1. Playa Grande, Costa Rica
“It’s a super chill surf town in Costa Rica. The hotels are simple and reasonably priced (we loved La Marejada) but there also a ton of cheap beachfront Airbnbs. Bring some beers down to the beach every night at sunset to watch the surfers, and eat the delicious cheap tacos at Taco Star.
Bonus: it’s not too far from party-central Tamarindo (an hour walk on the beach + a water taxi for a dollar or so, or a 45-minute taxi ride) if you do want to do at least one big night out. You can also book an all-drinks-included snorkel sail from Tamarindo for a fun activity!” —Christine Amorose, C’est Christine