Sunday, 5 July 2020

The Best Sunsets in Costa Rica

22CostaRicaSunset22
Photo by Myshutterspace.com

In my mind, there’s nothing better than watching a sunset in a beautiful location, drink in hand. Fortunately, in my new home of Costa Rica, there’s plenty of opportunity to do just that.

There’s 780 miles of Pacific coast–prime sunset-watching territory, as well as several spots inland that give you a great view. Really you can’t go wrong with sunset from anywhere. But there are some locations that are particularly good. If you find yourself in the area, be sure to stop by at least once on your trip. And remember, because Costa Rica is so close to the equator, sunset comes early, around 5.30 p.m.

Hotel La Mariposa, Manuel Antonio, Central Pacific Coast

- paying the bills -

Manuel Antonio is the area just outside Costa Rica’s most popular national park of the same name. There is a road from the port town of Quepos to the park entrance, strung with hotels, resorts, restaurants, and homes on either side.

The mountains meet the sea here, so many residences and hotels are perched on hillsides, surrounded by jungle. La Mariposa Hotel is one of these. Your view of the sun as it sets next to a rocky, tree-covered point is unobstructed. No need to be a guest to enjoy sunset here. Just buy a drink at the pool bar. If you’re feeling daring, take a dip in the infinity pool.

El Pescador, Tamarindo, Northern Pacific Coast

At the far southern end of Tamarindo’s strip of beachfront bars and restaurants is El Pescador. This open-air seafood restaurant has most of its tables sitting under the trees strung with Christmas lights, as well as benches that allow you to kick off your shoes and put your feet in the sand.

Due to its location away from the hub-bub in the center of town, you watch the sunset with no crowds blocking your view, just a few locals sitting on overturned fishing boats and surfers catching one last wave of the day. And when the darkness falls, don’t head home. Live music is next on the bill.

- paying the bills -

Hacienda Baru, Dominical, Southern Pacific Coast

Costa Rica’s southern Pacific coast is a relatively undeveloped and sparsely populated area. No big resorts. No high-rise hotels. It’s one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet; it’s rainforests full of a variety of wildlife, from toucans to howler monkeys to three-toed sloths.

My favorite place to stay in this area is Hacienda Baru, a rustic eco-lodge set in a coastal rainforest with it’s own stretch of beach – three miles in total. A short hike through the jungle gets you to the palm tree-lined beachfront. It’s deserted, with the wild Pacific waves crashing to shore. In other areas, watching the sunset is a communal experience but here it’s just you and your party.

Arenal Observatory Lodge, Arenal, Northern Highlands

You’re several hours from the beach at this former Smithsonian research center just a couple miles from the Arenal volcano. But that doesn’t mean you can’t watch the sun set over the water here. The Arenal Observatory Lodge is also near the eastern shore of Lake Arenal. And at dusk, the view of the sun setting over the pristine lake is to die for. It’s one of the only places in Arenal you can get this view.

It’s not easy to get to the Arenal Observatory Lodge, it’s a 20-minute drive off the main road along a bumpy dirt road. If you’re not staying the night be sure to arrive in the mid-afternoon so you can enjoy the on-site nature trails before heading to the restaurants back deck to enjoy sunset.

- paying the bills --

By Jason Holland, International Living

Rico
Ricohttp://www.theqmedia.com
"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

[BLOG] Costa Rican Electric Company – General Maintenance Procedures

During my fifteen plus years of living in Costa Rica, I...

Heliport, Money and Weapons in Costa Rica

Following reports by residents of Las Asturias de Pococí about flyovers...

MOST READ

BAC layoffs 373, closing 11 branches and 79,789 credit card accounts

(QCOSTARICA) BAC Credomatic announced this Thursday, July 2, the layoff of 373 employees, the closing of 11 branches or points of service and will...

How does the new usury law change credit in Costa Rica?

(QCOSTARICA) On June 20, 2020, the Usury Law went into effect in Costa Rica after being published in the official government newsletter, La Gaceta,...

‘Post mortem’ test confirms victim 19 of new coronavirus in Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica recorded on Saturday night death number 19 of a positive COVID-19 person, reported the Ministry of Health. This is a male, young...

COVID-19 Costa Rica: 151 new cases, for a total of 3,130

(QCOSTARICA) Today, Sunday, the Ministry of Health reported 151 new cases of Covid-19 for an accumulated total of 3,130, with an age range of...

Couple who lied about COVID-19 to hospital staff to be fined ¢2.2 Million

(QCOSTARICA) The Ministry of Health reported that it is in the process to impose a fine on a couple that concealed from the staff...

Sinart employees demonstrate for layoffs

(QCOSTARICA) With the proper distancing and masks on their faces, a group of employees is holding a demonstration on the outskirts of the Sinart,...

Let's Keep This Going!

To be updated with all the latest news and information about Costa Rica and Latin America.