The Central Valley + Caribbean Coast

Hotels in The Central Valley + Caribbean Coast

Located in a 3,000-acre biological corridor, this privately owned lodge is designed to promote ecological preservation and environmentally conscious tourism. The lodge has only 12 guest rooms and incorporates eco-friendly practices, such as recycling and tree-planting programs.

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.

Originally owned by former President Rodrigo Carazo Odio, the Villa Blanca is shrouded by the dense cloud forest of the Los Angeles Private Biological Reserve.

This 14-room retreat on a black-sand strand embodies the area’s laid-back feeling. Bright wood-paneled rooms feature such tropical touches as dangling bromeliad plants and locally made easy chairs.

In a part of the country once known mainly by intrepid surfers for its waves, the splashy new boutique hotel Le Caméléon is changing the scene. All 23 sleek rooms are dressed in white and set around a manicured rain-forest garden.

The 10-acre beachfront property, located in the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge on Costa Rica’s southern Caribbean coast, features a sustainably built treehouse made from fallen trees, with solar heating, two bedrooms, a kitchen, and a shower.

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.

At the San Ramon Angel Valley Farm Bed & Breakfast, Beth Frischberg—of Washington, D.C.'s Tabard Inn—demonstrates healthful, modern fare like coconut-rice-watermelon gazpacho

The Sea Turtle Conservancy in northeast Costa Rica is the oldest turtle research facility in the world. Founded in 1959 by Dr.

If Tarzan were tempted out of the jungle and into a hotel room, this 26-room lodge, right on the grounds of Tortuguero National Park, would be his choice.

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.

Chosen by the Rainforest Alliance as a standard-setter of sustainable tourism in 2010, Finca Rosa Blanca, in the central highlands of Costa Rica, offers thematically decorated luxury accommodation without the ecological guilt.