Disneyland may call itself "the happiest place on earth,” but Costa Rica is actually the happiest country on earth. Its unofficial slogan is “pura vida,” meaning pure life. And this jubilant spirit can be found throughout the Central American nation, from the protected rainforests to the rugged coastlines.
Perhaps you’re familiar with Santa Teresa, billed as “the new Tulum,” but what about Peninsula Papagayo? Set on Costa Rica’s north Pacific coast, this majestic region continues to capture the hearts of travelers—and it’s easy to see why!
For starters, it’s a nature-enthusiast’s dream. The landscape is nothing short of spectacular, and thanks to a government mandate, stating that 70% of the land must remain undeveloped, the pristine scenery will stay that way. The 15-mile coastline is home to 31 separate beaches with golden sand and turquoise waters. You’ll also find verdant foliage-covered hills and awe-inspiring mountains.
Not surprisingly, Peninsula Papagayo is a hub of eco-tourism and adventure. From bird-watching, horseback riding and hiking to snorkeling, swimming and whitewater rafting, it’s the perfect place to get in touch with nature. Golf-lovers can take advantage of the Arnold Palmer-designed, 18-hole golf course at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo. For adrenaline junkies looking to take a walk on the wild side, why not tour Arenal Volcano (one of the 10 most active volcanoes in the world) or zip-line over a bed of crocodiles? Because that’s a thing.
With scenery this sensational you’ll want to make sure you’re right in the thick of it at all times—and that includes your accommodations. The award-winning Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, the only Forbes five-star property in Central and South America and winner of 2017 Brides Honeymoon Awards: The Top 10 Resorts in Central and South America, will reopen in December 2017, following a massive $35 million transformation. This eco-luxury retreat marries the ease of Costa Rican living with the contemporary sophistication and stellar service you’ve come to expect from the Four Seasons, creating an unforgettable guest experience. The neighboring Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort translates the area’s vibrant spirit and surroundings respite of relaxation and refined style. In addition to the immaculately decorated rooms and suites, there’s also two outdoor infinity pools, a rejuvenating spa and three restaurants that serve up local cuisine.