Playa Mansita at Hacienda Pinilla

This could be you, right here, finally on that much-awaited, highly anticipated family trip to Costa Rica…

The tropics are the kind of place where the world comes to relax and unwind – to play in the sun and luxuriate by the pool, to get in a round of golf before you surf to the backdrop of fluorescent sunset. Your family trip to Costa Rica can be all this, and so much more…

Welcome to the wilds and the luxuries of Hacienda Pinilla. Here, the good things in life stand together, not in opposition: A private resort experience paired with the remote landscapes of Costa Rica, an eco-friendly golf course just a hop, skip, and a jump to rugged country trails and a luxurious Beach Club. It’s everything you hope and more than you dreamed. And we can’t wait to welcome your family.

Relax: The Hacienda Pinilla Beach Club

Hacienda Pinilla resort community in Costa Rica

The crown jewel of Hacienda Pinilla, its luxurious Beach Club sits front and center of Playa Avellanas, one of the most spectacular beaches in Costa Rica. You’ll have exclusive beachfront access, plus:

  • Oceanfront Swimming Pool: One of the most incredible resort pools in Costa Rica, Hacienda Pinilla’s beachfront, infinity-edge pool serves as the Beach Club’s focal point.
  • Beachfront Bar and Restaurant: There’s no better pairing to an oceanfront resort pool than an oceanfront resort pool with its own restaurant and bar, serving the freshest seafood, gourmet flavors, and other plates to please your palate.
  • Fitness Center: It’s a workout with a view – the ultimate in Costa Rica luxury, if you don’t mind a side of sea breeze with your hard-earned elevated heart rate. The Beach Club’s new second-floor, oceanfront fitness center offers a window onto the Pacific’s crashing waves, daring surfers, and changing tides. 

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Play: Hacienda Pinilla Golf

Hacienda Pinilla Golf

Hacienda Pinilla’s 72-par golf course was designed around the country’s wild and natural wonders, earning it the designation of Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary

The family that golfs together, makes memories together! And where better to make those memories than at Hacienda Pinilla’s 72-par golf course, designed around the country’s wild landscapes and natural wonders? Let’s just say that the not-quite-so-urban-legends of sunning crocs and small wildcats are not just rumors…

Unrolling over once-farmland, this spectacular and eco-friendly golf course – designated an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, in recognition of its ecological balance and respect for nature – offers 7,200 yards of oceanside and ocean-view greens that dip and curve around Guanacaste’s natural slopes and beachy landscapes.


  • For guests not staying in Hacienda Pinilla: $125/18 holes.
  • For guests staying in Hacienda Pinilla: $105/18 holes.
  • After 1:00pm, the price is $90 for everybody.
  • It includes access to the golf course, 18 holes and a golf cart.
  • Golf sticks rental price: $40 for 18 holes and $25 for 9 holes.
  • Customer service hours are from Monday to Sunday and from 7:00am to 6:00pm 

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Stay: Villa Tranquila

8 Beds | 10 Baths | 32 Guests

Villa Tranquila for family trip to Costa Rica Hacienda Pinilla

When discussing your family trip to Costa Rica, did the words “fabulous mansion” and “unparalleled vacation experience” enter the conversation? If so, then welcome to Villa Tranquila.

Named for how you’ll feel while here – tranquila is Spanish for tranquil or serene – this luxurious vacation home is truly next level: Not only palatial, it’s also warm and welcoming, with tropical gardens, local hardwoods, and streaming natural light throughout. Here, you’ll wander because your heart is full of wonder. Every nook, every corner, every cranny seems to hold another something to discover.

While the interiors – eight bedroom suites, a gourmet kitchen, and breezy social spaces – are an absolute delight, this exquisite home undoubtedly focuses around what’s outside: A sprawling salt-water pool and a 1,500-square-foot rancho – a massive outdoor living area bathed in warm woods, comfortable sofas, and a dining area. You’ll love the Charbroil Medallion outdoor kitchen!

And, if all that weren’t enough to fuel your wanderlust and delight your family, Villa Tranquila also offers a full culinary staff, who prepare three daily meals (all-inclusive and prep-only options available). You’ll also be treated to daily housekeeping.

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Get Active: Tennis

tennis courts at Hacienda Pinilla Costa Rica

There’s nothing quite so vacation as playing a match of tennis surrounded by towering royal palms. Well, except for playing a match of tennis beneath the royal palms, and then walking down to the beach to take a dip immediately after!

Whether you’re in the mood for a friendly match or hoping to hone your skills – Hacienda Pinilla’s onsite tennis pro offers private lessonssemi-private lessonsgroup lessonsmonthly doubles socials, kids’ after-school programs, camps, and more – this is the perfect addition to your family trip to Costa Rica.

Family Bucket List: Surfing

surfing lesson at Hacienda Pinilla

Our recommended surfing lessons are perfect for beginners and advanced surfers alike. Get up on your board for the first time – or challenge yourself to waves so great, they’ve already taken on Hollywood!

While not originally conceived as a surf resort – or, at least, not only as a surf resort – Hacienda Pinilla unfurls against some of the best surfing beaches in Guanacaste. Whether you and your family are beginners or expertsinexperienced or supremely confident, you’ll find a break, a barrel, or a wave to suit everyone’s fancy and challenge all skills.

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Stay Here: Casa Costa Blanca

7 Beds | 7 Baths | 24 Guests

Casa Costa Blanca perfect for families in Costa Rica

Well, this is it – that incredibly special, once-in-a-lifetime kind of place that will have your family reminiscing for years.

Casa Costa Blanca, named for the white-sand coasts that make up its front yard, is a beachfront paradise infused with the energy of the sea. Wildly luxurious and located directly on the beach, this spectacular home is more than an escape or an indulgence; it’s easily one of the best places in Costa Rica for families.

This two-story villa nearly qualifies as its own resort: In addition to the amenities of Hacienda Pinilla, Casa Costa Blanca delivers an enormous private infinity pool, heated Jacuzzi, sun terrace, and barbecue rancho – a palm-thatched, tropical outdoor living area where you and yours will spend the bulk of your time. Swim to views of the sea, dine to crashing waves, and spend your evenings watching incredible sunsets melt into winking stars.

Indoors, all common and social spaces have ocean views (as do most of the bedrooms). Multigenerational families will love that there are two master suites and everyone will appreciate that there are two gourmet kitchens and two living rooms: set the kids up in one while the adults sit down to evening conversation in the other.

The cherry on top: Your rental includes daily housekeeping, and that means waking up to fresh coffee and a delicious local breakfast (included, every morning except Sundays). Just bring the groceries and we’ll do the rest!

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Take a Hike: Hacienda Pinilla’s Trails

Mountain Bike Rentals Hacienda Pinilla

Get out and onto Hacienda Pinilla’s extensive trail system, where you can hike and bike into the great outdoors

When planning a family trip to Costa Rica, chances are you’re planning a hike or a bike or an afternoon stroll (or ten). Welcome to Hacienda Pinilla’s extensive trail system, designed for all things hiking, biking, and the great outdoors.

Because this is Costa Rica and this is Guanacaste’s backroad, where a car can only get you so far. Entrust your experience to your own two feet, and hoof or pedal out onto the community’s groomed trails, where you’ll ascend to some of the most beautiful views and emerge into incredibly remote corners of Costa Rica: 45 kilometers (28 miles) of forest, coastline, and cattle – your everyday-of-vacation invitation to uncover the side of Guanacaste that so rarely see: the wildly secluded and astonishingly beautiful backroads, hills, and valleys of Costa Rica’s coastline.

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Stay Here: Casa Guayacan

4 Beds | 4 Baths | 11 Guests

Casa Guayacan family vacation rental in Costa Rica

Steps to the beach, Casa Guayacan is the perfect choice for your family trip to Costa Rica: Quiet, private, and outfitted with every comfort, this lovely home offers the luxury experience – including the luxury of morning strolls and sunsets sojourns down a secluded and pristine beach. If you’re lucky, you and your family will be the only souls in sight!

Back at your home-away-from-home, Casa Guayacan earns its reputation with smaller families: Exquisite indoor and outdoor living spaces unfold around the home’s centerpiece: a sparkling and private infinity pool, overlooking tropical Guanacaste forest and the lush greens of Hacienda Pinilla’s championship golf course. Even better, each of the four spacious bedroom suites open onto the outdoors, providing that wake-up-and-walk-out – out into the sun, onto the terrace, and even right into the pool – that you crave while on vacation.

Speaking of the open air and the great outdoors, your family can extend your hours beneath the Costa Rican sun, thanks to an outdoor grilling area so well equipped, that it’s almost an exterior kitchen. You need only go inside to sleep…

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Plan Your Family Trip to Costa Rica

Seeking a little planning know-how? Looking for a great deal? Can’t decide on which of our rentals in Tamarindo, Costa Rica is right for you?

Get in touch! We love to chat Tamarindo, getaways, and vacation rentals. We readily share our experiences and advice. And we promise, we’re friendly, to boot. We look forward to hearing from you.