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5 Minutes TO Beach! Dazzling Luxury Hilltop Estate w/ Massive Outdoor Oasis!
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1.96 mi from city center
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
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"Nicole and her team were amazing!! The house is beautiful, the pool is a little too cold on windy days, but overall we had a perfect stay! Highly recommended!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020

5 Minutes TO Beach! Dazzling Luxury Hilltop Estate w/ Massive Outdoor Oasis!
New Ocean View All Inclusive Luxury Villa
Studio by  the beach
El Ocotal, Guanacaste
The price is $90 per night from Nov 26 to Nov 27
0.13 mi from city center
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Experience THE Best OF Costa Rica: Sanitary - Safe - Secure
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0.07 mi from city center
4.8/5Exceptional! (27 reviews)
Nice Villa - Great Value!

"My family and I enjoyed our stay! The villa was a very short walk to the beach and the pool was nice and shady. The howler monkeys were fun! The villa is off the beaten path but the beach was one of the nicest we went to. The villa is not super fancy but it met our needs at a great price. Bernard ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2020

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The Only Beachfront Studio Apartment on Playa Ocotal, Guanacaste
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0.23 mi from city center
4.7/5Exceptional! (27 reviews)
Beautiful and exact decription

"If you want a place at 100 feet from the beach, a confortable studio with the necessary equipment, nothing luxurious, a caring and helpful owner , at a reasonable price, this is the place to be. We just spent 7 weeks there and we liked it very much. For a few dollars Denese ,the owner , with the ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2020

The Only Beachfront Studio Apartment on Playa Ocotal, Guanacaste
3 Bedroom Ocean View Villa
El Ocotal, Guanacaste
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0.32 mi from city center
3 Bedroom Ocean View Villa
Luxurious Villa Vista de Oro - Breathtaking Panoramic Ocean Views
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0.69 mi from city center
5/5Exceptional! (14 reviews)
Fabulous villa! Fantastic views!

"The photos of this villa do not do the fabulous views justice! Spectacular! We spent a wonderful week here with extended family including kids and it was amazing. The staff were very friendly, helpful and approachable. Marco and Manuel were fantastic for our food and drinks. Juan Carlos was so helpful ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2020

Luxurious Villa Vista de Oro - Breathtaking Panoramic Ocean Views
Breathtaking Panoramic Ocean Views 2 Br/2br Condo
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0.22 mi from city center
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Quiet and great place for rest!

"Enjoyed a great ocean view and hear the waves every night!"…"

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2020

Breathtaking Panoramic Ocean Views 2 Br/2br Condo
Beach Front Villa #7, Los Almendros Ocotal, 2 Bedroom 2 Bathroom
Wrap Yourself in Luxury. Amazing Ocean Views. Private
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0.09 mi from city center
5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Amazing!!

"My family and I spent a week at Villa Zarpe, can’t even express how amazing this place is. The view is spectacular, the house has all the appliances you need, very comfortable beds, spacious bathrooms in every room, towels and even beach chairs that you can take on your day trips. Having Erika cook ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2020

Wrap Yourself in Luxury. Amazing Ocean Views. Private
Inspire Your Wellness Goals in Our Ocean Front Villas
The Malinche Palace Luxury Villa With the Stunning Ocean View,close to the Beach
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0.36 mi from city center
5/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Perfect location and beautiful

"Everyone fully enjoyed the house was beautiful and clean, we were overloaded with food, as we had the chef service, massages were amazing, Julia and Max were very responsive and helpful with all our needs We can’t wait to go back !"…"

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2020

The Malinche Palace Luxury Villa With the Stunning Ocean View,close to the Beach
Perfect for Hosting Business Events or Large Families
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0.22 mi from city center
3/5 (1 review)
Beautiful villa

"This is a gorgeous villa but a few things failed to please. We arrived 20 minutes after the stated arrival time but had a hard time finding anyone to let us in. I finally reached someone by phone but we still had to wait for a couple rooms because the previous tenants had not left on time. I had ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2019

Perfect for Hosting Business Events or Large Families
Beautiful Loft With Amazing Mountain Views
Relaxation! Sweet Dreams Ocotal!
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0.12 mi from city center
Relaxation! Sweet Dreams Ocotal!
Hotel Ocotal Bed & Breakfast
2.5 out of 5
De la entrada a la Urb. El Ocotal, 250 SE, El Ocotal, GUANACASTE
The price is $72 per night from Nov 26 to Nov 27
0.22 mi from city center
4.6/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Great service at a desperate time

"We happened to be staying at the hotel just as Costa Rica was closing its borders during the COVID-19 virus outbreak (still ongoing at the time of this review). The hotel provided us with great service at a stressful time."…"

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2020

Hotel Ocotal Bed & Breakfast
Corona del Mar
3.5 out of 5
Playa Ocotal, Coco, Guanacaste, El Ocotal
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0.13 mi from city center
4.3/5Excellent! (3 reviews)
Nice hotel with a beautiful view

"The manager was very helpful with checking in and out, just a call away for anything we needed. We enjoyed the very spacious kitchen, the view, the peace and the birds coming every morning to the varanda. We tried to walk to the beach but it is far, we opted for calling a taxi... renting a car would ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2018

Corona del Mar
Villa Paradiso up to 14 People
3 out of 5
Redidencial Ocotal, El Ocotal, Guanacaste
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0.27 mi from city center
Villa Paradiso up to 14 People
Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Playa Matapalo- Sardinal, Carrillo, El Ocotal, Guanacaste
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1.96 mi from city center
4.3/5Excellent! (997 reviews)

"Pros: the staff is really friendly, room was very clean, beach is nice and tranquil, the buffet has a lot of variety. Cons: the room is really outdated and felt old, had a mouldy smell to it, the staff felt unprepared to open in these pandemic times, they struggled with social distancing the guests ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2020

Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica - All Inclusive
Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Sardinal de Carrillo, Playa Matapalo, El Ocotal, Guanacaste
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1.95 mi from city center
3.9/5Very Good! (994 reviews)

"Staff, Very courteous and professional. Restaurant cuisine was great. Housemaids were outstanding."…"

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2020

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Visiting El Ocotal

Families will find kid-friendly activities in El Ocotal, and visitors give high marks for the beaches, local tours, and top-notch restaurants. This welcoming city also attracts tourists with its entertainment choices. Top sights around the area include Coco Beach, Hermosa Bay Beach, and Flamingo Beach.

  • There are 62 hotels and other accommodations in El Ocotal
  • The closest major airport is in Liberia (LIR-Daniel Oduber Intl.), 13.1 mi (21.2 km) from the city center

Sightseeing and Staying in El Ocotal

The city's natural setting is picturesque, including the beaches and Ocotal Beach. In the area, you'll also find Coco Beach and Hermosa Bay Beach.

In El Ocotal, there are 62 hotels and other lodging accommodations so you'll have a variety of choices for your holiday getaway. Here you'll find highly ranked ones based on our user reviews:

  • Bahia Pez Vela Resort - This 3.5-star condo resort features 2 outdoor pools, a private beach, and a restaurant. Expedia travelers love its dining options and beach locale.
  • Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica - All Inclusive - Our customers like the family-friendly amenities and bar at this resort. This 4.5-star resort features 4 outdoor pools, a full-service spa, and a casino.
  • Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive - This 4-star resort features 3 outdoor pools, a full-service spa, and a casino. Expedia customers like its family-friendly amenities and room size.

Outside the city, top places to visit include Flamingo Beach, located 8.9 mi (14.4 km) from the heart of the city, and Conchal Beach, which is 11.6 mi/18.7 km away.

Dressing for El Ocotal

  • Between January and March, you can expect the daytime average to be around 83°F and the nighttime average to be 61°F
  • From April to June, temperatures average about 84°F during the day and 64°F at night
  • July through September averages 81°F during the day and 63°F at night
  • In October-December, the average temperature is 80°F during the day and 62°F at night
  • About 72.76 inches of rain falls on El Ocotal each year
  • Hottest months are usually April and May with an average temperature of 83°F, while the coldest months are January and December with an average of 62°F

Frequently asked questions

Where is the best place to stay in El Ocotal?
Hotel Pura Vista is a favorite with Expedia customers. This 3.5-star hotel offers an outdoor pool and free WiFi. It is located a short 15-minute walk from Ocotal Beach. Traveler reviews also recommend Hotel M&M Casa Blanca and Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica - All Inclusive as top choices for your trip.
If I need to cancel my hotel reservation in El Ocotal, will I receive a refund?
Yes, you’ll find most hotel room reservations are refundable provided that you cancel prior to the accommodation’s cancellation deadline, which often is within 24-48 hours of your check-in date. If your reservation is non-refundable, you might be able to still cancel and be given a refund within a 24-hour period of your booking. Add your dates and click on “Search”, then you can use the “free cancellation” filter to view top deals in El Ocotal.
Where can I learn more about changing or cancelling my trip to El Ocotal?
For additional details about updating your trip to El Ocotal or cancelling it, head over to our customer service page.
What's the best accommodation for a budget-friendly stay in El Ocotal?
Based on reviews, Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive is a popular property for our travelers who want a more economical choice, and features free buffet breakfast and free WiFi. Another top option for your stay on the cheap is Ocotal Beach Resort.
What's the best place to stay for families in El Ocotal?
Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive is a top 4-star property on Expedia for families, and features free water park access and 3 outdoor pools. Other good choices for your family trip include Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica - All Inclusive and Bahia Pez Vela Resort. Kids of all ages will also enjoy a visit to Diamante Eco Adventure Park.
What's the best place to stay for a couple going to El Ocotal?
Ocotal Beach Resort is a favorite 3.5-star resort for couples, and features an alfresco restaurant and 3 outdoor pools. Other good choices for a romantic stay include Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive and Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica - All Inclusive.
What's the best all-inclusive hotel in El Ocotal?
Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica - All Inclusive is a 4.5-star all-inclusive property featuring 4 restaurants and 4 outdoor pools, and a favorite with Expedia travelers. Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive is another good option for your vacation.
What's the best place to stay near Ocotal Beach?
Hotel Pura Vista is one of the top choices for your stay based on our traveler data, and this 3.5-star hotel offers an outdoor pool and free WiFi. It’s located just a short 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Ocotal Beach. Other good options within 5 miles include Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive and Hotel Ocotal Bed & Breakfast.
What about the best place to stay near Diamante Eco Adventure Park?
One of the top choices for your stay is Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive, located next to Diamante Eco Adventure Park, and this 4-star property offers 3 outdoor pools and a full-service spa. Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica - All Inclusive and 5 Minutes TO Beach! Dazzling Luxury Hilltop Estate w/ Massive Outdoor Oasis! are a couple of other good and close options.
What's the best hotel to stay near the beach in El Ocotal?
Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive is a top 4-star beachfront property with 3 outdoor pools and 5 restaurants, and it’s located close to Playa Matapalo. Other good options for your stay near the beach include Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica - All Inclusive and Bahia Pez Vela Resort.
What's the best luxury hotel in El Ocotal?
Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive is a 4-star property with 5 restaurants and 5 bars, and it’s a popular choice for Expedia travelers looking for a pampering stay. Another upscale option for your vacation is Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica - All Inclusive.
What are some hotels with pools in El Ocotal?
Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive is a popular 4-star property featuring 3 outdoor pools, a children’s pool, and free water-park access. A couple of other options that feature an onsite pool include Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica - All Inclusive and Hotel M&M Casa Blanca.

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