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Resort or Villa Recommendations

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Resort or Villa Recommendations

1st time to CR with husband and 2 teenagers. Looking for recommendations on resorts or villas with access to nice beaches and somewhat close to some of the popular attractions. We prefer all inclusive options because its easier in terms of food with teens but understand AI is maybe not the best option in CR? Have looked at the Hilton Papagayo but will we be too isolated in the Guanacaste region?

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This will give you some ideas about the northern Pacific beaches: anywherecostarica.com/destinations/…beach Where you choose will depend on what you like to have for surroundings and if you intend to do a lot of day trips "inland." Playas del Coco, Playa Hermosa, Playa Ocotal are the closest to the "inland" activities - only 30 minutes or so from LIR and about 1.25 hours from Rincon de la Vieja National Park.

Potrero, Flamingo and Conchal are not much further away.

If you go the non-AI route, you will have many more choices - but I understand the part about "all food for teenage boys included."

The Hilton Papagayo would not make you too isolated - and here's a list of things you can do from the Hilton.

1. Do the One Day Adventure Pass at Guachipelin. www.guachipelin.com

2. Visit Rincon de la Vieja National Park for hiking, volcano, waterfalls, hot springs, mud pots, etc.

3. Go horseback riding, fishing or boating

4. Visit Santa Rosa National Park and see the old farmstead known as "La Casona" - now a museum - it figures prominently in Costa Rican history. There are several nearby trails to choose from and one longish trail ends at a deserted beach.

5. Visit El Viejo Wetlands and take a boat tour through Palo Verde National Park http://www.elviejowetlands.com/

6. Take the boat to Witch's Rock for surfing or just visiting a beautiful beach.

7. Visit the town of Guatil where you can see authentic Chorotega pottery being made.

8. Head to the Tenorio National Park for the hike to the Rio Celeste.

9. Go to Llanos del Cortes waterfall. Huge waterfall with small swimming area. There are often monkeys in the trees overhead.

10. Visit Las Pumas Wildlife Rescue Center in Canas where you can see all sorts of animals, including big cats.

11. Arrange a sailing trip with the Sea Bird out of Playas del Coco. Snorkeling or just a quiet sunset cruise.

12. Take a whitewater rafting trip on the Tenorio River or a float trip on the Corobici River. www.rinconcorobici.com

13. Take a whitewater rafting trip on the Cucaracho River riostropicales.com/index.php/…cucaracho-river

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