Olas Verdes, Playa Guiones, Costa Rica
Costa Rica has become a favorite destination for surfers looking for a relaxed vibe and warm-water waves. The country’s long coastline picks up swell from multiple directions, and there’s consistent swell throughout the year. Playa Guiones is a small town in northwestern Costa Rica set back from a wide white-sand beach. Prevailing morning off-shore winds make for classic beach break conditions.
Where You'll Stay: The beautifully designed Olas Verdes hotel is separated from the beach by a narrow band of jungle, part of an ongoing reforestation project in the region. The eco-friendly resort has five casitas with four one-bedroom suites, each of which can be combined for larger groups. An on-site restaurant offers tasty food made fresh from locally sourced ingredients. Sip margaritas mixed with the local liquor Cacique Guaro at the poolside bar.
In-house surf school Safari Surf has boards to rent and instructors available for surf lessons. Olas Verdes also has bikes for jaunts into town, where there are a variety of juice bars and restaurants.
Rates and Getting There: Playa Guiones is around three hours by car from the Liberia airport. Drive yourself or Olas Verdes will arrange for pickup. Rates vary by season, and high-season starts at $185 per night and includes breakfast. [olasverdeshotel.com]
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