Costa Rica

resorts we’ve experienced

Below are photos and opinions from the all-inclusive resorts we have personally visited in Costa Rica...

Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica

Overview. This adults-only resort has numerous bungalow buildings tucked into the hillside overlooking the stunning Gulf of Papagayo.

Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica

Overview. A family-friendly resort in the northern Guanacaste region, with a huge pool, plenty of palm trees, and surrounded by a jungle.

JW Marriott Guanacaste

Overview. A family-friendly resort with a colonial Costa Rican hacienda vibe, that’s also a great option for adults traveling without children.

Westin Reserva Conchal

Overview. A family-friendly resort located in the midst of a lush landscape that’s surrounded by a beautiful championship golf course.

Planet Hollywood Costa Rica

Overview. This family-friendly resort is built into the hillside with terrific views of the Gulf of Papagayo, and offers plenty of entertainment!

Andaz Costa Rica at Papagayo

Overview. A luxurious, laid-back family-friendly resort nestled into the hillside of Papagayo. Feel 100% immersed in nature and elegance.

RIU Guanacaste + RIU Palace Costa Rica

Overview. These 2 family-friendly resorts are located side-by-side on a flat terrain located on Matapalo Beach, both with access to the RIU Splash Water World. The Palace is a more luxury, contemporary experience. And the Guanacaste has more basic amenities.

W Costa Rica Reserva Conchal

Overview. A family-friendly resort immersed into Reserva Concal, that infuses natural elements with the bright colors of Costa Rica.

Margaritaville Playa Flamingo Costa Rica

Overview. An easy to navigate family-friendly resort located on Playa Flamingo with the signature Jimmy Buffet décor & splashes of color.

Occidental Papagayo

Overview. This adults-only resort is perched on a hillside, and offers various room categories with fantastic garden & bay views.

Occidental Tamarindo

Overview. Just over a mile from the center of Tamarindo, this family-friendly resort is the ideal location for surfers.

Villas Sol Costa Rica

Overview. This family-friendly resort is located in Playa Hermosa and features an authentic Costa Rican experience.

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Activity: Arenal Volcano

Overview. The Arenal Volcano sits along the shore of Lake Arenal. The impressive volcano will be front and center as you take a boat tour across the lake. Keep in mind that you ARE in a rainforest region – sometimes the views are perfectly clear, but other times quite foggy.

Activity: Hot Springs

Overview. With so much geothermal activity in the region, there are several hot springs you can enjoy. Some appear more pool-like due to the man-made walls built around the natural springs. While others are more organic in structure. Regardless of which type you visit, it’s time to relax and soak in the warm waters full of natural minerals. And enjoy the surrounding nature and beauty of the Costa Rican forest.

Activity: Mangrove Boat Tours

Overview. A boat ride takes you along the mangrove canal for unforgettable views of Costa Rica’s wetlands. The mangrove ecosystem features a surprising number of birds, but also keep your eyes open for crocodiles, iguanas, snakes, monkeys, and the occasional tapir.

Activity: Nature Walks

Overview. If you’re in search of wildlife, take a walk with a local naturalist guide. They know exactly where to look! This authentic Costa Rican experience truly brings the destination to life as you try to spot as much wildlife as possible.

Activity: Rainforest Walk + Hanging Bridges

Overview. Not far from the Arenal Volcano, you can stroll the paths that wind through the lush rainforest. The hanging bridges provide fantastic views of the rainforest canopy… and they’re fun! Be sure to secure your phone or camera though – you don’t want to drop it!

Activity: Souvenir Shops

Overview. Okay, all destinations have souvenir shops, but Costa Rica! Yessss!  Of course you’ll find commonly requested souvenirs, but you’ll also find unique items that are handmade and authentic. We loved the options! Shopping is a true Costa Rican experience.

Activity: Waterfalls

Overview. While there are several waterfalls you can visit in Costa Rica, we took a hike down to the beautiful Oropendola waterfall. You must walk down a series of hanging bridges, some with stairs! Then enjoy a swim in the “refreshing” water! Brrr! But 100% awesome!

Activity: Wildlife

Overview. Costa Rica features so much biodiversity in spite of being such a small county. Immerse yourself in nature and keep your eyes open and your camera ready.  You may spot birds, crocodiles, marine life, iguanas, sloths, and 3 different types of monkeys!

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