The Eight Best Places to Stay in Costa Rica

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Looking for the best places to stay in Costa Rica? We took a nice road trip around the country and checked out various types of accommodations. Boutique hotels, all-inclusive resorts, villas, eco-lodges, and treehouses – Costa Rica has it all! Choosing a place to stay truly comes down to what you want out of your vacation and the price you are willing to spend. Keep in mind there are thousands of Airbnb’s in Costa Rica so staying in someone else’s home is also a great option.

We stayed at just about every price point of accommodation other than hostels. Price points vary a lot by location. For example, a nice hotel in Guanacaste may cost double what it does on the central Pacific Coast because it is one of the more popular areas to stay. Then you have the off-grid properties that can demand a higher payment given they have may have higher costs. Keep in mind that activities and food options offered by many providers. If you’re looking to kick back in Costa Rica you may want an all-inclusive experience rather than a place you have to pay per meal.

Best Places to Stay in Costa Rica

Three Sixty Boutique Hotel, Ojochal

For the best views in all of Costa Rica, or perhaps the best in the world you have to stop by Hotel Three Sixty. Set on top of a hill in the middle of the rainforest the ultra-modern boutique hotel features exposed beams, a massive pool with 360-degree views of the ocean and jungle, and luxurious rooms with fine linen and high def Bluetooth speakers. In our opinion it’s one of the best places to stay in Costa Rica for couples as it’s secluded and romantic. Hotel Three Sixty is part of the Small Luxury Hotel group and for good reason.

Best Places to Stay in Costa Rica

It’s definitely intimate and luxurious and the rooms are among the most comfortable we stayed in Costa Rica. Featuring high-speed WiFi, a television, king size plush beds, bathrobes, and amazing balconies. Being the highest establishment around you can bet you get both sunrise and sunset here. We visited in the offseason but were told that when it’s busy people come from the whole area to watch the sunset over the ocean from the outdoor bar. Rates start at $350 a night.

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Lapa Rios, Osa Peninsula

Lapa Rios is one of the pioneers of ecotourism in Costa Rica and likely one of the most famous lodges in the country. It’s one of the best places to stay in Costa Rica for families. It’s located in the Osa Peninsula and considered one of the most biodiverse locations in the world. All the rooms here have outdoor showers, private decks with fantastic views, and screen walls allowing for the sounds of nature to enter the room. This isn’t the place you come if you want air conditioning and televisions. Rather Lapa Rios is a sanctuary for nature lovers who want to immerse themselves into the Costa Rican jungle.

This property is part of the well reputed Cayuga Collection. They have some of the best guides in the country work here and there are all kinds of tours to fit everyone’s needs. We personally spent our two days here on night walks scouting rare frogs, sunrise bird watching, waterfall trekking, and guided hikes to see the howler monkeys. On some days yoga is offered and they often have local vendors come in to share their crafts. Or you can chill at the pool all day and get full on watermelon juice. Whatever activity you choose will be unique and remind you of why you came to Costa Rica in the first place. All food and activities are all-inclusive. Rates start at $800 a night.

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Latitude 10 Resort, Santa Teresa

Wondering where to stay in Costa Rica on the beach? Latitude 10 is another property managed by the Cayuga Collection. This little beach lodge in Santa Teresa may have the most beautiful spot on the entire beach. It’s a collection of open-air casitas scattered throughout the lush seaside forest. The location is serene and peaceful away from any noise experienced in the main town. It’s the perfect place to come if you truly want a barefoot beach vacation and get back to nature while reading your favorite book in a hammock.

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The Latitude 10 staff engage guests in daily activities like cocktail classes and ceviche making. The location also can get you hooked up with some surfing lessons or a private yoga sesh. We loved the morning yoga class on the beach and breakfast overlooking the ocean. Rates here start at $225 a night, breakfast included.

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Finca Bellavista, Piedras Blancas

Finca Bellavista is one of the most unique and coolest places to stay in Costa Rica. This eco-community is set in the middle of the Costa Rican jungle along the Pacific Coast. It’s a stunning track of secondary and primary forest with a network of hiking trails to explore on your own. Rooms here come in the form of treehouses spread throughout the forest, some an hour plus hike from the main lodge so make sure you book accordingly.

The whole community is off the grid and runs on solar power. Guests should be prepared to be pretty self-sufficient when visiting although there is a main kitchen dishing up tasty Costa Rican classics for those who don’t want to cook. With a down to earth vibe, it attracts a clientele in search of a digital detox and good conversation. Treehouses start at $100 a night, food not included but you will have access to their amazing grounds and hiking.

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Casitas Tenorio, Bijagua

A collection of casitas spread among a hamlet of a primary rainforest. The bed and breakfast is family run and very active in the rural community. We loved the rooms, murals, and the location of Casitas Tenorio. As soon as I walked into our adorable casita I told Cameron that this is what I wanted my house to look like.

There are only a select number of casitas making the experience very quiet. There’s no WiFi or television here, but there are great views over the jungle so make sure to bring a book and a yoga mat and enjoy the serenity. The beautiful little property is also home to a few sloths and tons of birds which the owner Donald was kind enough to show us on a short tour. Make sure to get up early in the morning to take part in their farm tour! Rates start at $120 a night, breakfast included.

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Villa Beuna Onda, Guanacaste

Villa Buena Onda is an all-inclusive adult-only villa that sits high above Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste. There are only eight rooms in this large villa so the setting is intimate and private. It’s perfect for honeymooners or adult family getaways. The pool and swim up bar provide stunning sunsets over the coastline.

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If you hang around here at night to watch the sunset you’ll also get a chance to drink a cocktail during their happy hour. Rooms are sizable and very comfortable with all the modern amenities you could need.  It’s all-inclusive with attentive staff helping those looking to unwind in Guanacaste. This property is not walking distance to the beach, but they do provide complimentary shuttles should you wish to walk on the Costa Rican sand. Rates start at $225 per person a night, all-inclusive.

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El Silencio Lodge, Bajos Del Toro

This eco-lodge features a private cloud forest reserve with a number of hiking trails and activities. The rooms are a series of villas nestled along a hillside each featuring a private deck, morning coffee delivery, and a hot tub. Rates start at $500 a night, food and activities not included. I won’t go into much detail here because we wrote an entire post on the Costa Rican eco-lodge.

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Airbnb, Jaco

Best Places to Stay in Costa Rica

We stayed a few Airbnb in Costa Rica but our absolute favorite was this one we stayed at in Jaco. Set in a beautiful community with a pool outside of the main city this was our little oasis for a few days. The place was comfortable, had a full kitchen, washer and dryer, living room, and two bedrooms. Costa Rica isn’t known for having the best WiFi but this place had an amazing connection. New to Airbnb? Check out our tips and things to know before renting. Here’s $30 off your first booking.

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Plan Your Visit to Costa Rica

We rely on a few trusted websites that help save us money and time when booking hotels, flights, and car rentals. Check out some of our preferred partners below:

  • Wondering what to bring to Costa Rica? Check out our ultimate Costa Rica packing list. 
  • Renting a car is the best way to get around Costa Rica: Compare rental prices here. 
  • Travel Insurance: We never travel without travel insurance with World Nomads.  Natasha is a bit of a worry wart and would rather stay safe than sorry. World Nomads is ideal for flexible and great plans!
  • Water: We found most of the water in Costa Rica fine to drink, if you want extra assurance then we love traveling with our Lifestraw Go Waterbottle.
  • Guide Book: You may not have the internet to do research in all of Costa Rica. For wireless nights we typically turn to Lonely Planet.

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