Gated community living is incredibly popular here on Costa Rica’s North Pacific coast, for many reasons: In addition to the added security of 24/7 guarded access, these communities build in aesthetics – everything from underground utilities to architectural consistency – and lifestyle amenities that range from luxury beach clubs, hiking/biking trails, and paddle sport courts to championship golf courses, spas, and equestrian centers

Bottom line: You’ll have an embarrassment of choice, almost to an overwhelming degree. So, we thought we’d share a few of the communities that our agents have identified as being particularly popular right now – and why. Here are seven gated communities where sales are hot (mid-2024), from Playa Avellanas / Tamarindo north through Playa Danta. In no particular order:

1. Mar Vista (Playa Flamingo) 

 

Why It’s Hot: Mar Vista has a super-central location to Playa Flamingo and Playa Brasilito – both of which are hot spots for full-time residents seeking that ideal balance between amenities and a more tranquil lifestyle – and it’s particularly popular among families, thanks to its onsite La Paz School, the only I.B. private school in the area. It’s also close to the new $50M Flamingo Marina, shops, dining, and beautiful beaches.

~ Becky Clower

There are so many words to describe the gated community of Mar Vista, Costa Rica, but perhaps the one you’ll like best is simply, “home.” 

Situated on a scenic hilltop overlooking Pacific Ocean views, the new Flamingo Marina, and the spectacular sweep of Playa Flamingo, Playa Brasilito, and Conchal Bay, Mar Vista is a 750-acre community and an easy choice for anyone seeking an upscale lifestyle community that appeals to part- and full-time residents. 

This is sustainable luxury living, with an emphasis on both sustainability and luxury. Here, you can enjoy night-lit tennis courts and a community Clubhouse, a resort infinity pool and in-community fine dining, an onsite international school and groomed hiking and biking trails – all, while knowing that your chosen home encourages the lowest possible carbon footprint. 

Mar Vista Community Amenities:

  • 24/7 Gated Security
  • Lighted Clay Tennis Court
  • Top-of-the-Line Fitness Center (New 2019)
  • 4-km Trail System
  • On-site Restaurant
  • On-site K-12 Bilingual School
  • Organic Orchard
  • Tilapia Pond
  • Children’s Playgrounds

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2. ⁠⁠Reserva Conchal (Playa Conchal)

Why It’s Hot: Reserva Conchal has an enviable location on one of Costa Rica’s most iconic beaches: the pink-hued Playa Conchal, covered in finely crushed shells. Reserva Conchal itself is also one of the country’s most well-known resort communities, thanks to its infrastructure, which includes a championship 18-hole golf course, the W and Westin Hotels, and a resort atmosphere that makes it great for rentals and investment. And, while it’s a long-established community, it’s still phasing in new communities, like the brand-new Sanara

~Becky Clower

Unfolding over 2,300 acres of rolling landscapes, pristine white-sand beaches, and natural beauty, Reserva Conchal unfurls to reveal one of Costa Rica’s most breathtaking locales. For residents and part-timers who seek a closer relationship with nature, the community offers the chance to wake to natural beauty and begin every day in harmony with your environment.

Reserva Conchal’s distinctive neighborhoods promise extraordinary amenities and innovative, eco-friendly design, accentuated by the stunning pink curve of Playa Conchal, an award-winning golf course, a 60,000 square-foot luxury Beach Club, a private wildlife refuge, over a dozen bars and restaurants, 2,300 acres of planned community, and 360º of dramatic views. 

Welcome to a place that’ll make you feel lucky to come home. 

Reserva Conchal Community Amenities:

  • 24/7 Gated Security
  • Luxury Beach Club with an ocean-view pool
  • 18-Hole Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course
  • 100-Acre Wildlife Refuge
  • Hiking & Biking Trails
  • W Hotel & The Westin Reserva Conchal resort amenities, including 12 restaurants, tennis courts, a fully equipped gym, and a lagoon-style swimming pool
  • Low HOA Fees

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3. ⁠⁠Las Ventanas de Playa Grande (Playa Grande)

 

Why It’s Hot: Appealing to mostly full-time residents, Las Ventanas de Playa Grande offers an excellent location and lifestyle at a more affordable price, while still offering a clubhouse, picklepall and tennis, a playground and adventure park, 24/7 gated security, and hiking and biking trails – all just a 3-minute drive to the surf. The community has also opened new phases, including Cenizaros, Altamar, El Camino, and Jaguarundi, which opened a few months ago.

~Dialan Lee

Welcome to Las Ventanas de Playa Grande! Spanning 380+ acres of lush landscapes and rare tropical dry forest, this exceptional low-density community, comprising just 173 properties, offers unparalleled privacy across its nine subdivisions: La Sabana, El Roble, Caracara, El Camino, Catalinas, Altamar, Jaguarundi, San Pedro, and Cenizaros – many of which boast breathtaking ocean views.

Nestled on the panoramic ocean-view mountaintop of El Cerro Almendro (essentially, Almond-Tree Peak), Las Ventanas de Playa Grande is situated between the enchanting beach towns of Playa Grande and Playa Conchal. The community’s breathtaking surroundings provide stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, tropical dry forest, the Catalinas Islands, Las Baulas National Marine Park, Bahía de Los Piratas, and mangroves that house a wealth of wildlife, from howler monkeys and coatimundis to roadrunners and parrots.

Dedicated to sustainable development, natural connections, and environmental protections, Las Ventanas stands as a true eco-community. Its tropical contemporary architecture seamlessly integrates with the natural terrain, featuring mostly single-level homes that harmonize with their surroundings.

Las Ventanas Community Amenities: 

  • 24/7 Gated Security
  • Las Ventanas Clubhouse
  • Hiking & Biking Trails
  • Community Park/Adventure Playground (including skatepark + playground)
  • Community Organic Gardens
  • High-End Infrastructure, including paved roads, wells, and underground utilities in ocean-view areas

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4. ⁠⁠Hacienda Pinilla (Playa Avellanas)

 

Why It’s Hot: Size matters (sometimes!) and Hacienda Pinilla, at 4,500 acres, is the largest gated community in Guanacaste, in terms of area. It’s also one of the most established, and this combination means that the community has had many years to build in many amenities – including a championship 18-hole golf course, equestrian center, a multi-million-dollar Beach Club, restaurants, and a spa – for its many full-time residents who seek resort-style living. It’s also excellent in terms of investment, with strong tourism appeal, in part thanks to the onsite JW Marriott.  

~Becky Clower

Nestled aside breathtaking coastal and savannah landscapes, Hacienda Pinilla is a beacon of opulence and charm. Renowned as one of the country’s largest, most established, and most exclusive gated communities, it embodies the essence of resort living: an exquisite blend of exclusivity and warmth, seamlessly melding comfort with luxury

Encompassing the pristine shores of three magnificent beaches—Playa Langosta, Playa Avellanas, and Playa Mansita—this idyllic enclave spans over 4,500 acres, with offerings that extend far beyond mere indulgence, boasting a championship golf course, tennis courts, scenic hiking and biking trails, as well as horseback riding adventures, among other delights.

Within its expansive borders, you’ll discover seven distinct residential communities, each exuding its own unique charm and complemented by exclusive amenities. Whether you seek the tranquility of oceanfront abodes, the allure of beachfront living, the serenity of trail-adjacent neighborhoods, or the panoramic vistas of golf course villas, there’s something to suit every preference. 

Hacienda Pinilla Community Amenities: 

  • 24/7 Gated Security
  • Beach Club with an infinity-edge pool, fitness center, and restaurant
  • 72-par Mike Young Championship Golf Course
  • Tennis Courts
  • Private Hiking and Mountain Biking Trails
  • Event Spaces
  • Direct Access to Playa Avellanas, Playa Mansita, and Playa Bonita

Explore Hacienda Pinilla

5. ⁠⁠Tamarindo Park (Tamarindo)

 

Why It’s Hot: Tamarindo Park has a great location on the backside of Tamarindo – overlooking Playa Langosta and Las Baulas National Marine Park, and yet close enough to everything that downtown Tamarindo has to offer. It’s easy walking distance to town (a rarity) and Tamarindo’s beach, shops, restaurants, and more, making it the only Tamarindo community where you could conceivably and practically live without a car. This is also a great investment upside!

~Lauren Mantey

Exclusive, walkable, sustainable, and luxurious, the eco-friendly Tamarindo Park is all this and so much more – that hard-to-put-your-finger-on essence that embodies the ideal lifestyle, capturing breathtaking beauty while conveying a sense of awe in experience.

Crafted with meticulous attention to detail and a commitment to environmental stewardship, Tamarindo Park harmoniously integrates with its natural surroundings. Nestled atop a scenic hilltop overlooking Playa Langosta, Playa Tamarindo, and the pristine Las Baulas National Marine Park, this pedestrian-friendly community offers seamless access to all Tamarindo has to offer while maintaining a serene ambiance conducive to 

Welcome to your new home—a sanctuary where luxury, sustainability, and natural beauty converge to create an unparalleled living experience.

Tamarindo Park Community Amenities: 

  • Beach Club (coming soon), ****with beach amenities, a world-class restaurant, and a full bar
  • Club House (coming soon), ****with a pool & swim-up bar, great views, and a restaurant
  • Paddle Tennis
  • Hiking and Biking Trails
  • Community Park (coming soon), to include walking paths, biking paths, and a picnic area
  • Spa-Wellness Center & Fitness Studio (coming soon)
  • Permaculture Food Forest
  • Onsite Restaurants
  • Onsite Shops

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6. ⁠⁠Las Catalinas (Playa Danta/Playa Dantita)

 

Why It’s Hot: Las Catalinas is a really great investment because there’s nothing else like it in the country: it’s the only car-free community in Costa Rica, which draws many families to live there full-time. That gives it great rental potential, paired with many onsite restaurants, shops, and even a small grocery store – it really is car-free convenience! And then, there are the world-class mountain biking trails, an onsite concierge, and a great beach for SUP, snorkeling, and kayaking – all strong appeal for short-term rental investors.

~Becky Clower

There’s nothing in Costa Rica – or perhaps all of the tropics – like Las Catalinas. Welcome to true master planning, with emphasis on the masterful!

While not gated, Las Catalinas is the country’s only car-free community (although you can own and park a car!), at Las Catalinas, a masterfully intentional, compact Beach Town swaps cars and roads for footpaths and passages; every walkable street ends at a scenic overlook and almost every window opens onto a tropical view.

Think of Las Catalinas as a walkable village in the style of the Old-World Mediterranean, only located in the tropics and designed for modern sensibilities, the tropical environment, and an active lifestyle that combines beach living and oneness with nature, including 1,000+ acres of tropical dry forest ribboned with world-class mountain biking, hiking, and running trails. Paradise, found!

Las Catalinas Community Amenities:

  • Beach Club with ocean-view lap pool, kids’ play pool, lounging pool, and hot plunge pool
  • Beach Club Restaurant & Cocktail Bar
  • Private Events Pavilion
  • Exercise Room
  • Pedestrian-Only Streets
  • Biking, Hiking & Trail-Running Trails

Explore Las Catalinas

7. Senderos (Tamarindo)

 

Why It’s Hot: Senderos has one of the coast’s best locations: On the north end of Tamarindo, before you enter town, meaning easy accessibility to both downtown Tamarindo and Liberia – and all points in between, including the Tamarindo Airport, beaches, shopping, and nightlife. Residents appreciate the community’s unmatched and massive ocean views, paired with great amenities, including a beach club. There are also some really good investment opportunities at Senderos.

~Becky Clower

Senderos stands as an enclave of exclusivity, nestled within a gated community that boasts unparalleled vistas of the Pacific Ocean, the pristine beaches and estuary of Las Baulas National Marine Park, all just a hop, skip, and a jump from the vibrant hub and revered surf capital of Tamarindo.

One of the region’s most distinguished and sought-after communities. Its allure extends beyond expansive homesites and a coveted downtown locale—within Tamarindo proper, only three gated communities exist—encompassing luxurious amenities and a steadfast commitment to sustainable living

Senderos has joined forces with Green Roots Consultants, hailing from Costa Rica’s esteemed EARTH University, alongside local sustainability experts, to delve deep into the essence of sustainable development. Beyond mere rhetoric, sustainability is the cornerstone of life here, infusing every facet with eco-conscious practices. Thus, residing here isn’t just a choice—it’s a commitment to stewardship that makes you proud to call Senderos home.

Senderos Community Amenities: 

  • Private Beach Club with pools, restaurants, and spa services
  • Community Workspace
  • Personal Concierge
  • Recreation Center
  • Shuttles to town and local surf breaks
  • Valley Club Fitness Center – workout room, yoga studio, racquet sports, hiking trails, and an organic garden

Explore Senderos

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