Costa Rica is a country of fantastic natural beauty and delicate ecosystems. As a visitor to its impressive landscape, one seeks to tread lightly and support efforts that will help to preserve its natural wonders into the future. Some hotels in the country have led the way in implementing policies that seek a better balance with the environment and community. These properties have taken steps to significantly reduce waste, toxicity, and consumption of resources. Many have developed programs in areas such as recycling, reforestation, and environmental education. For the conscientious traveler, these accommodations offer some of the best places to enjoy a mid-range or luxury vacation with minimal environmental impact. For more information on sustainable tourism in Costa Rica, see the Anywhere Costa Rica Sustainability Page.
Imagine a sublime blend of the active Arenal Volcano, the natural heat of the flowing Tabacon Hot Springs, the purity of the surrounding rainforest, and rooms decorated with locally crafted furnishings. This is the Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, a divine combination of amenities and simple luxury located outside of La Fortuna, Northern Lowlands. Rated 9.7/10 by visitors
Set in Costa Ricas central volcanic region, El Silencio Lodge and Spa will be a sanctuary for soft adventure and inspired wellness. Close to the hotel lies the town of Sarchi home to the Costa Rican oxcart also bordering the Northwest area of the Poas Volcano offering some of the most astounding scenery in Cost Rica. Rated 9.9/10 by visitors
The exclusive and luxurious Kura Design Villas rest on an impressive mountain ridge where the lush tropical forest tumbles into the Pacific Ocean. This small scale boutique hotel, in the South Pacific Region, seamlessly melds contemporary architecture with the natural environment to produce a supremely romantic getaway.
Just east of the world renowned Arenal Volcano in the Central Highlands, the Chachagua Rainforest Hotel and Hacienda is a 300-acre working ranch and eco-adventurers paradise. A perfect fusion of eco-friendly practices and generous hospitality, this hotel demonstrates a new vision of sustainability through its commitment to farming and environmental stewardship. Rated 8.0/10 by visitors
Hotel Casa Turire is situated in the central valley of Costa Rica, just two hours from San Jose. In the heart of the verdant Turrialba agricultural region, this beautiful estate is surrounded by the wild Reventazon River, with the imposing presence of the Turrialba Mountains forming a dramatic backdrop. A delicate balance has been maintained between agricultural development and ecological preservation so visitors can enjoy the scenic beauty and diversity of flora and fauna. Rated 9.6/10 by visitors
The Ro Magnolia Nature Lodge is situated along the Pacific coast near the town of Dominical. Set on a 280-acre (113-ha) piece of property between Manual Antonio and the Osa Peninsula, this small eco-lodge is a haven for nature lovers.
Centrally located for business and shopping in Costa Ricas capital city, Holiday Inn San Jose Escazu provides a multitude of facilities and services for visitors. The hotel is situated conveniently in the prosperous Escazu business zone amidst the main corporate centers and abundant commercial outlets.
The Arenal Springs Resort is located just outside the quaint town of La Fortuna, near the Arenal Volcano. Feast your eyes on the outstanding lush, green, natural beauty that abounds here and the awesomeness of one of the most active volcanoes in the world, the Arenal Volcano. Visitors longing to be surrounded by nature, birds and forest will have come to the perfect place when they arrive to the Arenal area. Rated 9.3/10 by visitors
The Clandestino Beach Resort is an intimate boutique hotel located just a few miles from the small town of Parrita. This area which lies along the Pacific Coast 15 miles (25 km) north of Quepos and 28 miles (45 km) south of Jac is studded with beaches and is reasonably close to the Manual Antonio National Park.
The luxurious Tulemar Beach Bungalows and Villas are located in the gorgeous area of Manuel Antonio in the Central Pacific of Costa Rica. Imagine hiking nature trails that take you by crystalline cascades, stunning lookout points and through dense jungle growth. The hotel is situated close to the Manuel Antonio National Park renowned for its stunning beaches, wildlife and jungle trails. Rated 8.5/10 by visitors
The luxurious Si Como No Hotel is located in Manuel Antonio, on the central Pacific coast. This area is blessed with tropical rain forests, stunning beaches and warm ocean waters. Manuel Antonio is a small village with some restaurants, bars and shops. Just 7 km north is Quepos, another small, yet bustling town. It is known as a fishing village and offers an array of restaurants, live music, sodas and shops. Rated 9.3/10 by visitors
Discount: On a 3 night stay, the third night is free (2013-05-01 - 2013-06-30)
Hotel villa Sol is located in Playa Hermosa on the north western Pacific coast. Playa Hermosa translates to "beautiful beach' and that's exactly what you'll discover, crystal clear calm waters splashing upon this pristine beach and brilliant colored sunsets that color the horizon. This all inclusive four star resort sits on a hillside overlooking the sun drenched gulf of Papagayo.
The Punta Islita Hotel is located on the Nicoya Peninsula, on the Pacific coast. The beach of Punta Islita is less than a mile long and lies in a cove that also includes a beach named playa Corozalito, where you may be able to spot some Leatherback and Hawksbill sea turtles nesting. This secluded paradise, with blazing sunsets and warm ocean breezes, will leave an everlasting impression in your memory. Rated 9.8/10 by visitors
Lapa Rios, the enchanting eco-resort, is located on the Osa Peninsula, where Golfo Dulce meets the Pacific Ocean. Here you can view nature at its purest. Discover one of the planet's most bio-diverse regions, rich in untouched rainforest, insects, wildlife and desolate beaches. The Osa Peninsula is truly for the nature lover and adventurer. Rated 7.8/10 by visitors
Discount: On a 4 night stay, the fourth night is free (2013-04-20 - 2013-06-15)
Casa Corcovado is located on the northern end of the Osa Peninsula, on Drake Bay. This peninsula is truly one of the most outstanding and untouched wilderness areas, and home to the tallest primary rainforest on the planet. Also, the National Geographic magazine has declared this one of the most biologically intense places on earth. Rated 9.6/10 by visitors
The Arenal Observatory Lodge is situated just outside of La Fortuna, at the foot of the Arenal Volcano. Drawing excited tourists from around the world, this majestic volcano, surrounded on all sides by tropical rainforest, puts on an outstanding lava show. La Fortuna is a quaint, yet bustling town offering an assortment of restaurants, shops and attractions. Rated 9.2/10 by visitors
Hotel 1492 is stitched into a small neighborhood in Costa Rica's capital, San Jose. Located in the country's Central Valley, this is the place where most visitors begin their travels. It has a wide assortment of shops, restaurants, museums, and parks. Rated 9.0/10 by visitors
Dedicated to preserving the precious rainforest and maintaining a sacred bond with the land, the Finca Luna Nueva Lodge is a rustic yet luxurious eco-lodge located outside of La Fortuna, Central Highlands. Originally a ginger and turmeric farm, this certified organic biodynamic farm is alive with energy and eager to convey its knowledge of sustainable practices. Rated 9.3/10 by visitors
Casa Conde Apartotel is located in the central valley, just thirty minutes from the Juan Santamaria International airport, and five minutes from San Jose. The central location makes it easy to access the many great attractions of Costa Rica, including volcanoes, waterfalls, coffee plantations, the rainforest and of course all the shopping and sights in San Jose. Rated 7.7/10 by visitors
Located conveniently in Costa Rica's eco-tourism hub, Hotel Heliconia is a home away from home. The Monteverde area has several charming communities spread out along a rugged dirt road that features endless breathtaking views. Visitors will find a unique mixture of Ticos, Quakers, and foreigners living side by side. The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve has earned its fame as one of the most outstanding wildlife sanctuaries in the New World tropics and is a must see. Rated 8.4/10 by visitors
Hotel Cariblue is found on the Caribbean coast, in the village of Puerto Viejo. This region offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience a completely different side of Costa Rica. You will find a beautiful mixture of indigenous, afro-Caribbean and Costa Rican cultures, expressed in the way of life, speech and food. Rated 8.8/10 by visitors
Hotel Bougainvillea is located in a quiet residential neighborhood in Santo Domingo de Heredia, just 15 minutes from downtown San Jose. Heredia is one of Costa Rica's most historical cities, boasting superb colonial architecture amidst vast coffee plantations and lush greenery. San Jose offers great shopping, some wonderful historic districts and all the amenities of a city. Rated 9.8/10 by visitors
The bustling and popular beach town of Jaco, located on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica is home to the Hotel Amapola. The hotel is a few minutes away from the renowned Carara Biological Reserve and the famous Manuel Antonio National Park. Visitors will find the Amapola Hotel in the midst of lush vegetation and exotic tropical fauna. Rated 2.6/10 by visitors
The Nature Lodge Cano Negro is set in the lush wetlands of the northern zone of Costa Rica, close to the small village of Los Chiles and three miles from the Nicaraguan border. The Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, considered to be one of the most important biological areas of the country, is home to the Cano Negro Lagoon and Rio Frio. Rated 9.8/10 by visitors
Rancho Margot is located along the shores of Lake Arenal, with rivers and streams flowing through the property and right at the foothills of the Children Eternal Rain Forest, one of Costa Rica's most famous conservation projects. Rated 9.3/10 by visitors
La Cusinga Lodge is located in the small town of Uvita, along Costa Rica's southern Pacific coast. Laying 11 miles (17 km) south of Dominical, Uvita is less crowded than other beach destinations, but just as charming. Rated 9.7/10 by visitors
The Best Western Irazu is found on the outskirts of San Jose in the Central Valley of Costa Rica. The Best Western Irazu is ideally located between downtown San Jose and the airport which makes staying at the Best Western Irazu a great choice for those who would like to explore the area and be close to the SJO airport. There are a chain of volcanoes, beautiful rainforests to be explored and historical sights to be visited within only a couple hours of San Jose. Rated 7.7/10 by visitors
Hotel Belmar is located in the luscious green mountains of Monteverde. Find yourself surrounded by the beauty of the cloud forest and its variety of wildlife and dense vegetation famous to this area. It is a place unlike no other, attracting eco-travelers and birders from around the world. Monteverde is a multicultural community with a mixture of Ticos, Quakers and foreigners, all contributing to this rich and cultural place. Rated 9.3/10 by visitors
A short 20 minute drive is all that separates the Juan Santamaria Airport from the magical Vista del Valle Inn. This lovely inn is a special destination, defined by its scenic beauty and acres of tropical botanical gardens. It sits in the lush central valley of Costa Rica, known for its excellent climate, Central Volcanic Mountain Range and its many sight seeing opportunities. Rated 8.9/10 by visitors
Hotel Poco a Poco is perched up in the Tilaran Mountain Range in Monteverde. Monteverde stands for 'green mountain' and that's exactly what you'll find here: verdant hillsides, rich green vegetation and an abundance of varied flora in a completely breathtaking setting. Nature buffs, scientists and avid bird watchers flock to this mountain paradise to seek out the famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and for the opportunity to see the elusive Quetzal. Rated 8.8/10 by visitors
The Holiday Inn Express Hotel is located 1 km east of the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose. Situated in the Central Valley, the hotel overlooks the surrounding mountain ranges, rural landscapes and quaint towns. The bustling cosmopolitan city of San Jose is just a short drive away and hosts an abundance of international and local cuisine along with museums, shopping and cafes. Rated 8.9/10 by visitors
Located in the foothills of the central highlands, an hour from the San Jose International Airport, is the Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel. Here you'll be surrounded by pristine cloud forest and a private biological reserve. Medicinal plants, hundreds of bird species, insects and amazing fauna are just part of the area's attractions. A short distance away lays the nearby town of San Ramon, offering excellent restaurants, bars, and museums. Rated 9.5/10 by visitors
Discount: On a 3 night stay, the third night is free (2013-05-01 - 2013-11-14)
The environmentally conscious Hotel Capitan Suizo is located in the province of Guanacaste, in the northern Pacific coastal town of Tamarindo. Tamarindo, once a small fishing village, has now transformed into a well developed tourist destination known for its favorable surfing conditions. Besides the countless beach and water activities available, the area is also home to the wildlife refuge of Diria, and the Marino Las Baulas National Park, where leatherback turtles come every summer to nest. Rated 8.9/10 by visitors
Asclepios is a wellness center in El Cacao de Alejuela, near the Poas Volcano and twenty minutes from Juan Santamaria Airport in the Central Valley Region of Costa Rica. The wellness center and healing retreat offers twelve rooms, a wide range of treatment facilities, services, special programs, and spa therapists and holistic practitioners to promote healthy living for guests in a natural environment protected by sustainable practices. Rated 7.1/10 by visitors
The Esquinas Rainforest lodge is located in the remote southern zone of Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula. Experience raw beauty at its best in this pristine wilderness zone of primary and secondary rainforest and endless stretches of deserted beaches. The lodge rests on Piedra Blancas National Park an extension of the Corcovado National Park and borders the Golfito Forest Reserve. This region attracts the adventure tourist, the naturalist, bird watchers and explorers.
Hotel Almendros y Corales is situated on the breathtaking Caribbean coast, in the heart of the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. The Caribbean coast presents a unique blend of Afro Caribbean, Indigenous and Costa Rican cultures. These mixtures are all noted in the cuisine, lifestyle, and the sounds of reggae and calypso music filling the air, making the Caribbean a truly unique side of Costa Rica. Rated 9.0/10 by visitors
El Remanso Rainforest Wildlife Lodge is located on the Pacific side of the Osa Peninsula near the world famous Corcovado National Park in the South Pacific region of Costa Rica. The lodge is perched above a long stretch of unspoiled beach and surrounded by primary rainforest filled with wildlife. Given the highest rating for sustainable tourism by the Costa Rica Tourism Board, El Remanso provides the opportunity to experience a uniquely biologically diverse jungle while being treated to personalized service from the local staff, quality meals each day, and charming accommodations that blend in with the natural setting.
Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation and Inn is situated above the beautiful Central Valley of Costa Rica in Santa Barbara de Heredia. Heredia is considered one of the largest cities and one of the most beautiful provinces in the country just 15 minutes from the San Jose airport. Though Heredia is a considerable sized city offering all the amenities of the capital visitors will find it more low key and elegant and a great hub for exploration. Rated 10.0/10 by visitors
Discount: Stay two nights and pay for one. (2013-08-25 - 2013-11-24)
The Copa De Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort is nestled amongst 70 acres of pristine rainforest reserve along the South Pacific coastline. Between Drake Bay and Corcovado National Park, this luxurious beachfront eco-resort caters to those travelers seeking an off-the-beaten-path rainforest and ocean experience.
Chilamate Rainforest Eco Retreat is an environmentally conscious and family run bed and breakfast in Sarapiqui of the Northern Lowlands region. The retreat, embedded in Chilamate rainforest, is committed to conservation and providing comfortable lodging for guests, who can explore the private jungle. Rated 9.6/10 by visitors
Combine the simple beach life with the comforts of everyday life at the Las Avellanas Villas. Visitors in search of a remote surfers paradise dream of the beaches, waves, and mangrove forests surrounding these villas in the Guanacaste Province.
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.
Star Mountain is a mosaic of jungle, rolling hills, mountains, streams and hiking trails. This eco resort is tucked away in the hillside, yet only 2km to the nearest beach. At Star Mountain you will be surrounded by lush gardens and wildlife. The shared outdoor salon is plushly furnished with sofas, chairs and tables is perfect for reading and writing. Tucked within lush gardens is a beautiful swimming pool and Jacuzzi.
Located at the heart of Puerto Viejo in Sarapiqui, neighbors of the exuberant tropical rain forest, Hotel El Bambu offers comfortable and pleasant accommodations on the North Caribbean Coast. The ideal location of the hotel allows guests to access the Tortuguero National Park and the Sarapiqui River offering a wealth of wildlife and flora, a perfect place for those nature buffs. Rated 8.0/10 by visitors
The wonderful cabinas of Las Olas are situated in the North Pacific of Costa Rica in the sunny Province of Guanacaste. Playa Avellanas white Sand Beach, located on a Mangrove Reserve permits you to discover nature intact right from the hotel. Las Olas is a beautiful hotel interested in a balance between human and nature. It is conveniently located near the popular beaches of Playa Negra and Tamarindo. Rated 10.0/10 by visitors
Set in the South Pacific region, Danta Corcovado Lodge is a family run farm with lodging options on the Osa Peninsula. Danta Corcovado Lodge offers creatively designed accommodations in a rainforest setting 8 km from Corcovado National Park and with close proximity to the Guaymi Indigenous Reserve.
The beautiful Pueblo Dorado Hotel is situated in one of the most picturesque areas of Costa Rica, Playa Tamarindo, which is found on the north Pacific coast. The hotel, conveniently located, offers a vast selection of restaurants, nightlife, and shopping, all within a short walking distance. Soak up the sun and enjoy the pristine sandy beaches, where romance is in the air each night as the sun sets on the ocean horizon, lighting the evening sky with a myriad of colors. Rated 7.5/10 by visitors
The Sarapiqui Neotropical Center is located in the Sarapiqui river valley, in the northeastern region of the country, just two hours from San Jose. This area is steadfastly becoming an important ecotourism destination. The region is known for its lush, thick rainforests, wildlife, nature reserves and white water rafting on the Sarapiqui River. The Tirimbina reserve is just on the edge of the property, boasting three hundred and fifty hectares of stunning rainforest.
La Quinta Country Inn is located in the northeastern portion of Cost Rica, in Sarapiqui, just 60 miles from San Jose. Surrounded by tropical rainforest, private reserves and La Selva Biological station, this area caters to eco-tourists, thrill seekers looking to river raft down the Sarapiqui River, or couples seeking a peaceful stay in paradise. These are also prime grounds for birders. The hotel is recognized by the National Accreditation commission for sustainable tourism. Rated 9.5/10 by visitors
The Selva Verde Lodge is nestled in the lowland tropical rainforest of Costa Rica, in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, along the Sarapiqui River. The lodge is known as being the pioneer of the eco-tourism movement in Costa Rica. This is a magical haven for bird watchers, nature enthusiasts, and hikers desiring to experience the rainforest. Located near the lodge is the town of Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, where guests will find a number of services and facilities, including bars and restaurants. Rated 8.7/10 by visitors
Designed as a rural Costa Rican eco-retreat and wellness center, Ama Tierra offers yoga, delicious organic foods, and holistic medicine in a natural paradise. An hour west of San Jose in the Central Valley, this well thought out retreat nurtures and rejuvenates both body and soul.