Nayara Springs Costa Rica Weddings

You and the girls want to plan a getaway to somewhere tropical. You might not be sure where you want to go just yet, but it's already clear that you aren't looking for just another cliche vacation. You want to "get away" from the ordinary. And what's more ordinary than cheap leis and souvenir margarita glasses? Why not forget Mexico, Florida and the Caribbean and enjoy your girls' getaway in Central America. Here are two amazingly different destinations where you can swap out the touristy gimmicks for the kind of truly luxurious getaway that you and your friends are looking for.

Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

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If some of your top priorities on this girlfriends' getaway are scenic views, exciting excursions and luxurious pampering, then Nayara Springs is the venue for you.

Let's start with the location. Costa Rica's Arenal Volcano National Park is anything but your average national park. The resort is in the middle of the park. It is nestled next to the Arenal Volcano and surrounded by lush mountain forests. Nayara's villas are perfectly aligned to give you a picturesque view from every window.

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This location is also a prime spot for adventure. Take advantage of staying on a volcano by spending a day horseback riding to the top, zip lining to the bottom or then taking a scenic canopy tour.

What girls' getaway would be complete without an afternoon at the spa? But we're not talking about just any spa. Complete with an outdoor rainfall shower, sauna, open-air treatment pavilions and volcanic mud wraps, Nayara Springs Spa was designed with nature and comfort in mind.

Portobelo, Panama

El Otro Lado Panama Villa rental

If you want to take your girls' getaway in Central America a little further south, consider a stay at Portobelo, Panama's El Otro Lado.

Located in Portobelo Bay, El Otro Lado is known for its tranquil scenery, which ranges from lush forests to crystal blue waters. This boutique hotel is an hour and a half outside of Panama City. It is remote, but the amenities ensure that you will stay connected and comfortable on your girls' getaway.

If you and the girls are interested in exploring Panamanian culture, El Otro has local art in every room. That's right, you will find original artwork in your room that was created by neighboring artists. Portobelo, Panama is a part of an UNESCO World Heritage site, so your vacation will have cultural and historic elements. The resort even offers guided cultural excursions and history walks through the town.

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A girls' getaway resort needs a casual dining option for those relaxing days and a fine dining restaurant where you can splurge after getting all dressed up. El Otro Lado proudly offers both dining experiences at The Gazebo, a restaurant, bar and entertainment space featuring expansive outdoor seating and a gourmet menu with delicious seafood-centered cuisine. And do not forget about Gazebo's exotic drink menu, which features their signature cocktail, the "Maracuaya,"which is a passionfruit mojito.

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A girls' getaway in Central America can be anything you want it to be: luxurious relaxation, exciting adventures or a little bit of both. These are just two of the many Central American resorts that would be perfect for your ladies-only adventure. australian domain name search Once you and the girls have your list of "must dos" and "must sees," you can find the perfect resort for your trip. That said, you will not be disappointed if you choose to book into Nayara or El Otro Lado.

Your Turn

Which of these destinations say "dream girls' getaway" to you and your ladies? Let us know in the comments below.