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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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    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
     
     
    "Beautiful resort right next to a great beach."
    This hotel was amazing for our family. I have a 7 and 9 year old and they had so much fun. The pool was spectacular and the kids were able to swim up to the pool bar since it was not exclusive for adults. We did the inclusive option and it was well worth it. It included all food and drinks including most alcohol and tips were not expected but appreciated. I loved the freedom of not worrying about money every time we did something. The staff was friendly and accommodating. The hotel offered so many inclusive activities and there were other options for jet skis and horseback riding right on our beach. We almost needed a longer stay to take advantage of everything at the hotel.
    Traveller from California
    Nestled on the beach, this Playa Conchal resort is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Conchal Beach and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Playa Brasilito …More
    Occidental Grand Papagayo Resort - Adults Only-All Inclusive - Papagayo Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Occidental Grand Papagayo Resort - Adults Only-All Inclusive

    Playa Buena, Papagayo - Map
     
     
    "It was nice "
    It was nice and everyone was friendly. Need more shutters during peak hours.
    A Traveller
    This beachfront 4-star All Inclusive resort on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast is surrounded by a tropical forest with wild …More
    Barcelo Langosta Beach - All Inclusive - Tamarindo Hotels
    Rating: 3.5 Stars

    Barcelo Langosta Beach - All Inclusive

    Playa Langosta, Tamarindo - Map
     
     
    "Nice hotel right at the beach "
    The staff of the hotel is exceptionally kind and helpful. You can book trips for anywhere in Costa Rica directly from the hotel. The staff speaks English. There is evening entertainment and beach volleyball, which I took full adavatbage off. The currents at the beach are red flag at all times, however there is a pool and to the left of the beach is a safe area. Great surfing spot and lots to do. The prices for the services are less than they should be. You always get food during trips and the travel to the trips is 90% of the time included. Very affordable vacation location.
    Traveller from Atlanta
    Nestled on the beach, this Tamarindo resort is within 12 mi (20 km) of Grande Beach, Playa Ventanas, and Hacienda Pinilla …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
     
     
    "Fine hotel, great location."
    The hotel is fine, great location, but needs some remodeling in rooms and some areas. Staff is gentle.
    Traveller from Bs. As.
    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
     
     
    "location"
    Taxi cost $29 US from airport . Used Uber in the morning back to airport $6 US and great driver Denis!
    Traveller from San Francisco, CA
    This family-friendly San Jose hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Children's Museum, Jade …More
    Barcelo San Jose Palacio - San Jose Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Barcelo San Jose Palacio

    Autopista General Canas 3km, San Jose - Map
     
     
    Friendly staff with shuttle service to the airport. Would definitely stay there again
    Traveller from MA
    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
     
     
    "Amazing hotel "
    This hotel will exceed all expectations. With its natural hot springs and plenty of them, as well as the outstanding customer service I recommend this hotel to everyone!
    Traveller from Miami
    This family-friendly Palma resort is located on the riverwalk, within 2 mi (3 km) of Arenal Natura Ecological Park, Baldi Hot …More
    Volcano Lodge and Springs - La Fortuna Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Volcano Lodge and Springs

    7 Km West From La Fortuna, La Fortuna - Map
     
     
    "Hotel with Hot Springs and Volcano View"
    I loved everything about this hotel. The grounds are gorgeous. The private jacuzzi is well worth the extra few bucks. The hotel room was spacious and very clean. The bath products smelled amazing! (orange ginger!) The public hot springs were also very clean and fun. And the hotel employees were always friendly and helpful. There was a lot of clouds while we were there, but when the clouds cleared, you do get a great view of the volcano from the pool and hot springs by the restaurant. The only things that were not amazing are that the drink prices are expensive compared to the area and the bed was a bit too hard for my taste. But despite those small complaints, I would definitely come back and stay again.
    Traveller from Brooklyn, NY
    Located in Arenal Hot Springs, this spa lodge is within 2 mi (3 km) of Arenal Natura Ecological Park, Baldi Hot Springs, and …More
    Hotel Rio Celeste Hideaway - Rio Celeste Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Hotel Rio Celeste Hideaway

    700 meter west of national park Tenorio, Rio Celeste - Map
     
     
    The hotel was beautiful, however the drive on the dirt road to get there was quite challenging. We came from Liberia, and the rocks in the road were crazy! Would NOT recommend anyone with joint/bone issues driving there, your body really got racked around from the boulders/rocks in the road.
    Traveller from Michigan
    Situated on a river, this resort is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Rio Celeste Waterfall.More