Sure, summer is almost over, but that doesn't mean you don't have time for one more vacation. Even if you just head out of town for a four-day weekend, it's important to make the most out of the dwindling season.
Unsure where to go? Here are NYLON editors' favorite spots for a last-minute summer getaway.
Gulf of Papagayo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
As we’ve said before, there are not a lot of places in the beautiful country of Costa Rica that don’t require several hours of driving once you land at the airport. Gulf of Papagayo is an exception—one that offers a stunning beach, warm turquoise waters, and a myriad of adrenaline-inducing adventures.
Where to stay: The closest resort to the airport, El Mangroove is a gem of a hideaway. Boasting its own beach, a boat that you can use to go beach hopping and snorkeling, a spa, and two restaurants with sustainable ocean- and farm-to-table menus (I am still dreaming of the shrimp tacos with mango salsa from Matiss), you will be hard-pressed to find an excuse to leave the property.
Where to eat: If you’ve tired of all the typical Costa Rican fare (fried fish, rice and beans, plantains, empanadas etc.), you will find a reprieve at the Asian-Mediterranean fusion Ginger restaurant, which serves Lettuce Wraps with Mango-Tamarindo Pork alongside Papitas Bravas and chicken samosas. It may sound like an unlikely mix, but it works. For something more upscale, check out Ostra, a seasonal seafood-focused restaurant at the Andaz, that offers six different kinds of ceviche.
What to do: If you’re not willing to drive two hours to Rincón de la Vieja, where you can hike through a stunning tropical forest and swim in a hot spring, at least take an hour to go to Tamarindo, a popular town for surfers where you can take lessons during the day, go sailing at sunset, and experience the nightlife like the locals (and, well, expats) do come sundown.