Guanacaste + the North

Hotels in Guanacaste + the North

Spread over 2,400 verdant, landscaped acres, this resort is practically its own seaside village.

This beachfront resort has everything you’d expect from a Caribbean-style getaway: a huge swim-up bar, candlelit tables under palm trees, thatched palapa roofs, rooms with ceiling fans and pastel-hued walls, and of course a sandy swimming beach.

Hotel Fonda Vela in Monteverde, open since 1990, is just a 15-minute walk to the Cloud Forest Reserve.

This sprawling 310-room property—open since February 2009—distinguishes itself by straddling the line between major resort and remote wilderness lodge. The colonial-style building features breezy rooms with dark wood accents and capacious balconies with water views (pool and ocean).

Many of the 22 earth-toned rooms are equipped with private balconies that overlook a quiet part of the otherwise crowded Playa Tamarindo.