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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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    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.


    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 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.


    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.


    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, 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
    "Great hotel."
    Had a fabulous night at this hotel. Staff was friendly, the food and drinks were good and there was a casino for entertainment.
    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
    "Amazing hotel clean and staff are very helpful "
    overall excellent staff very helpful room very clean amenities are good but the pool was soo cold people hardly enjoyed it
    Traveller from los angeles
    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 good hotel in San Jose, Costa Rica"
    We have had a very good experience with this hotel. Staff at the front desk, by the pool restaurant & tour desk were very friendly & accomodating. The restaurant by the pool has excellent bbq platter with very good price. Free airport shuttle & breakfast is a plus. A little bit of smile from the staff at the breakfast buffet would habe been nice and could have made our stay perfect. Over all this hotel is highly recommended.
    Traveller from Toronto
    Barcelo San Jose Palacio is situated on tropically landscaped grounds, 3 km (2 mi) from the museums, markets, and theaters of …More

    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
    "Beautiful hotel and incredible service!"
    The service at this resort is unparalleled! Anything you want at any time is at your request! The dining options were plentiful and varied with excellent food which is not common at all-inclusive resorts. This resort is oceanfront but more jungle and golf course views. The shuttle service throughout the property is excellent and you can get anywhere quickly. Take the car service available from the airport to the hotel...its expensive but worthwhile.
    Traveller from US
    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 Papagayo - Adults Only -All Inclusive - Papagayo Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Occidental Papagayo - Adults Only -All Inclusive

    Playa Buena, Papagayo - Map
    "The drinks were great!!!!"
    Staff were great, room was nice and food was great too
    A Traveller
    This beachfront 4-star All Inclusive resort on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast is surrounded by a tropical forest with wild …More
    Occidental Tamarindo - Tamarindo Hotels
    Rating: 3.5 Stars

    Occidental Tamarindo

    Playa Langosta, Tamarindo - Map
    The staff and hotel are great. Good location, great beach, pool and food. The room was clean and roomy.
    A Traveller
    Nestled on the beach, this Tamarindo resort is within 12 mi (20 km) of Grande Beach, Playa Ventanas, and Hacienda Pinilla …More

    Hotels in Arenal Volcano Region

    Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort - La Fortuna Hotels
    Rating: 4.5 Stars

    Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort

    13 km oeste del centro, La Fortuna - Map
    "Dream like hot springs"
    My wife and I spent our 6 year anniversary at Tabacon and just loved it. The hot springs are a magical sight to behold. the spa offers great service and I recommend getting a massage in the outside cabanas that sit on the thermal river. The rooms are nice and spacious if you get the honeymoon suites your view will be the valcano arenal. The food was ok I think it was a little pricey for the quality but if you don't want to eat at the hotel you will need to make a 20min trip into La Fortuna. The town is worth visiting. My overall rating is a 4.5 and well worth the money. We traveled on 10/15/16 yes during the wet season and maybe we got lucky but rain was not a big issue. Remember they call it a rainforest for a reason.
    Traveller from US
    This family-friendly La Fortuna resort is located on the riverwalk, within 2 mi (3 km) of Arenal Natura Ecological Park …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
    " Best hotel experience ever"
    Unbelievable room, your own private little house with phenomenal view of the Arenal volcano framed by gorgeous tropical plants right off your private deck. Great staff and excellent food. Also, don't pass up getting a massage, the spa is spectacular and the masseuse was wonderful.
    Traveller from US
    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
    "Oasis in the jungle "
    We recently stayed for our honeymoon at The Springs Resort and Spa and couldn't have made a better choice. Not only were the staff friendly and helpful, but the resort was incredible. They have tons of activities including wildlife tours, rock climbing, horseback riding, a spa to get pampered, and more; but our favorite part was definitely the springs. They have hot springs that are nestled in the middle of a jungle and it made my wife and I feel like we were the only two people at the resort which was magical. Truly a five star experience from beginning to end, and you'll have to wake up to the volcano on your private patio to know what I mean!
    Traveller from US
    This family-friendly resort is located in La Fortuna (Arenal Hot Springs), close to Arenal Natura Ecological Park, Baldi Hot …More