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Hotel Punta Islita 4.0

Playa Samara, Province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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  • Bugs and other critters can find their way into the rooms
  • Bumpy, 2.5-hour drive from Liberia Airport
  • Waves at the beach are a little rough

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This ultra-remote, rustic luxe hideaway is worth the bumpy, two-and-a-half hour drive from Liberia Airport. The rooms aren't as impressive as those at larger luxury resorts in the region, but the unparalleled views, stunning infinity pool, and ruggedly beautiful (if rocky) beach more than compensate. Plus, this is a hotel with a heart: Punta Islita is environmentally friendly, and gives back to the local community.

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In a remote, rural area of southwestern Guanacaste on the Nicoya Peninsula

Hotel Punta Islita is located in a lush area of southwestern Guanacaste with long, beautiful beaches and extremely rough roads.

Guanacaste is a dry, sparsely populated area of the country that's known for its beautiful beaches (including ones where sea turtles nest), surfing, snorkeling, deep sea fishing, and its string of large resorts. The region is home to seven national parks, including Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park, where visitors can hike past boiling mud pots and smoking fissures. Guanacaste has a lower elevation than other areas of the country and an arid climate, so there are no rain forests here, but the dry tropical forests are still wildlife rich: Visitors can spot howler monkeys, sloths, white-faced capuchin monkeys, and iguanas.

  • 15-minute drive to Camaronal Beach and Corozal Beach
  • 40-minute drive to Carrillo Beach
  • 50-minute drive to Samara Beach
  • 2.5-hour, $170 taxi or hotel shuttle from Liberia International Airport
  • 3-hour-45-minute, $245 taxi from San Jose International Airport

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Punta Islita, Province of Guanacaste 50201, Costa Rica


(866) 446-4053

Room Types

  • Casita
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  • Deluxe Room
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  • Higuerón Two-Bedroom Villa
  • Ilan Ilan Three-Bedroom Villa
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  • Three Bedroom Villa
  • Two Bedroom Casita
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