Isla Chiquita, a Glamping experience

Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

This property is an experience in itself, it was the first of its kind in Costa Rica however today there are several Glamping accommodations throughout the country. With 15 tents and a new Master Suite on the island, you and your family will enjoy a true Robinson Crusoe experience.  Honeymooner’s will feel like it’s their own private paradise with lots of nooks and crannies to snuggle and plan your future.

The adventure begins with a 2 hour ferry ride from the Puntarenas station. It’s about an hour from San Jose, easily accessible from Arenal as well. I’d suggest combining it with a cloud forest or volcano stop. The ferry allows vehicles so self-drive trips are even more of an adventure, it’s a first-come, first confirmed system so getting to the ferry station early is highly recommended especially during High/Peak season travel dates.

Upon arrival in Paquera, Isla Chiquita meets you and leads you to where you can park your car or they walk you to the beach. You board a small motor boat and are transferred to the Private island where you are met with a cool cloth and savory beverage.

The tents are all king bedded with a full size daybed, accommodating 3 people comfortably. The Master Suite has an additional daybed for larger families. Each is equipped with electricity, ceiling fan, full private bathroom, and mini-fridge. They all have huge covered, wooden platforms that offering seating and breathtaking views. The sunsets are spectacular.

There is a bar and restaurant with delicious local food, specialty of course is seafood freshly caught in the waters surrounding the island.

Activities on the island are predominantly water based; Artisanal fishing, sport fishing, kayaking, Stand-up paddle boarding, beach & island hopping. But the highlight of your stay (as long as it’s NOT a full moon) will be the Bioluminescent tour. If you’ve never seen this phenomenon before you will be in awe, I could not get enough pictures and some actually did them justice.

Other activities include hiking at Curu BioReserve & a snorkeling at Isla Tortuga.

RECOMMENDED STAY:  3 nights, but you could do 2 nights if time is limited. 1 night will leaving you wishing you had stayed at least one more night.

COMBINE WITH:             Ideally, Arenal Volcano and then continue on to the beautiful beaches of Mal Pais and/or Santa Teresa. It’s an easy drive if self-driving is your thing. Flying home from San Jose or Liberia are easy depending on where you go from here.

Whatever you do, I guarantee it will be hard to leave!