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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 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
     
     
    "Costa Rica Anniversary"
    Everything was wonderful. My suite overlooked the pool, large room 2 separate TV's great bathroom. Swim up bar, several great restaurants to choose from. Concierge was wonderful Jairo took care of our reservations, took us where we needed to be and even chose some great destinations for our excursions.
    Traveller from Atlanta Ga
    Nestled on the beach, this Playa Conchal resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Adventure Divers and Conchal Beach. Playa Brasilito …More
    Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica - All Inclusive - El Ocotal Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica - All Inclusive

    Playa Matapalo- Sardinal, El Ocotal - Map
     
     
    "First class resort with everything!"
    We looked hard to find something negative but we couldn't find ANYTHING. the food, the staff, the facilities, and the location were all top notch. We will definately make the trip back!
    Traveller from Orlando, Florida
    This El Ocotal resort is on the beach, 3.9 mi (6.2 km) from The Congo Trail Canopy Tour, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Flamingo …More
    Occidental Tamarindo - Tamarindo Hotels
    Rating: 3.5 Stars

    Occidental Tamarindo

    Playa Langosta, Tamarindo - Map
     
     
    "Great kid friendly all in resort"
    Staff friendly but English limited. Beautiful resort. On a public beach that is great for surfing. No advertisements of the daily activities. I wish also that they had a library for book exchange. Evening shows for the kids is pretty late as dinner starts at 7pm. Some Front desk staff not very helpful when asked about recommendations for local attractions. Could not even do a simple google search.
    Traveller from Toronto, Canada
    Nestled on the beach, this Tamarindo resort is within 6 mi (10 km) of Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas de Guanacaste …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
     
     
    "Convenient location"
    Very good experience over all. Our flight got delayed by an hour and we started looking for the taxi when the hotel shuttle driver came waving a board with our name.We were pleased to see him waiting for us even though their service ends at 10 pm. The next day the taxi company that apparently serves only the hotel guests gave us a nice ride to the city in the evening and made that time quite useful for a reasonable charge
    Traveller from Lancaster CA
    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
     
     
    "Great value in San José 5 star hotel "
    Nice five star hotel near downtown SJ with incredibly friedly staff. Has all proper amenities also GoldGym and a Casino. Good restaurants. Seems they are understaffed as rooms were not cleaned until the afternoon even in the executive floor.
    Traveller from MX
    This family-friendly San Jose hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Museo de los Niños & …More
    Barceló San José - San Jose Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Barceló San José

    Autopista General Canas 3km, San Jose - Map
     
     
    Hotel was clean and staff was great. Could not walk to anything from the hotel.
    A Traveller
    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

    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
     
     
    "Awesome vacation"
    Great place to relax as well as to do a lot of things. The hot springs area is amazing. dozens of small and large hot pools. Restaurants are great! Food is excellent, service Very nice and friendly.
    Traveller from Cincinnati
    This family-friendly La Fortuna resort is located on the riverwalk, within a 15-minute walk of Go Adventure Park and Arenal …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
     
     
    "A private oasis!"
    I was looking for an up-scale private hotel where I would feel comfortable with all the amenities, but still feel like I was alone in the rainforest. Nayara was the perfect combination of that. The rooms were detached from your neighbor and surrounded by lush plants so it felt very private. There was an outdoor shower and hot tub to enjoy. I loved the hammock for relaxing too. The rooms were very clean and the staff was incredible. The food was delicious. The lounge restaurant was my favorite - I had the lava volcano cake for dessert 3 times haha! The drinks were awesome too! The grounds were so beautiful. I would come back to this hotel in a heartbeat. It was the best I have ever stayed in and I highly recommend it!
    Traveller from Charlotte, NC
    Located in Arenal Hot Springs, this luxury resort is within a 10-minute walk of Go Adventure Park and Arenal Natura …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
     
     
    "Amazing Experience"
    Absolutely loved our time. The location, incredible views, newly built rooms with modern technology, etc and the staff, offsite activites, etc.
    Traveller from Montreal, CA
    This family-friendly La Fortuna resort is located on a river, 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Go Adventure Park, and within 6 mi (10 km) …More