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Best Costa Rica Hotels - Our Top 5 Choices

Best Costa Rica Hotels
Published on October 2, 2015


With the price of oil having dropped, airfares around the world are selling at unbelievable discounts. Now is a very good time to take a look at Central America for retirement or relocation. If you like beautiful beaches, breathtaking nature, and epic scenery, then hop on down to the lush, luxurious coast of Costa Rica, one of the cheapest countries to live.

Today, more and more airlines are offering discounted flights to San Jose, the culturally rich and vibrant capital city of Costa Rica. You can now fly cheaply from New York (American Airlines), Miami (Aeromexico), Washington D.C. and Chicago (United Airlines). If you don't mind flying coach, airfare from these departure cities can be as low as $250. With such great savings on airfare, you can comfortably splurge on the best resorts in Costa Rica.

#1 ARENAL NAYARA HOTEL  9 KM Oeste de La Fortuna de San Carlos, 21007, Costa Rica +506 2479 1600

The best places to stay are nearby Jaco and Tamarindo. West of Tamarindo, you'll find nature, adventure, and romance at the Arenal Nayara Hotel. Nestled in the rain forest, this boutique hotel offers guests a unique eco-experience. Here you can go horseback riding, water rafting, enjoy a canopy trek, or spend a day exploring on an active volcano tour. With its elegant rooms, delightful spa, and heavenly cuisine, this hotel was ranked as the top resort in Central and South America (Travel and Leisure 2015).

#2 THE SPRINGS RESORT AND SPA 9 Km Oeste y km 4 Norte, Fortuna San Carlos, Costa Rica +506 2401 3300

Also west of Tamarindo is The Springs Resort and Spa, with thermal springs, and stunning views of Arenal Volcano. Here, The Las Ventanas Restaurant is one of several highlights, with views that make you forget everything beyond the landscape. You can lose yourself here, in a tube on the river, swimming in waterfalls, or simply enjoying your time away, relaxing with someone you love. 

#3 FOUR SEASONS RESORT PAPAGAYO 26Km al Norte del Doit Centre Liberia Guanacaste, Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica (800) 332-3442

North of Tamarindo, with its own private beach, is the grand Four Seasons Resort, where rooms and residences overlook the Pacific ocean. If you like swimming, fishing, kayaking, and other water sports, then this is where you'll want to spend an oceanfront vacation. With its beach appeal, infinity pools, and championship golf course, this is certainly one of the best resorts in Costa Rica.

#4  ALTAGRACIA BOUTIQUE HACIENDA Calle San Ignacio, Costa Rica +506 2105 3080

Nearer to Jaco, you can venture up to the mountaintops at AltaGracia Boutique Hacienda. With 50 private casitas high above the rolling country, you'll feel as though you're on a vast equestrian estate. The novelty here, apart from the scenery, are the horseback riding tours, which take you through rich pastures, rain forests, and down to the wild beaches. The resort also has a catamaran to take guests out to sea.

#5 KURA DESIGN VILLAS Uvita, Costa Rica +506 8448 5744

But if you prefer ocean views, then the Kura Design Villas are a first-rate place to stay. Located south of Jaco, and perched above the sea, these isolated villas are a nature lover's dream. Considered one of the best resorts in Costa Rica, Kura blends its natural scenes with modern luxury. Amenities include an infinity pool, an indulgence spa, the Diablitos Bar, and all the adventure tours that the other resorts offer.


Visitors to Costa Rica often fall in love, with the nature and the tranquil mountains all along the coast. This is the place to look into some luxury homes Costa Rica near the area’s most popular surfing beach. In Tamarindo, one American-style master planned community worth exploring is Hacienda Panilla, with beachfront homes, a championship golf course, and a private residence club. The gated community features tennis, stables, 4 great restaurants, and the gated security makes it safe for kids and families.

Another elegant community featuring luxury homes Costa Rica is Reserva Concha, also very close to Tamarindo. Reserva Concha's main attraction is its world-class golf club, and its lush and scenic golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones II. The 2,300 acre sprawling beach and golf resort currently has about 150 homes and condominiums for sale. Reserva Choncha also has a first class private residence club.


If you want to live closer to San Jose, then a great gated community is Los Suenos Resort and Marina. Here you'll find some beautiful luxury homes Costa Rica. With similar amenities to other resorts, the bonus here is its full-service marina. If you enjoy sports fishing, diving, sailing and exciting water sports, your family love you even more when you own a Los Suenos home. With 200 wet slips and 116 dry slips, Los Suenos can accommodate boats up to 180 feet. It’s the best marina we’ve seen in Costa Rica.

If you plan to visit Costa Rica to look around, the perfect time to go is from December until April. This is when the weather is the best. With such cheap flights, great resorts, and amazing things to see, Costa Rica should be on your 'home' shopping list.

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