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Fiesta Resort Central Pacific - All Inclusive
3.5 out of 5
El Roble 23, Barranca, Puntarenas
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The price is AU$271 per night
4.1/5Very Good! (1,001 reviews)

"Excellent staff..great food,comfy rooms overall recommended"…"

Reviewed on 25 Jun. 2020

Fiesta Resort Central Pacific - All Inclusive
Hotel Luisiana
3.5 out of 5
100 west and 400 south from Cruz Roja, Santa Ana, San Jose
The price is AU$48 per night
4.2/5Excellent! (1,055 reviews)

"Great Hotel for extended stays for people like us that live in Guanacaste but come to the city on business often. Yency is fantastic and helpful at the front desk, especially during this difficult time of COVID and country wide restrictions. The hotel is very clean and the property is very secure. ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Jun. 2020

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Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Sardinal de Carrillo, Playa Matapalo, El Ocotal, Guanacaste
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3.9/5Very Good! (997 reviews)

"Loved almost everything except the quality of the house alcohol in the Riu"…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar. 2020

Riu Guanacaste - All Inclusive
Hyatt Place San José/Pinares
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4.6/5Exceptional! (281 reviews)

"Nice property in a cool location. Roberth at the front desk greeted me with a smile and remembered my name every time I passed by. I was impressed."…"

Reviewed on 25 Feb. 2020

Hyatt Place San José/Pinares
Studio Hotel Boutique
4 out of 5
50 meters North of the Red Cross, Santa Ana, San Jose
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The price is AU$133 per night
4.6/5Exceptional! (1,204 reviews)

"Absolutely beautiful place, clean, professional and comfortable rooms! Highly recommend."…"

Reviewed on 30 Jun. 2020

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Margaritaville Beach Resort Playa Flamingo
3.5 out of 5
Flamingo Beach, Playa Flamingo, Guanacaste
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The price is AU$161 per night
4.3/5Excellent! (997 reviews)

"Very friendly. This hotel is on a beautiful beach"…"

Reviewed on 26 Jun. 2020

Margaritaville Beach Resort Playa Flamingo
Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica - All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Playa Matapalo- Sardinal, Carrillo, El Ocotal, Guanacaste
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4.3/5Excellent! (1,000 reviews)

"Beautiful property..loved everything about it. We are vegetarians so had some difficulties finding different options but they are there if you don’t mind eating same thing. Drinks were always the best part. Rooms were awesome but AC is not cool enough. Sink get blocked very quickly but they were ..."…"

Reviewed on 13 Mar. 2020

Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica - All Inclusive
Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo-a concept by Hyatt
4.5 out of 5
Peninsula Papagayo, Papagayo, Guanacaste
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4.7/5Exceptional! (280 reviews)

"Beautiful and clean. And everything was very sustainably made. Also, I loved that there was a lot of filtered water available and easy to find on the property."…"

Reviewed on 4 Mar. 2020

Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo-a concept by Hyatt
Occidental Tamarindo - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Playa Langosta, Tamarindo, Guanacaste
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3.8/5Good! (702 reviews)

"The resort was very neat and clean. No Wi-Fi unless you paid for it which was $12 a day. The food was good but could have had more of a theme than the same thing every day."…"

Reviewed on 14 Mar. 2020

Occidental Tamarindo - All Inclusive
Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica - Adults only - Optional All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Playa Arenilla, Papagayo, Guanacaste
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4.4/5Wonderful! (313 reviews)

"The beach was not the best for swimming, but the pools made up for that. There is much walking involved at the resort and some hills to climb, but they have a car service to get you where you want to go. Just dial 0 and someone will come to pick you up. The staff is outstanding willing to cater to ..."…"

Reviewed on 24 Mar. 2020

Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica - Adults only - Optional All Inclusive
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Accommodation in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a colorful destination in Central America. Known for its diverse flora and fauna, it’s a major advocate of conservation and ecotourism. Whether you’re looking to hike through tropical rainforests or veg at the seaside, book your flights to Costa Rica today and get ready for ocean breezes and palm trees.

Geography

Costa Rica is nestled between Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south. This Central American destination features a varied landscape with all kinds of terrain, from beaches and volcanoes to jungles and cloud forests. These regions support an impressive ecosystem with an assortment of plant and animal species. In fact, this tiny country contains 5 percent of the world’s biodiversity, and 25 percent of the land is protected.

Best and Worst Times to Visit

Because this country sits just north of the equator, it experiences toasty temperatures year round. The high season, which the locals refer to as summer, lasts from late November to April. This time of year usually sees the most sunshine. Some argue that the best time to visit is during December and January because the scenery is still green from the wet season, but the rain has tapered off.

The locals call the wet season winter and it usually runs from May to November. Certain regions see an increase in rainfall, making the landscape especially green and lush. Depending on the region, it may rain every day, but in other areas it could only pour for a few hours. If you’re looking to capitalize on the sunshine, the rainy season may not be the best time to visit.

Lodging

If you’re in search of an accommodation with everything on site, book a stay at one of the best resorts in Costa Rica. Many of these luxury places include multiple restaurants, beach access, and full-service spas. Some even boast several pool areas and recreational activities, such as tennis courts and watersport rentals.

You’ll also find standard Costa Rica hotels that provide some of the same amenities on a smaller scale. Oftentimes, hotels in the area offer complimentary breakfasts, lounges, and computer stations to accommodate your travel needs. Check out our cheap deals on resorts and hotels right here with Expedia.com.au to keep your vacation within your budget.

Things to Do

Costa Rica boasts some of the world’s most diverse flora and fauna, and you can witness it all at the national parks scattered around the region. Explore the tropical rainforest at Corcovado National Park and hike the dormant volcano at the Arenal Volcano National Park. Manuel Antonio National Park is where you’ll catch sight of wild monkeys, while Barra Honda National Park includes caves of limestone. These parks usually offer a number of ecotourism activities that allow visitors to experience the landscape and support the conservation efforts.

For warm sand and salty sea air, head to the shore. Costa Rica flaunts serene beaches, perfect for relaxing and soaking up the sunshine or making a splash in the ocean. Retreat to Playa Potrero and find shade under a palm tree, or discover peace and quiet along the tranquil shores of Samara. Hit the waves at Playa Avellana, aka Little Hawaii, which stirs up some of the best surf in the country, attracting surfers from around the globe. You can also stay at one of the resorts in Jaco, where you’ll find another sweet spot for surfing.

Take a break from the beach scene and dedicate some time to learning about the Costa Rican culture. San Jose has a number of must-see exhibits, including the Costa Rica Art Museum, Costa Rica National Museum, and the Costa Rica Jade Museum. Discover Central America’s pre-Hispanic history at the Museum of Native Cultures in Sarapiqui, and don’t miss Heredia’s Museum of Popular Culture.

Culture

Baseball is to America what soccer is to Costa Rica. The English taught the sport to locals in the early 20th century, and Costa Ricans have been scoring goals ever since.

Bullfighting is another sport close to Costa Ricans’ hearts. It’s considered the country’s Super Bowl, with the most famous fight occurring in Zapote each year. Unlike the Spanish version though, the fighters don’t kill the bulls. These bullfights involve the contestants dodging the animal and running around the arena, much like a rodeo.

The Costa Rican people are also big fans of festivals. In early January, they host the Fiesta de Palmares, which is a massive carnival with parades, concerts, comedy shows, and bullfights. The Fiesta de Los Diablitos is another popular festival that celebrates the indigenous culture and their ancestral spirits. Meanwhile, Independence Day falls on September 15 and commemorates the country’s separation from Spanish rule. During this celebration, the streets are lined with paper lanterns, and the Freedom Torch is carried from Guatemala to Cartago, the colonial capital of Costa Rica.

Food

Gallo pinto, a black bean and rice dish, is a staple of Costa Rican cuisine. Usually it’s served with a side of meat, salad, and fried plantains. Ceviche is another favorite fare, which includes raw fish, often white sea bass, with lime juice and chopped vegetables. Tamales, chicharron, and empanadas are common meals, too. As for drinks, coffee is the backbone of the culture, while the sweet cinnamon drink, horchata, and the sugar cane drink, guaro, are popular, too.

Sip on horchata and join one of the ecotours in Costa Rica. Visit during one of the major festivals to get a sense of the culture or escape to the serene shoreline for an unforgettable sojourn. Here at Expedia.com.au, we provide a variety of cheap deals on Costa Rica resorts and hotels. Book today get ready to take on this diverse destination.