As important as the interiors of a home are, you aren’t taking full advantage of a property in Costa Rica without creating living spaces outdoors as well. These chic, tropical outdoor spaces in Costa Rica’s South Pacific capitalize on the climate, views, and architecture of the property on which they sit.  Take inspiration from these well-designed “exterior rooms” and make them your own when you build or buy in Costa Rica.

This stunning luxury home has a seamless indoor-outdoor blend thanks to the sliding glass windows that recess into the home. Lounge “resort-style” in the privacy of this exclusive ocean view masterpiece.

As the weather in our South Pacific region is always warm, even in the rainy season, you will find yourself eager to spend as much time as you can outdoors. The best exterior spaces in Costa Rica have all the luxuries of their indoor counterparts. Whether it’s the kitchen, dining room, entertainment lounge, or even the shower, being outside in Costa Rica means you can enjoy all the beautiful ambiance of living al fresco. Fresh air, green backdrops, and the sounds of birds and running water are just some of the many treats associated with our outdoor style of life. Achieving the perfect balance living amongst the elements is tricky, but it is easier with a little insider knowledge. As you prep yourself for a life in the tropics, consider these tips to make the most of your outdoor space.

Blend the Outside with the In

When you are lucky enough to live in a climate that affords you the luxury of dry, sunny summers, make the most of it! Sliding floor-to-ceiling glass doors are the perfect way to merge your outdoor dining area with the interior of your home. When the doors are open dinner guests can flow in and out of the house, and when closed you still have a gorgeous view of your tropical gardens.

Having easy access to your kitchen also reduces the amount of back and forth needed to bring your meal outdoors. If you have a bit of distance to cover, consider buying a rolling bar cart to make transporting the food less burdensome.

This lovely outdoor space in Ojochal is a romantic retreat in keeping with the rest of the property’s Mediterranean architecture. The trees which surround, and which spring up from, the decked flooring provide cozy privacy for intimate gatherings.

Outdoor Kitchens Make Outdoor Dining a Breeze

Outdoor dining is even easier if you can do the cooking outside too. Instead of being inside cooking the meal, a full outdoor kitchen in your Costa Rica property allows you to prepare the meal while still spending time with your guests.

Today’s outdoor kitchens are not limited to grills alone. When you create your outdoor kitchen, you can build in any number of modern conveniences. Add in a functional sink, counter space, or even a wine fridge for an outdoor kitchen that rivals your kitchen inside.

In the right climate, outdoor spaces are ideal for al fresco dining as well.  The outdoor dining pavilion of this Uvita property has a modern-rustic aesthetic that perfectly matches the Pacific Coast it overlooks. Enjoy the Costa Rica sun during an afternoon lunch, or the twinkling lights of the stars in the evening.

Plan to Entertain

Large outdoor spaces are ideal for entertaining in our coastal mountain region. Properties tend to be spacious with lots of room for creating an outdoor oasis amidst jungle and ocean views. Whether you are want to host a full dinner party or cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, be sure to create plenty of spaces for guests to mingle that are connected to one another. Consider incorporating comfortable outdoor seating, an outdoor bar, and ample locations for guests to set down their drinks.

When you are choosing outdoor furnishings, be sure to consider function as well as form. Pieces that can serve double duty as side tables or seating, like sturdy square ottomans, increase the functionality of your entertaining space.Outdoor spaces not only add monetary value to your home, but livable value too. Your satisfaction of your own home increases when you have beautiful and functional spaces to enjoy with others.

Sometimes the best way to utilize your outdoor space is to keep the furnishings minimal and let the amazing views speak for themselves.  The open railings of this ocean view Chontales home allow the terrace to merge right into the vista.

If you want to know more about what makes our exterior spaces in Costa Rica so enticing, contact one of our expert agents with any and all of your questions about everyday life in Costa Rica. And sign up to our weekly newsletter below!

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