Villa Caletas Delivers Incredible Views Near Jaco Beach, Costa Rica
Perfectly positioned on a rainforest hilltop overlooking the Central Pacific, Villa Caletas provides guests with first-class service, top-notch facilities, panoramic views and breathtaking sunsets. The hotel has unobstructed views of the Nicoya Gulf and the southern Nicoya Peninsula.
Four-wheel drive vehicles ferry guests to and from the hotel’s private Caletas Beach at the foot of the hill, where they can soak up the sun on the secluded volcanic sand. More adventurous guests may choose to hike down to beach on the Friends of the Forest Trail, where iguanas, agoutis, macaws and monkeys inhabit the trailside vegetation. On the beach, El Pelicano Beach Bar and Restaurant serves lunch, snacks and liquid tropical refreshments for guests in the shaded gazebos. Guests can also enjoy the Jacuzzi, and showers. The private beach, with its curtained gazebos, is a wild, beautiful and private place to relax.
Nearby Jaco Beach is popular with tourists and Ticos alike, whether it’s nightlife, wildlife or shopping, Jacó has it. Tour operators provide options for every taste: ATVs, boating and kayaking, whitewater rafting, safaris, horseback riding, deep-sea fishing and surfing. Playa Jacó is a very busy beach, but it’s clean and the waters are calm, making it a favorite with beginning surfers, as well as the pros. About a mile-and-a-half long, the wide sandy beach is the perfect spot to watch one of the national and international surfing competitions held here. It’s also great for long walks and beachcombing.
Playa Herradura, about 4 miles north is quieter, while Playa Hermosa, a few miles south of Jaco and reserved for more experienced and adventurous surfers, has been home to the annual International Quicksilver Championship competition in the past.
Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast is a sportfishing paradise and Jacó is a prime departure point for a short boat ride to prime fishing: The clear blue waters are home to blue and black marlin, sailfish, dorado, roosterfish and tarpon. Charters are readily available for full- and half-day trips and generally include all the equipment you’ll need.
Snorkeling and diving are also prime opportunities to enjoy the marine flora and fauna. With up to 45 feet of visibility, depending on tides, currents and other factors, you can examine the volcanic and coral reefs just off the coast. Whitetip reef sharks, giant manta rays, moray eels, lobsters, octopus, sea horses, cushion sea stars and more inhabit the reefs. Check with your concierge and talk to the crew about what the price includes and whether the tour is for beginners or divers that are more experienced.
Neighboring Carara National Park’s 12,000 acres of primary forest mark the transition between Guanacaste’s dry tropical forests and the wetter habitats of Costa Rica’s Central and South Pacific coast. Visitors have plenty of opportunity to spot the wildlife of both ecosystems. The banks of the Tárcoles River are popular for their crocodile-spotting opportunities and visitors can join specialized tours.
If you prefer more vigorous activity, zipline canopy tours are available at every turn, as are whitewater rafting excursions, kayaking and horseback riding tours. Most operators offer door-to-door transportation, lunch, snacks and equipment—just ask the concierge for a recommendation. Standard tour packages often include mix-and-match activities, while operators are more than happy to customize a tour to your requirements.
More sedate visitors can enjoy the canopy via aerial tram at Rainforest Adventures in Jacó. The tram ascends from the forest floor to the canopy for a close-hand look at rainforest habitat and inhabitants. A bilingual naturalist points out and identifies the plants and animals in the treetops and along the trails.
Elegant Villa Caletas, with its French influences, provides full-service luxury. El Amfiteatro, on the terrace, is the perfect setting for cocktails alfresco with spectacular sunset views of the Nicoya Gulf. El Mirador provides fine dining against a perfect backdrop for elegant and romantic candle-lit dinners. The infinity pool, with waterfall and full-service bar, and Serenity Spa offer soothing relaxation right on the hotel grounds, with every comfort a mere request away, putting guests just that much closer to heaven.