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16 Best places to stay in Costa Rica

  • Costa Rica

Xandari Resort And Spa

  • Alajuela, Alajuela Province, Costa Rica

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Xandari Resort And Spa

Place to Stay

Surrounded by forest, this luxurious former coffee hacienda is just half an hour’s drive from the international airport – an ideal pre-flight overnighter.

Average £320

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Pacuare Lodge

  • Turrialba, Limon Province, Costa Rica

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Pacuare Lodge

Place to Stay

White-water raft into this plush rainforest resort, set in wilderness next to a rushing mountain river. There’s a gorgeous forest-view infinity pool and a big menu of wilderness excursions.

Average £1000

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Hotel Aquas Claras

  • Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Limon Province, Costa Rica

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Hotel Aquas Claras

Place to Stay

Oozing Caribbean-colonial charm and framed by gorgeous gardens and beaches, this is the most luxurious boutique on the Atlantic coast.

Average £450

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Lapa Rios Rainforest Lodge

  • Puerto Jimenez, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica

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Lapa Rios Rainforest Lodge

Place to Stay

A luxurious jungle lodge in one of the most pristine, rainforest-swathed national parks on the Central American Pacific coast – next to the wildlife-filled Corcovado National Park.

Average £1000

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Nayara Gardens

  • Fortuna, Alajuela Province, Costa Rica

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Nayara Gardens

Place to Stay

A stylish, family-orientated luxury hotel with villas set in lush jungle gardens overlooking Arenal volcano’s perfect cone. It’s also home to one of the best spas in the region.

Average £420

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Nayara Springs

  • San Carlos, Alajuela Province, Costa Rica

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Nayara Springs

Place to Stay

Private in-villa hot spring baths and vast plunge pools, four-posters, marble-lined bathrooms; this adults-only mountainside resort is Arenal’s most luxurious. Adults only.

Average £700

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Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge

  • Osa Peninsula, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica

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Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge

Place to Stay

Simple but elegant jungle lodge hotel, set in idyllic wilderness surrounds – between a shimmering tropical fjord and waterfall-filled rainforest.

Average £320

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Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa

  • La Fortuna, Alajuela Province, Costa Rica

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couple relaxing on the cascading hot springs of the natural spa

Place to Stay

A gorgeous, sustainable rainforest retreat, close to the Arenal Volcano National Park, that harnesses the healing power of the Tabacon Thermal River.

Average £280

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Tortuga Lodge & Gardens

  • Tortuguero National Park, Limon Province, Costa Rica

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Tortuga Lodge & Gardens

Place to Stay

Family-friendly, surrounded by lush forests and river, Tortuga Lodge is the best hotel in Central America to see nesting and hatching marine turtles.

Average £380

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Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel

  • Alajuela, Alajuela Province, Costa Rica

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Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel

Place to Stay

A ranch house hotel on the edge of a bird-filled cloud forest that was once the private retreat of Costa Rica’s president.

Average £130

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Hotel Florblanca

  • Santa Teresa, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica

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Hotel Florblanca

Place to Stay

Upmarket, romantic, barefoot-chic boutique set in the lush rainforest, right on one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful Pacific Ocean beaches

Average £400

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El Remanso

  • Osa Peninsula, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica

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El Remanso

Place to Stay

Chic rainforest hotel sitting on a hillside over an unspoilt Pacific beach in the wild Osa Peninsula. Perfect for exploring the Corcovado National Park.

Average £250

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Arenal Observatory Lodge

  • Arenal Volcano National Park, Alajuela Province, Costa Rica

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tourists and guides enjoying the sunset from the Observatory Lodge

Place to Stay

Originally built for scientists, this is the only hotel inside Arenal National Park; which guests have to themselves until gates opens at 8am. Volcano views are astounding.

Average £210

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Hidden Canopy Treehouses Boutique Hotel

  • Monteverde, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica

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Hidden Canopy Treehouses Boutique Hotel

Place to Stay

A well-appointed B&B with cosy wooden treehouses built right into the cloud forest canopy, close to Monteverde Cloud Forest.

Average £300

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Gaia Hotel and Reserve

  • Manuel Antonio, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica

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Gaia Hotel and Reserve

Place to Stay

City comforts in a wild setting – on the edge of popular Manuel Antonio National Park, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Average £400

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Oxygen Jungle Villas

  • Uvita, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica

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Oxygen Jungle Villas

Place to Stay

Secluded, luxurious eco-resort set in wild forest, with beautiful jungle and ocean views, close to fashionable Uvita village.

Average £1100

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