Costa Rica


13 Exceptional Hotels for Bird-watching

There is no shortage of luxurious retreats located in significant birding spots across the globe. Here are 13 exceptional hotels for bird-watching.

Unforgettable Memories: Reflections on the Past Year of Travel

Travel trips provide a trove of memories that can last for a lifetime. Here are a few of the indelible experiences that enriched our lives in 2018.

Travel With Purpose: 7 Hands-On Conservation Experiences

The Hideaway Report embraces the conservation and sustainability efforts of our recommended properties. Here are 7 where guests can get hands-on experience.

Just Back From: Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula

The Hideaway Report's art director recently spent four days at Hotel Punta Islita on Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula. Here are highlights from her trip.

Eight Central American Surprises: Quakes, Quinceañeras and Kenny G

One of the great pleasures of travel is experiencing -- and embracing -- those unplanned moments. Here are eight memories I'll treasure most.

The Costa Rican Rum No One Knows But Should

Ron Centenario is the most important rum in Costa Rica. Unfortunately, it is still relatively unknown and difficult to get in the United States.

Kayaking in Costa Rica

Blasting over logs, navigating the surf and ultimately getting tossed overboard -- all in a day's adventure kayaking in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica City Hotels: Where to Stay in San José

Central San Jose can be aggressively ugly, but sometimes an overnight stay is a necessity. Here we review Finca Rosa Blanca and Hotel Alta Las Palomas.

Contrasting Costa Rican Hideaways

After leaving San Jose, Andrew Harper editors found one of Costa Rica's newest luxury resorts amid an emerald landscape of forested ridges and low mountains.

A Newly Recommended Hotel in Costa Rica

For the March 2018 Hideaway Report, Andrew Harper discovers Hacienda AltaGracia, a luxurious mountainside retreat set on 865 acres of gardens and rainforest.

Just Back From: Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Our digital editor just returned from Costa Rica, where she discovered the bliss of open-air jungle bungalows and that "pura vida" vibe.

Just Back From: A Week In Costa Rica

We had the opportunity to catch up with Scott Dubois, our senior web designer, who spent an exciting eight days exploring Costa Rica.

Best Family Resorts: Readers' Choice Awards 2016

Acqualina Resort & Spa in Miami Beach earned first place for the second year in a row, adding a third award for the hotel this year.

5 Top Destinations for Family Travel

The more places you go, the more you realize where you’ve never been. Here are five family-friendly trips that combine all the things my family loves.

Top 9 Spring Break 2016 Destinations

Spring break travel often involves the entire family, and finding a destination at the last minute isn't always easy when traveling with a group.

Meet Our Travel Partner: Costa Rica Expeditions

Costa Rica Expeditions (CRE) has dedicated the last 30 years to earning a reputation as the top destination specialist in the country.

Just Back From | Costa Rica

Colin Housley, our Director of The Andrew Harper Alliance, recently spent five nights at the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, where he experienced extravagant buffets full of fresh, local fair, friendly service and a few curious capuchin monkeys.

From My Notebook, October 2014

Costa Rica is a destination that is deservedly popular with Hideaway Report subscribers. I was therefore extremely interested to learn about the new Playa Cativo, a beachfront eco-lodge on the Golfo Dulce — the inner side of the Osa Peninsula — which opened in July.

This Month's Pinterest Guest: Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica

The Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica will be guest pinning for us as part of our Andrew Harper Insiders Series starting Monday, January 6 -17.

Indelible Memories From a Year of Travel

Travel is often exhilarating and intoxicating, but it also bequeaths a fund of memories that is a lifelong source of solace and delight. Here are four highlights from 2013 that will forever inspire interludes of fireside reverie

Costa Rican Cultural Adventures

Costa Rica’s biggest draw is its colorful and incredibly diverse wildlife, but some of our most memorable experiences involved delving into the local culture.

Excursion: Jungle Boat Adventure

Those willing to look past Tortuga Lodge’s rather simple accommodations will be amply rewarded by unforgettable excursions into the surrounding environment.

Wildlife: Cloud Forest

The main point of staying at El Silencio Lodge is to take advantage of the endlessly beautiful cloud forest at its doorstep.

Sightseeing: Art Museum

Unexpectedly, one of San José’s most endearing attractions is its former airport. This villa-like Spanish Revival building has been converted into the Museo de Arte Costarricense.

San José Lodging Options

Travelers to Costa Rica will almost inevitably have to spend at least one night in or near the country’s capital, San José.

August 2013 New Hotel Recommendations in Costa Rica

This month's Hideaway Report explores the unspoiled beauty and natural splendors of Costa Rica's diverse terrains, encompassing tropical dry forests, rain forests, cloud forests, beaches and lush coastal wetlands.

Costa Rican Cocktails

Many Costa Ricans used to distill their own sugarcane liquor, called guaro, an unsafe practice the government sensibly addressed by founding a national distillery.

Gallery: Naraya Hotel, Costa Rica

The zip lines of Arenal, Costa Rica are reportedly thrilling, the hanging bridges make for an enjoyable jungle walk, and the lesser-known hot springs are very relaxing.

Live the Cover: Travel to Costa Rica and Take This Photo

The waterfall pictured on the cover of our September 2013 Hideaway Report is called La Promesa, which translates as “The Promise.”

Stylish Eco-Lodges in the Jungles of Costa Rica

The natural splendors of Costa Rica may no longer be a secret, but thankfully, it requires only minimal effort to escape the main tourist circuit and discover regions of extravagant, unspoiled beauty.

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