Best Places to Stay in Costa Rica
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Best Places to Stay in Costa Rica
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The Tico hospitality is evident given the wide range of Costa Rica resorts and hotels available. Travelers can enjoy nearly every type of accommodation imaginable, from romantic bungalows steps from the beach and rustic cabins nestled in the rainforest to intimate boutique hotels and luxury mega-resorts. Costa Rica Experts works with the very best properties across the country, visiting them frequently to ensure that they meet our quality standards. Our expert-approved resort and hotel collection highlight all the best places to stay in Costa Rica for all preferences and budgets!
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The three-bedroom, three-bathroom Whale’s Tail Villa is set within the intimate Rancho Pacifico Adults-Only Boutique Hotel property in the South Pacific Coast area for adults age 18 and older. Enjoy the best view in the area of Uvita’s famed whale’s tail beach and Marino Ballena National Park from the villa’s wraparound deck. Monkeys, toucans, and […]
The Tree House Private Home is a 6-bedroom hillside escape outside Manuel Antonio National Park with incredible views of the Pacific Ocean from the pool deck, kitchen, living space, and nearly every room in the house. From the patio, scarlet macaws can be seen in their natural habitat in the trees or flying in pairs. […]
Casa de las Flores is a spacious two-level free-standing villa within the Tulemar Resort property in the Manuel Antonio area. The villa features ocean and rainforest views, two bathrooms, and two bedrooms with the ability to sleep five people. Wildlife like monkeys, scarlet macaws, sloths, and other tropical birds are frequent sitings from the balcony. […]
Maunaloa Villa is a two-level, two-bedroom private villa with spectacular ocean and jungle views in the Manuel Antonio region located within the Tulemar Resort property. Enjoy incredible sunsets over dinner and watch wildlife like sloths, monkeys, scarlet macaws, and other tropical birds right from the upper floor deck. Amenities Amenities of the two-level free-standing villa […]
The two-level Tule Villa is a private residence overlooking the rainforest and the Pacific Ocean in the Manuel Antonio area within the Tulemar Resort property. The 2,500 square foot villa has four bedrooms with king beds and a sofa bed in the TV room (sleeps up to nine guests), air-conditioning, a common living space with […]
The two and three-bedroom casas located within the Tulemar Resort property in the Manuel Antonio region are free-standing luxury retreats nestled into the jungle hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Amenities The two and three-bedroom casas feature a full kitchen, an upper outdoor terrace with ocean views, dining area, and Jacuzzi, WiFi, washer and dryer in-unit, […]
Casa Fantastica is a 10-bedroom private luxury home located in a private residential neighborhood outside of Manuel Antonio National Park. Within close proximity to the Pacific Ocean and rainforest, you can hear the calming sounds of the sea and wildlife. The small shops and restaurants of Manuel Antonio are not far as well as the […]
The Gilded Iguana is located in the little beach town of Nosara on the remote Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica. This off-grid hotel is perfect for surfers, yogis, and adventurers! Amenities Hotel amenities at The Gilded Iguana include an outdoor pool with a Jacuzzi and kid’s pool, an on-site restaurant, a complimentary breakfast buffet daily, […]
Casa Resol Private Home is a two-story private residence located on a private estate between the towns of Dominical and Uvita on the South Pacific Coast. Luxurious wide-open spaces with spectacular views are definitive of the Casa Resol experience. Dazzling blue morpho butterflies, boisterous monkeys, and vibrant toucans are all within view of the private […]
Casa Magnifica Private Home is a 6-bedroom home in Manuel Antonio. From the pool sundeck, enjoy spectacular views of the rainforest and Manuel Antonio National Park jutting out into the sea. while listening to the clamoring of monkeys and toucans. Amenities Casa Magnifica is 6,500 feet with four levels, six bedrooms, and six and a […]
The Casa Vista Azul Private Home has seven bedrooms with a pool house and stunning views of Manuel Antonio bay. It’s located in a prestigious neighborhood in the heart of Manuel Antonio – a short walking distance to plenty of restaurants and nightlife. Casa Vista Azul is a spacious home away from home – great […]
Situated on the South Pacific coast of Costa Rica, Hotel Three Sixty is the only adults-only hotel in Ojochal. This brand new boutique hotel was built on a 58-acre trail-lined rainforest reserve but takes up less than 8% of the landmass. Dramatic views of the rainforest, beaches, and distant islands can be enjoyed from the […]
Situated 2000 feet above sea level in a tropical rainforest overlooking the South Pacific Coast, Rancho Pacifico is an adults-only (guests must be over 18 years) exclusive boutique hotel that feels like a sprawling private estate. This is the perfect destination for guest who is looking forward to a chance to renew and rewind after […]
Other than the spectacular view of the Arenal Volcano, The Springs Resort offers 18 mineral-laden hot and cold springs, and four unique dining experiences.
Nayara Springs is one of the newest ultra-exclusive boutique hotels in Arenal
A world of comfort and style surrounded by an untouched natural paradise, Arenal Nayara Hotel is truly a tranquil oasis.
Reminiscent of the luxury tent camps of Africa and Asia, Nayara Tented Camp is a new luxury property in Arenal Volcano National Park associated with the award-winning Arenal Nayara Hotel and Nayara Springs Resorts. One of the first luxury tent camps in Central America, the Nayara Tented Camp merges with the surrounding forest for a […]
The Tabacon Grand Spa Resort offers spectacular views of the 5,000-foot volcano and natural, therapeutic hot springs and pools that meander through one of the most exotic gardens in the world.
Located on over 65 acres of land with miles of foot trails for exploration, Arenal Kioro boasts some of the best views in all of Arenal.
Hotel Royal Corin Resort is a modern, comfortable & luxurious property in the Arenal Volcano area. Their great services are located in one of the most beautiful areas of Costa Rica, not far from the volcano.
This beautiful boutique resort is surrounded by the beauty of the jungle. Built on the mountainside, Lost Iguana Resort has amazing and direct views of both the rain forest and Arenal Volcano.
Hotel Arenal Manoa is close to many of the main attractions in the area yet maintains a silent tranquility. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, as well as a small stream and old growth trees, this hotel has some of the best views in Arenal.
Arenal Observatory Lodge was originally built in 1987 as a research station for scientists of the Smithsonian Institute. It is one of the most authentic and educational properties in Arenal, and serves as a perfect base for a wide range of activities and adventures.
Tucked near the foot of the glorious Arenal Volcano sits the Montana de Fuego Resort & Spa, surrounded by 35 hectares of private tropical forest reserve.
Situated in the foothills of Arenal Volcano on the edge of a rainforest canyon, Amor Arenal is a luxury lodge with direct views of the volcano. Amenities Rainforest and jungle trails are accessible from your hotel room! Discover the Serenity Trail and Nanciton directly on the property. Amor Arenal offers on-site horseback riding which lasts […]
Arenal Springs Resort and Spa is a deluxe hot springs boutique hotel at Arenal Volcano, with three restaurants, three pools, a spa, and a yoga deck on-site.
Hotel Mountain Paradise is a boutique hotel surrounded by natural flora and fauna with the awe-inspiring Arenal Volcano in view.
Located just 20 minutes from Arenal Volcano, Chachagua Rainforest Ecolodge offers an authentic jungle experience. The lodge is surrounded by 300 acres of lush rainforest with tours and trails to discover right on the property! Amenities Colibri Restaurant offers a variety of dishes inspired by Costa Rican flavors in an open-air setting surrounded by the […]
Arenas Del Mar is a beachfront luxury boutique hotel near Manuel Antonio with rooms surrounded by tropical rainforest.
The magic of nature comes alive at the Hotel Si Como No, where an exemplary combination of environmentalism, stunning design and barefoot elegance harmonize with the lush tropical rain forest.
Nestled in the lush rainforest, overlooking the stunning Manuel Antonio coast, Tulemar Bungalows & Buena Vista Villas are the ultimate in vacation luxury.
Gaia Hotel & Reserve is located near Quepos on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica amidst 12 acres of paradise near Manuel Antonio National Park.
Los Altos Beach Resort & Spa is located on a 21 acre hilltop property and overlooks the Manuel Antonio National Park.
Sitting above the Pacific Coastline, The Parador Boutique Resort sits on 12 acres of rainforest just minutes from the country’s best beaches and the little and lovely Manuel Antonio National Park.
This is one of the closest hotels to Manuel Antonio National Park so there is very easy access to the nearby beaches and national park where monkeys abound and are often very easily observed.
Enjoy the gourmet restaurant, infinity swimming pool with Jacuzzi amid the distinct European flavor and hospitality of La Mansion Inn.
Inspired by the owner’s dream of balance with natural surroundings, Makanda by the Sea uses nature as a background to its architectural openness, allowing the rich tropical surroundings to become a part of the hotel’s environment.
The Falls Resort at Manuel Antonio is located in a beautiful and tranquil garden and waterfall setting within walking distance of the area’s best restaurants and gorgeous beaches.
Aguila de Osa Inn is located on the Osa Peninsula, situated on a high bluff overlooking the Aguitas River with panoramic views of Drake Bay.
Lapa Rios Ecolodge is an award winning, luxury eco lodge situated within a remote, private rainforest preserve where the Golfo Dulce and the Pacific Ocean meet.
Private cabins combine with dramatic Jurassic scenery and abundant wildlife on the Gulfo Dulce at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge.
Playa Cativo Lodge is an 18-room little hideaway in the Osa Peninsula region, one of the most unique and secluded destinations in Costa Rica. Looking out over the calm waters of the Golfo Dulce and surrounded by Piedras Blancas National Park, this boutique beachfront hotel is set on over 1,000 acres of private rainforest, leaving plenty of room […]
Copa De Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort is an eco-luxury beachfront resort set on 70 acres of untouched rainforest reserve.
Crocodile Bay Sportfishing & Eco Resort is nestled in the rainforest, on the edge of the Golfo Dulce bordering Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula. This region is celebrated as the most biologically intense place on earth. It is here, where luxury runs wild, that you will finally be able to slow down to the speed […]
Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge, tucked away in the trees and cooled by the Pacific Ocean, is a 170 acre private reserve bordering Corcovado National Park.
Lush gardens, trails for hiking, natural pools and waterfalls, and abundant wildlife make Bosque Del Cabo on the Osa Peninsula a romantic getaway and a naturalist’s dream. Private cliff top bungalows have porches equipped with hammocks and easy chairs, where you can sit back and watch Scarlet Macaws, Toucans, Hummingbirds and White-faced monkeys, while enjoying […]
At La Paloma Lodge, even thatched ranchos or villas are spread on 12 richly landscaped acres, for a feeling of privacy and seclusion.
El Remanso Rainforest Lodge is located about 40 minutes from Puerto Jimenez on the remote Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica within one of the world’s most pristine rainforest. Activities Explore the flora and fauna of the region along wildlife trails. Brightly colored birds, exotic birds, and playful monkeys can be found on the trails surrounding […]
The lodge is located on the grounds of the private nature reserve offering five incredible waterfalls, lush gardens, butterfly observatory, and hummingbird feeders all connected by a unique trail system.
El Silencio Lodge and Spa is a planet-friendly sanctuary for soft adventure and inspired wellness.
Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel, set within the peaceful Los Angeles Cloud Forest, offers the authentic charm of Costa Rican traditions preserved from the turn of the century
Monteverde Lodge and Gardens is the most upscale lodge in Monteverde, located just 15 minutes from the cloud forest.
The Senda Monteverde Hotel is a new sustainable hotel located outside Monteverde Cloud Forest on Costa Rica’s continental divide. A modern design, local artwork, and cozy nooks paired with the cool mountain air make the Senda experience one of a kind. Area Activities A hike through Monteverde Cloud Forest with a naturalist guide is a […]
The relaxing El Establo mountain hotel is located in the heart of Monteverde, on 150 acres of Cloud Forest Preserve.
Hotel Belmar’s dedication to the environment is well-known: they have the coveted award for 5 levels of sustainability.
Trapp Family Lodge is the closest hotel to Monteverde Cloud Forest. This 20-room lodge has the style of a Swiss Chalet, with Costa Rican hospitality.
Simple. Natural. Authentic. The Chayote Lodge experience is ideal for travelers interested in the coffee, cuisine, and culture of Costa Rica.
Origins Luxury Lodge is located in Upala in the mountainside overlooking a valley below in the Alajuela province of Costa Rica. The lodge features incredible 180-degree views over the estate, volcanoes, Nicaragua Lake in the distance. El Salto Restaurant The dining experience at Origins incorporates raw ingredients and fresh flavors to produce Haute Cuisine. Their […]
Located just outside Poas Volcano National Park, Poas Volcano Lodge is a deluxe cloud forest retreat in the Central Highlands of Costa Rica.
Located in the cloud forest of Costa Rica, Rancho Naturalista is a birding paradise, where Chachalacas, Collared Aracaris, and even the Rufous Motmot can be seen right from your balcony.
With over 500 acres of tropical rainforest, at Selva Verde Lodge there are unparalleled chances for up close and personal encounters with nature.
Tortuga Lodge is situated on 146 acres of private land bordering Tortuguero National Park on Costa Rica’s northeast Caribbean coast.
This luxury lodge is surrounded by wildlife and water canals.
Mawamba Lodge is situated on a sand bar between the Tortuguero Jungle Canals and the primitive beaches of the Northern Caribbean Coast.
Laguna Lodge is a rain forest ecotourism lodge located on a narrow strip of land between the Caribbean Sea and the Tortuguero Lagoon.
Featuring 153 deluxe rooms, 3 restaurants, and 2 cascading outdoor pools, the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort begs to be discovered.
Surrounded by almost 2,000 acres of tropical forest with a superb white sand beach and a championship 18-hole golf course, the Westin Playa Conchal Resort is the largest and most sophisticated All-Inclusive Resort in Costa Rica.
The JW Marriott Guanacaste is the perfect luxury resort for families. The resort packs beaches and activities all into one location!
The Cala Luna Hotel & Villas are surrounded by luxurious vegetation of abundant silver palms, delicate hibiscus, and colorful bougainvillea.
Nothing short of spectacular, the Four Seasons Resort introduces exemplary luxury and seclusion to its unspoiled surroundings.
The Rio Perdido Hotel and Thermal River is a natural oasis hidden off the beaten path in Guanacaste where volcanic thermal pools & mud baths beg to be discovered.
El Mangroove Hotel, a luxury hotel in Guanacaste, covers 17 acres and rests along 150 meters of beach front.
Casa Chameleon at Las Catalinas is a luxury adults-only boutique hotel in the Guanacaste province overlooking the Pacific Ocean, tropical dry forests, and the newly developed beach town of Las Catalinas.
Tamarindo Diria is located down by the shore – wonderfully close to the crashing surf of Playa Tamarindo.
You’ll fall under the spell of this Costa Rican paradise of lush tropical forests, monkeys and leatherback turtles, quiet beaches, and world-class surfing breaks.
Jardin del Eden Boutique Hotel is located in Tamarindo on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. This kids-free boutique hotel is perfect for couples or singles looking for a relaxing private retreat. Amenities Jardin del Eden is set just steps away from the water. Walk along a short path (just 143 meters) onto their Private […]
Hotel Capitan Suizo is a gem and an unbeatable choice for those travelers looking for a combination of relaxation and activity.
Recreo is private mountaintop villa community with stunning views (and close to great beaches).
The RIU Guanacaste is an all inclusive beach resort on beautiful Playa Matapalo a short drive from the international airport.
The RIU Palace All Inclusive Resort is a deluxe upgrade from the RIU Guanacaste Resort. The new RIU Palace is located on Playa Matapalo with a variety of activities and upgraded amenities.
Hotel Bosque del Mar on Playa Hermosa has a variety of spacious suites. Choose their beachfront suite for gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean.
Delicious cuisine and rejuvenating surroundings, secluded in the Central Highlands of Costa Rica.
Hotel Borinquen offers beautiful and private villas and bungalows with a rustic design yet modern amenities.
This 104-room modern boutique hotel is situated high up on a breezy hilltop overlooking the town of Tamarindo and Tamarindo Beach.
Planet Hollywood is a new deluxe all-inclusive resort located on the Papagayo Peninsula in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. The hillside property looks out of over the inlets and islets of the coast. Dining Planet Hollywood has seven themed restaurants and three bar lounges with dining options like the poolside Guy Feri’s Burger Joint, […]
Kasiiya Papagayo Luxury Wilderness Retreat is located on the Bay of Papagayo on an exclusive private peninsula in the Papagayo region, just 45 minutes from Liberia international airport. Designed by world-renowned architects, Kasiiya features two unique beaches and five air-conditioned tented suites. Situated amid 123 acres of forest, each suite connects you with nature. The […]
Unwind at the luxurious FloraBlanca Resort for an intimate beach escape at Playa Santa Teresa.
Hotel Punta Islita is the perfect romantic hideaway situated on a cliff overlooking the stunning Pacific.
Harmony Hotel, located just off Guiones Beach, is a perfectly rustic wellness retreat.
The Balinese inspired Pranamar Villas is a relaxing beachfront escape on the isolated Nicoya Peninsula.
Nantipa Resort is a boutique beachfront hotel with free-standing bungalows overlooking the coast in the beach town of Santa Teresa on the Nicoya Peninsula.
Set amid a 150 acre beach front reserve on the Nicoya Peninsula, a visit to TangoTango mar Mar creates unforgettable memories.
On a 3 mile long sand beach, Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort is located in the heart of Nosara surf and yoga country.
Nammbu Bungalows combines modern amenities with authentic Costa Rican hospitality in an off the beaten path location.
This small luxury surf hotel in Nosara is situated next to the Nosara Wildlife Reserve and a short walk from Guiones Beach.
Initially built with privacy and romance in mind, Casa Chameleon is a great choice for couples.
Lagarta Lodge is nestled within a private nature reserve on the Nicoya Peninsula between two rivers, sandy beaches, and a lush forest with mangrove trees.
Isla Chiquita Glamping Resort is the only glamping resort in Costa Rica. This brand new resort offers the unique experience of camping on an island in luxury!
Experience authentic Costa Rica in the mountainous southern highlands of Costa Rica at an eco lodge off the beaten path.
Built on an impressive mountain ridge, Kurà´s tropical minimalist architecture provides a luxurious romantic vacation.
El Castillo Hotel is an adults-only six room luxury boutique hotel perched 600 feet above the Pacific Ocean with one of the most dramatic views in all of Costa Rica.
Minutes from stunning beaches and National Parks, enjoy personalized and luxurious service.
Stay at the Gran Hotel Costa Rica in the heart of the capital city of San Jose. The recently renovated Gran Hotel is set in one of the best locations for people watching along the pedestrian boulevard of Avenida Central with views overlooking the National Theatre. Spend a day exploring museums, shops, and other popular attractions within […]
Rafiki Safari Lodge, a safari style tent camp, is on 750 acres of jungle along the Savegre River on the South Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. The ten rustic safari tents are set atop hardwood decks and come with its own private bath and pristine views of the mountain. The lodge houses a restaurant, bar, and […]
This boutique hotel features 25 rooms decorated with an angel theme including stained glass windows and lampshades, carved wood details, tile mosaics and other artistic touches. Located about 4.5 miles south of Dominical Beach on the South Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Cuna del Angel Hotel is set inland and up from the beach with easy […]
La Cusinga Lodge is a rainforest eco lodge set up from the beach offering guests sweeping views of the South Pacific Coast. A steep trail leads guests through the rain forest down to the very private Acro Beach. An excellent restaurant serves meals in a family style setting. Yoga is offered on a regular schedule and […]
The W Hotel at Reserva Conchal is situated on Conchal Beach in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. The hotel is nestled between beautiful Pacific beaches and tropical mangroves. W Amenities Relax by the pool or at the W Beach Club. Indulge at the spa, work out at the gym, or schedule a T-time at […]
A tropical mansion sanctuary set high on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Enjoy the jungle and ocean from the comfort of a Marriott resort, set within a 1,100-acre rainforest.
Los Suenos Resort & Marina condos and home rentals are private residences with the services of a hotel. Accommodation options include one to three-bedroom villas and three to eight-bedroom private homes
Alma del Pacifico beachfront hotel is ideally situated between the popular tourist destinations of Manuel Antonio and Jaco while still remaining secluded.
Club del Mar Hotel is nestled at the end of Jaco Beach, where the rainforest meets the soft sand beach and clear emerald waters of the Pacific Ocean. The full-service restaurant will even cook anything you catch. Don’t forget to see the onsite iguanas and keep an eye on the sky for daily macaw flyovers! Activities […]
Tropical victorian architecture and gourmet dining make Hotel Grano de Oro a highlight in the San Jose & Central Valley region.
Finca Rosa Blanca is a beautiful family-owned coffee and art hotel in Heredia, outside of San Jose, renowned for its on-site coffee plantation. This boutique hotel is a charmer, especially when you notice its local touches. From the artisan crafts and murals in each suite to the bracelets in the gift shop, Finca Rosa Blanca is a comprehensive […]
The San Jose Marriott is a Spanish colonial style hotel with sweeping views of the San Jose countryside conveniently located near the international airport.
Hotel Alta is a trendy and fun boutique hotel located just 15 minutes from downtown San Jose.
In one of the trendiest parts of the city, Aloft is a great choice for exploring the city, with nearby shopping and cuisine.
Just three blocks from San Jose’s main avenue, and within walking distance of the National Museum, the Jade Museum, and the Costa Rican Art Museum!
This 22-villa paradise is a haven for tranquility and relaxation.
Hotel Presidente is a stylish boutique hotel centrally located in downtown San Jose, Costa Rica. This colorful, modern hotel is decorated with vibrant artwork, vintage items, and foliage to create a fun and quirky atmosphere. Experience the bustling energy of Costa Rica’s capital city on foot! The hotel is within walking distance of restaurants, bars, […]
The Retreat is an 11-room luxury boutique hotel located 40 minutes away from San Jose International Airport in the Central Valley of Costa Rica. Amenities The Retreat amenities include a pool, Jacuzzi, yoga, fitness room, and steam room. There are morning Hatha Yoga classes and afternoon Restorative Yoga classes daily. A few hikes are available on […]
Amatierra Retreat and Wellness Center is a 10-room boutique mountain eco-lodge with a guest experience focused on Holistic Health outside San Jose.
Set among 10 acres of lush gardens, the unique and comfortable Hotel Bougainvillea Heredia is a place where guests can truly experience the world famous beauty of Costa Rica. Balconies opening from rooms display a marvelous view of the mountains on one side and the San José skyline on the other. Massive beam ceilings, wood paneling and a […]
The Courtyard Marriott Escazu is a colonial style mid-size hotel situated on the outskirts of San Jose.
The Hampton Inn San Jose is a great way to begin any trip to Costa Rica. The 24-hour shuttle service from the San Jose airport means that no matter what time you get in, a friendly staff member will be waiting to usher you away from the crowds and into the comfort of your room. […]
Just 15 minutes from the airport, Hotel Buena Vista is a lovely boutique hotel with extensive tropical gardens.
The Courtyard Marriott Alajuela is ideally located just 5 minutes from the San Jose international airport.
Near Parque del Lago Boutique Hotel is the Central Park of San Jose. Within the park is a a large lake, from which the hotel gets its name, Parque del Lago.
Relaxing, luxurious, and modern blends with the rustic ambiance at this boutique hotel.
Inspired by traditional banana plantation houses, Hotel Aguas Claras is a stylish boutique hotel located on Chiquita Beach, Puerto Viejo on the remote Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica. Charming white interiors with pops of color and unique decorative pieces are definitive of the Aguas Claras experience. With an emphasis on tranquility and delicate decor, Aguas […]
Located in the heart of the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge on the Caribbean Coast, Almonds and Corals Tent Camp is a unique destination. Staying at Almonds and Corals hotel offers you the opportunity to get a feeling of the jungle while having luxury accommodations in the middle of the wild rainforest. Almonds and Corals Hotel calls […]
Samasati Nature Retreat is completely surrounded by National Parks and protected areas and offers a variety of tours.
Hotel Banana Azul is a small and simple hotel that borders a virtually uninhabited stretch of sand on the Caribbean Coast. The miles of beach available around Puerto Viejo promises that guests can always find a bit of sand just for themselves! This is truly the secluded tropical vacation. Blooming gardens adorn the property, as […]
Get lost in nature at this oceanfront property along one of the most beautiful beaches in the country.
A member of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World, Pacuare Lodge is one of the top eco lodge adventures in Costa Rica. This is more than just a lodge or a rafting trip, this is an experience. Just getting there is an adventure – many guests visit as part of a multiple day rafting trip on […]
Rios Tropicales Lodge is your Costa Rica adventure vacation hot spot. The lodge is located deep in the rainforest, with native wood furnishings, open-air pavilions, thatched roofs, and comfortable hammocks. Rios Tropicales Lodge was the first eco-lodge built on the Pacuare River and is currently the only one powered with hydro-energy. Even getting to the lodge […]
American Trade Hotel is divine for a cultural experience. Sitting in Panama City’s historic district, it features amazing cuisine and an iconic jazz club.
Dive into adventure in one of the most pristine environments on earth while visiting Tranquilo Bay! There are 200 acres to explore – and plenty to discover.
Dramatic views, luxury comforts, and inspiring architecture define The Bristol Hotel set in Panama City’s financial district.
Perfectly placed an hour from Panama City, this luxurious resort is ideal for a romantic holiday – drinks delivered ocean-side by the beach butler included!
Gamboa Rainforest Resort is a luxury destination resort located on the Panama Canal with access to Panama’s untouched forest.
With nearly a century of experience, the Panamonte Inn offers a charming rustic ambiance and one of Central America’s best restaurants.
Amazing beauty and diversity and incomparable birdwatching can be found at this coffee plantation! Finca Lerida has its own trail network, allowing adventurers to explore on their own.
Nine cabins built along a mile-long reef coast, Punta Caracoal is dedicated to protecting the natural environment, where the only interruption to the crystal-clear waters is the occasional curious dolphin!
Built right on the sea and nestled amid a mangrove, the views and beautiful surroundings make Laguna Azul Eco-Lodge a place of both relaxation and inspiration.
An ecotourism destination at its finest, at Canopy Lodge discover untouched nature and some of the world’s best tropical birdwatching!
The InterContinental Playa Bonita Resort & Spa is a luxury beachfront hotel, only minutes from the colonial and shopping districts of Panama City.
InterContinental Miramar is a contemporary hotel with stunning Pacific Ocean views and a scenic walkway to the Panama Canal where you can watch the boats pass by!
About 30 minutes from Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, Le Meridien Hotel Panama is a modern, stylish hotel located on the Bay of Panama in Panama City overlooking the old and new quarters and minutes from the financial center, restaurants, galleries, and nightlife. Le Meridien Amenities Hotel amenities include a year-round outdoor pool with […]
Explore the white sand beaches of the Pearl Islands while staying in one of 17 amazing cabanas – each with stunning panoramic views of beach, sea, and forest!
El Otro Lado Private Retreat is a stylish Panama boutique hotel on Portobelo Bay incorporating local and contemporary art design elements while highlighting the surrounding rainforest, mangroves, and coral reefs.
The Waldorf Astoria Panama City is a luxurious 35-floor hotel minutes from shopping and steps from the Calle Uruguay’s Financial and Entertainment district which showcases an incredible view of the Panama City skyline.
Situated in the Gulf of Chiriqui on the Pacific Coast of Panama, Isla Palenque is an intimate eco-lodge accessible by boat. This private island is made up of over 395 acres of jungle surrounded by seven pristine beaches – just waiting to be discovered! How to Get to Isla Palenque Once you arrive at Tocumen International Airport in […]
About 30 minutes drive from Tocumen International Airport, Central Hotel Panama City is located in the charming historic district of Casco Viejo. Panamanian decor with rooms overlooking the streets of the Plaza de la Independencia and cathedral or Old Town create an ambiance of comfort amid colonial-era glamour. The Central Hotel was the first hotel […]
Situated alongside the Pacific Ocean, the Westin Playa Bonita Resort is a 20-minute drive from Panama City, the vibrant capital city of Panama. Amenities Westin Playa Bonita amenities include beachfront swimming pools, kayak rentals, concierge, spa, fitness center, steam room, free in-room internet, beauty salon, gift shop, business center, and a complimentary parking facility. The hotel […]
About 2 hours from Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, Panama RIU Playa Blanca is a beachfront resort with all-inclusive amenities. The RIU provides a worry-free resort experience with a multitude of options for everyone. RIU Amenities Enjoy the warm peaceful waters and white sand beaches of this beachfront resort. Resort amenities include two swimming […]
CLOSED FOR RENOVATION: Hacienda AltaGracia is a sprawling luxury estate in the southern mountains of Costa Rica that any foodie, affluent traveler, and skilled horseman can appreciate.
How do we pick our hotels?
We visit them! Our hotels are carefully assessed for quality and experience before being added to our curated hotel collection. We aim to bring you the best selection and match you with the best hotel for you through first-hand experience.
Where to stay in Costa Rica:
Because of the wide range of Costa Rica resorts and hotel experiences, our Experts have categorized each by both style and budget to illustrate the differences between each unique property. By style, each accommodation is categorized as Lodge, Eco Lodge, Boutique Hotel, Resort, All Inclusive, or Hotel. By budget, each accommodation is categorized as Exclusive, Luxury, Deluxe, Moderate, or Budget. Several of our Costa Rica hotels have multiple budget categories as they feature multiple rooms with varying levels. Likewise, several have more than one hotel style and are labeled accordingly. As our labeled categories are intended to be a tool to compare Costa Rica resorts and hotels, they are representative of the comparative accommodation experiences within each destination. In addition, budget categories may increase during Costa Rica’s peak seasons and for holiday travel.
Exclusive Costa Rica Resorts
Guanacaste, in the North of Costa Rica, contains the country’s most exclusive resorts. Thanks to the Pacific Coast, this area has experienced the greatest tourism development, and Guanacaste is the only region in which a traveler can find all-inclusive Costa Rica resorts with luxury accommodations.
The best place for finding boutique Costa Rica hotels is either in Manuel Antonio or on the Nicoya Peninsula. In Manuel Antonio, the surrounding beaches are stunning. Hotels are more likely to be cliff-side than beachfront, but the views are worth it. On the Nicoya Peninsula, life runs a little slower, and yoga and surf retreats abound.
The South Pacific holds the best of luxury villas. These homes-away-from-home will delight every sense, with all the treats of the best of the best, yet the privacy that’s necessary for a truly relaxing (or romantic) vacation. What could be better than living in the lap of luxury?
Lodges and Eco Lodges
Eco-lodging is perhaps the easiest of accommodations to find in Costa Rica. Thanks to the push for environmental friendliness, many of even the larger resorts are dedicated to maintaining a carbon-neutral livelihood. However, if what you want is truly an eco-escape, check out the wild Osa Peninsula, where untouched forests and cove beaches are some of the most natural places you’ll find in the world. Monteverde Cloud Forest and Tortuguero, where the quetzal flies and the turtles lay, respectively, also contain eco-friendly accommodations for visitors. If you’re looking for rustic, head to the South Caribbean, where tourism hasn’t taken hold. The hotels and lodges in this area might be missing some of the trappings of home – like WiFi – but it’s perfect if you’re looking to get back in tune and disconnect from our technologically complicated reality!
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