Five Remote Tourism Destinations: Is going the extra mile worth it?

Last week, we received an inquiry from a women planning her honeymoon in Costa Rica via Tripadvisor.   She was concerned about the travelling to one of our eco lodges.   It was not so much about the extra time or money, it was her lack of knowledge of the logistics and the effort that she had to put into making the extra arrangements.   We were able to put her in touch with our reservations department and after explaining to her that we would take care of organizing all transfer details, she booked her trip right away.   We are looking forward to having her celebrate her honeymoon at Lapa Rios Eco Lodge next May.   She and her husband will not regret having gone that ” extra mile”.
Motion Camera Picture of a Strong healthy Puma on the Lapa Rios Ridge Trail on the Osa Peninsula

We were really happy to see her go to the Osa Peninsula instead of the ” typical” Costa Rican circuit based our of Liberia of visiting Tamarindo and Arenal.     The lesson we learned here is that we need to be very clear that we can help with all travel logistics arrangements, no matter if it is charter flights, scheduled domestic flights, van transfers with a private driver, a rental car or even a schedule of public buses.   Believe it or not, at hotels where we charge up to $800 a night, some guests arrive by public transport costing them a few dollars.   This is not so much about the money and time, it is about the experience and a growing desire for authentic travel.

Jicaro Island Ecolodge
Remote setting in Lake Nicaragua next to the Mombacho Volcano. Jicaro Island Ecolodge.

So here are five fairly remote tourism destinations in Costa Rica and Nicaragua and some tips on how to get there and why you should visit them.






The Osa Peninsula near Corcovado National Park

If you are looking for a wildlife experience in Costa Rica, the Osa Peninsula is hands down your best choice.   The flora and fauna is amazing.   It is the only area in the country where you can observe all four native species of monkeys, observe over 360 species of birds and are more likely to see larger mammals in the rainforest.   The best way to get there is by taking a domestic flight on Nature Air or Sansa to Puerto Jimenez.   Or if you are visiting other destinations long the Pacific coast, you can take a private van transfer or rent a car.   The Lapa Rios Ecolodge Reservations Team would be happy to help you make travel arrangements for you.   Just send us a note.
Blending into the natural environment is a key part of sustainable design at the remotely located Lapa Rios Eco Lodge.

The Isletas of Granada in Lake Nicaragua

Nicaragua itself is already completely off the beaten path.   So wherever you   go in Nicaragua, you will have authentic and unique experiences.   The most visited town in Nicaragua is Granada.   It is one of the most beautiful colonial towns in the Americas.   Not many tourists visit the Isletas de Granada though.   They are over 360 small islands in Lake Nicargua that were formed by an eruption of the nearby Mombacho Volcano.   It is not only possible to visit those islands, but to stay there at a luxury Ecolodge.   Interested in learning more?     Leave the organizing to the reservations team at Jicaro Ecolodge and just send us a note.   We will pick you up at the Managua Airport.
Jicaro Island Ecolodge is one of Nicaragua’s premier ecolodges located near the Colonial Town of Granada.

Beyond the town of Santa Teresa on the Nicoya Peninsula

Santa Teresa has become quite popular with surfers and yogis in the past year and might be losing its ” off the beaten path” status soon.   Quite a few celebrities have bought property or have spent their vacations there.   However, access is still a challenge, a dirt road runs through town and it is hard to see any building while walking on the beach.   It is worth the ferry ride, short flight and bumpy car ride and especially the area after you leave Santa Teresa towards Manzanillo is still very remote and untouched.   Send us a note if you would like the reservations team at Latitude 10 Resort to help you plan a stay there.

Hammock at the beach at Latitude 10 Resort
Hammock at the beach at Latitude 10 Resort in Santa Teresa.  Most likely, you will have that beach to yourself all day long…

Up the Hill near Uvita near Bahia Ballena National Park

Uvita is really not that far off the beaten track.   But for some reason, most tourist don’t travel further south on the Pacific coast than Jaco, Manuel Antonio or Dominical.   The great thing about this area is that the lush rainforest mountains meet the Pacific Oceans making for spectacular natural settings.   And in September and October, it is whale season.   But don’t imagine big tourist boats.   Small fishing vessels take tourists to see humpbacks and dolphins.   If you are interested in getting to know the Uvita area, send us a note and we will be happy to help you set up a trip.
Luxury Pool at Kura Design Villas in Uvita. The off the beaten track location guarantees privacy and exclusivity

Playa Guiones near Nosara in Guanacaste

Everybody has heard about Guanacaste.   It is the most visited region in Costa Rica famous for its beaches.   The most developed tows are Flamingo, Tamarindo, Playas del Coco and the area around Papagayo where the Four Seasons and Andaz Hotels are located.   It might be worth moving down the coast a bit and visit the more off the beaten track town of Nosara and the beaches just to the north such as Ostional (famous for turtles) and San Juanillo.   The road from Samara to Nosara is in bad shape right now, but many of the guests we have at the Harmony Hotel in Nosara say it is ” totally worth it“.   Send us a note if you would like us to help make arrangements for you.

Guiones Beach near the Harmony Hotel in Nosara
Guiones Beach near the Harmony Hotel in Nosara.  One of the greatest surf spots in Costa Rica.

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