Guanacaste, Costa Rica
THE PALMS, COSTA RICA
The Palms is a community of privately owned villas located in Flamingo Beach on the beautiful North Pacific Coast of the Guanacaste Region in Costa Rica. An easy flight into Liberia from NYC and then about an hour drive through the beautiful country side. We rented a car and the main roads were all well paved and easy to drive on. Other transportation can be arranged but we recommend having a car so you can explore the area at your leisure.
The Palms has the best of both worlds with resort-like amenities in a private villa setting. This is a great spot for pretty much anyone! Traveling with a small child, we were able to give him his own space without having to purchase an additional room as we would in a hotel.
Hospitality: We were greeted warmly when we arrive and shown straight to our villa without a lengthy check in process. The concierge, Alejandra, had already made sure all our requests were ready to go when we arrived. We were able to pre-order groceries and she had a crib & highchair for our son. Throughout our stay, Alejandra and the other staff members were always there to help with anything we might need or just to say hello.
There is a supermarket less than 10 minutes away so if you need additional items, they're really easy to get.
Pool & Beach: Each villa has an outdoor patio that leads right onto the pool decks. There is an adults only smaller pool and then the family infinity pool right next to the ocean. We spent most of our time in the infinity pool enjoying the gorgeous weather and sipping drinks made by the friendly bartender. There are ample loungers on the pool deck as well as the grassy area leading to the beach.
The beach is beautiful, and the water temperature was perfect. Flamingo Beach is a nice cove area with many locals who come to enjoy the water on the weekends. It’s a far cry from the crowded tourist beaches in nearby Tamarindo
You can order breakfast & lunch straight from the bartender to enjoy pool or beach side. You can also bring your own drinks or snacks out from your villa if you prefer.
Accommodations: Each villa is the same layout with 2 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms. The decorations are chosen by each owner but all along the same lines. The first floor has an open plan kitchen and dining room with the back wall fully opening to the outside patio. The kitchen is stocked with every possible kitchen item you can think of and ours had a ton of condiments as well. The second floor has a master king size bedroom with a deck as well as en suite with soaking tub. The smaller queen bedroom also has an en suite bathroom and a small sleeping loft for your more adventurous guests. You could probably sleep up to 7-8 if you utilized the pull out couch downstairs. And the best part, because of the resort amenities, your entire villa gets cleaned daily!
We enjoyed cooking on the community grills one night. What’s better than fresh local fish?!
Dining: While there aren’t any actual restaurants on property you can order both breakfast and lunch from The Palms. We cooked most of our breakfasts and ate outside on our patio with an ocean view. We found the food to be convenient but preferred the local dining spots nearby. The Palms offers private chef dinners that you can do beach side or on your patio. We did not have the opportunity to do so but other guests we talked to raved about the experience. Right down the beach is Coco Loco where we frequented for several lunches, snacks and dinners. A little touristy but delicious food (whole red snapper!) and drinks (coco loco!). We ventured out to various local dining spots and overall really enjoyed the food, lots of fresh local fish with rice and beans.
For a really local experience, try Restaurante Estero Azul. It’s cash only, down a dirt road behind some shacks. We LOVED the food there and the setting right on the sand was perfect. The fish soup, snapper with rice & beans and the calamari were all fantastic.
Activities: There are MANY activities to do in Costa Rica. Seeing as how we were with our small son we were not able to take advantage of everything. We enjoyed a sunset cruise on a catamaran with a local provider that was recommended by The Palms. We did some snorkeling off the boat but the water was rough and there wasn’t too much to see. The sunset was fabulous and overall it was a lovely afternoon. We also did a boat tour on the estuary in Tamarindo. This was a smaller cruising boat on a slow ride looking for birds and other wildlife. This may be more beneficial for a bird lover as there wasn’t too much else to see. Other available activities include: wave runners, fishing, zip-lines, day trip to Arenal and other jungle destinations.