Water villas closest to Costa Rica

Costa Rica is the most popular tourist country in Central America, with huge stretches of lovely beaches on both its Pacific and Caribbean coasts. Unfortunately, there are no water villas (called ‘overwater bungalows' in the South Pacific) in Costa Rica, but there are five resorts in the area that are nearby.

It's also worth pointing out that if you are looking for the kind of thatched-roof huts standing on stilts over a brilliant and clear lagoon, you won't find anything like that in Central America. Those can only be built on a very certain kind of small volcanic island where the breakwater is well away from the beach, leaving a large and shallow pool that is without waves. [read more]

About overwater bungalows and water villas

First introduced in the South Pacific only a few decades ago, the overwater bungalow is now one of the hottest trends in the resort world. Honeymoon couples have been staying in these iconic rooms since the beginning, but now they are popular with families and adventure travelers as well.

For many people, the South Pacific island of Bora Bora is the most famous destination for the best overwater bungalows, but it's actually the Maldives, which is just southwest of India, where most of these huts-on-stilts exist. The Maldives has more than 90 resorts that feature water villas (as they are typically known there), with several new private-island resorts opening every year.

In the South Pacific you will find almost a dozen resorts on Bora Bora, another five on Moorea, and two on Tahiti that have over water villas. There are about 10 additional overwater resorts on other South Pacific islands stretching all the way to Fiji and New Caladonia.

There are also about a dozen overwater bungalow resorts in the Caribbean, mostly off the coast of Central America, with nearly all of them being diving-oriented “eco resorts.” But a few luxury overwater bungalows exist and more are being built on St. Lucia and other islands in the popular areas of the Caribbean, and this website will be the best place to look for information on all of them.