Costa Rica is one of 35 total destinations selected to BEST IN WORLD List

Mar 26, 2021

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I absolutely love this country and its people … … An OASIS of Peaceful Perfection.

So you want to escape? Imagine a country that’s one-quarter national park, a place where you could hike in a rainforest in the morning and surf tropical waves in the afternoon. Imagine an adventure Eden where sustainability was a strategy long before the world caught on, where jaguars prowl in the jungle, harpy eagles fly and Jesus Christ lizards walk on water before your eyes.

That country is Costa Rica

The joy of travel comes from the unexpected. And while the pandemic was just that, bringing journeys to a standstill, it’s certainly not quieted our curiosity. With the new year comes the promise of a return to travel, and we’re eager to get going. The world is full of wonders — even if they’re hard to reach right now — so take this time to plot and plan your next journey and lay the foundation for that much-dreamed-about big trip.

This list was compiled in collaboration with National Geographic Traveller (UK)’s colleagues at National Geographic and the 16 local language editions of National Geographic Traveler, which serve millions of readers across their magazines and websites around the world.

One place I visited, La Ecovilla had me fall in love … Casa 30 is a luxury, boutique, custom built 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home with chef’s custom kitchen that includes breathtaking exterior garden views from everywhere in the home. A separate coach house with three bodegas and staff quarters sits on this property which is nestled among a bird and wildlife sanctuary located inside a pioneering ecological village. Backing onto the pristine River Machuca (incredible river for hiking and meditation), in the rolling mountains of the breathtaking central valley of San Mateo, Costa Rica.

Price: $1.1 Million USD

This exclusive property is in an ideal geographic position in Costa Rica, 40 minutes from San Juan International airport in San Jose, 30 minutes from the beach on the pacific coast, 40 minutes from CIMA (the best hospital in the country) and 40 minutes from one of the top-rated golf courses Las Iguanas at the Los Suenos Marriot Hotel. Orotina, which has grocery stores, pharmacies, Private Doctors clinics, etc. is just 10 minutes away.

I had a chance to personally experience this modern, ecological property located inside La Ecovilla, a world class permaculture development; this sanctuary is nestled in the tropical rain forests of central Costa Rica. The breathtaking, access to the pristine waters of the river are a divine space to disconnect from modern urban life and connect with nature to nurture the body, mind and spirit.

Built in the incredible ecologically-planned community La Ecovilla in San Mateo, Costa Rica (Featured in the new Netflix documentary series)

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