Costa Rica — as a Luxury Destination

Planet Hollywood Beach Resort
The opening of all-inclusives such as Planet Hollywood Beach Resort in the Guanacaste region has enhanced Costa Rica's appeal.

While Costa Rica has been on travelers’ radars for quite awhile now, the country’s luxury scene is increasingly drawing attention. 

“Travelers increasingly want to connect with the country without ‘roughing it,’” explains Jon Grutzner, president of Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold. “Escorted journeys such as those offered by Luxury Gold let guests experience the wildlife, rainforests and adrenaline activities of Costa Rica while also staying at upscale ecolodges, enjoying fine dining and participating in immersive one-on-one cultural experiences.”

“Costa Rica, Panama and Belize are all doing very well, especially in the first quarter of 2019,” says Scott Wiseman, president of Travel Impressions. “For Costa Rica, this is important since Green Season, which begins in May, initiates a decline in volume there.” 

Wiseman also pointed out that new beach and all-inclusive resorts in the Guanacaste area have also added to the country’s appeal. “Eco-adventure travelers have loved Costa Rica for its volcanoes, jungles and surf-ready waves for a while, but the luxury vacationers are embracing its newer additions.” The new, all-inclusive Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica opened in October at the base of the Peninsula Papagayo in the Guanacaste region.

Of interest to adventurers seeking something new to explore, certain areas within Costa Rica remain relatively undiscovered. 

“Given its more remote southern location near the Panamanian border, the Osa Peninsula is one of the more under-visited areas of the country,” says Rob Harper, director of business development at Namu Travel Group. “It also has arguably Costa Rica’s most stunning national park — Corcovado National Park.” There, travelers can see humpback whales from July through November and stay in hidden gems such as Playa Cativo and Lapa Rios

Costa Rica — as a Luxury Destination