Exclusive Island Beach

It started with a dream – the El Castillo staff were captivated with the idea of providing a private island beach experience for hotel guests. Today it is a reality – Garza Island beach is a short five minute boat ride to an undeveloped tropical island directly across from El Castillo. Complete with lounge chairs, a makeshift bamboo shelter for cooking and shade, and hammocks – the perfect combination for a perfect day.

Guests are transported across to the island in a quaint Costa Rican awning-covered boat. The five minute ride affords a beautiful view of the lush mountains. There is no schedule, you choose when you want to go – your time on the island is approximately three hours.

Upon arrival you will experience a five minute walk across the island to the beach. While your guide prepares your meal, you can relax and take in the view. You might encounter Scarlet Macaws as they are a common site on the island – they love the almond trees.

Once settled in, you may choose a walk down the untouched sandy beach and admire the sand dollars that have washed up to shore. You can take a refreshing dip in the sandy bottomed Pacific – the waves are wonderful and the water is warm – typically 29 C/84 F. Your guide is available to wait on you with drinks and whatever you need for the entire stay. Just say the word when you get hungry and your guide will serve fresh chicken, fish, or shrimp prepared over an open fire. After a mouth-watering lunch, a snooze in a hammock is highly recommended. When you have your fill of the sun you can leave at any time you would like – head back to the mainland – and enjoy a dip in the Castillo infinity pool or relax in the Jacuzzi on the private guest deck. A perfect day in paradise.

Note: The El Castillo Exclusive Island Beach excursion is available every day from December through April. Call for availability during the Green Season of May through November.

Activity Details

$ 85 per person
  • Water taxi
  • Chicken, shrimp, or fish grilled lunch
  • Three hours on the island
  • A friendly guide
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