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    Costa Rica Hotel Travel Guide

    Costa Rica is a colorful destination in Central America. Known for its diverse flora and fauna, it’s a major advocate of conservation and ecotourism. Whether you’re looking to hike through tropical rainforests or veg at the seaside, book your flights to Costa Rica today and get ready for ocean breezes and palm trees.

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    Geography

    Costa Rica is nestled between Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south. This Central American destination features a varied landscape with all kinds of terrain, from beaches and volcanoes to jungles and cloud forests. These regions support an impressive ecosystem with an assortment of plant and animal species. In fact, this tiny country contains 5 percent of the world’s biodiversity, and 25 percent of the land is protected.

    Best and Worst Times to Visit

    Because this country sits just north of the equator, it experiences toasty temperatures year round. The high season, which the locals refer to as summer, lasts from late November to April. This time of year usually sees the most sunshine. Some argue that the best time to visit is during December and January because the scenery is still green from the wet season, but the rain has tapered off.

    The locals call the wet season winter and it usually runs from May to November. Certain regions see an increase in rainfall, making the landscape especially green and lush. Depending on the region, it may rain every day, but in other areas it could only pour for a few hours. If you’re looking to capitalize on the sunshine, the rainy season may not be the best time to visit.

    Lodging

    If you’re in search of an accommodation with everything on site, book a stay at one of the best resorts in Costa Rica. Many of these luxury places include multiple restaurants, beach access, and full-service spas. Some even boast several pool areas and recreational activities, such as tennis courts and watersport rentals.

    You’ll also find standard Costa Rica hotels that provide some of the same amenities on a smaller scale. Oftentimes, hotels in the area offer complimentary breakfasts, lounges, and computer stations to accommodate your travel needs. Check out our cheap deals on resorts and hotels right here with Expedia.com to keep your vacation within your budget.

    Things to Do

    Costa Rica boasts some of the world’s most diverse flora and fauna, and you can witness it all at the national parks scattered around the region. Explore the tropical rainforest at Corcovado National Park and hike the dormant volcano at the Arenal Volcano National Park. Manuel Antonio National Park is where you’ll catch sight of wild monkeys, while Barra Honda National Park includes caves of limestone. These parks usually offer a number of ecotourism activities that allow visitors to experience the landscape and support the conservation efforts.

    For warm sand and salty sea air, head to the shore. Costa Rica flaunts serene beaches, perfect for relaxing and soaking up the sunshine or making a splash in the ocean. Retreat to Playa Potrero and find shade under a palm tree, or discover peace and quiet along the tranquil shores of Samara. Hit the waves at Playa Avellana, aka Little Hawaii, which stirs up some of the best surf in the country, attracting surfers from around the globe. You can also stay at one of the resorts in Jaco, where you’ll find another sweet spot for surfing.

    Take a break from the beach scene and dedicate some time to learning about the Costa Rican culture. San Jose has a number of must-see exhibits, including the Costa Rica Art Museum, Costa Rica National Museum, and the Costa Rica Jade Museum. Discover Central America’s pre-Hispanic history at the Museum of Native Cultures in Sarapiqui, and don’t miss Heredia’s Museum of Popular Culture.

    Culture

    Baseball is to America what soccer is to Costa Rica. The English taught the sport to locals in the early 20th century, and Costa Ricans have been scoring goals ever since.

    Bullfighting is another sport close to Costa Ricans’ hearts. It’s considered the country’s Super Bowl, with the most famous fight occurring in Zapote each year. Unlike the Spanish version though, the fighters don’t kill the bulls. These bullfights involve the contestants dodging the animal and running around the arena, much like a rodeo.

    The Costa Rican people are also big fans of festivals. In early January, they host the Fiesta de Palmares, which is a massive carnival with parades, concerts, comedy shows, and bullfights. The Fiesta de Los Diablitos is another popular festival that celebrates the indigenous culture and their ancestral spirits. Meanwhile, Independence Day falls on September 15 and commemorates the country’s separation from Spanish rule. During this celebration, the streets are lined with paper lanterns, and the Freedom Torch is carried from Guatemala to Cartago, the colonial capital of Costa Rica.

    Food

    Gallo pinto, a black bean and rice dish, is a staple of Costa Rican cuisine. Usually it’s served with a side of meat, salad, and fried plantains. Ceviche is another favorite fare, which includes raw fish, often white sea bass, with lime juice and chopped vegetables. Tamales, chicharron, and empanadas are common meals, too. As for drinks, coffee is the backbone of the culture, while the sweet cinnamon drink, horchata, and the sugar cane drink, guaro, are popular, too.

    Sip on horchata and join one of the ecotours in Costa Rica. Visit during one of the major festivals to get a sense of the culture or escape to the serene shoreline for an unforgettable sojourn. Here at Expedia.com, we provide a variety of cheap deals on Costa Rica resorts and hotels. Book today get ready to take on this diverse destination.

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    Hotels in Guanacaste - North Pacific Coast

    The Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal - All Inclusive - Cabo Velas Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    The Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal - All Inclusive

    Playa Conchal S/N, Cabo Velas - Map
     
     
    "Incredible Experience!"
    The Westin Playa Conchal was absolutely fabulous for our honeymoon. The staff, service, cleanliness and food was outstanding. Great beach, pool, rooms and amenities. We hope to be back in a couple years!
    A Traveller
    Nestled on the beach, this Cabo Velas resort is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Conchal Beach and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Playa Brasilito …More
    Occidental Grand Papagayo Resort - Adults Only-All Inclusive - Papagayo Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Occidental Grand Papagayo Resort - Adults Only-All Inclusive

    Playa Buena, Papagayo - Map
     
     
    "Nice, Reasonably Priced Resort"
    Pros: Close to (private) beach, friendly staff, nice pool Cons: Food is sub par, rooms are a little dated, wifi is slow
    Traveller from Houston, TX
    This beachfront 4-star All Inclusive resort on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast is surrounded by a tropical forest with wild …More
    Barcelo Langosta Beach - All Inclusive - Tamarindo Hotels
    Rating: 3.5 Stars

    Barcelo Langosta Beach - All Inclusive

    Playa Langosta, Tamarindo - Map
     
     
    "Nice hotel right at the beach "
    The staff of the hotel is exceptionally kind and helpful. You can book trips for anywhere in Costa Rica directly from the hotel. The staff speaks English. There is evening entertainment and beach volleyball, which I took full adavatbage off. The currents at the beach are red flag at all times, however there is a pool and to the left of the beach is a safe area. Great surfing spot and lots to do. The prices for the services are less than they should be. You always get food during trips and the travel to the trips is 90% of the time included. Very affordable vacation location.
    Traveller from Atlanta
    Nestled on the beach, this Tamarindo resort is within 12 mi (20 km) of Grande Beach, Playa Ventanas, and Hacienda Pinilla …More

    Hotels in San Jose (and vicinity)

    Wyndham San Jose Herradura Hotel & Convention Center - Ciudad Cariari Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Wyndham San Jose Herradura Hotel & Convention Center

    Autopista General Canas, Ciudad Cariari - Map
     
     
    we enjoyed the place we were and the distance to the places we want to go . the people were helpful and kind to question & needs.
    A Traveller
    This family-friendly Ciudad Cariari hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Plaza Real Cariari, Ultrapark …More
    Radisson San Jose-Costa Rica - San Jose Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Radisson San Jose-Costa Rica

    Calle Central y Tercera Av. 15, San Jose - Map
     
     
    "Nice Hotel, great guest services"
    It was what I expected and beyond, the front desk staff maybe will need just a little training to provide best customer service but in general, the hotel experience was great.
    Traveller from San Francisco, CA
    This family-friendly San Jose hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Children's Museum, Jade …More
    Barcelo San Jose Palacio - San Jose Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Barcelo San Jose Palacio

    Autopista General Canas 3km, San Jose - Map
     
     
    "Feel Spoiled and NEVER Want to Leave!!"
    We absolutely loved the San Jose Barcelo Palacio: EVERYONE in the main office, on the sixth floor, the taxi drivers, the waiters in the little restaurant by the pool, the sweet women who cleaned our room were wonderful, suggesting restaurants, things to do with a 4 year old in tow, and made us feel valued and important. The hotel itself has a fantastic never want to leave it pool for children/pool for adults, killer drinks and what better to go with the drinks ceviche and papas fritas, comfy beds, mini fridge, amazing best ever in our lives free breakfast buffet..although it was a stressful trip getting there, being in the Barcelo Palacio made it worthwhile. GREAT PLACE to stay and thank you!!
    Traveller from Massachusetts
    Barcelo San Jose Palacio is situated on tropically landscaped grounds, 3 km (2 mi) from the museums, markets, and theaters of …More

    Hotels in Arenal Volcano Region

    Volcano Lodge and Springs - La Fortuna Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Volcano Lodge and Springs

    7 Km West From La Fortuna, La Fortuna - Map
     
     
    "Great hotel in center of everything"
    This was a great hotel at a great location. It was easy to find and the hotel felt safe and secluded even though it was right off the main road. The hotel had a wide array of fauna and plants around the grounds. The pool and hot springs area was nice and enjoyable. The hot spring with the waterfall is by far the hottest. The other hot springs are Luke warm at best. The free breakfast buffets was filling and had adequate options. My only con was that my room was towards the back and it was a very long front to the front of the hotel. Although they did pick me up on my way to check out since it was raining.
    Traveller from camarillo
    Situated in the mountains, this spa lodge is within 2 mi (3 km) of Arenal Natura Ecological Park, Baldi Hot Springs, and …More
    Nayara Hotel Spa & Gardens - La Fortuna Hotels
    Rating: 4.5 Stars

    Nayara Hotel Spa & Gardens

    7 km West from La Fortuna Town Road 142, La Fortuna - Map
     
     
    "Amazing Place!"
    Nayara is a very luxurious place to stay! From the moment we arrived with the valet opening our car doors and welcoming us, the welcome drinks, the very personal introduction to Nayara and all it offers, the private tour of the entire resort, and then taking us to our villas and showing us around each of them....we KNEW we chose the right place to stay for our visit to this area of Costa Rica! We had two villas. One for our two sons (16 & 13) and one for us. My husband and I were in a suite while the boys were in a casita. Both were huge and clean and private and full of special touches. The twice daily housekeeping always offered much more than a cleaning and fresh towels....new treats (fruits, freshly bakes cookies/pastries, candies, animal towels, water bottles, espresso, etc.). We loved the outdoor shower and the huge deck with hot tub. The grounds were so beautiful with the gardens, birds (we did the early morning bird tour on the property), the fish pond, the fountains, the secret hammock spot, private hot tub way below the bridge, and of course the pool/hot tub area. The restaurants and room service were very good as well! We particularly enjoyed Altamira with the live music, outstanding service, and delicious food/drinks. We also had the included breakfast each morning and that was so good! It is a very romantic place for a couple or perfectly wonderful for a family like us. This place is very special and will wow you! Book it and enjoy the pampering!
    Traveller from Johns Creek, GA
    Situated near the airport, this luxury resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Arenal Natura Ecological Park, Baldi Hot Springs, and …More
    The Springs Resort and Spa at Arenal - La Fortuna Hotels
    Rating: 5.0 Stars

    The Springs Resort and Spa at Arenal

    Arenal, 9 Km West and, La Fortuna - Map
     
     
    "Most amazing location "
    The staff was amazing and the property is beautiful. I normally stay all inclusive and no kids but the property is spread out and spacious you can hardly tell kids were there. Food was a bit pricey but NO COMPLAINTS hotel transport is $170 each way but views are worth it and it is 3 hours away so that is fair.
    Traveller from Miami
    This family-friendly resort is located on a river, close to Arenal Natura Ecological Park, Baldi Hot Springs, and Ecotermales …More