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Return to nature at a Costa Rican resort

Costa Rica is a feast for the senses with unforgettable sights, sounds, flavors and aromas. Straddling the Central American isthmus, the country's biodiversity is considered one of the richest on the planet. In addition to cultural attractions in metropolitan areas, such as the National Theatre in the capital city, San Jose, visitors can experience a wide range of activities in the backcountry. Visit the nation's Caribbean or Pacific Ocean beaches and journey into the unspoiled rainforest and slopes of Arenal to view the native flora and fauna.


Things to see and do

Costa Rica's tropical beaches, lush vegetation and rich cultural heritage contain something nearly any person on earth can enjoy.

Beaches and water sports

Costa Rica has marvelous beaches on both coasts. The white sandy shores on the Caribbean side are excellent for relaxing, swimming and boating, as well as parasailing and jet skiing. The Caribbean's most famous beach, Tortuguero, is an ideal spot for sighting manatees. The black-sand beaches and waves on the Pacific side are a haven for anglers, surfers and divers looking to explore undersea reefs and caves that create a habitat for schools of tropical fish. Playa Grande is the largest nesting spot for Leatherback sea turtles along the Pacific coastline.

Ecotourism

The country's national parks and marine reserves are a tropical paradise brimming with exotic plants and animals. Activities include hiking nature trails, rafting raging rivers and zip-lining across the jungle canopy, as well as viewing the crater of an active volcano from the rim. In addition to spotting colorful birds, butterflies and orchids on land, guests of Costa Rican hotels can journey offshore to watch whales, dolphins and sea turtles.

Cultural attractions

The nation's cultural diversity will be evident as you explore the streets of San Jose, viewing historic buildings and other vestiges of Spanish colonial rule. Museum exhibits document the contributions of Costa Rica's ethnicities, such as African, Spanish and the native Bribri and Teribe people, and they also feature pre-Columbian and contemporary art. A coffee plantation tour reveals the important connection between the bean and the nation's history. Spend time in smaller towns and villages like Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, a seaside community that frequently bounces to the beat of reggae music.

Festivals and cuisine

Guests of Costa Rica's hotels can enjoy fireworks, music and dancing at Independence Day and Fiesta Palmares celebrations, as well as at the many celebrations honoring the country's patron saints. A highlight of these gatherings is the flavorful and aromatic local cuisine. Meals generally feature fresh ingredients like red peppers, bananas, sweet corn and seafood. Standout dishes include ceviche, which is seafood cured in lime juice, and arroz con pollo, a chicken entree with rice.


Best time to visit

The mid-December to April dry season is the best time to visit Costa Rica. The mild weather boasts plenty of sunshine for exploring the rainforests and relaxing on the beach. This is the most popular time for visitors, so plan accordingly when making travel and hotel reservations. The May to November rainy season is the least crowded, but it offers the best deals. Although the average temperature range is between the mid-70s and high-80s, the climate in Costa Rica can vary by region and proximity to the coast as well as elevation above sea level.


Travel information

Costa Rica is served by three airports. The main aviation gateway is Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO), which is situated approximately 15 miles northwest of the capital. Daniel Oduber Quiros Airport (LIR), located in the northwest province of Guanacaste, is close to major resort cities. Primarily a domestic hub, Tobias Bolanos Airport (SYQ) is also located near the capital. Public buses and rental cars, which provide easier access to secluded beaches and other remote areas, are the main modes of travel within the country. Other options include renting a motorcycle or flying on one of the two domestic airlines.

Recently booked Costa Rica hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica - All Inclusive 24 minutes ago 4 stars $326
Hotel Mayol Lodge 14 hours ago 2 stars $39
Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort 14 hours ago 4 stars $209
RIU Guanacaste - All Inclusive
El Coco
14 hours ago 4 stars $267
Wyndham San Jose Herradura Hotel & Convention Center 15 hours ago 4 stars $85
Esplendor Tamarindo 17 hours ago 4 stars $148
Courtyard Marriott San Jose Airport Alajuela 18 hours ago 3 stars $98
Radisson San Jose - Costa Rica
San Jose Downtown
19 hours ago 4 stars $69
Riu Palace Costa Rica - All Inclusive
El Coco
20 hours ago 4 stars $318
Los Lagos Hotel Spa and Resort 20 hours ago 3 stars $155

Recently Rated Costa Rica Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Flamingo Beach Resort and Spa
Conchal
4.0 / 5
86 reviews
4 stars $200
Rincon del Valle Hotel and Suites
San Jose Sabana
4.0 / 5
24 reviews
4 stars $69
Hotel Presidente San Jose City Center
San Jose Downtown
4.1 / 5
152 reviews
4 stars $102
Balmoral Hotel
San Jose Downtown
3.8 / 5
60 reviews
3 stars $98
The Royal Corin Thermal Water Spa & Resort
4.6 / 5
16 reviews
4 stars $305
RIU Guanacaste - All Inclusive
El Coco
4.0 / 5
331 reviews
4 stars $267
Palma Real Hotel and Casino San Jose
San Jose Sabana
3.8 / 5
12 reviews
3 stars $76
Kekoldi Hotel - Bed and Breakfast
San Jose Downtown
3.0 / 5
1 reviews
2 stars Choose dates
Esplendor Tamarindo
4.6 / 5
8 reviews
4 stars $148
Radisson San Jose - Costa Rica
San Jose Downtown
3.9 / 5
16 reviews
4 stars $69

Featured Costa Rica Hotels

From $188

1 Baldi Hot Springs Resort and Spa

4 stars
4.0 / 5 5 reviews

La Fortuna, Costa Rica

FREE Breakfast, Parking & HOT SPRINGS

Baldi Hot Springs Resort Hotel & Spa is a family oriented resort located at the Arenal Volcano feet in La Fortuna, San Carlos, Costa Rica. The first stage with 32-room, deluxe resort...

From $69

2 Radisson San Jose - Costa Rica

4 stars
3.9 / 5 16 reviews

San Jose, Costa Rica

Save 20% on your stay

Discerning travelers looking for an ideal place to stay while in a corporate trip or leisure holiday in the heart of the historic San Jose find ideal base at the stylish accommodations and...

From $98

3 Courtyard Marriott San Jose Airport Alajuela

3 stars
4.2 / 5 49 reviews

Alajuela, Costa Rica

Rate Includes Breakfast

The new Courtyard San Jose Airport Alajuela Hotel offers style, convenience and value close to downtown. Located just 4 minutes from the Juan Santamaria International Airport Costa Rica, this...

From $200

4 Flamingo Beach Resort and Spa

4 stars
4.0 / 5 86 reviews

Guanacaste-Liberia, Costa Rica

FREE WIFI & FREE daily Activities Program

When you stay at the Flamingo Beach Resort and Spa in Guanacaste Liberia, Costa Rica, you'll be greeted by attentive staff members who are ready to take you to your well-appointed suite. Each suite...

From $146

5 Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas

3 stars
3.7 / 5 46 reviews

Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Free Continental Breakfast ,Wi-Fi & Parking

The Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas offers guest rooms and kitchen-equipped villas on the beach in Tamarindo. The Golden Coast location of the Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas offers easy...

From $92

6 Hotel Kokoro Arenal

3 stars
4.3 / 5 3 reviews

La Fortuna, Costa Rica

FREE Thermal Hot Springs, Trails, WiFi

Offering views of Arenal Volcano, Hotel Kokoro features a hill-top swimming pool, a spa, and eco-friendly rooms and villas set in tropical gardens. It has a beautiful setting in La Palma, 2 km...

From $102

7 Hotel Presidente San Jose City Center

4 stars
4.1 / 5 152 reviews

San Jose, Costa Rica

Special Sale !!! 20% Off

Hotel Presidente San Jose is a downtown fixture of Costa Rica's capital. Though you'll be in the heart of the old city, the rooms here are designed with respect for space, and they incorporate...

From $111

8 Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton San Jose-Airport

2 stars
4.2 / 5 38 reviews

Alajuela, Costa Rica

Free On The House hot breakfast, Wi-Fi

The Hampton Inn & Suites Airport-San Jose hotel sits just minutes from the international airport and downtown San Jose, making it a great option for visitors looking for a jumping-off point to...

From $267

9 RIU Guanacaste - All Inclusive

4 stars
4.0 / 5 331 reviews

Guanacaste-Liberia, Costa Rica

$35 Spa Credit per person + Kids FREE & Golf Discount

The RIU Guanacaste All Inclusive resort in Liberia, the largest city in Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica, offers a top-notch beach getaway. The beautiful rooms offer sensational views of the beach...

From $379

10 Barcelo Langosta Beach - All Inclusive

3 stars
3.9 / 5 64 reviews

Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Early Booking Special - 20 % Off

Offering comfortable accommodations situated on the pristine Langosta shores, Barcelo Langosta Beach - All Inclusive creates an ideal holiday haven in the scenic coastal town of Tamarindo in Costa...

From $155

11 Los Lagos Hotel Spa and Resort

3 stars
3.9 / 5 52 reviews

La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Up to 9 Guests with the same rate!

Built in 1995, Los Lagos Hotel, Spa & Resort is among the most peaceful and luxurious places you can find in La Fortuna. The rooms are spacious and welcoming, featuring comfortable beds,...

From $85

12 Wyndham San Jose Herradura Hotel & Convention Center

4 stars
4.1 / 5 139 reviews

San Jose, Costa Rica

FREE US & CAN Calls, Wi-Fi & Airport Shuttle

The Wyndham San Jose Herradura Hotel & Convention Center in San Jose offers accommodations and services for travelers visiting the area for business or pleasure. You ll be able to stay active...

From $63

13 Hotel Catedral Casa Cornejo

3 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

Alajuela, Costa Rica

FREE Wi-Fi & Breakfast

An excellent place to enjoy of a comfortable lodging with a familiar personalized attention. Hotel Catedral Casa Cornejo is a small family owned and managed hotel located in the heart of the city...

From $190

14 Bahia Del Sol Beach Front Boutique Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 45 reviews

Guanacaste-Liberia, Costa Rica

15% Off - Family Suite

Bahia del Sol Beachfront Hotel and Suites sits on Potrero Beach surrounded by tropical forest, just a few minutes from Flamingo and Prieta Beaches. Guest rooms overlook the central gardens and the...

From $107

15 Best Western Camino a Tamarindo

3 stars
4.4 / 5 9 reviews

Tamarindo, Costa Rica

35% OFF - Special Sale

Providing comfortable accommodations set eight kilometers from the beach, Best Western Camino a Tamarindo makes for an ideal base for travelers and tourists looking to visit the town of Tamarindo...