Within this part of the peninsula, travelers can ramble through the small but bountiful Curú Wildlife Refuge, which encompasses five habitat zones. A short, 2-mile (3-km) boat trip takes passengers to the shores of Tortuga Island. The island’s inviting white-sand beach is a perfect place to sunbathe or nap, while the surrounding water hosts a volcanic rock reef that has great snorkeling.
Hotel Vista las Islas’ welcoming owners, friendly staff, and comfortable accommodations make it a favorite amongst travelers. Its personal touches (hand-painted signs and murals, for example) give it an original flavor, while the setting – perched on a forested hill and overlooking the coastline – is hard to match.
In terms of amenities and services, it’s top notch, too. There is an infinity edge swimming pool that looks out over the Pacific Ocean, and an onsite spa where you can indulge in a number of relaxing treatments, including acupuncture and deep tissue massage. The hotel’s restaurant provides a pleasant setting to order from the á la carte menu. A breakfast of gallo pinto, homemade bread, fruit, muffins, and fresh coffee is included in the price of a room.
The hotel has eighteen rooms. The rooms are clean and comfortable, and all have private balconies – thus allowing a refreshing sea breeze to regularly enter the room. Rooms have both queen and king size beds, hot water bathrooms, and ceiling fans; the deluxe suites have air conditioning. There is a satellite TV in most rooms and safe deposit boxes for storing valuables. What’s more, you can order room service and enjoy lunch or dinner within the comfort of your own space.
The beach is a 20-minute walk from the hotel.