No need to travel to some remote corner through jungle roads with the easy 30-minute drive to the international airport from the all-inclusive, adults-only Villa Buena Onda. The name means ‘good vibes,’ which run rampant in this chilled out resort overlooking the Gulf of Papagayo with beaches an easy 20-minute walk or free shuttle ride away. Equally alluring is staying onsite and lounging in the two-tiered saltwater infinity pool as you look over the gulf and indulge in drinks from the bar.
For foodies, the all-inclusive choices at Villa Buena Onda are impressive. Meals can be taken on the terrace al fresco and feature a mix of Costa Rican and international staples with lots of fresh, local ingredients, and plenty of veggie and gluten-free options. As expected, the fruit is divinely sweet and flavorful. (You’ll struggle to go back to your imported goods when you get back home.)
For breakfast, it’s hard to turn down Costa Rican flambé pancakes with maple syrup and tropical fruit every day, but the savory traditional Costa Rican breakfast gallo pinto of rice, beans, sweet fried plantains, and fresh tortillas are bound to become an instant favorite. Lunch offers fish tacos, salads and soups, and dinner tempts with a seared catch of the day. The delectable desserts are worth wearing a pair of stretch waist pants– be sure to try the traditional Costa Rican ‘Tres Leches’ cake. Plus, you can sign up for free cooking classes so you can fondly remember your time in Costa Rica when you make that perfect batch of tortillas back home.