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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
     
     
    "Nice Staff"
    the a/c in our room didn't work very well. we contacted the from desk and they sent some up and since it couldn't be fixed, they moved us and upgraded our room and were great to work with.
    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
     
     
    "It was nice and gently saff"
    excellent breakfast and the most special tico one
    Traveller from Santiago, Chile
    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
     
     
    "Great hotel convenient to airport "
    Very nice stay with Expedia VIP treatment. Nice hotel amanities and good breakfast, beautiful ground and pool. Nice staff. Only complaint is the restaurant price is too expensive.
    Traveller from G
    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)

    Zephyr Palace - Herradura Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Zephyr Palace

    3KM from Punta Leona Resort, Herradura - Map
     
     
    "amazing boutique hotel!"
    we stayed at zephyrs palace for 2 nights on our way back to San Jose from Santa Teresa. Perfect location for a quick 2 night get away. This place was absolutely magical.. we stayed in 2 rooms while we were there since we booked last minute and our favourite room was the "new world" suite. It has a hot tub on its own little terrace that has plenty of privacy from the rest of the rooms. great place for a romantic vacation
    Traveller from Kelowna, B.C.
    Situated near the beach, this romantic hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Hacienda las Agujas, Canopy Vista Los Suenos Adventure …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
     
     
    "Best Western Jaco Beach"
    We enjoyed our stay, the room was nice but could use a comfortable chair or two. Also needed more suitcase room, had to use the only chairs to put our suitcases on. The beach was too hot to enjoy, it needs some chairs and umbrellas so you can get out of the sun. The pool was nice but could stay open later.
    Traveller from Greenfield IN
    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
     
     
    "Very good location at quiet end of beach & safe. "
    The beach at Jaco gets very busy on weekends but the beach at Jaco Laguna is pretty much Jaco Laguna guests only. The other hotels have a road in front, Jaco does not. Clean beach too. You wont get hassled by vendors either. Staff rake beach every morning. The nrth end is rocky and dirty. The Tiki Lounge is perfect. Friendly staff and good service. Easy to relax. 15 minute walk into town along beach or 30 mins by road. Taxi is about $5-$6 depending upon where you want to go. We loved this hotel.
    Traveller from langley, bc
    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 La Fortuna

    Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa - La Fortuna Hotels
    Rating: 4.5 Stars

    Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa

    13 km oeste del centro, La Fortuna - Map
     
     
    "Beautiful hotel? Must see"
    This is a must see hotel. Need to at least experience one night here if in Costa Rica. Worth the drive on the side winding roads. Loved our stay!
    A Traveller
    This family-friendly La Fortuna resort is located on the riverwalk, within 2 mi (3 km) of Arenal Natura Ecological Park …More
    Nayara Resort Spa & Gardens - La Fortuna Hotels
    Rating: 4.5 Stars

    Nayara Resort Spa & Gardens

    7 km West from La Fortuna Town Road 142, La Fortuna - Map
     
     
    "Paradise! "
    We had a wonderful stay at Nayara Resort. I just wish we could have stayed longer
    Traveller from sacramento CA
    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
     
     
    "Amazing resort with breathtaking views"
    My wife and I went to The Springs Spa and Resort for our honeymoon. We stayed there for 7 nights and it was absolutely AMAZING. I have been on many trips and I have never experienced such great service. Every employee we encountered at the resort was outstanding. The food was delicious! We ate at every restaurant at the resort and each meal was exquisite. We actually are planning to go back for our 5th year anniversary. There is not one bad thing I can say about this resort. We were blown away by the level of service we received and the amazing landscape. Pura Vida!
    Traveller from Chicago, IL
    This family-friendly resort is located in La Fortuna (Arenal Hot Springs), close to Arenal Natura Ecological Park, Baldi Hot …More