It started with a dream. Scott Dinsmore, El Castillo General Manager, was captivated with the idea of providing a private-island beach experience for hotel guests. Today, it is a reality. The El Castillo island beach is a short five-minute boat ride to an undeveloped tropical island directly across from El Castillo. A rustic experience, complete with lounge chairs, a makeshift bamboo shelter for cooking and shade, a bathroom, and hammocks, is the perfect combination for a perfect day.

Guests are transported across to the island in a quaint Costa Rican awning-covered boat along with a staff member from El Castillo. The five-minute ride affords a beautiful view of the lush mountains. There is no schedule—you choose when you want to go—and your time on the island lasts approximately three hours.

Upon arrival, you will experience a five-minute walk across the island to the beach. While your El Castillo host prepares your complimentary island cocktails, you can relax and take in the view. You might encounter scarlet macaws as they are common on the island—they love the almond trees.

Once settled in, you may choose to walk down the untouched sandy beach and maybe pick up a few sand dollars along the way. You can take a refreshing dip in the sandy-bottomed Pacific. The waves are wonderful and the water is warm—typically 29° C/84° F. Your El Castillo host is available to wait on you with drinks and whatever you need for the entire stay. Just say the word when you get hungry and your host will grill freshly prepared kebabs over an open driftwood fire. After a mouth-watering lunch, a snooze in a hammock is highly recommended. When you have your fill of the sun you can leave at any time you would like. Head back to the mainland and enjoy a dip in the El Castillo infinity pool or relax in the Jacuzzi on the private guest deck. A perfect day in paradise.

$85 per person – Water taxi, boat captain, island cocktail upon arrival*, multiple-course lunch, at least three hours on the island, and a friendly El Castillo staff member included

Note: The El Castillo Exclusive Island Beach excursion is available every day from December through April. Ask for availability during May through November.

*Additional beverages available for purchase