Hotel Bula Bula

3 stars
Hotel Bula Bula, Playa Grande, Guanacaste,
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Reviewer score
out of 5
6 reviews
Great Vacations

Great hotel, great customer service and delicious food. See full review

  • Bruno1234
  • Aug 4, 2014
Quiet beach place

This hotel was great, I was there with my boyfriend enjoying a long weekend vacation and we enjoyed... See full review

  • LuisC
  • Jul 18, 2014
Lush tropical gardens, a stellar restaurant, comfortable rooms and emphasis on service sets the stage for an enchanting stay in the small beach town of Playa Grande.

The beach is a seemingly endless curve of pristine beach in a national marine park. Excellent location for surfing, taking active tours or just relaxing. The hotel also offers free breakfast to its guest.

A visit to Costa Rica would not be complete without visiting Hotel Bula Bula and the beach communities of the Northern Pacific. This region offers ready access to volcanoes, rainforest canopy tours, waterfalls, hot springs, and of course, any type of beach and water sports you can imagine. And now, you can fly directly into our province from many airports in North America. Making this region of Costa Rica even easier to reach the beach.

Hotel Bula Bula is located in Playa Grande, on the Pacific Northwest of Costa Rica. The 5 kilometer white sand beach boasts one of the most consistent surf breaks in Costa Rica and is known for incredible barrels. The nearly private beach is also a terrific place to unwind and collect seashells. Tamarindo, a town featured in the surfing movie Endless Summer II is just across the estuary. We are on the Tamarindo estuary (where the Pacific ocean extends inland to meet the mouth of the Rio Matapalo) and about a 5 minute walk to the beach.
Bula Bula is a phrase common to many world cultures generally meaning the point where your body and soul can be described as "Happy, Happy."

Hotel Map

10.3194 -85.8356
Area served
Guancaste gold coast beaches near Tamarindo. Liberia airport (code LIR) is closest international airport.
Nearby airports
Liberia (code LIR) is one hour drive. San Jose (SJO) is four hour drive.
Area description
Located in the Pacific Northwest region called Guanacaste and about one hour drive from international airport Liberia (code LIR). Travel + Leisure Magazine lists Playa Grande in top 5 Best Beaches of Costa Rica. The hotel is located adjacent to a nature-filled estuary, making transportation to/from Tamarindo via boat taxi a snap. The white sand beach is a mere 5 minute stroll from the hotel.

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Hotel Bula Bula Rooms

Superior Hotel
The room offers one king size bed. Smartly decorated with native art and pottery and designed with bright, tropical colors, each room has: King-size orthopedic bed; Private bath with shower; Air-conditioning; Cable TV and DVD/CD player; Ceiling fan; Mini-Refrigerator; In-Room Safe; Coffee maker with complimentary coffee; Made-to-Order breakfast included.


  • WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
No smoking rooms/facilities
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Free parking
Handicapped rooms/facilities


The Great Waltini's
Chef Waltini creates a fusion of the Americas including California Fresh, Gulf Coast Cajun, New England Traditional with Latin American variety and Costa Rican specialties. Among the most popular menu selections are blackened Ahi tuna, Mahi-Mahi topped with tropical salsa, Lobster Tails, Ribeye Steak and Filet Mignon. Wally adds various specialties (like roasted duckling with a merlot reduction sauce or grilled quail) and they sell out quickly. The hotel is pretty famous for the bar drinks too! Whether they be fruity blender concoctions such as Pia Colada, Daiquiris, Margaritas. Or top-shelf scotches, whiskies, vodkas, and rums. Or even specialty shots and shaker drinks (surfer on acid, pineapple upside down cake, mojitos, caipirhinias, martinis).

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Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use. All information has been provided by this hotel and not by Orbitz

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Guest Reviews (6)

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new york, ny
May 31, 2012

Didn't want to leave!

this place was fantastically peaceful. only a few rooms, so it feels like home. the staff were great, food is amazing.

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you can catch a water taxi to tamarindo directly from bula bula for $3, or walk down to the beach and pay only $1. take the $3 taxi as you get a lovely boat ride/tour for an extra two bucks!

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