Why Costa Rica is the Luxury Travel Destination of the Year

Santa Teresa Beach

When it comes to luxury travel destinations, globetrotters have long since flocked to Costa Rica for its spectacular views, friendly locals, and adventures both on land and at sea. Costa Rica is a place where excitement meets luxury, with a variety of experiences fit for your unique travel style. Foodies, adrenaline junkies, yogis, and those in between will find a memorable adventure in this tropical paradise that has been named Travel and Leisure’s Destination of the Year.

When traveling to Costa Rica you will find no shortage of opportunities for luxury experiences. From the swanky spots of San Jose to the relaxed atmosphere of beach towns like Santa Teresa, other luxury travel destinations can’t compare to the range of activities Costa Rica has to offer. It’s no wonder that Travel and Leisure named Costa Rica the Destination of the Year with these noteworthy reasons to visit this tropical paradise.

Unwind on Pristine Beaches

Aerial view of beach

Costa Rica features countless beaches on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The beaches on the west coast welcome surfers from across the globe and are known for their idyllic waves and soft, sandy shoreline. On the Caribbean side of the country, you will find hidden coastlines backed by lush forests and calmer waters. The oceans surrounding Costa Rica are praised for their world-class snorkeling and scuba diving, where you can witness an abundance of tropical fish, marine mammals, and even hammerhead sharks. 

No luxury travel destination is complete without time to soak up the sun with adventures at sea. From relaxing and working on your sunkissed glow to catching the wave of a lifetime, there is no limit to the luxury adventures on the horizon in Costa Rica. The country’s pristine beaches, such as our own Santa Teresa beach locally, are among the best in the world – which is just one of the reasons it tops the list as Travel and Leisure’s Destination of the Year. 

A Hub for Outdoor Adventure

While Costa Rica might be well known for its endless stretches of beaches, the outdoor adventures continue as soon as you step back onto land. Experiencing this luxury travel destination via an ATV rental is one of the most thrilling ways to explore the destination of the year. Costa Rica meets you with breathtaking views amid nature, becoming fully immersed in the country’s natural beauty. For adrenaline lovers, ziplining through the treetops can provide a new perspective on the verdant canopies in the rainforest. 

You can experience all of the adventure activities Costa Rica has to offer in luxury by organizing a private excursion with an expert guide, which our concierge at Casa Teresa can help you arrange. Situated at the intersection of lavishness and adventure, this luxury travel destination greets its guests with an abundance of outdoor activities to add to their Costa Rican itinerary. 

Diverse Landscapes and Wildlife

Volcano in Costa Rica

Nestled into Travel and Leisure’s destination of the year’s diverse countryside lies a wide range of unique flora and fauna. Home to 28 national parks and 615 wildlife species, Costa Rica is one of the most bio-diverse countries on the planet. Landscapes from active volcanic sites, limestone caves, towering mountains, and dense rainforests, adventure awaits around every corner in this luxury travel destination. 

With Costa Rica’s unspoiled landscapes, it’s no surprise that the country is a hot spot ecotourism destination. More than 25% of the country is made up of protected areas dedicated to conserving its habitat. Costa Rica is the Destination of the Year for many reasons, but the country’s knack for providing luxury adventures while preserving its organic beauty is the cherry on top. 

The Wellness Habits of the Blue Zone 

chef harvesting vegetables from a garden

The Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica is home to one of the world’s five Blue Zones. A Blue Zone refers to a pocket of the world that has a high concentration of individuals over 100. They are deemed the healthiest places on earth, with sizable groups of people who grow old without significant health issues.

The Nicoya Peninsula is a luxury travel destination with an elite Blue Zone status that can be attributed to its culture of participating in regular, low-intensity activities. Costa Rica is the destination of the year for good reason, as it makes it easy to complement the above adventure activities with restorative activities like yoga, meditation, and massages. When you visit the Nicoya Peninsula, you will find no shortage of luxury and relaxation, either at local studios or by hiring your own private yoga instructor at our villas.

If a remarkable culinary experience is what you are after, this travel destination is luxury dining at its finest. From world-class restaurants to private chefs that cater to your individual needs, the gastronomic experts of Costa Rica create local fare that is bound to impress. The residents of this Blue Zone have been known to consume locally harvested, whole foods. When enjoying the country’s cuisine, you can experience what it’s like to live like a local and discover the secret to longevity from those who know it best. 

Live the Pura Vida Lifestyle at Casa Teresa

Looking for a place to stay when you visit Travel and Leisure’s destination of the year? The duo of luxury villas at Casa Teresa are ready to welcome you to the beachside town of Santa Teresa. Known for its remote vibe and relaxing atmosphere, you can recharge in this luxury travel destination with accommodations just steps away from a pristine beach. You can truly embody Costa Rica’s pura vida, or “simple life,” mantra by letting your personal concierge handle all the details for you. From luxury excursions, massages, dining experiences, local tours, and more, you are sure to have an unforgettable adventure at Casa Teresa.

With our private travel options direct from San Jose, the Casa Teresa team can help you experience first-hand what makes Costa Rica the destination of the year. With personalized services and world-class amenities, you need to add this luxury travel destination to your bucket list. Get in touch with us today to begin your adventure and inquire about our weekly rates.

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