Centered on the scenic sweep of placid Bahía Tambor with its warm, shallow water, intimate Tambor Tropical offers "beds with a view" in spacious suites, along with sportfishing, horseback riding, bird-watching, and just lolling in a hammock by the pretty, blue-tile pool. Attractive two-story houses, with up and down suites equipped with kitchens, are entirely built and furnished with varnished, tropical hard woods: floors, ceilings, walls, and even toilet seats. Large front windows provide panoramas of the sea and surrounding gardens—slightly pricier second-floor rooms have the best views—and platform beds really do enable sunrise views. Most rooms have air-conditioning, but sea breezes and ceiling fans keep rooms cool. Carefully prepared meals are served poolside or in the thatch-covered dining room during the rainy months. Paddleboards and kayaks get you out onto the water, and bird-watchers can comb nearby trails with a guide, in search of about 175 species. No children under 16.
From Tambor Main street, turn left at beach, Tambor, 60105, Costa Rica
/2683–0011; 866-890–2537-in U.S.