Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Isla Chiquita: Glamping in Costa Rica

Isla Chiquita in Costa Rica promises to hit the mark with travelers looking to get off the beaten path!

If you are like us, you’re always searching for the newest experiences and destinations – especially true in places we know and love! We’re here to unveil an exciting new development in Costa Rica. Welcome to Isla Chiquita! Owned and operated by the Zurcher Family, local Ticos, this private family island turned glamping resort hits on the growing ‘glamorous camping’ trend in the industry – in unique style!

Recently two Costa Rica Sun Tours staff visited Isla Chiquita. Jose Carlos Brenes, International Sales Supervisor and John Aspinall, Owner of Costa Rica Sun Tours returned from two separate trips raving about their experiences, claiming it has unique style and “the simplicity of down-to-earth happiness”, according to Jose. Isla Chiquita, located on Jesuita Island on the Gulf of Nicoya, “combines the thrill of the outdoors without sacrificing the comfort of a traditional resort.”

The tents will feel like home to safari enthusiasts, very comfortable and spacious, with en-suite bathrooms. Most of the 15 tents are scattered on a hillside facing the ocean and forest and positioned to take full advantage of the sea breeze. King sized beds, day bed on the deck, mini-fridge, ceiling fans inside and on the covered deck, and reliable solar power add to the comfort of your stay.

The food at the, they say: “superb!” Always a la carte with daily fresh caught fish featured on the menu. Lunch at Harry’s Bar (named after the owner), and dinner at Tia Nora’s (named after the mother of the owner and one of Costa Rica’s most beloved sport fishing pioneers) on the open deck with ocean views was relaxing and welcoming and included delicious fresh ceviche, fish tacos, and whole red snapper! They add that the service here is excellent – from the bartenders, porters, and receptionists, to the local general manager, Jeison (who as chance would have it, worked for Costa Rica Sun Tours for 10 years!).

Activities include paddle boarding and sea kayaking (complimentary for guests). In addition, they suggest Curu Nature Reserve for a hike and boating to nearby island and beaches, great to see dolphins (and whales in season!). We’re also told that the fishing is excellent! For those looking for a more relaxed pace, try a hammock, ideally placed facing the ocean among the palm trees.

Isla Chiquita is currently accessed by ferry from Puntarenas across the Gulf of Nicoya and a small boat transit then to the island or guests may opt to fly in to Tambor on the Nicoya Peninsula and do a 40 min land transfer. Alternatively and certainly most direct, a private boat transfer (35 mins) is available at a cost of appx $300 one way - ideal for small groups! There are many ways in which to incorporate this property into your guests’ itineraries. One suggestion from Jose is as follows:

“I appreciate the fact that Isla Jesusita had been privately used as a family vacation co'mpound and now it’s open to the public, so I embraced that, the warmth of its owners and staff and pride as well, to open this paradise to us. That itself is a privilege....

I think it should be combined with some of our culture and traditions of the central valley at Chayote Lodge, then two nights at Isla Chiquita and then end up in the Nicoya Peninsula, in a gorgeous beach like Quizales, at the Tango Mar Resort. I love Tango Mar, is one of the very few spots in the country that I consider beach front, premier beach front…..all you hear and see is ocean….since the access is only the property itself, then it makes it more private.”

If you are interested in learning more about how to incorporate Isla Chiquita into your Costa Rica itinerary, please contact us! We’d love to send you a proposed itinerary with more detail!

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