You do not have to leave the Resort to experience Costa Rica’s natural beauty. A daily guided birdwatching walk is offered, and in addition to 120 different bird species you may see howler and white-faced monkeys and iguanas. Each afternoon, a guide leads a trip on the Trail of the Giants, alongside the Resort’s golf course, where you will learn about the 25 species of giant trees that make the peninsula their home, as well as the endangered birds, monkeys, iguanas and butterflies that live among them. From October to February, evening trips observe the rare leatherback turtle laying eggs on the beach, and at all times, guests can explore nature on the hilly half-mile hiking trail connecting the beaches on either side of the peninsula.
Dine Like a Local-Only Better
The most popular dish in Costa Rica, casado, translates to “married,” and features a choice of meat served alongside some or all of the following: rice, beans, salad, tortillas and fried bananas. At the Resort’s Papagayo, the chef takes this favourite to a whole new level with Guanacaste Local Casado. Likewise, the most typical local breakfast choice 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. You can also savour an excellent version of this specialty at Papagayo. Want to try the freshest seafood in Costa Rica? Each day you have the chance to meet a local fisherman right on the Resort’s Playa Blanca to choose your dinner straight off the boat. The chef will be on hand to help you decide.
Adventures at Sea
The Catalina Islands, off the coast of Guancaste, are among the top sportfishing spots in all of Central America. Fully equipped and modernized boats take guests in pursuit of huge blue, black and striped marlin, along with sailfish and dorado. Four Seasons encourages catch-and-release fishing. The resort’s PADI Gold dive shop offers every type of instruction from in-pool “Discover Scuba” sessions to multi-day certification, rescue diver and nitrox courses. The Resort offers day and night boat dives and multi-dive trips to the Catalina and Bat islands.
Ecotouring Hot Spot
Rincón de la Vieja National Park (northeast of Liberia, in Guanacaste) is a starkly beautiful area with widespread thermal activity. These 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 horse and a guide to best explore this dramatic landscape.