The accommodations below are great budget travel options for your stay in Costa Rica. As budget hotels, they are generally more affordable, but they are not backpacker hotels with dorm beds. They do not have all the amenities of a luxury hotel, but they present clean and comfortable rooms for a fair price.
Mono Feliz – which means “The Happy Monkey” in Spanish – is located near the village of Ojochal in Costa Rica’s Southern Pacific Region. Although Ojochal is less developed than other parts of the country, it is by no means lacking in natural beauty or a bounty of things to do.
The Coco Loco Lodge is situated in Puerto Viejo de Limon, a town nestled against Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast. Puerto Viejo is a lively community that has developed amongst some seriously picturesque landscapes and enticing seascapes. Rated 8.8/10 by visitors
Only one block from La Fortuna central park and a 10 minute drive to the famous Arenal Volcano, Las Colinas Arenal Hotel is conveniently located and provides truly local hospitality. Homey style accommodations in a small hotel setting make this family run Northern Lowlands establishment a simple and affordable stay. Rated 9.6/10 by visitors
The Río Tico Safari Lodge is located along Costa Rica’s southern Pacific coast near the town of Vergel de Punta Mala. Just south of Uvita, this area is less crowded than other parts of the country but possesses an ample amount of charm and beauty. Rated 9.8/10 by visitors
Centrally located in the happening beach town of Jaco, the Blue Palm offers affordable accommodations for those seeking to explore Costa Rica's Central Pacific Coast. Two hours from San Jose, the town of Jaco is the closest beach town to Costa Rica's capital city. In the Jaco area you will find fantastic surf, a variety of restaurants and bars, as well as exciting adventure tours. Rated 8.1/10 by visitors
Samara Pacific Lodge is tucked away on the Pacific coast, in the easy going beach town of Samara. The charming beach in Samara is bordered by a protective coral reef, making the waters perfect for swimming and the beach ideal for long leisurely walks. The reef also keeps the waves tame, making this one of the country&s best beaches for learning how to surf. The village of Samara offers a variety of shops, bars and restaurants as well as local artisans selling jewelry on the sidewalks. Rated 8.3/10 by visitors
Located in the province of Alajuela, the Arenal Vista Lodge is just 30 minutes away from La Fortuna, just in front of the Arenal Lake and Volcano. Here you will find yourself in the biological corridor between the Monteverde Reserve and the Arenal National Park. This is a mecca for bird and nature lovers as well as the eco tourist longing to discover a myriad of bird species, plant species, and marvel at the natural wonders that abound here. Rated 6.9/10 by visitors
Los Mangos is located on the beautiful Nicoya Peninsula, in the town of Montezuma. This small, hip village remains one of the most popular destinations on the coast, with its beautiful beaches, great nightlife and abundant natural beauty. While in Montezuma, enjoy the sights and sounds of the monkeys playing in the forest canopy, start the day with an outstanding sunrise and hike to cascading waterfalls. Rated 8.6/10 by visitors
Hotel Las Tortugas can be found in the North Pacific Coast of Costa Rica on the gorgeous Playa Grande. Since prehistoric times Playa Grande has been one of the world's principal nesting beaches for the Leatherback turtle. The area is blessed with abundant sunshine, warm ocean breezes and privacy. Rated 7.7/10 by visitors
The Bell Bird Hotel offers simple accommodations with a great view and is located between the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and Santa Elena. The hotel is great for small to medium groups looking for a budget hotel. Most of the accommodations are basic and come with bunk beds and a shared bathroom, however there are a few rooms equipped with double beds and a private bath. Enjoy some fresh mountain air from the shared balcony, from which there are views of the Nicoya Peninsula and the beautiful valley below. Rated 10.0/10 by visitors
Cabanas La Pradera is located in Monteverde which is renowned for its stunning, bio-diverse cloud forest reserve. Monteverde, nestled between two primary cloud forest reserves, is a place blessed with outstanding natural beauty, an impressive amount of bird and plant species and a bumpy dirt road that leads to several charming local communities. Rated 8.4/10 by visitors
Hotel Yare is located on the stunning Atlantic Coast of Costa Rica, on the outskirts of the Caribbean village of Puerto Viejo. This coast is blessed with an outstanding variety of beaches, little villages and colorful flora and fauna. The important port town of Limon is just a few hours north and close to the Tortuguero National Park, one of the most important breeding grounds for the endangered Green Sea Turtle. Puerto Viejo has a wonderful, laid back Jamaican feel and is filled with quaint shops and a variety of international and local restaurants and bars. Rated 4.8/10 by visitors
The quaint Monteverde Inn sits in the Tilaran mountain range, found in the northern part of the Puntarenas province. For an incredible eco-adventure, visit this mountain paradise of Monteverde, renowned for its extremely beautiful Cloud Forest Reserve and abundance of bird species. There is a unique Quaker community that settled there in the 50's and began what is now the greatest milk and fine cheese production in Costa Rica. This is a stupendous vacation destination for those who wish to be surrounded by the beauty of nature. Rated 9.3/10 by visitors
Located steps away from Playa Tamarindo, Guanacaste Province, the Cabinas Marielos offers affordable and clean accommodations. Do not expect the frills of a high end establishment, but its central location and vibrant gardens make this a great choice for the budget traveler.
The Hotel Meli Melo is just a short walk from the golden beaches of Santa Teresa. In addition to the hotel’s prime location (it’s close to one of the area’s top surf spots), it’s known for having a laidback atmosphere, unpretentious accommodations, and hospitable hosts.
Orosi Lodge is a small hotel located in the town of Orosi, part of Costa Rica's Central Valley. Situated one hour east of San Jose, Orosi is a colonial town with plenty of charm and culture, and is home to the oldest church in all of Costa Rica. Whitewater rafting, hiking, trout fishing and swimming are just a few of the activities available in Orosi, not to mention the two volcanic hot springs that lay in the center of town.
Hotel Santa Ana offers guests simple and yet comfortable accommodation close to the International Airport (LIR) only about 5 minutes by car. The Santa Ana hotel is located along the road between the city of Liberia and the Airport. From both the city of Liberia and the Daniel Oduber International airport hotel Santa is ideally positioned. Rated 6.1/10 by visitors
Set amongst 6 acres of forested countryside, the Villas Escondidas Hotel is an authentic Central Valley getaway. Five minutes outside of Grecia and 30 minutes from the Juan Santamaria International Airport, guests are immersed in a naturally air-conditioned temperate microclimate and a landscape punctuated by forested volcanoes.
Atlantida Lodge is located on the laid back Caribbean coast, in the town of Cahuita. Cahuita is a small village with a beautiful beach that is calm and ideal for swimming. You can also find white and black sand beaches lined with coconut palms, making for a picturesque setting. The town itself is small, yet offers a variety of restaurants, bars and is renowned for its breathtaking national park.
Situated in the shadow of Arenal Volcano and 1 km south of La Fortuna, Fortuna Rustic Cabin’s location in the Northern Lowlands provides great access to the neighboring Arenal Volcano National Park. This nearly symmetrical natural feature frames the skyline, while its surrounding natural areas offer limitless outdoor adventure.
Cabinas Los Cocos is settled upon Playa Zancudo, a remote black-sand beach along the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. This cozy hotel lies amidst an unpopulated shoreline backed by coconut palms and almond trees. This area of the country sees far fewer tourists, though the scenery is beautiful and the activities are bountiful.
Hotel Arenal Green is located in the town of La Fortuna, within the Northern Lowland region of Costa Rica. This is a world renowned area, as it is the gateway and home to the active Arenal Volcano. La Fortuna is a quiet, charming and picturesque town surrounded by lush greenery and hillsides. It is a hotspot for nature buffs and eco-travelers that are eager to be enveloped by natural beauty. Rated 9.3/10 by visitors
The Santa Maria Inn is a charming hotel located just five minutes from the Juan Santamaria International Airport in Costa Rica&s central valley. Though close to the airport, guests will find themselves pleasantly surrounded by a peaceful atmosphere. The central valley is a lush, mountainous area made up of a series of volcanoes and verdant hillsides. The Poas Volcano, one of the largest in the world, is located less than an hour from the SantaMaria Inn. Rated 7.3/10 by visitors
Set in the heart of Santa Ana, Central Valley, Posada Nena is just 20 minutes from the Juan Santamaria International Airport and conveniently located near many fine dining restaurants, shops, and other amenities. An iconic example of the blend between comfort and convenience, the affordable Posada Nena offers friendly and professional service for each guest.
Rancho Makena is situated four hours from San Jose, in Monteverde. The lush mountains of Tilaran house the amazing community of Monteverde and its incredible Cloud Forest Reserve. This small community is frequented by avid bird watchers, eco-tourists and scientists from around the world. Rated 8.1/10 by visitors
The Nosara Bed and Breakfast sits on the north Pacific coast of Costa Rica, on the beautiful Nicoya Peninsula. A five minute walk from the hotel brings you to the secluded Pelada Beach, boasting fine white sand backed by lush vegetation. You can walk for miles along the quiet, unspoiled beaches of Nosara, observing beautiful shells, magical rock formations, breaking waves and gentle tide pools. Rated 9.3/10 by visitors
El Mono Loco sits in the glorious province of Guanacaste, in the north Pacific region of Costa Rica. The popular beach town of Tamarindo is home to this lovely beach hotel. The beach is a three and a half kilometer stretch of white sand and warm blue water, surrounded by national parks to the north and south, and mountains to the east. Rated 2.3/10 by visitors
Nestled in the heart of La Fortuna, and shadowed by the Arenal Volcano, lies the newly remodeled Hotel Hotel Arenal Bromelias. Unlike the country's coastal regions, the northern lowlands are plush with dense tropical forests, abundant wildlife, raging rivers and cascading waterfalls, thanks in large part to a larger accumulation of annual rainfall. Rated 8.8/10 by visitors
Located on the shores of the Central Pacific Ocean, Hotel La Dolce Vita provides guests the opportunity to enjoy the beaches of Esterillos Oeste. The hotel offers the allure of comfortable accommodations in a natural setting known to be a premier surfing destination.
La Colina Hotel lies between Quepos and Manuel Antonio. This area is great for eco-adventure and beach activities, as it features one of the country&s best national parks and beautiful beaches. Rated 9.0/10 by visitors
Villas Eco Arenal is located just outside of La Fortuna and situated in the northern lowlands, near the magnificent Arenal Volcano. Popular amongst nature lovers and eco tourists, the area is rich in local vegetation. Incredible natural jewels like the Arenal Volcano, surrounded by forested hills and an abundance of bird species, are just two of the many attractions to the area. The hotel sits just outside of La Fortuna's charming ambiance, all just a few hours from San Jose. Rated 8.4/10 by visitors
Franks place is located in the center of the crossroads of Mal Pais and Playa Carmen and is surrounded by internet cafes and restaurants. Franks Place offers a variety or room types and a sprawling common area with pool, restaurant, gardens and sitting area. Rated 7.4/10 by visitors
The Erupciones Inn Bed & Breakfast is situated on the west side of La Fortuna, in front of the majestic and active Arenal Volcano. The bustling town of La Fortuna is surrounded by lush tropical forest, the magnificent and large Lake Arenal and the astounding backdrop of the Arenal Volcano. This area has become quite the hot spot for visitors of Costa Rica, leaving footprints in the hearts of those who visit. Rated 8.6/10 by visitors
El Viandante is located in the quaint mountain town of Monteverde, in the northern province of Puntarenas. High in the Tilaran Mountain Range you will come upon the quaint villages of Monteverde and Santa Elena, the town center. Though warm, sunny days are not rare, the climate tends to be cool and misty. Come prepared with some warm clothes and raingear, as you'll be entering the cloud forest. Rated 9.8/10 by visitors
The Hotel Mandarina is situated along Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coast, near the entrance to the Manuel Antonio National Park. The park has excellent scenery and beautiful wildlife that attracts visitors worldwide. The fishing town of Quepos is just down the road, a fun town that offers a variety of shops, restaurants, and bars for visitors to enjoy. Rated 6.8/10 by visitors
The Cala Lodge is located in Monteverde. Set within Costa Rica’s rich central highlands, this area is replete with bountiful rainforests, rolling hills, and a spectacular amount of biodiversity. Rated 9.1/10 by visitors
Hotel Flores is a small, family run hotel close to the beach, located in Tamarindo in the the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. The hotel Flores can accommodate different types of travelers with their rooms, studios and apartments. Only a short walk from the main street running through town with all its shops and restaurants, but Hotel Flores is also less than a 5 minute walk to the beach. The comfortable Hotel Flores is a wonderful, little hideaway with easy access to everything you might need. Rated 9.2/10 by visitors
Los Cipreses B&B is located in the brisk mountain town of Monteverde. Come and experience the magic of the world acclaimed cloud forest and prepare to be overwhelmed by the beauty of the rolling hills, views of the Gulf Of Nicoya and the fiery sunsets. Rated 9.8/10 by visitors
With the town of La Fortuna on one side and a remnant grove of trees that gives way to agricultural fields on the other, Monte Real Hotel offers easy access to the amenities of town without compromising the peaceful rural lifestyle. Set in the Northern Lowlands, this hotel offers sweeping views of Arenal Volcano and great access to the local natural attractions.
Located on the stunning Nicoya Peninsula, you'll find the delightful Hotel Pachamama. Malpais is a community unlike any other in Costa Rica, with a strong surf culture and a laid-back atmosphere that has made this a hot spot for those seeking sunny days, pristine beaches and an abundance of natural beauty.
Hotel Castillo del Arenal is located in the province of Alajuela, near the majestic Arenal Volcano. This area is renowned for its active volcano, which features remarkable lava shows, and the grand Lake Arenal, famous for its outstanding wind surfing conditions. The small, surrounding community of La Fortuna offers a variety of conveniences such as bars, restaurants, shops and supermarkets. Rated 8.0/10 by visitors
Casa Camarona Caribbean Lodge is located on the tropical Caribbean coast, in the magical town of Puerto Viejo. The coast is rich in lush vegetation, exotic beaches and a mixture of cultures. Puerto Viejo is a small, yet bustling village with the sounds of live reggae music and a collection of gorgeous beaches and activities where you can enjoy the distinct culture and exuberant flora and fauna of the area.
Hotel Campo Verde is located right at the base of Arenal Volcano, just minutes northwest of La Fortuna. This paradise, surrounded by beautiful, lush flora and fauna, is the home to one of the most active volcanoes in the world, with fantastic lava shows on a daily basis. The picturesque town of La Fortuna is a wonderful place to do some shopping, dining and bird watching. Rated 8.9/10 by visitors
Hotel Los Jardines is situated in the mountain town of Monteverde, a charming community connected by a series of dirt roads that contribute to its rustic charm. Monteverde, meaning "Green Mountain', will draw you in with its lush rainforest, rolling green pastures and rich flora and fauna.
Hacienda Pozo Azul Adventures can be found just 90 minutes north of San Jose, in the Sarapiqui valley. This valley is known throughout Costa Rica for its amazing, rich biodiversity. In the region, you'll find a number of national parks, nature reserves and packs of the endangered Green Macaw.
Hotel Pochote Grande is situated in the Central Pacific region of Costa Rica, in the popular beach town of Jaco. The town is stretched out along the beach to the south and the center is a 15 minute stroll away. At Jaco Beach you will find small, typical restaurants, fruit stands, mini-marts, souvenir stores, a pharmacy and two banks. In the evening, the town livens up so visitors can enjoy the local bars and discos. Conveniently located, visitors can reach a number of picturesque beaches along the same coast, heading in either direction from town.
Visit Costa Rica’s stunning Nicoya Peninsula region where Atrapasuenos Lodge is situated in a tropical beach setting just a minute walk from the beaches of Santa Teresa and Mal Pais. The lodge, built in harmony with the natural environment, is ideal for surfers, beach lovers, and adventure seekers and has options for large group accommodations.
The lush and fertile Central Valley of Costa Rica is home to the charming Hotel Robledal just three miles from the Juan Santamaria International Airport. The area around the airport is known as Alajuela formerly the capital of Costa Rica and is known as Costa Rica's second largest city. There is a lovely central park, plenty of shopping and sight seeing opportunities. Rated 8.5/10 by visitors
The Hotel Inn on the Park is located in Manuel Antonio, a vibrant and beautiful area along Costa Rica's central Pacific coast. The Manuel Antonio National Park is found here, a site renowned for its untouched nature and active wildlife, while the fishing town of Quepos is a mere seven minutes away. Rated 8.2/10 by visitors
The Funky Monkey Lodge is located in Santa Teresa, a small beach north of Malpais, on the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. The Funky Monkey Lodge is tucked away in the lush rain forest and only a 3 minute walk from some of the most unspoilt beaches in Costa Rica.
Built in 1983 to explore eco-tourism and hospitality, Rara Avis is a quiet and remote hotel. A rugged trail through the trees leads you to a rustic lodge and cabins in the forest, where waterfalls, trails, and a myriad of creatures await you.
La Leona Lodge is located right outside the La Leona station of the Corcovado National Park, in the Osa Peninsula. The Osa Peninsula is one of the best places for ecotourism in Costa Rica - a destination that offers a unique experience for both nature lovers and outdoor adventurers alike. Rated 9.3/10 by visitors
Set on an iconic half moon bay in a sleepy fishing village, the Playa Garza Hotel is a great escape from the city and crowded tourist beaches. Located 20km from Nosara and 5km from Playa Guiones, in the Guanacaste region, the hotel features an excellent Italian restaurant and ample opportunities for outdoor adventure.
Located in the South Pacific, Jade Mar Cabins overlooks Drake Bay on the north end of Osa Peninsula. World renowned for its biodiversity, Drake Bay is a hub for excursions to the local reserves where visitors can enjoy the rich diversity of flora and fauna.
As the name suggests, the Hotel National Park Cahuita is situated adjacent to the Cahuita National Park, along Costa Rica's exotic Caribbean coast. The town of Cahuita is small but enjoyable, with plenty of restaurants, grocery stores, internet cafes, and a few bars. The national park has great white and black sand beaches, lush coastal rainforest, and excellent coral reefs. Rated 7.8/10 by visitors
Hotel Los Volcanes Bed and Breakfast is situated in the bustling town of Alajuela, in the Central Highlands of Costa Rica. This charming B&B is conveniently located just five minutes from the San Jose International Airport and a block from the Central Park of Alajuela. This area is a hip spot for shopping, international restaurants and sight seeing. Though the hotel sits close to the town center, guests will still find themselves tucked away in a quiet and tranquil hideaway. Rated 8.7/10 by visitors
Hotel Villa Verde is situated in Monteverde, northwest of San Jose. Monteverde is a magical place surrounded by a gorgeous cloud forest, abundant in bird and mammal species. What makes this an especially unique place are the Quaker settlers that started dairy farming here in the 50's. This zone is an eco-tourism haven, with seemingly limitless outdoor activities.
El Bosque Lodge is nestled in the Monteverde region, a hot spot for eco-tourism in the Central Highlands of Costa Rica. Monteverde is huddled between two primary cloud forest reserves and surrounded by a patch of active volcanoes. The abundance of plants and animals here makes this destination ideal for nature lovers. Rated 8.4/10 by visitors
The Cataratas Bijagua Lodge is set on the lush slopes of the Miravalles Volcano and the banks of the Bijagua River in the Guanacaste province. Within the Bijauga de Upala region, this rural lodge is devoted to sustainable living and a rural lifestyle.
The Playa Hermosa Inn is situated on Playa Hermosa, in the gorgeous Guanacaste province. This province is rich in local culture and has maintained its traditional way of life, often being referred to as Costa Rica's Wild West. You can expect to be bathed in warm tropical sunshine, blessed with fiery sunsets and surrounded by unparalleled natural beauty.
Cabinas El Mirador Lodge is situated on a hill overlooking Drake's Bay on the Osa Peninsula of the Pacific Coast of Southern Costa Rica. The El Mirador location is one of the untouched, raw beauty of jungles and beaches alongside exotic and endangered wildlife. Corcovado is a complete ecological treasure and an ideal spot for nature lovers and adventures. Rated 10.0/10 by visitors
Situated on the rugged Osa Peninsula, Casa Horizontes B&B is only a ten-minute walk from the town of Drake Bay. The Osa Peninsula is Costa Rica’s most southerly extension, and has a multitude of outdoor adventures for visitors to enjoy. One of the major draws to the area is Corcovado National Park, a natural reserve that is home to the largest expanse of lowland tropical rainforest in Central America. The wildlife and biodiversity that has made Costa Rica famous abound in Drake Bay, and visitors come here to experience the exotic tropical ecosystem that dominates the area. Rated 9.9/10 by visitors