The Best Rural Escapes in Costa Rica Guaranteed to Revitalize Your Soul
The best in immersive and revitalizing experiences – Costa Rica’s best rural escapes combine escapism and authenticity to create unforgettable journeys.
Being such a world-leading eco-tourism destination, it’s no surprise that Costa Rica is revered for its incredible array of honeymoon luxury eco-lodges (check our favorites, right here), jungle lodges (here’s where to get your wild on), and wellness retreats (these are awesome). Yet sometimes, planning an experience that’s a little different than the norm can have immensely revitalizing effects on your mind, body and soul.
You see, there is a side to Costa Rica not many visitors ever get to experience – the off-the-beaten-path rural hideaways that showcase the authentic side of Tico life, well away from the hectic pace of more touristed sites.
The best Costa Rica rural escapes offer priceless escapism, relaxation and insight, combining accommodation options with working farm experiences. These are the stays that are guaranteed to revitalize your soul!
Finca Rosa Blanca – Working coffee farm & stay near San Jose
A short distance from Costa Rica’s capital but a universe away from its hectic pace, Finca Rosa Blanca offers a convenient and idyllic rural escape. This family-owned estate boasts oodles of charm, and the love and passion for the estate are clearly evident in the myriad little touches all over the boutique hotel. The art, murals, furnishings and amazing design of Finca Rosa are delightful, as is the infinity pool (oh yes!), in-house spa, organic vegetable and fruit gardens – not to mention those drop-dead gorgeous views.
This genial choice is just half an hour’s drive from San Jose International Airport so makes an excellent option for a rural indulgence after your Costa Rica adventure vacation. What a way to cement your memories!
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Finca Vocare – Authentic, laid-back agrotourism experiences in Alajuela
This rustic hacienda is one of Alajuela’s best-hidden gems and is perfect for those looking for an immersive and authentically Costa Rican rural experience. Here, you’ll see a bevy of wildlife just roaming about (we’re talking toucan, monkeys, anteaters, sloths) and can get your hands dirty with all manner of farm work, if you like. Vocare’s handy location means you have a few excellent national parks to explore nearby, yet most guests simply enjoy their time here, with their hosts, soaking up the authentic rural experiences – especially as there is so much to see and do in the property.
Don’t miss this back-to-basics treat and come learn more about sustainable farming and tourism from a couple of Tico legends!
Hacienda Guachipelin – A historic off-the-beaten-path experience near Rincon de la Vieja
Rincon de la Vieja is one of our favorite playgrounds because it’s off the usual tourist trail and is as wild and untamed as it gets. Well, nearby, is also a fabulous historical rural escape you ought to check out. Hacienda Guachipelin sits in the shadows of the Rincon de la Vieja volcano and is a stunning cattle ranch that’s been in operation for more than 100 years. Introducing guests to the stunning wilderness that surrounds them, the team at Guachipelin goes above and beyond to deliver unforgettable rural experiences.
From the Symbiosis Spa to the Adventure Centre, the extraordinary cuisine and myriad of activities, this exceptional Costa Rica rural escape is aiming to become the country’s #1 sustainable eco-tourism enterprise. As far we can see, given they have already earned three CST (Certification for Sustainable Tourism) nods, they are well on their way to realizing their dream. The service at this dreamy rural gem is impeccable and value-for-money, in this less-developed corner of our country, really quite impressive.
If it’s farm-to-table cuisine, a sublime setting, authentic experiences and indulgent treats you’re after…you’ll find them all here!
Finca Sermide Agroturismo – For a charming and contemplative escape in Cartago
If you’re planning an active adventure vacation in Costa Rica, you may be looking for a quieter place – a rural escape that offers an abundance of tranquility and not too many activities (so you don’t feel like you actually have to do stuff. Finca Sermide is the place for you!
Imagine starting your day rocking on a hand-carved chair on your private terrace, overlooking endless horizons of luscious green – a cup of organic coffee in hand and the chirping of birds as company. This sums up Sermide in a nutshell – a quiet and contemplative place to unwind and get away from it all – quite ideal for that post-adventure stint of R&R.
Are you looking for a very, very special splurge?
This might do the trick…
Hacienda AltaGracia – Costa Rica’s Most Luxurious Eco-Rural Escape
Set to finally re-open in mid-November, 2021, Costa Rica’s most deluxe hacienda is a sight to behold. Part of the Auberge Collection of Hotels, AltaGracia is absolutely jaw-dropping – this eco-sustainable resort is set on 180 acres of pristine rain forest and encompasses a working coffee farm. It also boasts its own wellness spa and hiking trails and offers an array of wonderful rural experiences like cheese-making workshops, farm tours, wildlife-watching guided trips and cultural encounters.
It even offers horseback riding excursions and horse therapy! This might not be a cheap stay but we know it’ll probably hit the bucket list of many travelers who are looking for the ultimate rural escape in Costa Rica. The nightly rate includes everything (except alcoholic drinks) so it’s a sweet deal if you take advantage of all the offerings for a couple of indulgent days. Whatever the case, Travel and Leisure calls it a ‘once in a lifetime experience for 2022’ so you know it will make for a truly unforgettable experience.
Costa Rica is a marvelous country that’s revered for its outdoor adventures in unspoiled wilderness and endless miles of glorious beaches. Exploring the hinterland and enjoying a few days’ stay in a rural finca is a wonderful addition to any adventure-filled itinerary. Costa Rica’s best rural escapes offer experiences for every discerning traveler, no matter the budget.
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