17 May Three Perfect Days in Costa Rica
Relax and recharge in the beautiful, secluded village resort of Las Catalinas on the Guanacaste Coast in northwest Costa Rica. The private beach town brings a new style of living to residents and visitors, where fun, health, nature, and fulfilling experiences rule the day. The architecture and village layout were inspired by colonial towns in Latin America and coastal villages in the Mediterranean.
We interviewed Brittany, Destination Manager for Las Catalinas, to create the perfect itinerary. Wonderful adventures await you in Las Catalinas!
Day One: Settle In & Explore
Your private concierge team will meet you at the residence. After settling into your elegant home, wander the pedestrian streets of Las Catalinas. Houses, shops, restaurants, boutique hotels, plazas and parks create charming walkable public spaces that blend with the neighboring nature reserve of 1,000 acres of tropical dry forest, walking and bike trails, and stunning beach and mountain views. For a snack or late lunch, head over to Cuatro Calle La Ronda, a popular all-day bakery and café at the Santarena Hotel. Since Costa Rica is known around the world for its premium coffee, try the chorreador coffee, a national specialty. The bakery also sells homemade local items to take with you such as preserves and pickles.
For sunset drinks and coastal Costa Rican cuisine tonight, enjoy the local favorite Sentido Norte, just a ten-minute walk from your front door. The open-air restaurant is perched on a hill overlooking the bay and offers the best sunset view in town. Sip a Guipipia (Costa Rican rum, lime juice, brown sugar) or Passion Fruit Mojito as the sun sets. For dinner, try the Pacific Stew or Catch of the Day.
Day Two: Hike the Tropical Forest & Picnic on the Beach
Wake up to freshly brewed traditional Costa Rican coffee and settle into your morning with breakfast by Dayling, your Las Catalinas House Mom. She can prepare a typical breakfast (known locally as “Desayuno Tipico”) of scrambled eggs with onion and tomato, rice and beans, fried plantains, and fresh fruit and juices.
This morning let us reserve a private tour with Alberto, one of the best local guides, to explore the neighboring tropical forest reserve which has 42 kilometers of multi-use trails. He will plan a tropical forest walk or hike depending on your interests and craft a memorable outing. He entertains and informs with his knowledge of local history, flora, and fauna. Investors give high reviews of hiking with Alberto as an active way to learn about the area. If biking is more your style, we’ll arrange a mountain biking tour through the hills and valleys of the forest, which is also very popular.
After working up a healthy appetite, take your gourmet box lunches ordered by your concierge to the beach for a relaxing picnic and enjoy the beautiful views of the Catalina Islands and the Pacific Ocean.
Spend the afternoon on the black sand beaches of Playa Danta or Playa Dantita, two of the finest beaches in Costa Rica, both within walking distance of your home, where you can swim or try a watersport in the sheltered bay. Your concierge will help you plan your day by arranging reservations for mountain biking, surf lessons, and snorkeling through Pura Vida Ride or the rental of a paddleboard, single kayak, or double kayak, all of which are available at the residence.
For dinner tonight, relax at home and allow us to arrange for a private chef who will create a masterful feast in your kitchen. Your concierge will work with you to select a tasting menu or “family style” meal of regional ingredients for your party, and while your chef prepares a five-star meal of caramelized pear salad, grilled lobster tail and tres leches cake, you’ll be enjoying his signature drink on the rooftop patio. According to our investors, the private chef experience is one of the top features of traveling with Equity Estates.
Day Three: Tour Potrero Bay by Catamaran
On your final day, relax by the pool at the Las Catalinas Beach Club and enjoy the offerings from their delicious restaurant with poolside service. Or if you’re still feeling adventurous, your concierge can reserve a forest canopy ziplining tour or a sailing excursion across the peaceful Bay of Potrero. The ConnectOcean “Intertidal and Coral Reef Explorer Sailing Trip” is an investor favorite which explores coves, beaches, and tide pools on the Guanacaste Coast. Learn about the unique aquatic life through multiple snorkeling sites and an optional dive. Enjoy refreshments, local fruit, and an open cocktail bar while aboard a catamaran sailboat. We’ll make all the arrangements for a memorable day on land or at sea!
If you’d like a keepsake or special gift to take home, we recommend D-Aqui Design Studio for authentic Costa Rican design, furnishings, kitchenware and linens, Las Catalinas Collection for unique accessories and clothing, and don’t forget the amazing local food market, Copper & Stone, for a special food item as another idea.
Cap off your relaxing stay with dinner at Patagonia Del Mar, a popular Asian fusion restaurant in neighboring Santa Cruz. Your concierge will hire a taxi for the 20-minute drive. With delicious fresh seafood, sushi, pasta, and meat dishes enjoy live music for a night to remember. The Patagonia ceviche appetizer marinated in rum and coconut will delight! Beautiful ocean and sunset views.
At Home in Las Catalinas
Your Equity Estates tropical villa boasts more than 4,000 square feet of living space with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, the Catalinas Islands, and the mountains. Every angle, window, and view has been thoughtfully designed to respond to the topography and the home’s location in town, as well as provide for privacy and the best views of nature. The custom tiles and woodwork in your home are made by local artisans in Las Catalinas. This beautiful home features large gathering spaces on each level for family and friends, a rooftop patio, multiple decks with gorgeous views, and your own courtyard with a plunge pool. Your private concierge will work with you to plan your itinerary before you arrive and make your stay effortless by arranging reservations for activities and outings, meals out or meals in. They will even pick up your groceries to ensure your gourmet chef’s kitchen is stocked with all your favorites from the local market. With Equity Estates, comfort and luxury are yours.
An Equity Estates Investor shared the following after his Las Catalinas stay: “This house is really special. There are three living areas, a top-floor terrace, and a private plunge pool. Equity Estates set us up with a fabulous private chef for two nights and we wished we had opted to have him every night! We squeezed in many activities suggested by our concierge, including hiking around Las Catalinas, drinks at sunset, a private catamaran, horseback riding and ziplining. We would’ve never been able to put together this itinerary on our own. It was an incredible trip and I hope to go back soon!”
In Las Catalinas, you’ll find the pace and quality of life to be perfect. Travel with Equity Estates for a unique and memorable experience. If you would like more information about investing with Equity Estates, please reach out to our Investor Relations team at 404.445.8501 or tap this link to schedule a call. Your Costa Rica adventure awaits!