The Best Hotels in Costa Rica
Collected by AFAR Editors, AFAR Staff
The variety of hotel options in Costa Rica rivals the country’s famous biological diversity. Whether you go high or low, breezy hammock or bazillion thread-count sheets, these one-of-a-kind accommodations help nature lovers embrace the pura vida lifestyle.
Junction 4.6km Route 618 turn right onto, Road to Arenas del Mar, Puntarenas Province, Manuel Antonio, 60601, Costa Rica
With its pristine beaches, emerald lagoons, and wildlife-filled jungles, Manuel Antonio National Park is considered one of the world’s most beautiful natural wonders. There’s no better place from which to explore it than the five-star...
Peninsula Papagayo, Guanacaste Province, Papagayo Peninsula, 50104, Costa Rica
Occupying 28 ocean-front acres on the northwest coast of the Bay of Culebra, Andaz Peninsual Papagayo evokes its natural surroundings at every turn. Costa Rican architect Ronald Zürcher took an organic approach to the design of the...
700 meters west from Bridgestone/Firestone La Ribera de Belen Heredia, Heredia, Belén, 40703, Costa Rica
Renowned Costa Rican architect Ronald Zürcher looked to his country’s colonial past when designing this hacienda-style property—witness its central courtyard, arched doorways, and terra-cotta roofs. Set amid a 30-acre coffee...
708 Alajuela Province alajuela, Provincia de Alajuela, Bajos del Toro, 20101, Costa Rica
The scenic drive to Poás National Park alone makes a stay at El Silencio Lodge worth it, but you don’t need to leave the grounds to see the country’s largest active volcano. The 16 Zen cottages enjoy serene views of the steaming...
Hacienda Pinilla, Provincia de Guanacaste, 50309, Costa Rica
On a quiet white-sand beach within the gates of the historic Hacienda Pinilla ranch, just a few miles from the bustling surf town of Tamarindo, the JW Marriott is an ideal choice for families, offering a wide range of on-site activities for every...
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 tropical take on European influences—Victorian architecture, French colonial touches, and Grecian columns among...
Private Rd, Provincia de Puntarenas, Uvita de Osa, Costa Rica
Tucked away in a small village in southern Costa Rica, Kurà Design Villas is an eight-suite eco-friendly resort where the hummingbirds outnumber the people and a large row of solar panels in the pool area heat shower water and...
702 road 21007, Provincia de Alajuela, La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Nestled within the tropical vegetation at the foot of Arenal Volcano National Park, the award-winning Nayara Resort’s 50 hillside bungalows offer luxurious respite after a morning spent hiking, rafting, zip-lining, canyoning, or indulging in...
de, Alajuela Province, San Carlos, Costa Rica
Connected by a 200-foot footbridge spanning a rainforest ravine, Nayara Springs is the newer, adults-only sister property of Nayara Resort, Spa & Gardens. Each of the former’s 35 villas is eclectically furnished—crystal chandeliers...
Rio Perdido, Provincia de Guanacaste, Bagaces, Costa Rica
The first thing guests notice as they approach the 600-acre Rio Perdido ecolodge is a large wood-and-steel rotunda that, from a distance, resembles a flying saucer, an award-winning design that houses the resort’s open-air restaurant,...
9 Km Oeste y km 4 Norte del centro de la Fortuna, Alajuela Province, La Fortuna, 21007, Costa Rica
The 165-acre Springs Resort & Spa sits 1,000 feet above the Arenal Valley, higher than any other resort in the area and affording each one of its 47 polished-wood guest rooms commanding views of the Arenal Volcano and surrounding countryside....
Noreste de Centro de la Fortuna de San Carlos 13 Km, Provincia de Alajuela, Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica
On the west side of Arenal Volcano, this 900-acre tropical reserve was a labor of love for owner and architect Jaime Mikowski, who spent years planting acres of native plants and coaxing the land’s natural mineral springs into a river that...
20 min from Poas Volcano National Park, Heredia Province, Costa Rica
Come for the wildlife, stay for the good life. Popular with day visitors who arrive to hand-feed hummingbirds and toucans, fish for trout, and watch staff feed the rescued big cats and monkeys, Waterfall Gardens is a 70-acre reserve in Costa...
Playa Conchal G Cabo Velas, Provincia de Guanacaste, 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...
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