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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

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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)

    Casa Conde Hotel & Suites - San Jose Hotels
    Rating: 3.5 Stars

    Casa Conde Hotel & Suites

    South-west of Peace Park, San Jose - Map
     
     
    "Need to take cab for $20.00 to downtown"
    The 2 bedroom units were very small and only had one bathroom making it difficult to share with another couple. we upgraded to two - one bedroom suites that were very nice for size and king bed that was very comfortable.The furniture(ex. orange couch) in living room needs replacing as old and stained. One of the suites had an updated brown couch that was very nice and new. Outside buildings were very quaint and beautiful. Lovely stained glass windows. The tubs in both suites leaked and floor was very wet. Takes time to get any towels and service. One of the dining room tables had a glass top that rocked terribly. We reported this but nothing was done. The staff did not tell us we had complimentary breakfast with the upgraded suites and one couple got to the dining room at 10:05 and could not have free breakfast as over at 10:00. The cabs that the hotel booked for us, none of the drivers spoke any English and we had to call the hotel for the return trip. The steak was wonderful in the restaurant. We did not know that they charged for every cup of coffee. The front desk took quite a bit of time to sort check out as we had upgraded and meals. We are glad we did it a day before leaving as it still was a problem on leaving day. In an area that is far away from everything and not able to walk in evening outside our walls.
    Traveller from Canada
    This family-friendly aparthotel is located in the city center, within 3 mi (5 km) of National Museum, National Theater, and …More
    Hotel Luisiana - Santa Ana Hotels
    Rating: 3.5 Stars

    Hotel Luisiana

    100 west and 400 south from Cruz Roja, Santa Ana - Map
     
     
    "Fine for my purposes."
    Keeping in mind that this room was simply a place to lay my head at night, I found it to be more than satisfactory. Touching on some of the key topics: STAFF- when I arrived (alone after 10pm), I found the desk attendant less than welcoming. He was just barely doing his job. Most other desk attendants were at least slightly more friendly. FACILITIES- I didn't have time to use the pool, but it looked nice from my window. Unfortunately, there was construction occurring immediately adjacent to the pool during the week that would certainly have made it less than appealing. CONDITION- The hotel appeared to be in over good condition and satisfactorily maintained. ROOM CLEANLINESS- The room was cleaned every day, soaps and towels were replenished without incident. ROOM COMFORT- My room was more than large enough for me, even with a king and a twin size bed I had plenty of room to skip rope without moving furniture. With the tile covered concrete floor, I felt confident that I wasn't disturbing any neighbors. My room had an air conditioner that was mounted to the wall so I could adequately control the temperature, unfortunately the condensation from the unit caused a dripping sound as it dripped on to the unused twin bed. LOCATION- The location was satisfactory for my purposes, however some might prefer to be closer to some type of entertainment. DISTURBANCES- As I usually left early in the morning and didn't return before 8pm, I seldom even saw the housekeeping staff.
    A Traveller
    A restful alternative to the busier resorts of Costa Rica, Hotel Luisiana is 10 minutes' drive from the international airport …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"
    We were at the Radisson for 11 nights (needed dental work) and enjoyed it very much.
    Traveller from Montague, CA
    This family-friendly San Jose hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Museo de los Niños & …More

    Hotels in Jaco (and vicinity)

    Zephyr Palace - Herradura Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Zephyr Palace

    3KM from Punta Leona Resort, Herradura - Map
     
     
    "Beautiful views, pool, and room"
    We spent two nights here and wished we had stayed another. Absolutely gorgeous pool with amazing views. The Zephyr is separate but connected to Villa Caletas Hotel. They send a golf cart to transport you back and forth as it is very hilly. However, the Zephyr does have it's own large pool for only 7 suites and it is wonderful. Only two suites were occupied during our stay so they didn't have the bar at the pool staffed but we could of called and they would have brought food and drinks over. The main hotel has several restaurants and a bar which were vey nice. They also have a shuttle that brings you down to their own private beach area where several monkeys kept causing issues in the kitchen. The beach had cabanas (no charge) and a good number of chairs along with bar service. The whole resort has beautiful grounds. It reminds me of Rhodes (it is built out of stone and looks medieval).
    Traveller from Carmel, IN
    Situated near the beach, this romantic hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Hacienda las Agujas, Costa Rica Dreams Sportfishing …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
    Hotel Villa Caletas - Herradura Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Hotel Villa Caletas

    Central Pacific 5 miles before Jaco, Herradura - Map
     
     
    "Great"
    Great people, hotel very beautiful. Just the location because its in the mountains. Tons of steps and hills! Everything else perfect! Staff was amazing! I would go there again!!
    Traveller from nyc
    Located in the mountains, this family-friendly resort is within 6 mi (10 km) of Hacienda las Agujas, Neo Fauna, and Mantas …More

    Hotels in Quepos (and vicinity)

    La Mariposa Hotel - Manuel Antonio Hotels
    Rating: 3.5 Stars

    La Mariposa Hotel

    Manuel Antonio Beach, Quepos, Manuel Antonio - Map
     
     
    "Fabulous room with amazing views."
    Great location with lots of restaurants within walking distance. Breakfast with tasty selections of fresh fruits and cooked to order eggs were amazing. The only thing that needs improvement is the WiFi. Only dependable place was near the lobby or at the restaurant.
    A Traveller
    This family-friendly Manuel Antonio resort is located near the airport, within a 5-minute walk of ADR Adventure Park and …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
     
     
    "Beautiful place, very compact."
    Enjoyed our stay. Staff were wonderful.. Room was very comfortable. Loved the private swimming pool in our building. Fantastic breakfasts.
    A Traveller
    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