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  • The Summit of Irazú Volcano (near San José): On a very clear day, you can see both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea from this vantage point. Even if visibility is low and this experience eludes you, you can view the volcano's spectacular landscape, the Meseta Central, and the Orosi Valley.

  • Iguanazul Hotel (Playa Junquillal): On a high bluff above Playa Junquillal, this hotel has a wonderful view of the Pacific and the windswept coastline in either direction. It gets best around sunset and is better yet if you can commandeer one of the hammocks set in a little palapa on the hillside itself.

  • Brisas del Mar (Malpaís): It's a steep hike or drive up from the beach to this hilltop restaurant, but both the food and view are worth it. Enjoy a sunset drink while taking in the panoramic views of Malpaís, Playa Carmen, and the Pacific Ocean.

  • Villa Caletas (Playa Hermosa de Jacó): You'll have a view over the Golfo de Nicoya and the Pacific Ocean beyond. Sunsets at the hotel's outdoor amphitheater are legendary, but it's beautiful here during the day as well.

  • Agua Azul (Manuel Antonio): With a high perch and perfect views, not to mention good food and drinks, this is a popular spot in Manuel Antonio. Front-row tables and bar seating here offer up spectacular views over the rainforest and out to the Pacific Ocean and offshore islands beyond.

  • The Summit of Mount Chirripó (near San Isidro): What more can one say? At 3,724m (12,215 ft.), this is the highest spot in Costa Rica. On a clear day, you can see both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea from here. Even if it isn't clear, you can catch some pretty amazing views and scenery.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.