Gulf of Papagayo, Province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Beaches in this small South American country tend to vary from long stretches of sandy, white beaches to more rocky spots bordering the nation's lush forest and jungle habitats. Either way, you're guaranteed a picturesque bathing experience. Just be sure to look out for the occasional Capuchin or iguana -- they need to work on their tan, too! Easily among the most luxurious resorts in Central America, The Four Seasons is as close to perfection as it gets. With two beautiful beaches, ocean views from each one of the sumptuous rooms — decorated in materials including wood, bamboo, and stone -- and an 18-hole golf course, the resort makes it possible for guests to spend their whole vacation on-site.