Costa Rican Paradise:

Las Catalinas

When we launched VETTED, we set out to identify and expose our community to the world’s “hidden gems.” So, when we came across Las Catalinas, Costa Rica, we were immediately intrigued. Located on the Central American nation’s Pacific coast, the town consists of 1,200 acres of rolling hills, with numerous breathtaking overlooks, a crescent beach, and roaming monkeys. A true community built from the ground up, Las Catalinas is the vision and passion project of Atlanta-based, dot com millionaire turned new urbanist developer, Charles Brewer.

As the financial crises of 2007–2008 ravaged global economies, Brewer powered on with his plan to construct an eco-town with high-end, boutique hotels alongside million-dollar villas for wealthy buyers from the Americas and Europe. “We set out to create a lively walkable gem of a town, surrounded by beautiful nature on land and at sea,” said Mr. Brewer. Striving to develop a Costa Rican town and not an American one in Costa Rica, Brewer executed by insisting on using the finest native materials and workmanship. Locals are integrated seamlessly into Las Catalinas life, creating an authentic and welcoming dynamic unlike comparable destinations around the world.

By 2011, the first villas were built. Today, over 5,000 trees have been planted, 70 residences completed (with another 50 in the works), two boutique hotels erected, and three restaurants opened. While still a work in progress, Las Catalinas is a fully functioning and thriving utopia offering a better way of life for visitors and permanent residents alike.

The VETTED Experience

We meticulously planned this trip and had the pleasure of staying in Casa Brewer, the villa created for the mastermind behind the sustainable beachfront community. The home’s design is marked by a casual elegance with an abundance of warm, open-air spaces. Situated in the center of the Mediterranean-inspired village, Casa Brewer boasts direct beach views while effortlessly blending into the lush, tropical surrounding landscape.

Unlike other Costa Rica towns along the Pacific, the water in the bay of Las Catalinas is quite calm (perfect for some SUP action!). Playa Danta is an idyllic, black sand beach that maintains its serenity throughout the year.

The Guanacaste province is quickly becoming a major destination within Costa Rica’s culinary food scene, and Las Catalinas has been a key contributor to its ascension. We enjoyed ceviche and fresh passion fruit jalapeno margaritas beachside at Limonada, took in breathtaking sunsets over succulent seafood risotto at Sentido Norte, and savored Costa Rican delicacies at Ponciana.

Costa Rica is known for a plethora of incredible activities and Las Catalinas is within close proximity to them all. From zip-lining to deep-sea fishing to ATV tours, we packed as much as we possibly could into our seven-day experience.

Want to visit Costa Rica?

Stay tuned for another VETTED trip to Las Catalinas! If you’re eager and can’t wait, feel free to email us at We’ll send you our itinerary and connect you with all the right people to ensure you get the full VETTED experience.