Rainforests, powdery beaches, white-water rivers and towering volcanoes: this relaxed Central American country offers exceptional wilderness adventures in stunning landscapes.
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Hotel Aquas Claras
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Limon Province, Costa Rica|www.hotelaguasclaras.com|
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This exquisitely restored whitewashed, British colonial-style wooden house sits behind twin, gently curving beaches of white pepper-fine sand on the Caribbean coast.
It looks like a 1930s writer’s retreat, with its shutterboard panelling and tile-roofed turrets. You can imagine Graham Greene or Hemingway tapping at a typewriter on the wrap-around balcony. Interiors designed by the artist-owners are all-white, with splashes of Caribbean turquoise and heliconia red from the bright furniture and abstract art. The seafood-focused restaurant is one of the best in the region.
With heliconia and hummingbird-filled gardens trilling with tree frogs and cicadas, waves lapping sugar-white palm-shaded sand, laid-back, reggae-throbbing Puerto Viejo village fifteen minutes’ cycle ride away – Aguas Claras is quintessentially Costa Rican Caribbean.
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