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Morgan's Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge
Morgan's Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge
Region: Nicaragua
Habitat: Beach / Rural Farm / Tropical Dry Forest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Hiking, Horseback Riding
estrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Fishing, Kayaking
Tucked into the forest just back from a private beach, this 15-villa, upscale ecolodge, close to the Costa Rican border on Nicaragua's Pacific coast, is part of a 4,450-acre sustainably-managed hacienda. Recently opened in September 2004, vanguard travelers should go now, before Morgan's Rock becomes one of the toughest reservations in all of Latin America.


Borinquen Mountain Resort
Borinquen Mountain Resort
Region: Guanacaste Inland
Habitat: Mountain / Tropical Dry Forest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Biking, Bird/Wildlife Observation, Hiking, Horseback Riding
Secluded and unique property located in Guanacaste, near Rincon de La Vieja Volcano. The resort has 33 ample bungalows that combine a rustic design with modern conveniences. For visitors with special needs, the resort offers 3 handicap rooms. All villas have private decks or terraces with mountain views. Hot springs, hiking, canopy and horseback tours nearby.


Harmony Hotel
Harmony Hotel
Region: Guanacaste Beach
Habitat: Beach
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Biking, Bird/Wildlife Observation, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Surfing / Windsurfing
Just off Guiones Beach, this hotel aims for a stylish, casual atmosphere as envisioned by its owners, surfing enthusiasts who settled in Guanacaste in 2003. There is a big emphasis on sustainable use of the land and conscious effort to reduce the hotel’s ecological footprint by conserving water, recycling, composting food waste and surrounding the hotel with native species that can thrive using organic farming practices. Restaurant serves organic fare whenever possible. Massage and body treatment rates from $75 to $90.


Xandari by the Pacific
Xandari by the Pacific
Region: Central Pacific
Habitat: Beach
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Horseback Riding, Surfing / Windsurfing
estrellaestrella Canopy, Hiking
The hotel fronts Playa Esterillos Este on the Pacific Coast, north of Manuel Antonio. Villas have their own gardens and terraces with views of the ocean. Restaurant specializes in seafood. Hot climate.


Buena Vista Villas
Buena Vista Villas
Region: Manuel Antonio
Habitat: Beach
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Canopy, Fishing
estrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Boating, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Surfing / Windsurfing
estrella Biking, Hiking, Rafting, Spa/Yoga
Surrounded by breath-taking panoramic views of the verdant jungle terrain and the majestic Pacific Ocean, Buena Vista's villas are tastefully decorated and comfortable. All have furnished terraces, with grill and hammock; a fully equipped kitchenette; A/C; telephone, fans, blow dryers and hot water showers. There is a pool surrounded by gardens and private beach below the property.


Capitán Suizo Hotel
Capitán Suizo Hotel
Region: Guanacaste Beach
Habitat: Beach
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Fishing, Golf Course, Surfing / Windsurfing
estrellaestrella Biking, Boating, Diving / Snorkeling, Horseback Riding
estrella Spa/Yoga
A free and natural atmosphere with a touch of Swiss quality. Hotel Capitán Suizo is located on Playa Tamarindo, one of the most beautiful Pacific coast beaches in Costa Rica. Directly on the beach, the hotel is surrounded by large, native trees and lush, colorful gardens.


Florblanca Resort
Florblanca Resort
Region: Guanacaste Beach
Habitat: Beach
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Biking, Spa/Yoga, Surfing / Windsurfing
estrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Horseback Riding
estrella Boating, Diving / Snorkeling, Fishing
Just 10 villas on an unspoiled beach. Distinguished cuisine and yoga overlooking the sea. Restaurant combines local ingredients with Pacific Rim techniques in what may well be the best cuisine in the Pacific. "Ten large, romantic, air-conditioned villas are on seven acres of white-sand beach. Each villa has an ocean view and outdoor bath with sunken tub." -Lonely Planet Costa Rica (2004)


Lapa Ríos Ecoresort
Lapa Ríos Ecoresort
Region: Corcovado & Osa Peninsula
Habitat: Beach / Tropical Rainforest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Canopy, Fishing, Kayaking
estrellaestrella Boating, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Spa/Yoga
Located on the Osa Peninsula south of Puerto Jimenez, this eco-resort offers 14 luxuriously appointed bungalows with screened windows, hardwood floors, private balconies and both inside and outside private showers. There is a swimming pool with bar and sundeck, and a terraced restaurant hangs over the forest with a view of the sea.
1000 acres of private reserve include a sandy stretch of virgin beach. Hot climate.


Montaña de Fuego Resort & Spa
Montaña de Fuego Resort & Spa
Region:
Habitat: /
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Biking, Surfing / Windsurfing
estrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Boating, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Spa/Yoga
estrella Fishing, Rafting
Located five miles out of La Fortuna, this hotel has 16 standard cabins and 24 junior suites, all air conditioned with hot water private baths and enclosed porches. Junior Suites have refrigerators. Acuarelas, a new restaurant at the hotel, serves international cuisine. Surrounded by gardens and nature trails. Children under ten stay free. Temperate climate.


  Monteverde Lodge
Monteverde Lodge
Region: Monteverde
Habitat: Mountain / Tropical Cloud Forest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Hiking
estrellaestrella Horseback Riding
Located in the Tilarán Mountain Range at 4,600 ft. above sea level on the edge of the world's best known mid-elevation cloud forest, Monteverde Lodge is the expression of Costa Rica Expeditions' desire to create the ultimate lodging experience for the discerning nature traveler. Owned and operated by Costa Rica Expeditions.


Parador Resort & Spa
Parador Resort & Spa
Region: Manuel Antonio
Habitat: Beach / Tropical Rainforest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Canopy, Fishing
estrellaestrella Boating, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Surfing / Windsurfing
estrella Biking, Hiking, Rafting, Spa/Yoga
Named a Costa Rica “Leading Resort Hotel" by World Travel Awards in 2006 and 07. Situated on a majestic bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by tropical rainforest, the 108-room Hotel Parador is located in a pristine area, close to Manuel Antonio National Park. Facilities include two restaurants, bars, conference room, gift shops, spa services and tennis court. It has Mediterranean-style architecture, modeled after the Traditional Spanish Paradores, with lush gardens, an infinity pool and spa services.


Punta Islita Hotel
Punta Islita Hotel
Region: Guanacaste Beach
Habitat: Beach
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Biking, Fishing
estrellaestrella Boating, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Spa/Yoga, Tennis Courts
estrella Diving / Snorkeling
This resort complex is located south of Carillo and Samara on the Nicoya Peninsula near the Camaronal Wildlife Refuge. Rooms have private patios with hammocks, some with outdoor jacuzzi or private pool. The beach is below the lodge after a 10-min. walk or short shuttle ride. Good nouvelle French-style seafood in the lodge's Palapa Restaurant. There is a cascade swimming pool with Jacuzzi, swim-up bar, restaurant, boutique and conference room. Tennis courts, driving range, gym and spa are also featured. Hot climate.


Sapo Dorado Hotel
Sapo Dorado Hotel
Region: Monteverde
Habitat: Mountain / Tropical Cloud Forest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Hiking
estrellaestrella Horseback Riding
Surrounded by spacious grounds and gardens, near the Monteverde Cloud Forest, this hotel offers classic mountain suites with a fireplace and a small balcony. Costa Rica beauty and genuine hospitality blend with an internationally influenced service style and ingenious cuisine to create a unique atmosphere of comfort and simple elegance.


Si Como No Hotel & Resort
Si Como No Hotel & Resort
Region: Manuel Antonio
Habitat: Beach / Tropical Rainforest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Canopy, Fishing, Spa/Yoga
estrellaestrella Boating, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Surfing / Windsurfing
estrella Biking, Hiking, Rafting
Located in Manuel Antonio, the Hotel's 58 rooms are distributed within ten separate terraces located on ten acres of tropical gardens. The eco-friendly approach has low energy air conditioning, a Disney-like atmosphere, pool with water slide and swim-up bar, a movie theater, solar-heated Jacuzzi, and a fine seafood restaurant. Next to a small shopping center with a deli and a Internet café. Hot climate.


Tamarindo Diria Resort
Tamarindo Diria Resort
Region: Guanacaste Beach
Habitat: Beach
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Fishing, Golf Course, Surfing / Windsurfing
estrellaestrella Biking, Bird/Wildlife Observation, Boating, Diving / Snorkeling, Horseback Riding
Located on the white sand beach of Tamarindo, most rooms at the four-star Tamarindo Diria Beach & Golf Resort have ocean and sunset views and direct access to the beach. Grounds are beautifully maintained, with lush tropical green gardens. The scenic pool and lobby pool for children, are great places to relax and enjoy the warm weather and tropical surroundings. Rooms are open and inviting and the hotel's restaurants serve local and international cuisine with a special focus on seafood. Golf course, tennis courts, restaurants and pool. Hot climate.


Tilajari Resort Hotel
Tilajari Resort Hotel
Region: Arenal
Habitat: Mountain
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Biking
estrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Boating, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Spa/Yoga
estrella Fishing, Rafting, Tennis Courts
Four-star Costa Rica resort on 35 acres along the banks of the San Carlos River with 76 hotel rooms and an open-air restaurant serving international and Costa Rican dishes. Hotel also has a bar, conference rooms, pool and hot tub, botanical and butterfly gardens, and six tennis courts. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, ceiling fan, satellite TV, hot water baths, direct dial telephone, safety deposit box and terrace. Cool climate.


Casa Turire Hotel
Casa Turire Hotel
Region: Turrialba
Habitat: Rural Farm
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Rafting
estrellaestrella Biking, Bird/Wildlife Observation, Hiking, Horseback Riding
Located in Turrialba Valley near the wild Reventazón River, renowned for white water rafting. Here the accent is on comfort and relaxation in a tropical paradise setting. Friendly Costa Rican hospitality and well appointed rooms and suites in an elegant country mansion.


Volcano Lodge
Volcano Lodge
Region: Arenal
Habitat: Mountain / Volcano
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Biking, Surfing / Windsurfing
estrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Boating, Horseback Riding
estrella Fishing
On the road between La Fortuna de San Carlos and Arenal Lake, facing the world famous Arenal Volcano. "This lodge is a collection of duplexes across the road from and facing the volcano. All of the rooms come with two double beds, a private bathroom, two wicker chairs inside, and a small terrace with a couple of wooden rocking chairs for volcano viewing outside. The appointments are simple, but the rooms are spacious and get plenty of light through big picture windows." -Frommers Costa Rica 2006


Cristal Ballena Hotel
Cristal Ballena Hotel
Region: South Pacific
Habitat: Beach / Tropical Rainforest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Boating, Hiking
estrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Horseback Riding
estrella Kayaking
Cristal Ballena is 30 minutes from Palmar Sur Airport, south of Manuel Antonio National Park on Costa Rica's South Pacific Coast. It is also near Ballena Marine National Park, an important Humpback breeding ground during the months of February and March. Turtle watching is best in September and October. Cristal Ballena features rooms with private balconies with stunning ocean views, A/C, private bathrooms and satellite TV. The hotel has large pool overlooking the ocean, a restaurant serving local and international fare, and a full-service bar.


Mountain Paradise Lodge
Mountain Paradise Lodge
Region: Arenal
Habitat: Mountain / Volcano
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Biking, Surfing / Windsurfing
estrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Boating, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Spa/Yoga
estrella Fishing, Rafting
The hotel offers 15 rooms, including junior suites and two-bedroom master suites, restaurant, adult and child swimming pools, jacuzzi and wet bar. All 15 rooms are equipped with a king size bed, fine wood furniture, flat screen cable tv, wireless Internet, telephones and jacuzzi. Cool climate.


Arenal Manoa Hotel
Arenal Manoa Hotel
Region: Arenal
Habitat: Mountain / Rural Farm
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Hiking
estrellaestrella Biking, Canopy, Horseback Riding, Rafting
Located 10 mins. from La Fortuna, this hotel has 40 jr suites with volcano views, private bathroom with a small interior garden and balcony. All rooms are equipped with two queen-sized beds, air conditioning, satellite tv, telephone, terrace with views of the volcano, minibar, safe-deposit box and coffee maker. The hotel also features pool with swim-up bar, children’s pool, Jacuzzi and restaurant. Temperate climate.


Arenas del Mar Beach & Nature Resort
Arenas del Mar Beach & Nature Resort
Region: Manuel Antonio
Habitat: Beach / Tropical Rainforest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Canopy, Fishing
estrellaestrella Boating, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Surfing / Windsurfing
estrella Biking, Hiking, Rafting, Spa/Yoga
Arenas del Mar is a beach and nature resort with 38 upscale rooms and suites, offering a casual beach front café and an elegant dining facility with views of Manuel Antonio National Park. There are two swimming pools, a small spa, and a gift shop as well as nature trails leading to two beaches. All rooms equipped with cable TV, ceiling fans, air conditioning, Internet, mini-bar, safe deposit box, coffee maker, microwave and iron.


Gaia Hotel & Reserve
Gaia Hotel & Reserve
Region: Manuel Antonio
Habitat: Beach / Tropical Rainforest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Boating, Canopy
estrellaestrella Hiking, Horseback Riding, Spa/Yoga
estrella Rafting
Member of the exclusive group, “Small Luxury Hotels of the World.” the hotel's 20 rooms are decorated in a minimalist, modern style, but there’s no skimping on luxuries. There is a three-tiered cascade pool - with a bar in the center - designed to resemble a large waterfall. Wifi throughout the property means you won’t be out of reach, even if all you see out your window is the dense forest of the hotel’s private reserve. Hot climate.


Los Sueños Marriott
Los Sueños Marriott
Region: Central Pacific
Habitat: Beach
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Canopy
estrellaestrella Hiking, Horseback Riding
estrella Biking
Luxury Marriott hotel set on a 1,100-acre rainforest overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Colonial design, deluxe amenities - including a large swimming pool winding through the hotel grounds - spacious rooms with private balconies featuring ocean or garden views. Hot climate.


Hotel Playa Espadilla
Hotel Playa Espadilla
Region: Manuel Antonio
Habitat: Beach / Tropical Rainforest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Canopy, Fishing
estrellaestrella Boating, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Surfing / Windsurfing
estrella Biking, Hiking, Rafting
Hotel Playa Espadilla is located just 150 mts from Manuel Antonio Beach front, and 200 mts away from the main entrance of Manuel Antonio National Park. The hotel offers 16 rooms equipped with air conditioner, cable TV, hot water, safety deposit box and hair dryer. Services include swimming pool, bar, Restaurant, tennis court, parking lot and biological private trails. This hotel spreads across grounds bordered on two sides by the tall trees of Manuel Antonio National Park, and it has a trail through an area of the park that few people visit. The simple but spacious mint-green rooms with big windows are housed in two-story buildings surrounded by green lawns. A small blue-tile pool and patio have a pleasant adjacent bar area with a billiard table. Directly behind are a large, open-air restaurant and a tennis court. Hot Climate.


JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa
JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa
Region: Guanacaste Beach
Habitat: Beach
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Fishing, Golf Course
estrellaestrella Biking, Boating, Diving / Snorkeling, Horseback Riding
estrella Spa/Yoga
Located in the heart of the Province of Guanacaste, on a secluded beach, the resort has been designed and developed under the concept of "rustic luxury". The hotel features 310 luxury guestrooms, including 20 Junior Suites. Facilities include a free flowing pool that covers more than 25.000 feet of area, a full service Spa that includes 22 treatment rooms, beauty parlor, serenity lagoon with deluxe palapas for outdoor massages and a two level gym. An 18-hole championship golf course neighbors the hotel. A 73,000 square feet field is a creation of Mike Young. Inspired in the traditional haciendas of the region, the hotel serves meals prepared with local ingredients by international chefs.

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