Not that it’s any surprise that Costa Rica is a top travel destination for those looking to take a trip, Travel + Leisure Magazine named Costa Rica to its “50 Best Places to Travel in 2019” List.
With its beach-meets-jungle coastline, splendid array of biodiversity, and climate as warm as the locals, it’s no wonder Costa Rica’s northwestern corner became an early paragon of ecotourism. That’s a lot of paradise to protect. Now, Guanacaste is ripening into a sanctuary for overtired humans, too. Liberia’s airport is fresh off a multimillion-dollar expansion while the luxury playground at Peninsula Papagayo is in the midst of its own $100-million refresh. Miami-based Gencom is bringing fresh dining concepts, an electric bike-share program, and thoughtful updates to both the Andaz and Four Seasons resorts (the latter’s reimagined spa is a destination in its own right). If the road less paved is more your brand of adventure, a stylish new boutique property, the 45-room Santarena Hotel, will open in February in car-free Las Catalinas, and small surf towns like Nosara and their year-round, world-class swells are as welcoming as ever, whether you’re a beginner or a pro on the board.
You can check out the full list of 50 places here.