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Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive

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3 outdoor pools, pool umbrellas
On the beach, sun loungers, beach towels, scuba diving
On the beach, sun loungers, beach towels, scuba diving
On the beach, sun loungers, beach towels, scuba diving
3 outdoor pools, pool umbrellas

Overview of Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive

Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive

4.0 star property

7.8/10 Good

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Parking included
  • All inclusive
  • Air conditioning
Sardinal de Carrillo, Playa Matapalo, Sardinal, Guanacaste

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationDiamante Eco Adventure Park1 min walk
  • Popular LocationPlaya Matapalo6 min walk
  • Popular LocationHaras del Mar Equestrian Center9 min drive
  • AirportLiberia (LIR-Daniel Oduber Intl.)44 min drive

Room options

About this area

El Ocotal

Located in Sardinal, Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive is on the beach. Coco Beach and Nicoya Peninsula reflect the area's natural beauty and area attractions include Diamante Eco Adventure Park and Haras del Mar Equestrian Center. Traveling with kids? Consider Rocio's Kitchen and Ericka's Fruit Stand. Water skiing and boat tours offer great chances to get out on the surrounding water, or you can seek out an adventure with ecotours and ziplining nearby.

What's nearby

  • Diamante Eco Adventure Park - 1 min walk
  • Playa Matapalo - 6 min walk
  • Haras del Mar Equestrian Center - 9 min drive
  • Ocotal Beach - 36 min drive
  • Bahia Pez Vela Beach - 46 min drive

Getting around

  • Daniel Oduber Intl. Airport (LIR) - 44 min drive


  • Monkey's Bar - 19 min walk
  • La Flor Delys - 21 min drive
  • Nonna Rina - 24 min drive
  • Papagayo Sushi and Seafood - 24 min drive
  • Panadería Tico's Bakery - 24 min drive

About this property

Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive

4-star all-inclusive property
Consider a stay at Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive and take advantage of a free breakfast buffet, free water park access, and a nightclub. This property is a great place to bask in the sun with a beachfront location, sun loungers, and beach towels. Treat yourself to a body wrap, a massage, or aromatherapy at Renova Spa, the onsite spa. Be sure to enjoy a meal at any of the 5 onsite restaurants, which feature international cuisine and ocean views. Aerobics classes are offered at the health club; other things to do include windsurfing, snorkeling, and beach volleyball. Stay connected with free in-room WiFi, and guests can find other amenities such as a swim-up bar and a poolside bar.
You'll also enjoy perks such as:
  • 3 outdoor pools and a children's pool, with a waterslide, pool umbrellas, and a swim-up bar
  • Free self parking
  • An indoor tennis court, limo/town car service, and luggage storage
  • A gift shop, a 24-hour front desk, and a billiards/pool table
  • Guest reviews give good marks for the family-friendly amenities, helpful staff, and walkable location
Room features
All 701 rooms include comforts such as laptop-compatible safes and air conditioning, as well as thoughtful touches like free WiFi and minibars.
Extra amenities include:
  • Bathrooms with shower/tub combinations and free toiletries
  • Flat-screen TVs with satellite channels
  • Ceiling fans, daily housekeeping, and phones

All inclusive details

This property is all-inclusive. Onsite food and beverages are included in the room price (some restrictions may apply).

Gratuities and taxes

Gratuities and taxes are included. Additional gratuities at guests' discretion are accepted.

Food and beverages

All buffet and à la carte meals, snacks, and beverages included
Room service during certain hours
In-room minibar (all beverages included)

Activities and facilities/equipment

All onsite activities and use of facilities and equipment are included.

Water activities


Land activities



Onsite entertainment and activities
Access to onsite nightclubs
Onsite live performances
Theme parties

Awards and affiliations

Green / Sustainable Property
This property participates in Travelife, a program that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: environment, community, cultural-heritage, the local economy.


English, Spanish

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Property is disinfected using an electrostatic sprayer
Follows standard cleaning and disinfection practices of Covid-19 Health Protocol (RIU)

Social distancing

Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks available
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitizer provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
Individually-wrapped food options available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and transportation

  • Free self parking on site
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking available
  • Limo/town car service

Food and drink

  • Free buffet breakfast available daily 7 AM–10 AM
  • 5 restaurants
  • 5 bars/lounges, 1 swim-up bar and 1 poolside bar

Restaurants on site

  • Liberia
  • Furama
  • La Toscana
  • Tucan
  • Ocotal Steak House

Things to do

  • 3 outdoor pools
  • Aerobics classes
  • Beach volleyball
  • Billiards/pool table
  • Children's pool
  • Free water park access
  • Full-service spa
  • Health club
  • Indoor tennis court
  • Kayaking
  • Nightclub
  • Playground
  • Sauna
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping
  • Snorkeling
  • Steam room
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Windsurfing

Family friendly

  • 3 outdoor pools
  • Children's pool
  • Free water park access
  • Playground
  • Waterslide


  • Elevator
  • Gift shop/newsstand

Guest services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Dry cleaning service
  • Hair salon
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Wedding services


  • Beach loungers
  • Beachfront location
  • Garden
  • Pool umbrellas


  • 8 treatment rooms
  • Aromatherapy
  • Body scrubs
  • Body wraps
  • Facials
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Massage - deep-tissue
  • Massage - hot stone
  • Massage - sports
  • Massage - Swedish
  • Massage/treatment rooms
  • Sauna
  • Spa tub


  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • In-room accessibility (select rooms)
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible path to elevator


  • Beach towels
  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning (climate-controlled)
  • Bed sheets
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Ceiling fan


  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Towels


  • Flat-screen TV
  • Satellite channels

Food and drink

  • Free bottled water
  • Minibar


  • Iron/ironing board
  • Laptop-compatible safe
  • Phone

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Check-in from 3:00 PM - 11 PM
Late check-in subject to availability
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 11:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Access methods

Staffed front desk


No pets or service animals allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Children up to the age of 2 years can stay for free if using existing beds when occupying the parent or guardian's room
Rollaway/extra beds are not available
Cribs (infant beds) are not available

Property payment types

Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Minimum Spring Break check-in age is 21 years old
Safety features at this property include a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a first aid kit
Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.

We should mention

Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments; reservations can be made by contacting the property prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms
No pets and no service animals are allowed at this property

Property is also known as

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Frequently asked questions

Does Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive have a pool?

Yes, this property has 3 outdoor pools and a children's pool.

How much does it cost to stay at Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive?

As of Dec 3, 2022, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive on Dec 14, 2022 start from $238.0, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.

Is Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive pet-friendly?

No, pets are not allowed at this property.

How much is parking at Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive?

Self parking is free at this property.

What time is check-in at Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive?

Check-in is from 3:00 PM - 11 PM. Late check-in is available during limited hours.

What time is check-out at Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive?

Check-out is at 11:00 AM.

Are there all-inclusive benefits at Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive?

Yes, the property is all-inclusive. All food and beverages are included, and activities include windsurfing, snorkeling, kayaking, and more.

Where is Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive located?

Nestled on the beach, this Sardinal property is within a 5-minute walk of Nicoya Peninsula and Diamante Eco Adventure Park. Playa Matapalo and Haras del Mar Equestrian Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Overall score and ratings



Rating 10 - Excellent. 395 out of 999 reviews" "
" "10 - Excellent 40%
Rating 8 - Good. 304 out of 999 reviews" "
" "8 - Good 30%
Rating 6 - Okay. 144 out of 999 reviews" "
" "6 - Okay 14%
Rating 4 - Poor. 81 out of 999 reviews" "
" "4 - Poor 8%
Rating 2 - Terrible. 75 out of 999 reviews" "
" "2 - Terrible 8%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



6/10 Okay

Traveled with family and small children
The property is beautiful but if you're looking for an authentic Costa Rican experience this is not the place to go. The resort reminds me of being in las vegas or a cruise ship. The food at the buffet is more American style. If you want to go to a different restaurant on property you have to line up 10-20 minutes before it opens or you won't get a table. Also hours to get food are limited. They lack towels for the rooms. To get a towel for the water park you must walk across the entire property to the pool area first. The pool is not well lit at night and completely trashed by 6pm. The racoons come out to the pool to go through the trash everyone leaves everywhere around 6pm nightly. The property is gorgeous, right on the beach, and it felt very safe.
Stayed 4 nights in Nov 2022

8/10 Good

Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
It was a beautiful stay, thank you!
Stayed 6 nights in Nov 2022

8/10 Good

Traveled with group, Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Hotel was nice stay.
Stayed 4 nights in Oct 2022

10/10 Excellent

Aneisha Aliyyah
Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Beautiful resort! Highly recommend. Although, the a la carte restaurants could be dealt with in a better manner, guests should be able to book a time slot rather than having to do first come first serve. A lot easier to manage this way! The beach is not what I had expected, although still beautiful with an amazing view. Staff were nice and very helpful!
Stayed 7 nights in Nov 2022

8/10 Good

Traveled with family
Liked: Staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Food was only ok- Tailored to Americans - was over salted and/or too sweet. The meals we had on excursions was excellent and more in line with culture of Costa Rica.
Stayed 6 nights in Nov 2022

10/10 Excellent

Traveled with group, Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities
This location has everything you would expect and want for a great vacation. The many restaurants are amazing, whether it’s the steak house, Italian, or sushi bar bistro. Add the all you can eat buffet and sports bar snacks, you won’t be hungry. Limited first come first serve seating at the steak, Italian and sushi locations, so be there just before the doors open to secure a table. When they fill up, that’s it. The property is huge, pools and swim up bar are amazing too. A beautiful serene path down to the sandy beach is lined with so much flora and tropical beauty, one doesn’t mind the 100 yard distance. The path to the beach dead ends at the sand where you will usually find tour guides and local venders selling wears. Items were definitively cheaper here than in Tamerindo or the airport. We found some cheaper stuff on a water taxi ride from the hotel to Coco beach, another little town, 30 min away by boat on the beach $25 pp. this was our first trip to Costa Rica from our home in Houston Texas. We aren’t new to sunshine, heat and humidity, but trust me when I tell you the sun at this location closer to the equator is burning hot. At only 85F we didn’t bother wearing sun screen, as we don’t in Houston. My wife and I both burned badly and the sun in Houston basically does nothing to us, so we highly recommend bringing lots of sunscreen. We went looking and found it for crazy prices between $16-$25 depending on where we looked and town. This location is highly recommended.
Stayed 3 nights in Nov 2022

2/10 Terrible

Traveled with partner
Disliked: Amenities
It was advertised adult only and there were children. After aging for adult only we were not able to have diner at the regular restaurants