Costa Rica, renowned for its diverse ecosystems, stunning beaches, and tropical jungles, is a haven for nature lovers, adventure seekers, beach loungers, and sun worshippers. Spanning an area of just over 51,000 square km, this relatively small, yet enchanting country is abundant in natural charm and beauty. With approximately 25% of land area designated as protected national parks and reserves, Costa Rica maintains one of the largest percentages of protected areas in the world. Volcanoes rise above lush rainforests, while sun baked sandy beaches melt into warm waters, creating a stunning vacation paradise.
RIU Hotels and Resorts’ 24 hour all inclusive hotel, Riu Guanacaste, is situated perfectly to experience all the magic that is Costa Rica. Set on the shores of Matapalo Beach against a backdrop of majestic mountains and glimmering Pacific beaches, the 5 star Riu Guanacaste provides a tranquil and lavish oasis. A perfect fusion of nature and luxury, this all inclusive resort offers guests an array of features to enhance your Costa Rica Vacation. Four restaurants will cater to all your dining pleasures, while the resort’s 5 bars, including a swim up bar, will keep your thirst quenched all day and night. RIU’s recent addition, Riu Palace Costa Rica, offers the ultimate in luxury in Costa Rica. A 5 star plus resort, the Riu Palace Costa Rica allows guests to enjoy all the splendours of Costa Rica in style. Also located on the edge of Matapalo Beach, this spectacular 24 hour all inclusive resort features RIU’s new trendy design concept with modern and contemporary décor. Dine at 5 restaurants, including a bountiful buffet restaurant and 4 à la carte restaurants, as well as a patisserie and ice cream parlour, and stay refreshed at 5 bars throughout the property. Guests can also take advantage of all the typical features included in the Palace Collection such as champagne breakfasts, 24 hour room service, poolside waiter beverage service, and more.
An ideal location for a holiday, the stunning Guanacaste region opens up a world of activities. Imagine hiking to refreshing waterfalls in Rincón de la Vieja National Park, passing large craters, and steaming thermal springs, geysers, and lagoons, or exploring the wildlife at the África Mía Safari Park that lives freely on the reserve's 100 hectares. Water enthusiasts can relish an abundance of water sports such as diving, snorkelling, surfing, and fishing, while adventure seekers can trek into the mountains or zip line through the jungle on a canopy tour. For more relaxing pursuits, enjoy a round of golf at a nearby course, or head into the jungle for bird watching and discovery. Guests of the Riu Guanacaste and Riu Palace Costa Rica should also plan a visit to the cloud forest reserve of Monteverde, home of the vibrant quetzal, and La Fortuna, with its impressive active Arenal Volcano.
Only 40 minutes from the Liberia airport, Guanacaste’s hot and dry climate make this destination an ideal vacation playground all year round. The biggest province of Costa Rica, yet with the smallest population in the country, this region presents visitors with a unique and individual appeal. White sand beaches grace the gorgeous Pacific surf, while the interior landscapes, reminiscent of an African savannah, are home to the “sabaneros”, local cowboys and authentic figures of the local culture, who drive their herds on horseback across vast terrain.
It’s no surprise that Costa Rica, “the jewel of Central America”, has become a favourite destination for travellers across the globe. Whether you are looking for a relaxing beach vacation or an adventurous holiday, both the Riu Guanacaste and the Riu Palace Costa Rica offer the perfect base to explore all the natural wonders of incredible Costa Rica. Let Signature Vacations help you plan your dream Costa Rica vacation today.