Playa Mansita at Hacienda Pinilla

Hacienda Pinilla, Costa Rica is the kind of place that will not just satisfy but will truly delight your entire family

Choosing your next family vacation destination is always a challenge. There are priorities to balance and travel logistics to consider. There are different interests and, often, activity levels to think about. If you’re traveling with young kids, there are naptimes and safety to account for; with grandparents, there may be mobility and other considerations. And with every family, there are varying priorities, bucket lists, and desires at play.

Hacienda Pinilla, Costa Rica may be your ideal, have-it-all, everyone’s-happy solution.

5 Reasons Families Love Hacienda Pinilla, Costa Rica

One of the biggest hurdles to a family vacation – especially a multi-generational vacation or a family reunion, when many guests are involved – is trying to please everyone. We all know it’s impossible. Or is it?

Enter Hacienda Pinilla, Costa Rica, a community that might just fit everyone’s bill. Seriously. Here’s why:

  1. The Hacienda Pinilla Beach Club

resort amenities at Hacienda Pinilla, Guanacaste

Let’s start with the Hacienda Pinilla Beach Club. Here, you’ll have access to:

  • An 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. The Beach Club’s international restaurant serves fresh seafood, gourmet meals, and other plates to please your palate.
  • Fitness Center: It’s a workout with a view! The Beach Club’s oceanfront fitness center offers a window onto the Pacific’s crashing waves, daring surfers, and changing tides.  

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  1. The Surf

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 founded as a surf resort, Hacienda Pinilla is undoubtedly home to some of the best surf in Guanacaste (seven of them, in fact!). Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned surfer, you’ll find the breaks, barrels, and sandy ocean floors to meet your experience level and adventure quotient.

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  1. Championship Golf

Hacienda Pinilla Golf

We know – not everyone is a golfer. But if there are golfers in your family, here’s a chance to make their day and their vacations.

Hacienda Pinilla’s 7,200-yard, 72-par golf course was designed around the country’s wild and natural wonders, earning it the designation of Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. What does that mean? Well, in addition to tee times as a family and ocean views as you put, you may also encounter sunning crocs and small wildcats on the course. It’s a jungle out there!

  1. Other Hacienda Pinilla, Costa Rica Amenities

tennis courts at Hacienda Pinilla Costa Rica

Hacienda Pinilla is an incredible community planned around beachfront living. And it was built for just this purpose: to enjoy the spectacular coastline and incredible natural wonders unique to this serene stretch of Costa Rica’s Gold Coast.

The bottom line: There is something here to not just please, but to wow everyone in your family:

  • Tennis Courts
  • Hiking & Biking Trails
  • Horseback Riding
  • Spa Services (Onsite JW Marriott)
  • Unlimited Beach Access (three beaches)

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  1. Wide Variety of Vacation Rental Homes

Also in Hacienda Pinilla’s favor? The sheer variety and breadth of the community’s vacation rentals, which accommodate everyone from small families to several generations.

What’s more, if you’re planning a family reunion, a big multigenerational trip, or just have a large family, Hacienda Pinilla can accommodate. Many of our homes, including those featured below, may be reserved in complement with several neighboring homes. Give everyone their private space, but stay close enough that you can really enjoy each other’s company.

For Large Family Gatherings: Casa Hamacas

6 Beds | 6 Baths | 20 Guests

Casa Hamacas villa rental at Hacienda Pinilla

An ideal choice for large or multi-generational families, newly remodeled Casa Hamacas is seemingly built for the sole purpose of relaxation: a private pool and oversized, thatched-roof outdoor living area, sun loungers, and an outdoor living room, all combined in a luxurious and spacious home ideally suited to families.

To please both parents and kids, Casa Hamacas is the height of tropical cool: Named for its breezy hammock garden and thatched outdoor living, it’s the kind of home that immediately sets a stage: You’re here to have fun. You’re here to make memories. You’re here to take the time to be a family. Because, amidst work commutes and busy school schedules, it’s the simple times together that we so often miss.

Casa Hamacas is well outfitted for all your family’s needs, from the six spacious bedrooms and six bathrooms to the gourmet-ready kitchen and outdoor grill. Guests will also have executive access to the Hacienda Pinilla Beach Club ($10/day, consumable) and its oceanview international restaurant, beachfront infinity pool, and fully-equipped fitness center, as well as Hacienda Pinilla’s other community amenities.

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For the Family Who Plays Together: Casa Bonita Beach

6 Beds | 6 Baths | 19 Guests

Casa Bonita Beach Tamarindo vacation rental with waterslide

There’s something really special about having your own waterside, even more so when it’s accompanied by fully equipped outdoor dining, an independent (with ramp) apartment, and a mere 600-meter walk to a secluded beach. Because there’s definitely something special about this place.

Welcome to Casa Bonita Beach, our go-to perfect spot for families who can’t wait to play all day. And yet, this upscale home is so much more than just an outdoor playground: It’s a true beach retreat, just a quick 7-minute walk to the sand. It’s accessibility, because whether you’re traveling with grandparents or a wheelchair user, everyone deserves ease of travel and total comfort. It’s the ability to grab your surfboard and go, whenever the mood strikes.

It’s knowing that if you just get everyone in the door, you’ll have the best family vacation ever. Because here, your vacation home is half the fun. It’s water-sliding and poolside grilling, it’s oceanfront dinners at the Beach Club and sunset strolls on the beach. It’s whatever your family makes of it, and that? Well, that’s everything.

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For a Family Escape: Casa Savanna

4 Beds | 4 Baths | 13 Guests

Casa Savanna Hacienda Pinilla Costa Rica

Sometimes, a family vacation isn’t about doing everything on the agenda but rather, doing almost nothing at all. In our busy world, surrounded by the hustle and bustle of daily life and packed-to-the-gills schedules, vacation can be a time for escape – for reading books by the poolside and taking time to prepare a meal together, for long conversations and morning coffee on the terrace.

This is Casa Savanna, an elevated vacation home that values your family’s privacy. Because here, within these meticulously designed four walls, this lovely home delivers ample social areas paired with four independent bedroom-bathroom suites: spaces carved out for your time together and your solo time to recharge.

Outdoors, Casa Savanna’s focal point sparkles – literally! Families love the gorgeous private pool, bordered by lounge chairs and bathed in sun. Just adjacent: shaded terraces and an outdoor grill, to whip up a feast as you relax, swim, and spend sun-dappled afternoons ensconced within your own private paradise.

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For Small Family Getaways: Casa Palma

3 Beds | 3 Baths | 11 Guests

Casa Palma for Costa Rica last minute travel

Small families don’t always have the chance to enjoy big amenities. Enter Casa Palma, a cozy and upscale family vacation rental that goes big on comfort, convenience and, yes, amenities.

A delightful and intimate home, Casa Palma offers three bedrooms, each with its own private bath. Gather together in the comfortable living room and around the spectacular live-edge, tree-slice dining table, then head outdoors and into the reason you’re here: a private courtyard, swimming pool, and poolside patio, where the sun streams down and a tropical setting surrounds. The palms sway, the breeze whispers, and your catch of the day sizzles on the grill.

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Reserve a 5-Star Family Experience at Hacienda Pinilla, Costa Rica

Need help planning that just-right family vacation?

When you reserve your Hacienda Pinilla vacation home with us, you gain access to our full concierge services. When you book, we’ll get in touch to help you plan all the details of your stay. Whether you just need help arranging transportation or would like a full itinerary – everything from your airport shuttle to a full trip’s worth of activities, private chef services, and golf cart rental – we’re happy to help.