Costa Rice Estate 1 is on a secluded peninsula on the dry, breezy coastline of the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica, just north of the town of Tamarindo. This exclusive vacation property is a unique combination of a working ranch and a seaside retreat; its seventeen hundred acres are on peninsula ringed by five different beaches which together span two miles. In a country most often thought of for its rich opportunities for soft adventure (there is an extraordinary number of national parks in this stable democratic country), the house provides a degree of sophisticated comfort that is rare. Like most of Sanctuare’s luxury vacation properties, it is rented in its entirety to one family or party at a time, providing the utmost in privacy for that special family gathering or reunion of old friends.
The property is forty-five minutes drive from the Liberia (international) airport, which is reached by flights from Atlanta, Miami and Houston. In addition, the airport in Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose, is reached by frequent non-stop flights from several U.S. cities; from there it is a thirty-minute air hop to either Cabo Velas’ own air strip (a charter can be arranged) or Tamarindo (frequent commercial flights) or a four-to-five hour drive by rented car or private limousine. Because of its proximity to Cabo Velas, Liberia is the recommended destination for the ranch’s guests.
The property is perfect for holiday at almost any time of the year. Temperatures are a dry and breezy 75-85 F. The dry season is from December through May. The green season runs from June through November, with September and October seeing more rain than usual. There are four charming thatched-roof ranchos at the estte, plus six new luxury tents. All of these world-class accommodations are less than one hundred yards from one of the property’s best beaches.
Each of the ranchos has a spacious master bedroom with sitting area, a large covered terrace facing the ocean, and a large dressing room and bath — with both indoor and outdoor showers. As for the new tents, they are every bit as luxurious and spacious as the finest safari tents in Africa; they have wide, covered decks that wrap around three sides, and unusually spacious bathrooms – also with indoor and outdoor showers. Those interested in a sense of soft adventure (without forfeiting an “ounce” of luxury) will love these luxury tents.
With four masters in the ranchos, four bedrooms upstairs in the ranchos, and the six luxury tents, the capacity of the house is twenty eight guests. The estate is surrounded by some of the most pristine forests teaming with wild life and affording all-year-round nature and botanic tours hosted by a graduate school naturalist and activity guide. There are unique bird-watching opportunities with an abundance of land, sea and migratory birds residing in the forests, lagoons and pastures. Depending on the season, one can visit Leatherback turtle nesting sites in the adjoining national park. Within driving distance, one can find white-water rafting, bathing in hot water springs, trekking in national parks, visiting local villages, or canopying on cables above the roof of the jungle.
Golf is available at three championship courses within thirty minutes. The course at Conchal was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., Pinilla was designed by Mike Young, and The Four Seasons course was designed by Arnold Palmer. Meals and all beverages are included in the rates, as are activities on the property and transfers between Liberia International Airport and the ranch. A car and driver is available for local tours or activities within an hour, but many guests prefer to rent cars for maximum flexibility.