The Best Hotels in Costa Rica
Collected by Deb Hopewell, AFAR Contributor
The variety of hotel options in Costa Rica rivals the country’s famous biodiversity. Go high or low, breezy hammock or bazillion thread-count sheets, but go—and stay.
702 road 21007, Provincia de Alajuela, La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Tucked into lush tropical vegetation at the foot of Arenal Volcano National Park, Nayara Resort’s 50 hillside bungalows are the perfect respite after a morning of hiking, rafting, zip-lining, canyoning, horseback riding, or any of a number...
de, Alajuela Province, San Carlos, Costa Rica
Connected by a 200-foot footbridge spanning a rain-forest ravine, Nayara Springs is the newer, adults-only sister resort of Nayara Resort Spa & Gardens; adult guests at both properties can partake of amenities (pools, restaurants, etc.) of...
Peninsula Papagayo, Guanacaste Province, Papagayo Peninsula, 50104, Costa Rica
When Hyatt’s luxury resort brand, Andaz, went looking for an architect for a new project occupying 28 ocean-front acres on the northwest shores of the Bay of Culebra, it turned to one of Costa Rica’s most noted talents, Ronald...
Noreste de Centro de la Fortuna de San Carlos 13 Km, Provincia de Alajuela, Arenal, Costa Rica
A luxury hotel in the shadow of Arenal Volcano features a series of pools—one equipped with slides—and waterfalls set amid tropical gardens. Lava streaming from the volcano may provide an after-dark show. Tabacón Thermal Resort...
9 Km Oeste y km 4 Norte del centro de la Fortuna, Alajuela Province, La Fortuna, 21007, Costa Rica
The 165-acre luxury Springs Resort & Spa nestles a thousand feet above the Arenal Valley just outside the national park boundary, higher than any other resort in the area and thus affording each one of its 47 polished-wood guest rooms...
Puntarenas Province, Jaco, Costa Rica
Interior designer and owner Denis Roy eschewed the palapa-inspired elegance employed by so many Costa Rican resorts in favor of a blend of European influences—“tropical Victorian” architecture, French colonial touches, Grecian...
Rio Perdido, Provincia de Guanacaste, Bagaces, Costa Rica
This 600-acre ecolodge is named for the “lost river” flowing through a canyon 150 feet below and dotted with dozens of soothing warm mineral pools thanks to the geothermal activity of nearby Miravalles Volcano. The first thing guests...
Playa Conchal, G, Cabo Velas, 50308, Costa Rica
Hugging the golden crescent of Playa Conchal on Costa Rica’s northern Pacific Coast, the 2,400-acre Westin Playa Conchal is an all-inclusive (Westin’s only one) that has put great care into navigating the needs of both families and...
700 meters west from Bridgestone/Firestone, La Ribera de Belen, CR-H, Heredia, 40703, Costa Rica
Renowned Costa Rican architect Ronald Zürcher looked to his country’s colonial past in designing this hacienda-style property, with its central courtyard, arched doorways, wrought-iron fixtures, terra-cotta roofs, and handpainted tiles....
Junction 4.6km Route 618 turn right onto, Road to Arenas del Mar, Puntarenas Province, Manuel Antonio, 60601, Costa Rica
This five-star resort just might be the best jumping-off point for visitors to Manuel Antonio National Park—considered one of the most beautiful national parks in the world, with its beaches, lagoons, jungles, and islands teeming with...
708, Costa Rica, Provincia de Alajuela, Bajos del Toro, Costa Rica
It is a scenic drive from El Silencio to Poás National Park, whose centerpiece is the country’s largest active volcano crater; a mile across, it is constantly steaming and bubbling. A 20-minute walk from there is Laguna Botos crater,...
20 min from Poas Volcano National Park, Heredia Province, Costa Rica
Come for the wildlife, and stay for the luxurious life. Waterfall Gardens is a 70-acre wildlife preserve just an hour from San Jose in the cloud-forest interior, popular with day visitors who come to experience the five waterfalls, hand-feed...
Private Rd, Provincia de Puntarenas, Uvita de Osa, Costa Rica
After three days of nature exploration in and around Manuel Antonio National Park, I was off to Kurà Design Villas in Uvita de Osa, a small village in southern Costa Rica. I arrived mid-afternoon to sunny skies and the soft humming of birds...
Hacienda Pinilla Guanacaste CR-G CR 50309, Provincia de Guanacaste, Costa Rica
JW Marriott Guanacaste sits on a quiet white-sand beach within the gates of Hacienda Pinilla, just a few miles from the bustling, surfer-tourist town of Tamarindo. It’s a particularly good choice for families, with a wide range of activities...
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