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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
NEW! - Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica - All Inclusive 34 minutes ago 4 stars $317
RIU Guanacaste - All Inclusive
El Coco
1 hour ago 4 stars $229
Hotel Le Bergerac
San Jose Downtown
2 hours ago 3 stars $59
Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas 4 hours ago 3 stars $47
Los Lagos Hotel Spa and Resort 4 hours ago 3 stars $52
Montana de Fuego Resort and SPA 6 hours ago 4 stars $62
Hotel Presidente San Jose City Center
San Jose Downtown
8 hours ago 4 stars $79
Courtyard Marriott San Jose Airport Alajuela 9 hours ago 3 stars $70
Holiday Inn Express SAN JOSE COSTA RICA AIRPORT 15 hours ago 3 stars $86
El Sabanero Eco-Lodge 20 hours ago 3 stars $66

Recently Rated Costa Rica Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Los Lagos Hotel Spa and Resort
3.9 / 5
45 reviews
3 stars $52
Hotel Paradise Costa Rica
2.8 / 5
13 reviews
3 stars $29
Riu Palace Costa Rica - All Inclusive
El Coco
4.1 / 5
53 reviews
4 stars $302
Hotel El Maragato
San Jose Downtown
3.2 / 5
19 reviews
2 stars $37
Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas
3.6 / 5
41 reviews
3 stars $47
Park Inn San Jose by Radisson, Costa Rica
4.0 / 5
1 reviews
3 stars $72
Courtyard Marriott San Jose Airport Alajuela
4.2 / 5
35 reviews
3 stars $70
Colours Oasis - Lifestyle Inclusive Resort
San Jose Sabana
4.2 / 5
6 reviews
3 stars $35
Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
Papagayo
3.9 / 5
92 reviews
4 stars $258
Asclepios Wellness and Healing Retreat
5.0 / 5
1 reviews
3 stars $104

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Featured Costa Rica Hotels

From $131

1 Arenal Springs Resort

3 stars
4.1 / 5 30 reviews

La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Free WI-Fi Internet Acces!

Located just 5 miles away from la Fortuna town way to the Arenal Volcano or National Park. We are between town and the Arenal Lake. And is a hotel near to the most popular Arenal hot springs. The... More

From $79

2 Hotel Presidente San Jose City Center

4 stars
4.0 / 5 135 reviews

San Jose, Costa Rica

October Special - Book Now and Save

A four star hotel located in the heart of downtown San Jose, Costa RicaAn iconic landmark in San Jose, Costa Rica, Hotel Presidente is a contemporary urban retreat in the heart of downtown San... More

From $70

3 Courtyard Marriott San Jose Airport Alajuela

3 stars
4.2 / 5 35 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... More

From $229

4 RIU Guanacaste - All Inclusive

4 stars
4.0 / 5 303 reviews

Guanacaste-Liberia, Costa Rica

Golf Discount

Costa Rica getaway for gambling, safaris and sports all in one placeLocated in a region more reminiscent of the African Savannah, the RIU Guanacaste - All Inclusive is situated in an area unlike... More

From $47

5 Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas

3 stars
3.6 / 5 41 reviews

Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Free Continental Breakfast ,Wi-Fi & Parking

Find sprawling beachfront villas and nightlife near Tamarindo The Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas offers guest rooms and kitchen-equipped villas on the beach in Tamarindo. The Golden Coast... More

From $47

6 San Bosco Inn

2 stars
4.0 / 5 25 reviews

La Fortuna, Costa Rica

FREE Breakfast + WiFi + Parking + Coffee All Day

Hotel is located in the center of La Fortuna, in the nicest tranquil area of this beautiful charming town, just 15 minutes from the majestic Arenal Volcano. Hotel's strategic location in the town... More

From $80

7 Wyndham San Jose Herradura Hotel & Convention Center

4 stars
4.0 / 5 125 reviews

San Jose, Costa Rica

Casual luxury hotel in San Jose offers business and leisure servicesThe Wyndham San Jose Herradura Hotel and Convention Center sits at the heart of Central Valley, with breathtaking views of the... More

From $76

8 Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton San Jose-Airport

2 stars
4.1 / 5 27 reviews

Alajuela, Costa Rica

Free On The HouseT hot breakfast, Wi-Fi

San Jose hotel near the airport with free breakfast and a pool The Hampton Inn & Suites Airport-San Jose hotel sits just minutes from the international airport and downtown San Jose, making it... More

From $317

9 NEW! - Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica - All Inclusive

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

Guanacaste-Liberia, Costa Rica

Luxurious accommodations set on Jolo Beach Secluded on the northern coastal area in Guanacoste, Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica - All Inclusive on Jolo Beach welcomes leisure travelers with posh... More

From $140

10 Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort

3 stars
3.9 / 5 74 reviews

Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Comfortable oceanfront guest rooms, modern amenities on Tamarindo BeachThe Tamarindo Diria Beach and Golf Resort sits along a stretch of white sand in picturesque Tamarindo. As the town's first... More

From $52

11 Los Lagos Hotel Spa and Resort

3 stars
3.9 / 5 45 reviews

La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Up to 9 Guests with the same rate!

Volcano Resort with 1050 acres of tropical forest and wide landscapes, clear, safe and spectacular view to Arenal Volcano, wide tropical gardens with butterflies, frogs, crocodiles and leave cutter... More

From $54

12 Costa Rica Morazan Hotel and Casino

3 stars
3.2 / 5 38 reviews

San Jose, Costa Rica

FREE Breakfast & WiFi

San Jose city center hotel with breakfast and casinoCosta Rica Morazan Hotel and Casino is a value-for-money hotel with well-equipped accommodations and city center location that caters to... More

From $49

13 Hotel Catedral Casa Cornejo

3 stars
Not yet reviewed

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... More

From $90

14 Bahia Del Sol Beach Front Hotel and Suites

4 stars
4.2 / 5 54 reviews

Guanacaste-Liberia, Costa Rica

Book Now and Save 35%

Find homey comforts, like kitchen-equipped suites, on Potrero Beach Bahia del Sol Beachfront Hotel and Suites sits on Potrero Beach surrounded by tropical forest, just a few minutes from Flamingo... More

From $140

15 Jardin del Eden Hotel

3 stars
4.0 / 5 23 reviews

Tamarindo, Costa Rica

FREE Wi-Fi + Welcome Cocktail + FREE Parking

Boutique beach hotel with pool and JacuzziNestled in lush tropical gardens near Tamarindo Beach, Jardin del Eden Hotel makes for an idyllic retreat for vacationers in Guanacaste. Apart from... More

From $62

16 Montana de Fuego Resort and SPA

4 stars
3.4 / 5 21 reviews

La Fortuna, Costa Rica

10% Off in Spa & 5% Off in Restaurant

A true oasis of peaceInspired by its great natural environment, our hotel is immersed in 35 hectares of primary and secondary forest, at the foot of the majestic Arenal Volcano, which makes it a... More

From $98

17 Apartotel and Suites Villas del Rio

3 stars
4.2 / 5 20 reviews

San Jose, Costa Rica

25% off per night!

Apartotel and Suites Villas del Rio is located in beautiful Escazu, one Costa Rica's finest residential areas. Hotel's great location, close to important shopping, business and entertainment... More

From $99

18 The Trapp Family Country Inn Costa Rica

2 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

Alajuela, Costa Rica

Rainy Season Special

Located only 1 mile from Juan Santamara International Airport. This colonial style hotel is surrounded by beautiful gardens with centenary fig trees, just a few minutes from the bustling airport... More

From $118

19 Flamingo Beach Resort and Spa

4 stars
4.0 / 5 94 reviews

Guanacaste-Liberia, Costa Rica

FREE WIFI & FREE daily Activities Program

Pool-view guestrooms and kitchenette suites on protected Flamingo Beach Situated on the northwest Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, north of Tamarindo, the Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa offers an... More

20 Sunrise Condominium

3 stars
4.0 / 5 3 reviews

Tamarindo, Costa Rica

FREE WiFi

Sunrise Condominium is one of Tamarindo's newest vacation complexes, steps to its famous surfing beach. Luxury 2 and 3 bedroom condominiums, many with ocean views, in a 4 story development,... More