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Bougainvillea Hotel
Bougainvillea Hotel
Region: San José
Habitat: Suburb
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Rafting
estrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation
estrella Tennis Courts
The Bougainvillea Hotel is an excellent choice if you are looking for a reasonably priced hotel in a quiet residential neighborhood not far from downtown. As you stroll through this hotel's tranquil gardens, you'll easily forget that you're just 15 minutes from San José.


DoubleTree Cariari
DoubleTree Cariari
Region: San José
Habitat: Suburb
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Golf Course, Rafting
estrellaestrella Spa/Yoga, Tennis Courts
The DoubleTree Cariari is located 5 mins. from the international airport and 20 mins. from downtown San Jose, this hotel offers deluxe resort facilities. 196 spacious rooms and 24 suites are arranged around an outdoor pool with swim-up bar. There are 10 tennis courts, and access to the championship golf course, as well as a small casino and disco. Temperate climate.


Las Cruces Biological Station (Wilson Gardens)
Las Cruces Biological Station (Wilson Gardens)
Region: South Pacific
Habitat: Mountain / Tropical Rainforest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Boating, Hiking, Rafting
On the grounds of Wilson Botanical Gardens, home to one of the richest collections of tropical and subtropical plants found in this part of the American Continent. The station has 12 cabins with private hot showers and balconies with great views. Generous family-style meals are included.


Hotel Don Carlos
Hotel Don Carlos
Region:
Habitat:
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Rafting
Located just a few blocks from the central plaza in downtown San José, This hotel has 38 rooms, all with private baths. There is a bar and restaurant, a sun deck, gym and souvenir shop. Guests have free access to email services. Room rates include continental breakfast.The hotel offers apartments at another location with weekly rates. Temperate climate.


Grano de Oro Hotel
Grano de Oro Hotel
Region: San José
Habitat: City
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Rafting
Located on a residential street in downtown San Jose, there are 35 unique rooms, each with an extravagant bath. Garden suites have Jacuzzi tubs. Meals are inventive and first-rate, served in a lush, outdoor garden patio or in the newly renovated indoor restaurant and bar. A rooftop terrace offers relaxing Jacuzzis and a spot for secluded sunbathing and stargazing. Service is friendly and attentive. Temperate climate.


Costa Rica Marriott
Costa Rica Marriott
Region: San José
Habitat: Suburb
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Rafting, Tennis Courts
estrellaestrella Spa/Yoga
Located minutes south of the airport, this large resort has 244 rooms and 7 executive suites with all the amenities of Marriotts worldwide. Features include a ballroom, a golf practice range, a swimming pool, three tennis courts, three restaurants for International cuisine, casual and café dining, a gym, shopping complex, amphitheater and heliport. Temperate climate.


Finca Rosa Blanca Inn
Finca Rosa Blanca Inn
Region: San José
Habitat: Suburb
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Rafting
estrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation
“Imagine if Gaudí and Frank Lloyd Wright had combined their talents and visions. The result would be an architectural stunner as eclectic and electrifying as Finca Rosa Blanca. Finca Rosa Blanca Country Inn is situated above the beautiful Central Valley of Costa Rica. Surrounded by towering “Higuerón” trees and exotic flora.


Selva Verde Lodge
Selva Verde Lodge
Region: Sarapiqui
Habitat: Tropical Rainforest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Boating, Hiking, Rafting
Founded in 1985, Selva Verde Lodge, is located in the lush lowlands of northeastern Costa Rica on a very large, private tract of virgin tropical rainforest and rich second-growth habitats. It is adjacent to Braulio Carrillo National Park and the Organization for Tropical Studies' field station, La Selva.


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.


Xandari Plantation
Xandari Plantation
Region: San José
Habitat: Rural Farm
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Rafting
estrellaestrella Hiking, Spa/Yoga
Xandari Plantation consists of 16 spacious villas on a 40 acre coffee and fruit plantation overlooking Costa Rica's Central Valley... The creation of architect Sherrill Broudy and artist Charlene Broudy, who envisioned a paradise reflecting the natural beauty of Costa Rica.


Parque del Lago Hotel
Parque del Lago Hotel
Region: San José
Habitat: Suburb
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Rafting
Just 15 minutes from the international airport and across the street from San Jose’s largest park, La Sabana. Parque del Lago has 30 rooms and nine suites. Airport transportation, laundry and room service are available. Facilities include a gym, spa and restaurant. Popular with business travelers looking for value, comfort and service, the hotel also has complementary Internet, a business center, and meeting and event rooms.


Arenal Observatory Lodge
Arenal Observatory Lodge
Region: Arenal
Habitat: Mountain / Volcano
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Hiking
estrellaestrella Biking, Rafting, Surfing / Windsurfing
Set on a ridge near Arenal Lake, this lodge offers “front-row seating” for the volcano’s fireworks displays. The 37-room property is on a private reserve with good walking trails and scenic waterfall. "Originally a rustic research facility, this lodge...features comfortable rooms with impressive views of the Arenal Volcano...Toucans frequent the trees near the lodge and howler monkeys provide the wake-up calls." -Discovering the Best of Costa Rica (2005)


Sarapiqui Neotropical Center
Sarapiqui Neotropical Center
Region: Sarapiqui
Habitat: Tropical Rainforest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation
estrellaestrella Boating, Hiking, Rafting
The architecture of the Sarapiqui project is inspired by the indigenous pre-columbian architecture of the palenques. The reference to palenque structures forms an intrinsic element in the entire Sarapiqui concept: the history of nature and its relation to mankind.


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.


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.


Montańa de Fuego Resort & Spa
Montańa 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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