Playa Samara, Province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica
This small Central American country is home to hundreds of diverse habitats, making it easy to enjoy beach days, eco-tourism, and outdoor adventures in the same trip and without having to travel long distances — and that also means never being parted from these gorgeous pools for very long. Taking a dip at the end of the day never felt (or looked) so good. This ultra-remote, rustic luxe hideaway is worth the bumpy, two-and-a-half hour drive from Liberia Airport — if only for this stunning infinity pool. The property also features unparalleled views and a ruggedly beautiful (if rocky) beach. Plus, this is a hotel with a heart: Punta Islita is environmentally friendly, and gives back to the local community.