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    Costa Rica Hotel Travel Guide

    Welcome to Costa Rica

    Compared to this time last year, Costa Rica is drawing a lot more attention on Expedia as a vacation destination. Book a trip there today to see what all the fuss is about! Whether you want to check out the country's capital of San Jose, or would prefer to stay somewhere more , you're sure to find the perfect destination for your trip. See just how simple it is to visit the country of your dreams, start the hunt today.

    Want to reserve a room at an opulent inn in Costa Rica? Take your pick. We've got a huge assortment of modest motels also. And there are an assortment of alternatives in between. It all depends on what you're in the mood for and how much you'd like to save. And as far as location, you can select a room in any part of the region you'd like. You'll find a range of accommodation options right where everything's happening, as well as hidden lodges on the outskirts of Costa Rica. When you search our catalog of accommodations in Costa Rica, you're sure to find cheap rates and shocking offers on any type of accommodation in the area.

    Quick facts about Costa Rica:

    • With 4.9 million denizens, Costa Rica ranks 130th in population compared to other countries
    • The currency in Costa Rica is the Colón
    • Don't forget to stop in Guanacaste - North Pacific Coast, San Jose , and Arenal Volcano Region while you're in the country

    Reserving a room for your vacation shouldn't be a challenge. Expedia aims to save you time and money when booking your stay at a hotel in Costa Rica, so you can spend your time enjoying your trip and not stressing out about draining your bank account. So why wait another second to book your travel plans to Mexico and Central America? Select your desired travel dates now to find the best rates on getaways in Costa Rica!

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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 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
     
     
    "Casino on site"
    We used the free airport shuttle and had a very nice driver. Hotel has a Casino, Sakura and Hard Rock Café on site. The staff were very friendly and the room was clean. My only complaint is - noise. The walls are thin, we could hear doors opening and shutting and lots of conversations in the hallway. There were younger visitors that kept running up and down the halls until around 9PM (Yes, I know this sounds early, but we had a 4AM flight to catch the next day). Then around 2AM the older (drunk) visitors decided that we had enough sleep and needed to be woken up, so they proceeded to sing and talk very loud. * Also, we were unable to adjust the A/C - as we were hoping to drown out noise.
    Traveller from MD
    This family-friendly Asuncion hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Plaza Real Cariari, Ultrapark Free …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 and Staff"
    The staff very attentive and diligent, the cleaning excellent, Cristian the bartender very professional and attentive with patrons and very knowledgeable of the city. I recommend it
    Traveller from Puerto Rico
    This family-friendly San Jose hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Children's Museum, Jade …More
    Barceló San José - San Jose Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Barceló San José

    Autopista General Canas 3km, San Jose - Map
     
     
    "Very nice hotel with reasonable price"
    So comfortable and convenient. Only thing is the i'm flight restaurant price is bit too high.
    Traveller from palm beach FL
    Barcelo San Jose Palacio is situated on tropically landscaped grounds, 3 km (2 mi) from the museums, markets, and theaters of …More

    Hotels in Jaco (and vicinity)

    Beach Break Resort - Jaco Hotels
    Rating: 3.0 Stars

    Beach Break Resort

    200m South of the Muni of Jaco Beach, Jaco - Map
     
     
    "Beachside hotel"
    Very enjoyable experience I will definitly b back
    A Traveller
    Located in Jaco, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Neo Fauna, Jaco Beach, and …More
    Hotel Villa Creole - Jaco Hotels
    Rating: 3.0 Stars

    Hotel Villa Creole

    Calle Europa 20, Jaco - Map
     
     
    "Nice hotel, a 15 minute walk from the Jaco beach"
    We really enjoyed this hotel. The kitchen suite was definitely a plus, with all kinds of cookware and a full size fridge/freezer to use. The breakfasts were very good as was the swimming pool. It is within walking distance of tons of shops and restaurants. The hotel's air condition was definitely a plus since it was about 90 degrees F when we arrived. The staff was friendly and helpful too. The only downside were a lot of very tiny (smaller than an ant) sized bugs that were coming through the crack in the door and somewhere else near the kitchen.
    Traveller from Yakima, WA
    Located in the heart of Jaco, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Neo Fauna, Teatro Jaco, and Jaco Beach. Jaco Library and …More
    Jacó Laguna Resort and Beach Club - Jaco Hotels
    Rating: 3.5 Stars

    Jacó Laguna Resort and Beach Club

    Calle Madrigal, Jaco - Map
     
     
    "Perfect for a quiet vacation (even for families)"
    We stayed here for spring break. We had two kids with us, a 10 and. A 13 year old. We enjoyed our stay, we had no idea what to expect and to a large extent, the hotel did meet our expectations. It really depends on what you are looking for. If you want a smaller boutique hotel l, that is quiet and not in the middle of noisy downtown or crowded with a lot of tourists, then this is your perfect hotel! It was clean, the staff was very friendly. The food was pretty good in the two bars, we enjoyed the selection there. The prices for food and drink are on the high end but this seems to be a Costa Rica thing. Apparently, this is how they get more revenues. The great news is that there is a local mini grocery store right across the hotel where you can buy some snacks and drinks at a reasonable price. Also you can order pizza to the room, it was a great pizza! We had a ton of activities from Jaco. Great location for any. I would recommend these: Tortuga island, which is amazing scenery and a lot of fun for a whole day including free alcoholic drinks. The white water rafting, the zip line and the Manual park were great. I would skip ATV. Surfing is great there, relatively easy and cheap to rent
    Traveller from california
    Located in Jaco, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within 2 mi (3 km) of Neo Fauna, Jaco Beach, and Teatro …More

    Hotels in La Fortuna

    Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa - La Fortuna Hotels
    Rating: 4.5 Stars

    Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa

    13 km oeste del centro, La Fortuna - Map
     
     
    "Great resort."
    Friendly staff, amazing hot springs, close to lots of activities.
    A Traveller
    This family-friendly La Fortuna resort is located on the riverwalk, within 2 mi (3 km) of Arenal Natura Ecological Park …More
    Nayara Resort Spa & Gardens - La Fortuna Hotels
    Rating: 4.5 Stars

    Nayara Resort Spa & Gardens

    7 km West from La Fortuna Town Road 142, La Fortuna - Map
     
     
    "Amazing way to enjoy Costa Rica "
    Everything was amazing. The staff, the rooms, the environment ...
    A Traveller
    Located in Arenal Hot Springs, this luxury resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Arenal Natura Ecological Park, Baldi Hot Springs …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
     
     
    "Just lovely!!!"
    Everything was perfect. All the outdoor activities can be done in the resort premises. My horseback riding experience was lovely and William new he hotel and zoo history to perfection. Will definetly return with family. Only thing missing was fresh and natural juices for breakfast and drink mixers. Would have expected that due to the location.
    Traveller from Puerto Rico
    This family-friendly resort is located in La Fortuna (Arenal Hot Springs), close to Arenal Natura Ecological Park, Baldi Hot …More