Find the perfect place to stay!

If you are looking for luxury Costa Rica has TONS of amazing all inclusive resorts and cute boutique hotels.

If you are looking to rent a villa for your entire family, you can do that as well.

If you’d like to stay in an affordable hostel and meet other travelers, that is totally possible.

Basically, what I’m trying to say is that your accommodation options in Costa Rica are endless! 

Let’s figure out the best option for you!

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Fun Fact

Did you know that Costa Rica is home to the only tree house community in the entire world? It’s true! There are also tons of other unique accommodation options here such as staying on a houseboat, glamping, and more!

Here is a guide to the most unique accommodation options in Costa Rica to help you out!

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Costa Rican Hotels

There are so many hotel options in every area of Costa Rica.

Our favorite hotel booking site is because a lot of the hotels allow free cancellation until a certain date before your stay. This means that you can book something and if you find better hotel option than you can always cancel your first hotel at no cost. Just keep an eye on when you can cancel until!

Always pay attention to reviews before you book a place. Sometimes hotel listings are not very detailed but the reviews can give you a much better idea of what to expect. 

For more tips on how to book the perfect hotel, check out our guide to hotels in Costa Rica.

Airbnb in Costa Rica

We love Airbnb! Often you can find some very unique places to stay at on Airbnb in Costa Rica. 

Just always read reviews and pay careful attention to the description of the place before booking.

We created a complete guide to Airbnb in Costa Rica to help you out. 

Pro Tip: Many hotels in Costa Rica are also listed on Airbnb under a different name (I think they are not allowed to be on both sites). It doesn’t hurt to check both and Airbnb for the place you would like to stay. Sometimes the prices can be a bit different for the same exact location. 

Are you new to Airbnb? Grab your $30 discount off of your first stay!

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Finding the best place to stay

In all of our destination guides we list hotel options for all budgets. This will give you a great starting point for finding the best accommodation option by location. 

From there we suggest trying to narrow down your list to top contenders. For us, our deciding factors are typically based on reviews, pictures, location, and if the place has a kitchen. We love to save money while traveling by cooking our own food.  

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Travel Tip

Are you planning on traveling with a large group? We get it, it’s not the easiest to find accommodations that will please everyone.

We have found that renting a house is often the best way to accommodate a large group of family or friends. That way you can cook your own meals, everyone has their own space, but you can also spend tons of time together.

We have also had luck with renting out a whole small hotel for our family and friends.

For more tips check out our guide to traveling in Costa Rica with a group

Airport Hotels

On your first and last night in Costa Rica you will likely want to stay near the airport. If you are flying in and out of Liberia Airport we suggest staying in the nearby beach town of Playa Hermosa.

If you are flying in and out of the San Jose Airport we suggest staying in the nearby town of Alajuela. This town . is actually closer to the airport than downtown San Jose and traffic around this area can get crazy.

For more tips check out our guide to San Jose Airport Hotels

Planning Your Costa Rica Honeymoon

I mean, who wouldn’t want to have their honeymoon in paradise? 

We think Costa Rica is the perfect honeymoon destination because there is something for everyone. If you are interested in adventure, Costa Rica has it. If you are interested in relaxing on the beach with a cocktail in your hand, that is possible as well.

When booking your accommodations it never hurts to inform your hotel that it is your honeymoon. Sometimes they will offer special deals or you may even get free upgrade. 

For more tips check out our guide to planning honeymoon in Costa Rica.

Hotel Tip

Planning a last minute trip to Costa Rica does not have to mean spending more money. It is definitely possible to get some great last minute hotel deals. 

However, you will have much better luck getting good last minute deals during the rainy season (May to mid-December). During the dry season everything tends to book out fast and prices can be a lot higher.

For more tips check out our guide to planning a last minute trip to Costa Rica

Costa Rican Resorts

There is no shortage of amazing resorts in Costa Rica. It is possible to find family friendly resorts, adult only resorts, resorts on the beach, resorts in the jungle, ones with infinity pools, and more! 

Just keep in mind that Costa Rica is the most expensive country in Central America. Although the resorts here are top notch, the prices will typically not be as cheap as some other countries in Central America and the Caribbean.

That being said, our favorite resort destinations are: Manuel Antonio, La Fortuna (with a view of Arenal Volcano), Tamarindo, and the Papagayo area (between Tamarindo and Playas del Coco).

We hope this helped with planning your visit to the best hotels in Costa Rica. If you have any questions please leave them in the comment section below. We are happy to help you out!

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