Costa Rica

Hotels in Costa Rica

When Lana Wedmore came to Costa Rica 30 years ago, she knew she wanted to move there. Purchasing 150 acres of tropical wilderness on the Peninsula de Osa, she erected a lodge and eight thatched-roof bungalows.

Magnificent views of Arenal Volcano can be enjoyed from every room at this luxury resort (one of many that surround the famous peak).

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 the peak) gets excellent views of the eruptions. Most of the lava flows, however, are now on the far side of the volcano.

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, providing guests with unparalleled access to the rainforest, the ocean, and the wildlife that inhabits the area.

Occupying an elegant Victorian mansion, Grano de Oro is a welcome departure from San José’s many cookie-cutter business hotels and budget hostels.

North of Costa Rica's Manuel Antonio National Park, the sleek oceanside villa has three bedrooms, two kitchens, and a freshwater infinity pool. From $550/night.

With just four bungalows on the premises, a night at Milarepa Hotel, on the southern coast of the Nicoya Peninsula, offers all focused attention to all guests. Each room is equipped with teak furniture and antique four-poster beds with mosquito netting, imported from Indonesia.

Just outside Tortuguero National Park on the northeast coast of Costa Rica, the Pachira Lodge sits on a thin strip of land surrounded by a network of canals. With more than 100 bungalows, two restaurants and a spa, the resort gives guests access to a tremendous amount of fauna and wildlife.

This “self-sufficient organic ranch ” is a totally off-the-grid resort with 18 beautifully appointed, terraced bungalows. It sits right on the lake, in the middle of a breathtaking river valley surrounded by 148,263 acres of forest.

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 Rica—promotes sustainable tourism in a high-quality, stylish environment.

Once upon a time, when travelers came to Costa Rica, they expected to eat freshly caught  seafood but little else of note. Then, in 2004, this eco-lodge opened in the mountains above the Pacific and immediately became a destination retreat for foodies with active lifestyles.

Extravagant ocean views are de rigueur at this 800-acre hillside establishment near the less- traveled Panamanian border. Owner and environmental activist Peter Aspinall has helped reintroduce the scarlet macaw to the area.

This rustic eco-lodge in the lush, misty Tilarán Mountains set the standard for environmentally sustainable properties here when it opened in 1990. It’s owned by Costa Rica Expeditions, one of the country’s best adventure-tour operators and an ethical-tourism pioneer since 1978.