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The Hotel Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort, Costa Rica

Fast Take Beach vacay…with a twist

Less-Fast Take A stylish beach resort on a secluded peninsula on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, the Andaz is an easy getaway — and the antidote to the boring old beach vacation. Surrounded by untouched jungle and within easy reach of adrenaline-pumping activities like zip-lining, surfing, and whitewater rafting, it’s perfect if you’re craving sunshine with a dash of adventure.

What You’ll Be Doing Lounging by one of two huge infinity pools, surrounded by jungle. Jet-skiing, kayaking and other watersports on the pristine Culebra Bay. Watching the sun go down over the beach at Playa de Prieta. Taking a mixology class at Chao Pescao or creating your own fresh smoothie every morning at Rio Bhongo. Hiking under the shadow of the Rincón de la Vieja volcano. Getting a coffee-mocha scrub in your outdoor treatment room at the Onda Spa.

The Rooms Minimalist chic but cozy, with concrete floors, blond wood furniture and local art made of driftwood and seashells. All rooms face the water, and a wall of windows, indoor/outdoor shower, and terrace will keep you focused on the view.

The Food Simple but delicious, honoring local Costa Rican ingredients and recipes. Think an omelet with plantains, black beans, and rice for breakfast; coconut milk ceviche for lunch; and a tapas-style dinner with chicken arepas, beef skewers, and mixed seafood in a lemon-white wine sauce. There are three restaurants on the property and more options on the peninsula.

X Factor Call it a lazy man’s safari: Every afternoon, a family of white-faced capuchin monkeys swings and scampers around the adult pool area, making adorable, camera-ready faces.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort, Costa Rica

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