what to do in Hacienda Pinilla, Guanacaste

Planning a stay in Hacienda Pinilla, Guanacaste and wondering what to do? Or, even more precisely, what you should do? What activities and things to do cannot be missed?

The answer is complicated. Or, more precisely, personal. Because what we’d recommend to one guest is not the same as what we’d recommend to another. What do you love to do? Yes, you – personal.

What kinds of experiences become the ones you remember forever? Because, for some, it’s teeing up for oceanside golf and for others, it’s hiking into the wilds and happening upon a troop of monkeys or a pandemonium (real term!) of wild parrots…

The best way to narrow down your list is to get in touch. Our expert Hacienda Pinilla concierge will fill you in on all the details of the community and its surrounds, and will help match your interests and bucket list with the best-of-the-best in the area. But until then, here are a few of our favorite things to do at Hacienda Pinilla, Guanacaste:

  1. Championship Golf

Hacienda Pinilla Golf

Welcoming you to up to 7,200 yards of play, Hacienda Pinilla’s par-72 championship golf course is both a scenic and challenging course, as well as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

This is the kind of course where crocs can constitute a natural trap and small wildcats have been spotted roaming – an environmental marvel designed around, not in spite of its natural terrain and ecological balance. And did we mention? You’ll enjoy ocean, mountain, and savanna views as you swing, drive, and putt!

Prices (as of mid-2022): 

  • 18 Holes: $125-$150
  • 9 Holes: $60-$75
  • Twilight Rate (after 1 p.m.): $90
  • Super Twilight Rate (after 3 p.m.): $75
  • Replay Fee: $30
  • Rental Clubs: $40 for 18 holes and $25 for 9 holes; $10 Juniors
  • Golf Instruction: $55 half-hour / $100 per hour

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  1. Beach-Hopping

Sugar Beach near Hacienda Pinilla

Hacienda Pinilla’s spectacular beaches include Langosta, Mansita, and Avellanas.

Chances are good that the sun, sand, and sea are a large part of what brings you to Costa Rica. At Hacienda Pinilla, Guanacaste, the beaches spectacularly deliver on all three.

The community houses miles of pristine coast, including three Blue Flag beaches ideal for strolling, swimming, surfing, and snorkeling. Here’s where:

  • Playa Avellanas: Often tagged as one of the top ten beaches in Central America, Playa Avellanas delivers with soft sands, clear waters, and “little Hawaii,” one of Costa Rica’s most tried-and-true, epic surf swell. Waves can reach 18 feet!
  • Playa Langosta: Wildly striking, the tree-lined sands, rocky outcroppings, and tide pools of Playa Langosta comprise a rare gem that many consider to be one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Latin America.
  • Playa Mansita: Best known for its scenic landscapes, Playa Mansita is a perfect place to relax, especially at low tide. It’s then that the beach’s rocky outcroppings reveal both themselves and their wide world of resident sea life.

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  1. Mountain Biking

mountain biking trails at Hacienda Pinilla, GuanacasteIf you wanted, you could spend an entire day (or an entire week!) exploring Hacienda Pinilla’s mountain biking trails. They climb into the mountains and hug the coastline, wend through the interior and summit scenic lookouts.

The community’s mountain biking trails measure over 45 kms (28 miles) of scenic sights, including the Pacific Ocean, cattle country, and Costa Rican backgrounds. Explore an astonishingly beautiful and secluded side of the country that few – and even fewer tourists – rarely experience! 

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Stay Here: Villa del Bosque

Hacienda Pinilla | 4 Beds | 4 Baths | 12 Guests

Villa del Bosque at Hacienda Pinilla, Guanacaste

Named for the tropical jungle that surrounds, Villa del Bosque, or Forest House, is a beach-inspired, modern home. Its sleek design and contemporary style both complement and accentuate its surrounds: lush gardens, palm-thatched outdoor living, and towering trees.

Villa del Bosque is the kind of home that invites you to take a deep breath and simply enjoy. To slow down and embrace the moment. And to remember why you’re here: for blue skies and fluorescent sunsets, for streaming sunshine and fresh ocean breezes.

Do it while lounging at your private pool, complete with a waterfall feature. Or while preparing a meal on the poolside grill or in the gourmet, chef-ready kitchen. Or as you luxuriate on the sun loungers and find respite in the covered poolside rancho. Because here, your vacation is whatever you want it to be.

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  1. Tennis

people playing tennis in tropics

Surrounded by palms and close to the beach, Hacienda Pinilla’s tennis courts are the kind of place where you can get a match in the morning and then head out for a beach afternoon

If you could write the perfect setting for tropical tennis, it would look a lot like Hacienda Pinilla, Guanacaste. The community’s two courts reside beneath the shade of towering royal palms, just a short walk to the Pacific and beach.

Looking to improve your swing? You’ll appreciate that Hacienda Pinilla employs an on-site tennis pro and offers private lessonssemi-private lessonsgroup lessonsmonthly doubles socials, kids programs, camps, and more. Racquet rentals available.

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  1. Hiking

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

Remember those 45 kms (28 miles) of mountain biking trails? Most are accessible (and safe) for the hikers among you, too!

Lace up your hiking boots or trail sneakers and head out into Hacienda Pinilla’s least-explored backcountry. You’ll discover an entire world of flora and fauna, sights and sounds, corners and vistas that you could never see otherwise. Be sure to carry plenty of water, snacks, and extra sunblock!

Stay Here: Casa Samba

Hacienda Pinilla – Almendros | 8 Beds | 6 Baths | 18 Guests

Casa Samba Hacienda Pinilla vacation rental for framily friends

A hidden gem surrounded by a dream-worthy jungle setting, Casa Samba is a one-of-a-kind, idyllic, and tropical vacation home.

Located within the Almendros residential community – the most exclusive in Hacienda Pinilla, Guanacaste – this Balinese-inspired home delivers 8 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms that accommodate up to 18 guests comfortably. In other words, this is that perfect home for family reunions, friend vacations, and other large group retreats. (Bonus: There are two master bedrooms!)

You’ll all love Casa Samba’s outdoor living area, which centers around lush gardens and a tranquil infinity pool, plus shaded seating, a grill station, and sun loungers. When you’re not outside, you’ll be inside, cooking up a feast in the gourmet kitchen, spending time together in the media room, or just chatting and making memories in the spacious, boho-chic living room.

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  1. Surfing

surfing at Hacienda Pinilla Costa Rica

While Hacienda Pinilla doesn’t officially bill itself as a surfing community, surfing is definitely a huge part of this community. Home to some of the best surfing beaches in Costa Rica and the world, Hacienda Pinilla and its surrounds offer incredible opportunities for everyone from beginner to expert surfers.

On-property action is focused at Avellanas and Langosta beaches, where you’ll find hollow wavesright and left point brakes, and strong curls. Not ready to go it alone? We can arrange for privatesemi-private, or group surf lessons, appropriate for all ages and skill levels.

  1. Casual & Fine Dining

Lolas Restaurant Playa Avellanas

True luxury resides in quality of service – in attention to detail, unwavering insistence on high standards, and dedication to you, our guests.

If you’re an enthusiastic foodie, then you’ll be delighted to know that Hacienda Pinilla and Playa Avellanas promise a veritable smorgasbord of casual and fine dining options.

Because, when you travel, you derive great joy and pleasure from sampling new cuisines and savoring new interpretations from the chef. Hacienda Pinilla’s dining options don’t disappoint with a wide range of restaurants, both casual and fine dining, located within the resort and nearby. Explore our updated 2022 list of Hacienda Pinilla & Playa Avellanas restaurants.

Concierge Services at Hacienda Pinilla, Guanacaste

When you reserve your Hacienda Pinilla vacation home with us, you gain access to our full concierge services.

When you book with us, we’ll get in touch to help you plan all the details of your stay. Our job is to get to know you, so we can help you plan the trip of your dreams. 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.

Even better, our concierge services are always free. So, why wait? Get in touch and let’s get started!