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Hotels in Costa Rica

Hotels in Costa Rica are practically as diverse as the country's eco-system. While there are outstanding five-star hotels in San Jose, many of the best retreats are located on otherwise uninhabited beaches and within little-explored jungles. Here, our top picks for eco-tourist digs.

  • Asclepios Wellness & Healing Retreat is set on 12,500 acres of rainforest just outside the busy city of Alajuela. Make a reservation at the resort's restaurant to eat meals prepared with fresh ingredients straight from the on-site garden.
  • Kura Design Villas is one of the best hotels in Costa Rica and an excellent choice for laid-back adventure. The villa sits in a rainforest in the not lesser-explored Osa Peninsula, just a 20-minute drive from the town of Uvita. It has great views of jungle-lined beaches.
  • Florblanca Resort is a collection of private villas staggered on a beautiful hillside steps away from Playa Santa Teresa. Of all the hotels in Costa Rica, this one offers some of the largest and most luxurious villas. The attentive service and the food are also fantastic.
  • Aguila de Osa Inn

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Perched on a remote cliff-top and reachable only by boat or seaplane, Aguila de Osa has sweeping views of Drake Bay—arguably Costa Rica’s most gor... More
  • Alta Hotel

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    The Spanish colonial buildings of the Alta Hotel cascade down a lush hillside above San José, coming to rest at the deck of a brilliant blue, glass... More
  • Andaz Peninsula Papagayo

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
  • Angel Valley Farm Bed & Breakfast

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    At the San Ramon Angel Valley Farm Bed & Breakfast, Beth Frischberg—of Washington, D.C.'s Tabard Inn—demonstrates healthful, modern fare like cocon... More
  • Arenal Observatory Lodge

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Close enough to Arenal Volcano for visitors to hear and feel the nearly constant rumbling, this observatory (on a hillside just over a mile from th... More
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    Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    For those who want a bit of luxury without ecological guilt, the Arenas del Mar Beach and Nature Resort—set on the central Pacific coast of Costa R... More
  • Asclepios Wellness and Healing Retreat

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Named after the Greek god of health, Asclepios Wellness & Healing Retreat more than lives up to its name: it’s a serene getaway that provides plent... More
  • Bahari Beach Bungalows

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    On an isolated six miles of dark-sand Pacific beach, this Costa Rican property attracts outdoorsy travelers who don't necessarily want to rough it.... More
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    Bahia del Sol

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    This beachfront resort has everything you’d expect from a Caribbean-style getaway: a huge swim-up bar, candlelit tables under palm trees, thatched ... More
  • Barcelo Playa Langosta

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    This glorious arc of Pacific beach has attracted surfers since the 60s, and when you see the ocean from this vantage point, you'll understand why. ... More
  • Bella Vista

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Unless you have a live-in chef, views of dolphins from your bedroom, and 750 acres of rainforest at your doorstep, this five-bedroom Pacific coast ... More
  • Black Turtle Lodge

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
  • Bosque de Paz Private Ecological Reserve & Lodge

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Located in a 3,000-acre biological corridor, this privately owned lodge is designed to promote ecological preservation and environmentally consciou... More
  • Bosque del Cabo

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    At the very tip of the Osa Peninsula in the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, are more than 750 acres of forest boasting hundreds of species of... More
  • Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    The Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge is located on the Osa Peninsula, on the southern Pacific side of Costa Rica. The hotel is an eco lodge, provid... More
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