Wednesday, April 26th, 2023

As a travel expert, I often get asked about off-the-beaten-path destinations that can provide a unique travel experience. Nestled in the picturesque Gulf of Nicoya, off the coast of Costa Rica, lies the stunning Isla Chiquita, a glamping experience unlike any other. 

With its lush green forests, serene beaches, and crystal clear waters, Isla Chiquita is the perfect tropical getaway for those seeking peace and relaxation. Boasting a thriving ecosystem and offering a myriad of exciting activities, this hidden gem of Central America is sure to leave a lasting impression on even the most well-traveled adventurers. Get ready to immerse yourself in nature while enjoying the comfort of luxurious tents. Welcome to Isla Chiquita, your dream glamping destination!

 Isla Chiquita's Gorgeous Waters And Jungles
Islal Chiquita with its lush green forests and crystal clear waters

Secluded Island Paradise

Isla Chiquita is a small island located in the Gulf of Nicoya, off the western coast of Costa Rica. The island is a part of the larger Puntarenas province and is accessible only by boat. This secluded and serene island is the ultimate destination for those who seek a peaceful getaway from the hustle and bustle of their everyday lives.

 Isla Chiquita Beach Side
Enjoy the serenity of early morning paddleboarding

Island Adventures

As the island is protected from the open ocean by the Nicoya Peninsula, the waters around Isla Chiquita are calm, making it the perfect spot for those who want to explore the sea without the worry of choppy conditions. The calm waters also make it ideal for many water-based activities like snorkeling, stand-up paddleboarding, and kayaking. One of my favorite tours that I have ever experienced was the early morning Kayak expedition around the island. It was the perfect way to connect with the ocean and give gratitude for the beauty of nature.

 Isla Chiquita Kayaking
Explore the islands on a majestic kayak expedition

The island’s biodiversity is also awe-inspiring, and visitors can easily spot diverse marine life like sea turtles, humpback whales, stingrays, and dolphins. The island boasts a thriving mangrove ecosystem, which is home to several species of birds and marine creatures. The island’s beauty is unrivaled with its beautiful island surroundings and spectacular ocean views. 

For those who want to learn more about the island’s abundant natural resources, guided tours with knowledgeable naturalist guides are available. These tours offer a wealth of fascinating information about the island’s biodiversity and ecological systems, providing visitors with a higher level of understanding and appreciation for this unique paradise. 

Located off the coast of Punta Islita, Isla Chiquita offers a plethora of exploration opportunities in the surrounding islands. One of the most popular tourist choices is the Guayabo Island Biological Reserve, which is situated only a short boat ride from Isla Chiquita. This stunning reserve spans over 840 acres and is home to numerous unique plant and wildlife species, including the largest population of brown pelicans in Costa Rica. Additionally, Tortuga Island is another popular destination that can be easily accessed from Isla Chiquita. This picturesque island boasts white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, and an array of activities like snorkeling, kayaking, and swimming with dolphins. Visitors can enjoy the island’s natural beauty and take advantage of the numerous activities available.

 Isla Chiquita Whale Watching Biodiversity
Behold the diverse marine life

One of the must-do activities while in Isla Chiquita is the bioluminescence tour. The tour offers a magical experience where the waters around the island light up with a bright blue glow, thanks to the microorganisms in the water. The tour takes place at night when it is pitch black, and the only light comes from the stars and the moon. The bioluminescence phenomenon is a rare and surreal experience that leaves visitors spellbound.

 Isla Chiquita Bioluminescent Water
The bioluminescence phenomenon is a rare and surreal experience

The island is also home to a thriving fishing community, and visitors to Isla Chiquita can experience local fishing traditions through guided tours. Alternatively, guests can also choose to take a stroll around the island and explore its hidden gems like the island’s organic garden or the charming and welcoming local village.

 Isla Chiquita Sport Fishing
Experience local fishing traditions

Luxury Glamping in Paradise

The glamping tents are designed with style and comfort in mind. They are fully furnished with cozy beds, sleek décor, and private decks that offer stunning vistas of the sunset over the Pacific Ocean. These glamping tents offer an additional luxurious feature – private plunge pools…talk about roughing it! 

In addition to these amenities, the tents are also equipped with ceiling fans and floor cooling units to ensure guests stay cool and comfortable throughout their stay. To further enhance the glamping experience, the tents are also fully screened-in, offering a bug-free environment while still allowing guests to enjoy the fresh ocean air. Overall, the glamping experience offered at these tents is a perfect blend of comfort, luxury, and nature.

Glamping In Paradise
Private plunge pools…talk about roughing it!

For those looking for the ultimate romantic getaway, the Master Sunset Suite is the perfect choice. The Master Sunset Suite boasts unparalleled 360-degree views of the Gulf of Nicoya and stunning sunsets of the Pacific Ocean. The suite opens onto a private deck with a Palapa terrace and a lavish plunge pool for a truly romantic setting. 

Isla Chiquita, Costa Rica, Glamping In Luxury
The Master suite with a private deck including a Palapa terrace and lavish plunge pool

Dining and Service

Apart from the exquisite glamping accommodations, Isla Chiquita provides 5-star service to its guests. Staff are on hand 24/7 to assist guests with whatever they need throughout their stay, making sure that all needs and wants are met. The restaurant serves an array of delicious freshly prepared dishes that are made using locally sourced ingredients, and guests can enjoy their meals al fresco, taking in the stunning blue ocean view or from the comfort of their private deck. Their food is fresh as fresh can be. Hands down some of the best meals I have ever had in Costa Rica!

Guests can dine al fresco by the pool, at the restaurant, or on their private deck, enjoying the unbeatable ocean views. The island offers visitors all the amenities of a typical resort, including spa services, private tours, and a fully stocked bar.

Isla Chiquita - Island Glamping Resort In Costa Rica
Enjoy your culinary delights with an ocean view

Sustainable Travel Destination

Another aspect of Isla Chiquita that sets it apart from similar destinations is its sustainability initiatives. The eco-tourism destination boasts sustainable infrastructure and a commitment to using renewable energy sources, rainwater harvesting, and composting. The resort has been awarded several eco-tourism certifications that underscore its dedication to sustainable tourism practices.

Isla Chiquita Paddleboarding And Watersports
An enchanting sunset over the mainland peninsula


Isla Chiquita Costa Rica represents an off-the-beaten-path secluded island destination that is ideal for travelers seeking a comfortable, peaceful, and relaxing vacation while enjoying the beauty and inspiration of unspoiled nature each and every day. With its stunning beaches, rich biodiversity, tranquil waters, and exceptional glamping experience, Isla Chiquita Glamping Hotel is undoubtedly a hidden gem that should be on any travel enthusiast’s bucket list.

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