10 of the Best Hotels & Lodges in Costa Rica

From luxury beachfront resorts to sustainable rainforest lodges, we picked ten of the finest places to stay in Costa Rica.

We’ve traveled across this vibrant paradise that is Cosa Rica, curating the top 10 boutique hotels that promise not just a stay, but an unforgettable Costa Rican experience. Allow us to guide you to places where luxury harmonizes with the awe-inspiring biodiversity of Costa Rica. Pura Vida!

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Rio Perdido Lodge in Costa RicaAerial view of Rio Perdido

Rio Perdido

Bagaces (Guanacaste)

Discover an oasis of serenity and sustainable luxury at Rio Perdido, situated in the heart of Guanacaste's dry forest. This eco-friendly retreat encompasses 30 contemporary bungalows, each designed with sustainability at its core. These dwellings are seamlessly connected by a network of elevated pathways, allowing guests to meander amidst the trees and local flora.

One of Rio Perdido's defining features is its natural thermal river, a geothermal wonder where visitors can indulge in nature’s own spa experience. Stretching beyond the lodge are over 20 miles of meticulously curated hiking and biking trails, weaving through diverse landscapes and offering glimpses of the region's vibrant wildlife.

For those seeking a pulse of adrenaline, Rio Perdido doesn't disappoint: With an array of on-site adventures, from zip-lining across canyons to white-water tubing, guests can satiate their thirst for adventure. Every aspect of Rio Perdido, from its architectural marvels to its diverse recreational offerings, echoes a commitment to harmonizing luxury with nature.

The recently added pool area of El Mangroove El Mangroove

El Mangroove

Guanacaste / Playa Panama

Costa Rica is renowned for its lavish eco-resorts, so standing out is crucial. El Mangroove, on the prestigious Gulf of Papagayo in northern Guanacaste, does just that with its boutique hotel allure. Conveniently, it's the nearest resort to any international airport in Costa Rica, making short escapes a breeze. A standout feature? One of the region's lengthiest & nicest swimming pools.

Set within 17 acres of coastal mangrove, El Mangroove ditches the typical all-white resort vibe for a blend of modern minimalism and bohemian flair. The 85 light-filled suites, from the basic Nesto to the opulent El Mangle, combine natural materials and luxury amenities.

Additional facilities include specialized yoga decks, the tranquil Bearth Spa, and a 130-foot-long pool with a DJ. Evening drinks under the stars from private cabanas elevate the experience at this luxury niche resort.

Kinkára Luxury Retreat Kinkára Luxury Retreat


San Isidro

Kinkara is an eco-friendly retreat steeped in the beauty and tranquility of its natural environment. The 800-acre property is situated in the foothills of the Talamanca mountain range, near the base of Mount Chirripó. 31 Lotus Belle Tents are peppered around the property’s common spaces, El Morén and the Mandala Garden, and along the riverbank. Each tent boasts wooden furnishings crafted by local craftsmen and organic 500-thread-count cotton linens. Kinkára’s physical and spiritual activities include yoga and meditation, river hikes, mountain biking or taking part in an ancient cacao ceremony. Staff will also guide you to an secret waterfall for a refreshing dip in clear and refreshing water.

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Three Sixty

Ojochal (Puntarenas)

Situated where the grand mountains of Ojochal meet the southwestern Pacific coast, the Three Sixty Boutique Hotel quietly immerses itself in Costa Rica's wild and untouched beauty. The thoughtful layout of the twelve eco-friendly villas provides a seamless connection between the comfort of the indoors and the natural splendor outside, offering a gentle embrace with the vibrant local landscapes.

The openness of the communal spaces, like the lobby and Kua Kua Restaurant, cultivate a calming environment, a place where architecture meets the ease of nature, allowing guests to drift seamlessly from interior elegance to outdoor serenity.

The spirit of conservation is alive here, with most of the property remaining a protected nature reserve. This commitment to harmony with the environment offers a rare closeness with the local wildlife — a daily spectacle of colorful birds and wandering iguanas, all visible from your own private patio. At Three Sixty Boutique Hotel, the experience is simple yet profound: an invitation to slow down and reconnect, to appreciate the raw beauty stretching for sixty miles in every direction, a quiet encounter with Costa Rica in its purest form.

Aguas Claras Puerto Viejo Aguas Claras

Aguas Claras

Puerto Viejo

A forest-lined beach embraces the eco-friendly hotel Aguas Claras, featuring airy suites and bungalows in a Caribbean style scattered throughout the jungle grounds. The hotel offers a spa and beach club, contributing to its relaxed atmosphere. Located in Punta Cocles, it's just a stone's throw away from the stunning beaches of Playa Cocles and Playa Chiquita. If you ever need a break from the sandy walks, it's only a 10-minute bike ride on a winding road to Puerto Viejo, the liveliest town in the area.

ORIGINS Luxury Lodge Origins Luxury Lodge

Origins Luxury Lodge

Tenorio Volcano National Park

Nestled in Costa Rica's majestic mountains, Origins Lodge offers a unique blend of nature and comfort. Surrounded by vibrant wildlife like parrots, toucans, and monkeys, it's an ideal spot for an unforgettable getaway.

The lodge emphasizes deep connection with nature and personal wellbeing. Guests can indulge in various activities, such as wildlife tours, waterfall hikes, and jungle horseback riding. For relaxation, there's yoga, breathwork therapy, and plant-based spa treatments. Culinary delights are overseen by a Michelin-starred chef in the organic superfood restaurant.

Each of the seven eco-friendly lodges, including a three-bedroom villa, is crafted from sustainable materials, featuring circular designs with natural air conditioning and private plunge pools. The lodge's highlights include the Skyview Bar for stunning sunsets and a valley-view infinity pool over the canopy. With its serene environment and luxurious amenities, Origins Lodge is a perfect blend of adventure and tranquility, offering an escape into Costa Rica's breathtaking nature.

Mint Santa Teresa Mint Santa Teres


Santa Teresa

A stylish and chic adults only mini-hotel in the charming coastal town of Santa Teresa, a paradise for surfer and yogis. Mint is offering a perfect blend of luxury and laid-back beach vibes, designed by Costa Rican architects at Studio Saxe. The five rooms, each one with its own rooftop terrace, are scattered across a hill overlooking the Pacific ocean. Mint is located about 500 meters from the beach and most popular restaurants.

Hotel Punta Islita Punta Islita

Punta Islita

Nicoya Peninsula

Punta Islita is an authentic eco-luxury hideaway perched high on a hill overlooking Costa Rica's Pacific shores. Set apart from the mainland by impenetrable jungles and challenging landscapes, this spot offers an untouched and intimate tropical haven. Just below, the sinuous black sand beach beckons, while above lies the preserved realm of the tropical dry forest.

While Punta Islita champions environmental conservation, it doesn't compromise on luxury. Standard lodgings offer inviting hammocks facing the beach, while the more upscale options boast private terraces and Jacuzzis that gaze out over the ocean. Scattered on the hillside, some casitas feature their own plunge pools. For those desiring more space or privacy, three-bedroom villas stand ready, each with a dedicated swimming pool.

Adventurous souls might venture out on nature trails, canopy tour, rigorous hikes, horseback adventures, or even deep-sea fishing quests. Meanwhile, sports enthusiasts can enjoy the tennis courts and driving range.

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Lapa Rios

Osa Peninsula / Puerto Jiménez

Lapa Rios, renowned as Costa Rica's premier eco-lodge, paints a modest picture: nestled on a ridge overlooking the beach, its thatched-roof lodges stand in stark contrast to the indulgences of luxury hotels. In the absence of phones, televisions and music, guests are completely enveloped by the pristine beauty of Central America's last untouched lowland tropical rainforest.

The lodge is built in harmony with the surrounding nature: When constructing, not a single tree was felled, epitomizing sustainable development. Their eco-conscious efforts extend further, utilizing solar water heaters to curtail energy use, and planting thousands of native palm trees to ensure a renewable source for the thatch roofs of the bungalows.

Yet, simplicity does not equate to a lack of comfort. The bungalows, with walls open to nature's whispers, eliminate the need for air conditioning. Inside, one finds hardwood floors, tastefully tiled bathrooms, and elegant interiors. Additional luxuries include a patio garden, an indoor/outdoor shower, and a private deck boasting mesmerizing views of the vast ocean below.

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Nayara Tented Camp

Volcano Arenal

Nestled within Arenal Volcano National Park, Nayara Tented Camp is perched on a hill, offering uninterrupted vistas of the majestic Arenal Volcano. This stunning place opened in 2019 as one of the first luxury camps of Central America. With a design reminiscent of classic African safari tents, the 21 luxurious tents sit elevated on the slope. Each tent is complete with private plunge pools sourced from the surrounding hot springs, outdoor showers, and elegant four-poster beds draped in canopies.

Immerse yourself in the hot springs nestled at the foot of the resort, ensconced by lush forests, or refresh in one of the inviting pools. Begin your day with an invigorating sunrise yoga session or indulge in rejuvenating spa treatments amidst the verdant rainforest.

Complimentary guided nature walks allow you to explore the estate's indigenous wildlife. Experience the thrill of traversing the Mystic Hanging Bridges with a knowledgeable guide, or set out on day adventures to the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge or Tenorio National Park.

Best time to visit Costa Rica

Visiting Costa Rica from mid-December to April, during the dry season, often proves to be the most rewarding experience. This period, known locally as "verano," invites visitors with clear skies and abundant sunshine, showcasing the vibrant flora and fauna in all its glory. While this is the peak season attracting a large number of tourists, its ideal for outdoor activities like hiking, zip-lining, wildlife watching, surfing and beach-going.

During the rainy season, which runs from May to November, the forests are lush and green, and it's an ideal time for birdwatching and whitewater rafting. Popular locations are less crowded and most hotels offer lower rates.

The different regions of Costa Rica have different climates and seasonal patterns. For travelling to the Caribbean side of Costa Rica (Limón and Tortuguero), the best months are February and March or September and October.














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Frequently asked questions

We know that traveling to a new destination comes with its set of queries and doubts. Our FAQ section is designed to answer the most frequently asked questions about traveling to Costa Rica, helping you to plan your trip.

  • How do I get to Costa Rica?

    Most international travelers arrive in Costa Rica by air. The country has two main international airports: Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) in Alajuela, near the capital city San José, and Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) in Liberia, Guanacaste. These airports cater to flights from many destinations, with a significant number coming from North America and Europe.

  • Do I need a visa for Costa Rica?

    Many nationalities, including citizens of the United States, Canada, most European countries, and several others, do not need a visa to enter Costa Rica for tourism purposes. You can stay for up to 180 days under a tourist visa waiver. Even if you don't need a visa, ensure that your passport is valid for at least three months from your date of entry into Costa Rica. Costa Rican authorities often require proof of onward travel, such as a return or onward ticket.

  • How to get around in Costa Rica...

    We recommend renting a car as this gives you flexibility and the ability to explore remote areas. Costa Rica's main roads are generally in good condition, but be prepared for less maintained roads in rural areas where a 4x4 is a better choice. If you focus just on a few areas to stay, using shuttle services can be a good alternative and hotels will help arrange them for you. Costa Rica has a few small domestic airlines that connect major tourist destinations with José, e.g. to the Osa Peninsula (Puerto Jimenez).

  • Is Costa Rica safe to travel?

    Costa Rica is generally considered a safe destination for tourists, known for its peaceful society and welcoming locals. Like in any other tourist destination, it has areas where one should exercise increased caution: San José, particularly at night, Limón, Puntarenas and Jacó. Petty crimes such as pickpocketing or bag snatching can occur, particularly in crowded places or tourist hotspots. Natural hazards such as riptides and volcanic activities also pose risks. Despite these concerns, so many travelers visit Costa Rica every year and have wonderful, safe experiences.

  • What's the currency and can I use my credit card?

    The national currency is the Costa Rican colón, although US dollars are widely accepted in many establishments. Credit cards, predominantly Visa and Mastercard, are accepted in most hotels, restaurants, and shops in urban areas and popular tourist sites. It’s wise to carry some cash, as smaller venues and transport services might only accept cash payments. ATMs are readily available in cities and larger towns, dispensing both colones and dollars, but be prepared for transaction fees when using them.

  • What are the Highlights and "must-dos" when in Costa Rica?

    Costa Rica is a gem of Central America, celebrated for its biodiversity, pristine beaches, and emphasis on ecotourism. When in Costa Rica, you must visit the Arenal Volcano National Park where you can behold the magnificent Arenal Volcano and unwind in the adjacent natural hot springs. For hiking enthusiasts, there are plentiful trails in this park.

    Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve offers a unique ecosystem with its misty woodlands and offers thrilling canopy tours, allowing visitors to zip-line through the treetops. The coastal Manuel Antonio National Park is another destination that shouldn't be missed, as it blends beautiful beaches with rich rainforests teeming with wildlife.

    For a chance to observe turtles, the Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean coast is a hotspot for green sea turtles, especially during nesting season. If you're a water enthusiast, the Pacific coast, especially Guanacaste, is ideal for surfing with world-class waves.

    Corcovado National Park in the Osa Peninsula is one of the most biodiverse places on earth, providing a genuine wild experience with its untouched rainforests. The nearby Caño Island is perfect for snorkeling and diving, giving glimpses of vibrant marine life.

    Lastly, immersing yourself in local culture by visiting towns like San José, the capital, can offer insights into Costa Rican art, history, and cuisine. Enjoying a traditional meal, such as a "casado" or sipping on freshly brewed Costa Rican coffee, will surely round out your experience.