Luxury may be in the eye of the beholder, but our top Costa Rica luxury tours are fairly objective picks: These are the tours that our guests love and rave about, for months and lifetimes after they’ve returned home.
That’s because luxury is not just an amenity level; luxury is a service level. It’s the knowledge that your bilingual guide, your captain, your spa therapist, and your personal concierge will go above and beyond, every time. It’s the certainty that, among all the boats or the spas or the other options, you have selected the very highest in quality, in hospitality, and in safety.
It’s a lot of things – among them, these three Costa Rica luxury tours.
Our Guests’ Top 3 Costa Rica Luxury Tours
After decades of service to travelers throughout Costa Rica, we’ve learned a thing or two hundred about expectation, luxury standards, and quality. And, after decades of service, we’ve taken note of which tours and experiences travelers hold most dear. Three of their favorites:
Private Catamaran Cruise
As Costa Rican experiences go, a catamaran cruise (especially at sunset) is right at the top of our recommendation list.
On just the surface level, a catamaran cruise sounds like great fun: Board a sailboat in the early afternoon and motor to a secluded cove for swimming, snorkeling, and beach lounging. See if you can spot the odd octopus or tropical fish. Dig your toes into some sand. Float around in the Pacific. Then, board the boat and enjoy a tropical picnic – chips and guacamole, fresh fruit, veggies, and other snacks – before heading off into the sunset. Literally.
But oh, what a sunset. The words “awe-struck” and “breathtaking” could have been invented to describe just this experience. Because, while you’re a mere boat ride from shore, it seems like you’re miles closer to the sun. And that’s the kind of thing that sets your heart to thump-thumping and makes you take deeper breaths. It’s also one of those memories you take with you into forever.
And so, as we mull over our favorite Costa Rica luxury tours, a sunset catamaran cruise tops our list. (The not-so-secret secret is that it’s one of our personal favorites, here at the LVCR office!) But, make it luxury with a private cruise: In addition to all the standard inclusions, your picnic includes an open bar (beer, rum, tequila, vodka, and cocktails), and you’ll have greater input into your itinerary. And you can even swap the catamaran for a sailboat, if your heart so desires.
Charter your favorite boat: 38’ to 51’ catamarans, offering multi-level decks, dining, A/C salons, deck hammocks, large bedrooms, freshwater showers, and other luxuries. Our 50’ to 52’ sailboats offer private bathrooms, swim-off and -on the transom, spacious desks, large bedrooms, and more.
Sport Fishing (Half Day or Full Day)
Did you know that Costa Rica’s north-Pacific coast is one of the world’s favorite sportfishing destinations? A lot goes into that accolade, but year-round warm weather and hard-fighting, record-setting fish go a long way to securing our best-of title.
From inshore to offshore, from half-day to full-day, a sportfishing charter will take you out into the waters around Tamarindo and into the kind of fishing you’ll tell yarns (true yarns, of course!) about for years to come. Because here, your captain will motor you to mahi-mahi, red snapper, yellowfin tuna, blue marlin, jacks, roosterfish, rainbow fish, wahoo, sailfish, and much more.
Know what you’d like to catch? We’ll help you plan your day around your goals: half-day, nearshore experiences for mahi-mahi and white mackerel and full-day excursions for sailfish, tuna, and more. And you can upgrade your luxuries aboard one of our larger, private sportfishing boats (as of March 2023):
- Coyote Tres: This 35′ Carolina Classic sportfisher is powered by twin 500 HP Cummins diesel engines and has a spacious cockpit with a fighting chair, covered seating area for up to seven people, and a full cabin with a private marine toilet. The boat is outfitted for professional fishing and is a perfect match for two or three couples or a mixed group of up to six people.
- Sea Cruz: This 35’ Cabo Express is powered with Cummins QSB6.7 480hp has a spacious cockpit with a fighting chair, covered seating area for up to eight people, and a full cabin with a private marine toilet. The boat is outfitted for professional fishing and is a perfect match for three or four couples or a mixed group of up to eight people.
- Seacario: This 48’ Jarrett Bay Custom Carolina has two engines – two 630 hp Cummins QSM – and a closed saloon cabin with A/C, two bedrooms, and a luxury bathroom for clients. The boat is outfitted for professional fishing, has security equipment and rescue gear, and is a perfect match for three or four couples or a mixed group of up to eight people.
All boats are available for 1/2 Day (7:00 am – 12:00 pm OR 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm), 3/4 Day (7:00 am to 2:00 pm), or Full Day (7:00 am to 4:00 pm) excursions.
Luxury Spa Day
Indulge in total pampering at one of our select spas, located across the Tamarindo area. Whether you’ve booked a soothing facial, a relaxing massage, or a beautifying mani/pedi, Tamarindo’s spas know how to treat you well.
Our Luxury Spa Day is available from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with some afternoon availability. Our most popular package includes either a manicure or a pedicure, plus a 90-minute massage and your choice of two of the following treatments: facials, body scrubs, body wraps, Indonesian soaking tub, and more! A delicious lunch will be served with wine.
Prefer a more private experience? Our Costa Rica luxury tours extend to at-home spa services, available directly in your private villa. These in-villa spa services offer unique treatments at your convenience, whether you’re a party of one or a party of twenty! Available treatments include a massage, manicure, pedicure, facial scrubs, body wraps, and more.
Where to Stay
Jacó Mountains | 4 Beds | 3.5 Baths | 10 Guests
Tucked into the scenic curve of Costa Rica’s convenient – and gorgeous – central Pacific Coast, Casa Paraiso Caletas is only 15 minutes to hopping Jacó and teases the promise of every big and little luxury.
For here, where days are draped in seascapes and tropical birdsong creates a soundtrack to live (with some harmonizing from the vociferous howler monkeys!), nights melt into such brilliant sunset hues, you’d think the sky had gotten ahold of a crayon box. And then, as the winking stars and bright planets poke their way through night’s inky carpet, you realize you’ve picked the perfect spot for an unforgettable getaway.
And yet, we know you’re here for more than views and sunsets and starry skies. And in that, Casa Paraiso Caleta delivers in spades. From the pristine, private infinity pool and expansive outdoor rancho to the fully equipped ultra-modern chef’s kitchen and spacious bedrooms (including three ensuites), this seaside paradise offers everything you need.
Santa Teresa | 7 Beds | 7.5 Baths | 18 Guests
Casa Aina is a spectacular, oceanfront villa that unfolds over the Nicoya Peninsula and Santa Teresa’s scenic beachfront, promising one of Costa Rica’s few sand-side experiences. That’s right – this is one of the country’s rare oceanfront luxury homes, where you can transition from breakfast-in-bed to sand-between-your-toes in five seconds flat.
At Casa Aina, every spacious living space guides you out toward the pool deck, the Pacific, and the home’s visual wonder of a swimming pool. The villa’s exceptional private pool seemingly spills out onto the sand and sits just steps to lapping waves, while shaded indoor-outdoor living spaces invite you to enjoy the ambiance and the view. And here, a sunny pool terrace and ample lounge space reminds you that you are, indeed, vacationing in the tropics.
Ask Your Dedicated Concierge about Other Costa Rica Luxury Tours
When you reserve one of our luxury villas in Costa Rica, you’re booking more than just a spectacular home; your reservation also includes full travel concierge services.
So, what does that mean? Well, when you make your reservation, our skilled in-house concierge will get in touch. She is an expert in all things Costa Rica and her job is to get to know you that well, too. Share your desires and preferences, peruse our recommendations, and start building your must-haves, can’t-miss lists.
Our concierge will tailor your vacation to your specific needs and interests. From the little details – airport pickup and a private chef – to all your activities and transportation, our concierge services are absolutely and always free for our guests. You dream, we take care of the details.
Please get in touch for more information about our Costa Rica luxury vacation villas and our concierge services.