Recommended Hotels & House Rentals

These Costa Rica hotels and other accommodations are my favorites to stay at when I am traveling. We have met many of the owners and managers and believe their prices are fair for the quality of the rooms they offer. From hostels to all inclusive luxury resorts, the list below has them all.  If you see an (R), that means there is a review written about the place, sometimes with photos. Click on the (R) to read all of them.

Certificate of Sustainable TourismIf you see this symbol it means that the hotel has a Certificate of Sustainable Tourism. This signifies the hotel takes care of its natural surroundings, has energy saving, water polluting and waste handling policies and technology in place, and it contributes to the growth of the local community.

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San Jose, Alajuela, and the Central Valley

Adventure Inn Hotel

Description: Convenient to both Central San Jose and the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), Adventure Inn has large, modern, spotlessly clean deluxe rooms each with A/C, cable, telephones, a room safe, and large tiled bath. Start every morning enjoying a complimentary all-you-can-eat American / Tico-style breakfast in our MoonGlow Eatery served from 6 to 10 am. After a day exploring smoldering volcanoes, steamy rainforest canopies, thundering waterfalls or the action of nearby San Jose, you and the kids can relax and unwind in their solar-heated outdoor infinity pool and Jacuzzi. Free airport shuttle included.
Price: $77+
Ciudad Cariari 2239-2633 2239-2778  Contact

Description: located in Río Segundo de Alajuela.
Only 2 minutes from Juan Santamaria International Airport.
Price: $75+
Alajuela 2443-1200 2440-7373  Contact

Description: Certificate of Sustainable TourismFree transportation to/from the Juan Santamaria International Airport.
Price: $83+
Alajuela 1-888-887-1709 2433-7933

Lake Arenal and La Fortuna (Volcano)

Description: At El Silencio del Campo, we have built a cozy atmosphere for the visitor as we are more than willing to provide services that exceed all expectations with a warm smile, proving our uncompromising commitment to foster a friendship with those who come to us in search of harmony with nature and the sense of being just one step below heaven itself..
Price: $156+
Near La Fortuna 2479-7055 2479-7056  Contact

Description: DISCOVER nature, EXPLORE the Arenal Volcano, RELAX in our unique destination!
Treat yourself to the most stunning views of Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal in Costa Rica at Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa.
Price: $53+
Near La Fortuna 2479-1070 2479-1074  Contact

The Northern Nicoya Peninsula - Playa Grande to Playa Negra

Tamarindo Vista Villas


Description: At Vista Villas they have all the right ingredients for an all around great Costa Rica vacation. Whether you are here to relax, have fun, surf, or explore some of Costa Rica’s natural wonders, they take pride in calling ourselves a great - and affordable - Tamarindo hotel! Their family-run establishment is one of the three original hotels in Tamarindo and has a rich history of superb hospitality and amazing memories. Often times, large hotels lose that warm, "home" feel to them. Their English-speaking staff will not only serve you, but will make you feel like you are part of the family. We have single rooms to multi family suites with a view of the surf break at the Tamarindo Rivermouth. Plus there is a large pool and restaurant/bar servings meals throughout the day and night, and a long-running Friday Night Salsa Dance party.
Price: $49 - $179+
Tamarindo 2653-0114 US 800-536-3241  Contact

Rip Jack Inn


Description: The RipJack Inn has eight individually decorated rooms nestled among lush foliage that includes banana, palm, and almond trees, tropical flowers and much more. Our cabinas are located in a separate building just steps away from the pool. Cabinas have a queen size bed, a single bed, private bath with hot water, air conditioning, and ceiling fan. Cabinas are equipped with in room safes, coffee makers, mini-fridge and cable television. The hotel features Upstairs @ the RipJack that boasts a panoramic ocean view and some of the finest cuisine in all of Costa Rica. During your stay, take advantage of our onsite yoga, massage and surf lessons.
Price: $70-$250*
Playa Grande 2653-0480 2652-9272

Description: Hotel Las Tortugas is perfectly positioned in the center of Playa Grande, just steps from the main peak which is one of Costa Rica's most consistent surf breaks. Guests revel in the luxury of staying at the only beachfront hotel in the area with a pool, jacuzzi, garden with hammocks, and open-air restaurant and bar all just steps from the water's edge. Eleven rooms all have AC and private hotwater bathrooms.Certificate of Sustainable Tourism Economy rancho rooms on the property for the traveler on a budget. The rancho rooms all have their own private hotwater baths and air-conditioning.
Price: $25 - $130+
Playa Grande 2653-0458

Cabinas las Olas


Description: Hotel Cabinas Olas has 24 hrs of security, parking lot, maid service, as well as ten spacious and beautiful cabinas. All cabinas offer a terrace and hammock, double and single orthopedic beds, safety box, ceiling fans, private bathroom with hot water.Certificate of Sustainable Tourism The Restaurant/Bar serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, specializing in international and typical Costa Rican food; including vegetarian options.
Price: $80 - $130
Playa Avellanas 2652-9315 2652-9331

Laguna del Cocodrilo

Tamarindo 2653-0255 $45+

El Diria Resort

Description: The Hotel Tamarindo Diria Beach Resort Costa Rica is the iconic beach resort located in Tamarindo Beach, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, with its own personality, perfect for an authentic Costa Rica vacation. Features direct access to the most famous costa rican white sand beach, front ocean view accommodations, 4 swimming pools, restaurants, bars, casino and much more!
Price: $171+
Tamarindo 866-603-4742

Playa Marbella 506-8417-0144 $25-40pp

Description: 3-star hotel in Marbella. Large, clean, modern rooms with kitchenette; outdoor pool with open rancho area, and a restaurant. A short drive to the beach.
Price: $155+
Playa Marbella 2682-8206

Description: Property Location Located in Tamarindo, The Chocolate Hotel is by the ocean and close to Tamarindo Beach and Grande Beach. This hotel is within the vicinity of Hacienda Pinilla Golf Course and Las Baulas de Guanacaste National Marine Park..
Price: $15pp+
Tamarindo 2653-1311

Description: Certificate of Sustainable TourismHotel Capitán Suizo is a beachfront boutique and Four Star hotel located on Tamarindo beach, one of the most beautiful swimming and surfing beaches on the Costa Rican Pacific coast.
Price: $120+
Tamarindo 2653-0075

Sunset Inn

Playa Langosta (506) 8827-0540 $50-150+

Cafe Playa Negra

Playa Negra 2652-9351  $25+

House Rentals

Casa Ix Chel

Tamarindo 2653-0132 $300+

Avellanas 888-318-7873

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Nosara and the Central Nicoya Peninsula

Buena Vibra Collective

Description: The closest hotel to the beaches of Playa Guiones, with direct access. Their accommodations are designed for surfers, yogis, backpackers, and their families to be a community space surrounded by nature. 

Playa Guiones 011-506-2682-1459 $60-200+

Casa Romantica

Playa Guiones 2682-0272 $60+

The Harmony Hotel

Certificate of Sustainable Tourism Playa Guiones 2682-4114 $135+

Tico Adventure Lodge

Playa Samara 2656-0628 $20+

Hotel Villas Playa Samara

Playa Samara 2656-1111 $99+

House Rentals

Casa Buena Vista (R)

Nosara/Guiones/Playa Pelada 2682-1115  Check rates

Nosara/Guiones US - 904-591-2161 $400/wk+

Mal Pais, Santa Teresa, and the Southern Nicoya Peninsula