Sociale or Papagayo, the dish will be prepared to your taste—and paired with wines by the sommelier.

Adventures at sea

The Catalina Islands, off the coast of Guanacaste, are among the area’s top sportfishing spots. Embark on a half-day inshore or full-day offshore fishing excursion in pursuit of striped marlin, sailfish and dorado. (Four Seasons encourages catch-and-release fishing for marlin and sailfish, but some fish can be brought back to the Resort and prepared for dinner.)

The Resort’s PADI Gold dive shop offers several opportunities to get your feet wet, from in-pool “Discover Scuba” sessions to multi-day certification, rescue diver and nitrox courses. After you hone your scuba skills, embark on a day or night boat dive, or venture out for a multi-dive trip to the Catalina and Bat islands.

Ecotouring hot spot

Rincón de la Vieja National Park is a starkly beautiful area with widespread thermal activity, located two hours from the Resort. The park’s natural features include geysers, vents and fumaroles, as well as the Santa Maria volcano, which rises to 1,916 metres (6,286 feet). Hire a guide to best explore this dramatic landscape.

Surf’s up

The small town of Tamarindo caters to surfers of all abilities, offering easy access to a number of beach and reef breaks, such as Playa Negra, Witch’s Rock and Ollie’s Point. Located on the northwest Pacific Coast, this is an ideal spot to explore a variety of surfing breaks in a short period of time.

Turtles at night

Located near Tamarindo, Las Baulas National Marine Park is an important nesting spot for leatherback sea turtles. Every year, hundreds of leatherback turtles make the journey to nest here. The leatherbacks, which are the largest of all living sea turtles, arrive November through April to mate and deposit their eggs.

Authentic culture

The Resort has a variety of Costa Rican cultural offerings in which you can immerse yourself. Several days each week, you can attend an on-site market where you’ll see the work of local craftspeople and learn how they create masterpieces in wood and pottery.

For an even deeper immersion, enroll in one of the Resort’s regular classes, which rotate among topics such as salsa or merengue dance, Spanish for beginners and Costa Rican cooking.

The art of pottery

Guaitil, on the Nicoya Peninsula, is so renowned for its pottery that resident artisans support the entire village by selling traditional pieces. The art of pottery perfected by the Chorotega Indians is still passed down from generation to generation, starting with the all-important gathering of tan, red ochre and black sands for the clay. Each colour requires a rigorous journey on foot to one of three mountains, and the finest sand is reportedly found at the opening of iguana nests.

 

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39 Comments about Costa Rica

  1. Jerry Diaz says:

    Hello, I am planning a trip for my fiancés birthday, can someone please tell me what there is to do around the resort?

    • Lauren Phillips says:

      Dear Jerry,

      Thanks so much for your comment. I’ve forwarded your request on to Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo so that someone can be in contact with you directly.

      Thanks for reading!
      Lauren

  2. Krysta Matousek says:

    I am arranging trips for couples with various dates from May 2016 through March 2017 and was hoping someone from the concierge desk could reach out and offer various activities, excursions, dinner reservations, etc? Thank you!

    • Lauren Phillips says:

      Dear Krysta,

      Thanks so much for your comment. I’ve forwarded your request on to Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo so that someone can be in contact with you directly.

      Thanks for reading!
      Lauren

  3. Chris says:

    Note that your link to Witch’s Canopy tour is not correct. It should be http://witchsrockcanopy.com/.

  4. Nicole says:

    hi! I am so excited to be staying at your resort in October with my husband who is active duty military. Can I please get a list of the top ten low cost activities to do near the resort, or onsite and the prices?

    Thanks!

    • Michael Martinez says:

      Hello Nicole,

      Thank you for your comment. I’ve forwarded your request onto Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo so that someone can be in contact with you directly.

      Thanks for reading!
      -Michael

  5. Palmer says:

    We will be staying with you this coming week for work. However, we are going to stay through Sunday to enjoy an extended vacation, so we will only have this Thursday Night through Sunday afternoon to enjoy free time. Can you please reach out so I can discuss how to make the most of this short time. Our priorities or at least one zipline adventure, and possibly the Goombay cruise. Thank you~

    • Avery Hocutt says:

      Hi Palmer,

      Thanks so much for reading! I have forwarded your request to Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica so that someone will be able to reach out to you directly.

      Best wishes,

      Avery

  6. Sameera Rock says:

    Hello,

    We are joining your resort from July 4th to july8th. Could you have your concierge contact me to set up some activities for the length of our stay and also we are celebrating our wedding anniversary and A birthday and would love to set up a few dinner reservations.

    Thanks,
    Sameera Rock

    • Avery Hocutt says:

      Hi Sameera,

      Thanks so much for your comment. I’ve forwarded your request onto Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo so that someone can be in contact with you directly.

      Best wishes,

      Avery

  7. Illango says:

    Wonderful nature!

  8. Sara Crosby says:

    I understand you have a tour to Nicaragua only on Wednesday: would it be possible to arrange a tour on Thursday or Friday? What would this tour cost and what does the tour include?
    I am attending the Heller Wedding Wednesday May 20 checking out Monday May 26. What are the special classes, programs, activities are you holding at the hotel next week.? If it advisable to book dinner arrangements at the hotel before we go?
    If there a shuttle available to guests if a guest wishes to venture beyond the hotel grounds? If so where does the shuttle go? One last question, what is the weather forecast for next week?
    Thanks so much for your prompt response.

    • Avery Hocutt says:

      Hi Sara,

      Thanks so much for your comment. I’ve forwarded your request to the Costa Rica Hotel so that someone can be in contact with you directly.

      Best wishes,

      Avery

  9. linda cohen says:

    my husband and i will be staying at the hotel may 31- june 4. we would like to see the nesting of the sea turtles.:can that be arranged through the hotel ? We also are kosher and wanted to know if your restaurant can accomodate dietary restrictions? June 2 is our 30 th anniversary, do you have ant suggestions for that evening ? Thank you for your help.

    • Claire Smith says:

      Dear Linda,

      Thanks so much for your comment. I’ve Forwarded your request onto Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo so that someone can be in contact with you directly.

      Thanks for reading!
      Claire

  10. Katie Gillum says:

    We will be staying June 30-July4th. Can you please have the concierge contact me regarding dinner reservations, spa, and excursions (horseback riding, whitewater rafting, rappelling, golf). Thank you!

    • Claire Smith says:

      Dear Katie,

      Thanks so much for your comment. I’ve forwarded your request onto Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo so that someone can be in contact with you directly.

      Thanks for reading!
      Claire

  11. jeff says:

    We will be visiting next week. Can someone at the concierge contact us to discuss excursions, dinner reservations, etc? thanks

    • Claire Smith says:

      Dear Jeff,

      Thanks so much for your comment. I’ve forwarded your request onto Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo so that someone can contact you directly.

      Thanks for reading!
      Claire

  12. Guy Triano says:

    We are arriving the end of March and would like someone from the hotel contact us to set up some excursions

    • Claire Smith says:

      Dear Guy,

      Thanks so much for your comment. I’ve forwarded your request onto Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo so that someone can be in contact with you directly.

      Thanks for reading!
      Claire Smith

  13. cor Bangma says:

    hello,

    We are visiting your resort coming march 1th till the 8th. We are interested in doing some tours and had some questions.

    Which of the two parks Palo Verde or Rincon de la vieja should we choose if we decide to do just one ?

    What time do you have to leave the resort ?

    Are the tours leaving from the Resort ?

    Is it wise to book it in advance ?

    What are the prices for the following activities:

    *Park tours (palo Verde, Ricon de la veja)
    *Zipline tour
    *Stargazing
    *sunset diner

    Regards

    Cor Bangma

    • Claire Smith says:

      Dear Cor,

      Thanks so much for your comment. I’ve forwarded your request onto Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo so that someone can be in contact with you directly.

      Thanks for reading!
      Claire Smith

  14. John Hagenah says:

    my wife and I are returning to see you again arriving 2/1 for the week. We had such a great time a year ago!
    Thought we should make some reservations in advance. Can someone contact me, thanks

    • Elyse Weidner says:

      Dear John,

      Thanks so much for your comment. I’ve forwarded your request onto Four Seasons Costa Rica so that some can be in contact with you directly.

      Thanks for reading!
      Elyse

  15. r. l. layton says:

    We will be there in April for spring break. Can you have a concierge contact me please?

    • Elyse Weidner says:

      Hello,

      Thanks so much for your comment. I’ve forwarded your request onto Four Seasons Costa Rica so that some can be in contact with you directly.

      Thanks for reading!
      Elyse

  16. jane gibson says:

    bringing my college daughter in January (5-10) and staying at the Four Seasons. What should we expect in terms of weather, temperature, etc.(highs/lows)? Will it be a “dry” period or expect rain? other than the hipline – what other “adventure” activities would be a must-do???

    • Sarah Sams says:

      Hi Jane,

      Thank you for your comment. I have forwarded your questions to the property in Costa Rica and someone should be in contact with you shortly. We hope you have a wonderful trip with your daughter!

      Best wishes,
      Sarah

  17. Lucie Vermette says:

    My husband and I will be arriving at the Resort next week. I have some inquiries. Would you be able to have a Concierge contact me.

    Many Thanks

    • Kelly Neubeiser says:

      Hi Lucie,

      Thanks so much for your comment! I’ve forwarded your request onto the Resort so that someone can be in contact with you directly.

      Thanks for reading,
      Kelly

  18. mindy says:

    We plan to visit the resort in June and I was wondering how much it would be to hire a guide to go to Rincon de la Vieja National Park? Also how much is the Witch’s Rock Canopy Tour ? can you arrange both? Is it possible to make a day trip to Monteverde Cloud Forrest? or Arenal Volcano National Park from the resort?

    Thank you

    • Kelly Neubeiser says:

      Hi Mindy,

      Thanks so much for your comment! I’ve forwarded your questions onto the Resort so that someone can be in contact with you directly.

      Thanks for reading,
      Kelly

  19. Sheldon Lasky says:

    My son and Family will be travelling to your hotel this week.
    I would like to arrange arrival gifts
    Easter baskets for the kids
    Wine for Mark and his wife or other options.
    Thank you for taking swift action on this.
    Sheldon Lasky
    920-906-5670

    • Kelly Neubeiser says:

      Hi Sheldon,

      Thanks so much for your comment. I’ve forwarded your request onto the Resort so someone can be in contact with you directly.

      Thanks for reading!
      Kelly

  20. Maricela Lopez says:

    The Four Seasons Matresses can be purchased through contact with the hotel’s concierge. Is this so in Costa Rica?

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