Costa Rica’s best hotels range from charming budget options to beachfront B&Bs to luxury eco lodges.
Many hotels are found on the coast, but there are plenty of great places to stay in the mountains.
The destinations below are grouped into the seven regions featured in Costa Rica: The Complete Guide.
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Best Costa Rica Hotels – Popular Destinations
Central Pacific Hotels
Located less than 120 kms (75 miles) from San José, the Central Pacific has long been one of Costa Rica’s most popular destinations. But its close proximity to the nation’s capital isn’t the only reason for its popularity. The combination of beautiful beaches, abundant wildlife and lush mountains offers some of the most dramatic coastal scenery in Costa Rica.
Nicoya Peninsula Hotels
Beaches, beaches and beaches. Covering most of Costa Rica’s northern Pacific coast, the Nicoya Peninsula is home to some of the country’s most famous and beautiful beaches—from white sand crescents sheltering sapphire bays to thundering, world-class surf breaks. This region is also home to Costa Rica’s driest climate, with nearly six months of steady sunshine from mid-November to April. If you’re looking for surf, sand and sun, look no farther.
South Pacific Hotels
Costa Rica’s South Pacific is a wild paradise home to some of the top eco-adventures in the country. Unlike the Central Pacific and the Nicoya Peninsula, where some beaches are filled with condos and resorts, the South Pacific remains rugged and undeveloped. This is partly due to isolation—it’s one of the most remote parts of the country—and partly due to the weather—the region is drenched with up to six meters (20 feet) of rain each year, four times more than Costa Rica’s north Pacific coast. But all that rain has an upside: lush, natural scenery. If you’re looking for pristine rainforests filled with wildlife, it doesn’t get any better than Costa Rica’s South Pacific.
Central Valley Hotels
This broad mountain valley is the cultural, economic and political heart of Costa Rica. Home to nearly three million people—about two-thirds of the country’s total population—it’s a sprawling metropolis centered around San José, the capital and largest city. The Central Valley is also home to Costa Rica’s largest international airport, which means the majority of visitors pass through here at some point on their trip.
Northern Mountains Hotels
Cutting diagonally across the northwest corner of Costa Rica, this string of lush mountains and dramatic volcanoes is home to some of the country’s most famous destinations. From the cool, high elevation cloud forests of Monteverde to the charred slopes of Arenal Volcano, the Northern Mountains offer an incredible diversity of landscapes. And because they’ve attracted a steady stream of travelers for decades, the Northern Mountains are famously family-friendly.
Southern Mountains Hotels
This remote, high-altitude region is overlooked by most tourists, but if you don’t mind the chilly climate you’ll be treated to some of Costa Rica’s most rugged and dramatic scenery. Unlike the far more famous Northern Mountains, which can feel touristy in places, the Southern Mountains remain delightfully authentic. This is a rural region of small farming villages nestled in deep mountain valleys. Although a handful of nice lodges and restaurants have popped up in recent years, for the most part the pace of life hasn’t changed in decades.
Although often overshadowed by the famous beaches on the Pacific, the Caribbean coast is one of the jewels of Costa Rica. Its beaches are stunning, its wildlife is incredible (even by Costa Rican standards) and its Afro-Caribbean culture spices up the food and the nightlife. The Caribbean coast also remains relatively undeveloped, giving it a more rustic, small-scale feel.