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Costa Rica is about exploring the mountains, the sea, and all the fantastic activities and landscapes in between. It is beautiful, small, and has a good road system that can take you to its farthest corners in just a few hours. Thanks to all these very motivating reasons, Costa Rica is more than often on eager travelers’ bucket lists and consistently is on the best destination to visit rankings.
Selvatura Group is a Costa Rican company that offers both the mountain and the beach as part of their experiences. Let’s see how to explore the mountain and the sea with a Selvatura Group Experience during your travels to Costa Rica.
This select group focused on offering unique, local experiences is made up of four fantastic properties, including the Selvatura Adventure Park, Ficus Sunset Suites, Hotel Heliconia, and Jaguarundi Lodge. All are located in the mountaintop sanctuary of Monteverde offering a true experience of this close-to-nature hideaway in the cloud forest.
Papagayo Golden Palms Oceanfront Suites is the beach element of the group. This fabulous beachfront hotel is in the world-famous Gulf of Papagayo just across from the Papagayo Peninsula.
Let’s look at 3 itineraries that take you from the mountains to the sea and in between!
City, Clouds and Coast
This itinerary is about Costa Rica’s history and the beauty of nature in one itinerary. Visit the Central Valley, the Cloud Forest, and the Pacific Ocean coast.
Culture in the City
Enjoy the historical and cultural traditions of Costa Rica during your visit to the capital metropolis of San Jose. This bustling city is easily walkable as its center is quite small yet filled with museums, theaters, restaurants, parks, and restored colonial buildings.
During your stay in San Jose, it is the perfect opportunity to visit a live volcano too! Choose between the Poas Volcano or the Irazu Volcano, both overlook the Central Valley and are a picturesque drive away. Wind up through coffee plantations, farmland, quaint rural towns before having the opportunity to peer down into a crater.
A walk in the clouds
Leave the bustle of city life behind and start your way down onto the Pacific Ocean coast. Drive down the mountain and past the ocean before starting your ascent up to Monteverde, home to the magical cloud forest.
Staying at Ficus Sunset Suites offers a modern twist on the traditional Swiss Chalet. It is conveniently located in the heart of Monteverde and just a short walk to restaurants and the small town of Santa Elena.
Explore the Monteverde cloud forest in one of the many reserves that protect this delicate ecosystem or push your comfort zone to new levels by visiting Selvatura Adventure Park! Ziplines, Tarzan swing, hanging bridges, wildlife sanctuary, and exhibitions all in the cloud forest is what Selvatura is all about. A day of adventure in nature.
The coast is calling
It is time to explore the spectacular Costa Rican coastline so let’s continue our adventure and head for Guanacaste and our favorite beach, Playa Panama. Papagayo Golden Palms Oceanfront Suites sit on this relaxing beach with its amazing sunsets. Fun in the sun is what the coast is all about here.
Take out a kayak or a SUP on the calm waters of Playa Panama or do some beach hopping to the best beaches in Guanacaste. Some necessary relaxation time by the refreshing pool or in your spacious suite is also a must while enjoying Papagayo Golden Palms.
Perspectives of the Pacific
Costa Rica’s Pacific coast extends 1015 kms, and it is as diverse as it is long. Explore this beautiful coastline and its perspectives from different locations and enjoy its treasures.
The Northern Start
Start your Perspectives of the Pacific adventure in Costa Rica at the northern Pacific province of Guanacaste that covers most of the Nicoya Peninsula. This golden coast is filled with light and white-sand beaches, water activities galore, and lots of surf beach towns, each with its unique vibe.
Selvatura Group has the perfect beachside hotel to stay at during your perspectives of the Pacific adventure. Papagayo Golden Palms is just 20 minutes from the Guanacaste international Airport and is beachside. Soft, tropical waters, a delicious, refreshing cocktail, fresh seafood lunches and dinners, and spacious suites are the perfect beginning to your journey.
The Pacific Views
While Monteverde is not on the Pacific Coast, what you do get are the most amazing sunsets and views of the Pacific coastline. This stunning perspective of the Pacific coast means you have panoramic views of the Gulf of Nicoya and its multiple islands.
Sit back with a delicious Costa Rican coffee, a local beer, or a specialty cocktail after a day of adventure in the cloud forest and enjoy the sunset and the views of the Pacific from your Gulf-views Suite at Hotel Heliconia. This classic chalet-style hotel is cozy, inviting, with its signature restaurant serving delicious breakfasts.
South Pacific Seas
This rainforest-laden coastline is an incredible contrast from the drier, sunnier northern coast. High mountains drape onto the coast that is dotted with beaches and with higher humidity, this is the ultimate representation of the green of the tropics.
The land of adventure
This is the ultimate Costa Rican adventure trail with visits to a sleeping volcanic landmark, the magic of the cloud forest, and the sounds of the waves in Guanacaste.
This sleeping giant is a masterpiece of nature. A near-perfect cone-shaped volcano is an ever-present companion during your stay. An adventure wonderland awaits with close-to-nature activities in the air, on the land, and in the water. After a day of adrenaline, finish it off with a relaxing bath in the thermal springs courtesy of our sleeping beauty.
From the lowlands to the magic of the clouds in the sky on the Monteverde mountaintop. Its rightful claim to fame is the cloud forest and its intense beauty. Hike the trails, zipline through its canopy at Selvatura Adventure Park for a day of thrills in the hills.
The Jaguarundi Lodge sits within the only forest in the heart of Santa Elena which means that you can enjoy its beauty from the comfort of your traditional rustic cabin. It is also just a short walk to the restaurants and local community-based cultural and artistic activities that Monteverde does so well.
Adventure under blue skies
Time to move from the green mountaintop of Monteverde to the sweeping lowlands and Pacific Ocean of Guanacaste. This northern province not only boasts some of the most beautiful beaches of Costa Rica, but it also has some adventure-filled volcanic slopes.
This means your sun-filled days at Papagayo Golden Palms can be spent at the beach or by the pool and rappelling, tubing down a river, or horseback riding on the slopes of the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano. This is a trip overflowing with adventure the Costa Rican way.
Selvatura Group has your travels to Costa Rica covered with a wonderful selection of mountain and beachside hotels and an adventure park that guarantees a day of fun and thrills in the cloud forest! Which itinerary did you like best?