Glamping in Costa Rica – 21 Unique Places to Stay

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Hi! We’re Thomas (the German) and Sarah (the US-er).

We met in Virginia, moved to Germany, and now live in sunny Costa Rica.

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One of our favorite things about staying in a hotel in Costa Rica is waking up to all the sounds of the jungle. A great way to experience nature while also enjoying the luxuries that you may want in a hotel or resort is by glamping in Costa Rica.

What is Glamping?

Glamping means glamorous camping. Imagine a platform tent with all the comforts of a hotel room. Some tented camps feature private plunge pools, large balconies, luxurious private bathrooms with tubs, and delicious breakfast delivered to your room.

We created this list of 21 glamping destinations in Costa Rica to help you find the ideal place for your vacation accommodation.

Kinkara Luxury Retreat

A luxury glamping destination with a wellness retreat feel. 

Location

San Isidrio

Features

All stays include daily breakfast. There are shared bathrooms for guests. We suggest taking advantage of the huge property of trails and wellness options such as massages and yoga classes. 

Nearby Activities

This glamping resort is a bit remote. In our opinion, the best things to do nearby is to go hiking in the dense jungle.

Nosara Satori Bubbles

The Nosara bubbles offer a unique chance to sleep under the stars with the covering of the plastic bubble. This is kind of one of those Instagram-worthy places. 

Location

Nosara

Features

A pool, shared bathrooms, breakfast

Nearby Activities

Nosara is a surfing destination, so definitely rent a board or take some lessons while here. 

Isla Chiquita Glamping Hotel

This is one of the most unique glamping options because it is on its own private island in the Nicoya Peninsula. 

Location

Island next to Paquera

Features

The property features a restaurant, an outdoor plunge pool, and a bar. Tents range in accommodating two to four guests. All rooms have a private bathroom, balcony, and breakfast included. Some tents have a private plunge pool.   

Nearby Activities

You can take day trip to the mainland, but we actually just suggest embracing the island vibe and using this as a relaxing vacation stop.

La Tigra Rainforest Lodge

We like this spot because it is remote. Here you can fully embrace the deep jungle glamping experience. Also, the room rates are incredibly reasonable. 

Location

About 30 miles from La Fortuna

Features

Each tent has its own private bathroom. A delicious breakfast is included in the room rate. There is also a pool on the property for guests to use. 

Nearby Activities

We like coming here for pure relaxation, so we tend not to do much. However, it is always nice to take at least one day trip to La Fortuna to enjoy the Arenal volcano views, try zip lining, relax in a hot spring, etc. 

​​Luna Lodge

At first glance, this tented area might seem a bit more rustic than some of the other places on this list. However, keep in mind that Luna Lodge is located deep in the jungle and the features of the property are exceptional. 

Location

Near Drake Bay

Features

This place might seem a bit pricey at first glance but, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in the room rate. Every tent has a private bathroom and stunning views that you can enjoy from your private balcony. There is a pool on the property and it is possible to organize spa services such as a massage. 

Nearby Activities

Visiting Corcovado National Park as a day tour is a must-do activity while in the area.

NAIOT Glamping Domes

This spot is a bit more rustic and simple than some other camps in Costa Rica, but the people that run this place are so nice and will take great care of you. 

Location

Roxana

Features

Breakfast is not included in your stay but can be purchased for about $5 per person. This is a good spot to stay for deep jungle relaxation on your way to or from Tortuguero. 

Nearby Activities

This area is very remote. For day trips you can go hiking or head to Tortuguero National Park.

Colina Secreta

We love this place so much. The tents are unreal and feel almost like you should be on some African safari, not on the coast of Costa Rica.

Location

South of Puerto Viejo

Features

Guests can enjoy large tents, private bathrooms, access to an outdoor pool, and breakfast included in the room rate. 

Nearby Activities

Try surfing, enjoy the nightlife scene in Puerto Viejo, take a cacao tour, hike at Cahuita National Park

Nayara Tented Camp

Nayara has three properties in the La Fortuna area. The tented camp is great for couples or families who want pure luxury with the somewhat rustic feel of sleeping in a tented structure. 

Location

La Fortuna

Features

Nayara offers tents for couples, families, or a tented residency that can sleep up to 8 guests. Some tents are air-conditioned, have a private plunge pool, and outdoor dining areas. Breakfast is included in the room rate. 

The property boasts a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center and a bar.

Nearby Activities

Hike to the La Fortuna waterfall, take a cacao tour, go zip lining, try white water rafting, and relax in a hot spring….basically you will never run out of things to do here. 

Hotel Arenal Glamping

This is a small camp with only eight tents. Everything here is perfectly maintained and the service is excellent. 

Location

La Fortuna

Features

All of the tents are very nice. They all have private bathrooms, air conditioning, and a private balcony. Breakfast is included in the room rate. The property has a large pool with Arenal Volcano views.  

Seren Glamping

Location

Uvita

Features

This place offers tents that can sleep up to four guests. We like that every tent area has outdoor walls for privacy. All tents have a private bathroom with a hot water tub. There is also a pool on the property. 

Nearby Activities

Take a day trip to Nauyaca waterfall, walk along the beach in Uvita and enjoy the whales tail at low tide, take a whale watching tour, visit the nearby town of Dominical, and go beach hopping

Humming Bird Garden Glamping

Location

Santa Teresa

Features

This place is perfect to visit if you want total quiet with jungle and beach views. Breakfast is included in the room rate. You will have a large deck, a private bathroom, and a kitchen.

You will need a 4×4 to get here.

Nearby Activities

Santa Teresa is a popular surf and fishing destination. We suggest taking some lessons or renting a board if you are more experienced. For day time fishing trips we suggest heading to the nearby town of Mal Pais. 

Casa Maar

We love this place! The rooms are so beautiful, the owners are very nice, the food is delicious, the property is insane. It’s all just really great. 

Location

Near Poas Volcano

Features

The tent features a private bathroom, a beautiful soaking tub, and stunning views. Breakfast is included in the room rate. There is also a large hot tub that guests can enjoy. 

Nearby Activities

Visit Poas Volcano, Catarata del Toro, and La Paz Waterfall Gardens

Tami Lodge

Location

San Gerardo de Dota

Features

This is a more rustic glamping experience. Each tent can sleep up to four guests. We like this spot because there is some nice hiking trails to a waterfall on the property. Breakfast is included in the room rate, each unit has a private bathroom, and there is an on-site restaurant. 

Nearby Activities

This area is great for hiking and bird-watching. If you are interested in birds, this is a good place to be on the lookout for the resplendent quetzal.  

Kintiri Glamping

This luxurious tented camp consists of several dome like tents that are spread out for privacy. The views here are amazing. 

Location

In the jungle near Nosara

Features

All tents have a private bathroom, balcony, and breakfast included in the room rate. Some tents have private plunge pools or hot tubs. There is a restaurant and bar on the property. 

Nearby Activities

This spot is deep in the jungle, but you can always take day trips to the nearby beaches as well. We suggest visiting Nosara for surfing and Playa Ostional to see the thousands of sea turtles.

El Mirador Glamping & Apartments

Location

In the mountains between Puntarenas and Monteverde

Features

Each globe tent features great rainforest views and a private balcony. The property offers an outdoor pool and shared barbecue facilities.  

Nearby Activities

There isn’t a whole lot to do nearby, but I think that this is part of its charm. This is the perfect place to just get away from it all and be deep in the jungle. 

Glamping Hotel Flor y Bambu

Location

Playa Grande

Features

Here you have the choice between tent or chalet style accommodation. The chalet is more like a nice wooden cabin.

Each tent has a nice outdoor seating area. 

The property features ​​free bikes, a shared lounge, a garden, a tennis court, massage services, an outdoor swimming pool, and free WiFi.

Nearby Activities

Playa Grande is known for surfing and its protected turtle nesting areas. It is also easy to take day trips to Tamarindo or Playa Flamingo from here.

Cocolhu

This place is special because it is so secluded. It is the perfect place to just be alone and enjoy a unique experience. 

Location

Tamarindo

Features

There is a private pool, a garden, barbecue facilities, a dining area, and a kitchen. The tent is on a large platform and can sleep two guests. 

Nearby Activities

Tamarindo is the perfect place for tons of activities. You will never get bored here. We suggest taking a surf lesson, renting ATV’s, and definitely try out some of the delicious restaurants here

Drake Bay River View

This place is relatively new, so we don’t know too much about it yet. However, the location is very unique and the tents seem to be very nice. 

Location

Drake Bay

Features

Breakfast is included in the room rate. The property has some nice places to hike and a small river to float in. There is a barbecue facility and shared kitchen which guests can use. 

Nearby Activities

The most popular thing to do in this area is to take a day trip to Corcovado National Park. This activity needs to be done with a certified guide. 

Chira Glamping

Location

Monteverde

Features

We like that this place has tents for whatever your vibe. There is a honeymoon tent for couples and a family tent for…you guesses it…families!

The honeymoon tent has an outdoor hot tub and a unique glass shower with a view.

The family tent can sleep up to 5 guests. It has a slide, mini rock climbing wall, swings, and kitchen facilities. 

Nearby Activities

Monteverde is a cloud forest town. Popular activities here include zip lining, hiking the hanging bridges, going on nighttime wildlife walks, and exploring the wildlife reserves. 

Amaj Eco Lodge

Location

Samara 

Features

These dome-style tents feature metal roofs for protection from the rain. The tents are very spacious and have a mini fridge, air conditioning unit, and private bathrooms. 

Nearby Activities

Samara has a relaxed backpacker feel to it. There are lots of good restaurants and craft beer places here. We also like to rent kayaks or go surfing.

Faith Glamping Dome

Location

Manzanillo

Features

Each unit features a private bathroom, balcony, and breakfast is included in the room rate. 

Nearby Activities

Manzanillo is a nice area to relax on the beautiful beaches and hike at the Gandoca-Manzanillo Mixed Wildlife Refuge. 

For a fun day trip, we suggest renting a bike and biking up to Puerto Viejo with stops at the beaches along the way.  

Map of Costa Rica Glamping Locations

Here are all the places listed above in one map. Click each destination for a link to booking.

Our Glamping Costa Rica Tips

– Glamping can be done year-round, but this is an accommodation option we personally prefer during dry season. Even during the rainy season, it is rare on the Pacific coast that it rains during the night (except for in August – November), but still, it is no fun to have all of your stuff get wet. 

– We suggest renting a car if you plan on taking a lot of day trips on your own or would like to travel a lot around the country. We work exclusively with Adobe Car Rental, a local Costa Rican company. If you would like to book through our site you can get a 10% discount plus other great perks.

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– If you plan to rent a car it is best to ask your glamping destination for info about the roads before booking something. A lot of these places are located in the hills above towns. That means that they may be located up dirt roads and you may need a 4×4 to access the location.

– Keep in mind that the mosquitos can be bad in Costa Rica in the evenings. Make sure to always keep your tent and any mosquito netting over your bed closed up tight. Also, definitely pack bug spray. We also like to bring these coils to burn if we are sitting outside to keep the bugs away.

– On the topic of bugs….there are lots of creepy crawlers in Costa Rica. Hopefully, they won’t get into your tent, but you never know. If you are very sensitive to that, glamping in Costa Rica might not be the best accommodation option for you.

– There can be very high humidity in Costa Rica. In other words, nothing ever dries. I feel like this can be even more of an issue when glamping because your suitcase is less protected from the elements. I suggest packing as many fast-drying clothes as possible. 

We hope this guide to glamping resorts and hotels in Costa Rica helped you plan your visit. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to leave them in the comment section below. We are always happy to help you out with planning!

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