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Last updated: 10 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Alex Robinson

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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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

The Tarantula’s Way

The Tarantula’s Way

Limon Province, Costa Rica[16.6 miles]

These on-foot night safaris, led by a wildlife local expert guide, aren’t just about tarantulas. Nights are the best times to see nocturnal mammals like kinkajou – a kind of Central American bushbaby, and a host of rare birds from nightjars to huge owls. Arachnophobes should have no fear – the spiders are shy – disappearing quickly unless you tread very lightly.

Best for ages: 8+ | £20 | 2 hours

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Cahuita National Park

Cahuita, Limon Province, Costa Rica[16.6 miles]

Palm-shaded white sand beaches, unspoilt Caribbean reefs, forests filled with wildlife – all in walking distance of your hotel.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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