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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
     
     
    "Great hotel!"
    Had a wonderful stay at this hotel. Airport transportation to and from was easy and organized, all staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. Room was spacious, clean and room service was delicious. Would definitely recommend!
    A Traveller
    This family-friendly Asuncion hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Cariari Bowling Center, Plaza Real …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
     
     
    "Good overall but wifi and a/c lacking "
    The hotel is good overall .. it is very clean, Free breakfast is excellent, staff are friendly and attentive. The rooms are modern and spacious. However basic things like wifi in the rooms and proper air conditioning is needed. The wifi signal was only good in the lobby area, once you go to the rooms it is very low. A/c in rooms was not very cool.
    Traveller from Trinidad
    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
     
     
    "Very nice hotel and close to the airport."
    The Barceló hotel was very nice and I thoroughly enjoyed my stay. I actually switched from another hotel to the Barceló and wished I would have moved to this hotel sooner. The room was very clean and comfortable, the bed especially so. The landscaping was very good and cleanliness were top-notch. I only ate one meal at the hotel and it was a pasta dish that I found very pleasing with a substantial portion size. Overall I highly recommend the Barceló San José.
    Traveller from Seattle, WA
    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)

    Morgan's Cove Resort & Casino - Jaco Hotels
    Rating: 3.0 Stars

    Morgan's Cove Resort & Casino

    200m South of the Muni of Jaco Beach, Jaco - Map
     
     
    "good deal"
    clean , nice rooms , nice pool , but they closed the casino ,
    Traveller from Costa Rica
    Located in Jaco, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Neo Fauna, Jaco Beach, and …More
    Best Western Jaco Beach All Inclusive Resort - Jaco Hotels
    Rating: 3.0 Stars

    Best Western Jaco Beach All Inclusive Resort

    Pastor Diaz Ave, Jaco - Map
     
     
    "Nice all-inclusive close to the beach!"
    The hotel staff were great. The room/beds are not the most comfortable but food and drinks make you forget about the room. Steps away from the beach and downtown Jaco I love the convenience to the quiet and the busy. It would e great if they had another pool or jacuzzi. Tip: pay in full in advance!
    Traveller from F
    Nestled on the beach, this Jaco resort is within a 10-minute walk of Jaco Library and Learning Center and Teatro Jaco. Jaco …More
    Jacó Laguna Resort and Beach Club - Jaco Hotels
    Rating: 3.5 Stars

    Jacó Laguna Resort and Beach Club

    Calle Madrigal, Jaco - Map
     
     
    "Pura vuda"
    People are great, food is great. Great attitudes
    A Traveller
    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 Quepos (and vicinity)

    Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort - Manuel Antonio Hotels
    Rating: 4.5 Stars

    Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort

    Playa Playitas Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio - Map
     
     
    "Best service ever! So accommodating and friendly."
    Best service ever! So accommodating and friendly. Room was peaceful with beach view/access. Will return.
    Traveller from S
    Nestled on the beach, this Manuel Antonio resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of La Playita, Biesanz Beach, and La Selvita. Finca …More
    Hotel Parador Resort And Spa - Manuel Antonio Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Hotel Parador Resort And Spa

    Quepos to Manuel Antonio Road, Manuel Antonio - Map
     
     
    "Paradise!"
    We have stayed at the Parador about 5 times in the past several years. We have been at other hotels in the Manuel Antonio area but always seem to gravitate back to Hotel Parador. Hotel is clean, comfortable, amazing views, and animals everywhere. Sloths, monkeys, macaws, tucans, iguanas and so much more! We love the whole experience. This last time however, the service in the restaurant was surprisingly disappointing. There were many waiters however they were more concerned with turning over the tables than taking care of those of us sitting at the tables. Hoping it was just a bad week...would not want this to be the trend. We are already planning next year.
    Traveller from Mahwah
    Hotel Parador Resort and Spa is a 10-minute drive from Manuel Antonio National Park and the Finca Naturales Wildlife Refuge …More
    The Preserve at Los Altos - Manuel Antonio Hotels
    Rating: 4.5 Stars

    The Preserve at Los Altos

    Kilometer 4 on main road, Manuel Antonio - Map
     
     
    All exellent ,beach very nice,we can swimming ,restaurant and kitchen beautilul.Only this hotel!!
    Traveller from Moldova
    Offering direct access to the beach, this Manuel Antonio condominium resort is within a 5-minute walk of La Selvita and Finca …More