It can be very tempting to fall back on ‘old-favourite’ destinations when planning a yacht charter. From revelling in the timeless chic of the French Riviera to kicking back on blissful white sands in the Leeward Islands, we all have our most-loved charter spots. But there is nothing more exciting than discovering (and falling in love with) a new destination to explore. That’s why this year, we’re craving a step off the beaten track to glorious Costa Rica. Luxury Costa Rica vacations by yacht allow you to explore the country’s lush Pacific and Caribbean coastlines, venturing inland to the soaring volcanoes and mighty cloud forests, and traversing the magnificent national parks, where sloths, jaguar, toucans and monkeys hide in the jungle canopy. Sounding dreamy? Read on…
The very best of luxury Costa Rica Vacations
Costa Rica has endless treasures to explore aboard a luxury charter yacht. On the Pacific Coast, the north offers the gorgeous resorts and golf courses of the exclusive Papagayo Peninsula, as well as the world-class Marina Papagayo. Dive coral reefs, swim with mantas and sharks, and explore the rainforest trails – or just laze away the days on the beautiful arcs of white sand beach nestled in lush bays.
Further down the coast the Manuel Antonio National Park is another high point, offering jaw-dropping beaches and incredible wildlife. Ride a horse along the sands, swim in the crystal clear water, or venture into the forest, where sloths and monkeys hang from the trees. The nearby town of Quepos is one of the world’s top destinations for sportfishing, while inland, the vibrant city of San Jose offers colonial architecture and fusion cuisines, as well as easy access to the Arenal volcano, where you can dine, spa, and soak in thermal springs at the foot of the brooding mountain.
Luxury Costa Rica vacations rise to a new level of opulence on the south Pacific coast, with a new large-capacity superyacht marina at Golfito that has really put this destination on the map. And little wonder, for the Osa Peninsula offers the world’s longest whale-watching season, superb sportfishing, and the incredible Corcovado National Park, where wildlife includes the rare tapir and jaguars. The south coast is also home to some exceptional surfing, particularly at the laid back village of Pavones, as well as the ethereally beautiful bioluminescence at Zancudo.
When to Go
A Costa Rica yacht charter is wonderful at any time of year, as Costa Rica lies outside the hurricane belt. The most popular time for charters is during the Caribbean winter season, from December to April, when the weather is dry and sunny and the temperature averages at around 27°C/81°F. Although June to August falls within the rainy season this is also a very pleasant time to visit, maintaining warm temperatures of around 26°C/78°F. July and early August also typically experience less rainfall than the rest of the wet season, a phenomenon known as the veranillo or ‘little summer’ amongst locals. This is particularly true in the Northern Pacific, where July now competes with December for tourist popularity.
Cruising Costa Rica on M/Y DRIFTWOOD
The 55m DRIFTWOOD yacht is the ideal vessel for luxury Costa Rica vacations. The yacht carries everything you need for an unforgettable charter, including a wealth of water toys, a 19m tender and incredible entertainment spaces including an alfresco cinema, large Jacuzzi pool, and firepits on deck.
With accommodation for 12 guests in five staterooms, including a spectacular master with drop-down balcony, DRIFTWOOD features a light and airy beach house interior, with huge sliding doors and windows flooding the yacht with views of sea and sky. Imagine waking up everyday to incredible views of this ever-changing landscape, accompanied by your closest friends or family members, with the whole of Costa Rica at your fingertips.
A World of Possibility
Luxury Costa Rica vacations are best by yacht, allowing you to explore the coast and indulge as you please. Yet Costa Rica is only the beginning. If you’re seeking other exotic destinations in the region, then a Cuba yacht charter is another thrilling option, offering exquisite beaches and a rich cultural scene. Talk to a yacht broker for one-of-a-kind experiences chartering a yacht in Central or South America, or book to discover Costa Rica in a whole new light – it’ll be an adventure you’ll never forget.