Combine the mantra of Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica, “Vacation like a star,” with the state of being this traveler-friendly nation exudes, pura vida, and you have a unique combination. From a wakeup call of birds and howler monkeys to the pulsating rhythms of nightly entertainment, there is a multitude of activities to partake in.

Planet Hollywood Beach Resort is the first themed all-inclusive resort in the country, and one of only a few resorts set on the Pacific coast of Papagoya Peninsula in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica, located in Central America, nestled between Nicaragua and Panama, and bordered on the east by the Caribbean Sea and the west by the Pacific Ocean.

A priority is the conservation of its natural resources, and one of the ways that is accomplished is through its creation of abundant national parks.

Horseback riding on a secluded beach; hiking through the lush rainforest; white-water rafting and surfing; getting up close to birds, monkeys, sloth, and other wildlife; and above all, enjoying the diverse culture and hospitality of the Ticos are all highlights. The country also offers world-class eco-tourism and adventure travel.

Authentic Hollywood memorabilia and themed experiences are featured at this 294-luxury suite resort set in 17 villas that include handcrafted custom mattresses, a PH Spa & Beauty Bar, Pumped Fitness Center, Stars Kids Club, and poolside cabanas. Incredibly picturesque, the resort is built into a hillside overlooking a pristine beach.

There are six a la carte restaurants and an international buffet that includes So Cal Gourmet Food Emporium, East Sushi & Teppanyaki Bar, Sunset Strip Steakhouse & Grill, Blue Star Tex-Mex Cantina, Gusto Italian Trattoria, Overtime Bar & Grill, and Guy Fieri’s Burger Joint.

The resort’s Star Class elevates one’s experience even more with a personal agent who will handle every request. Star Class also includes complimentary access to the hydrotherapy pool set in the resort’s impressive spa.

Beyond the Property
A popular excursion from Planet Hollywood Beach Resort with the help of its onsite tour company, Nexus Tours, is the Diamante Eco Adventure Park that enthralls with a zipline course, an animal sanctuary, and botanical garden with a recreation of a typical 100-year-old farmhouse that offers hands-on experiences featuring the country’s most valuable resources: coffee, chocolate, and sugar cane. Flying over the treetops on a Superwoman zipline here is an experience I will never forget.

Diamante zip lining
Ziplining at Diamante Eco Adventure Park.

This oceanfront adventure park is also home to Hammock Beach for paddle boarding, snorkeling, kayaking, s­­­plashing in the waves, or relaxing in hanging chairs and hammocks.

Living the Pura Vida Life
With an extensive offering of activities each day some choose not to leave Planet Hollywood Beach Resort, and as I watched throngs of vacationers frolic in the foam being shot into the pool Saturday afternoon, I could understand why.

That’s what makes this resort so unique—adventure, partying, relaxing, socializing, dining, and shopping, are all options. Combine that with the spirit of pura vida, and you have a getaway that will not be forgotten.

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