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Aguila de Osa Inn
Aguila de Osa Inn
Region: Corcovado & Osa Peninsula
Habitat: Beach / Tropical Rainforest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Boating, Diving / Snorkeling, Fishing, Kayaking
Located on a bluff overlooking Drake Bay on the Osa Peninsula. The restaurant, with excellent views overlooking the bay, serves simple fare that is tasty and filling, specializing in seafood and local catches. Hiking, diving and sport fishing in state-of-the-art boat available. The Inn's open and spacious rooms have spectacular views of the lush, tropical jungle that surrounds the hotel. Hot 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.


Mawamba Lodge
Mawamba Lodge
Region: Tortuguero
Habitat: Beach / Tropical Rainforest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Boating, Fishing
Mawamba Lodge is located on the beach in Tortuguero National Park, between the Tortuguero Lagoon and the Caribbean Sea. The lodge has a pool, restaurants and ranchos with hammocks, and is an ideal starting point for day and night excursions, bird and turtle watching, and for exploring this nature-rich area.


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.


  Tortuga Lodge
Tortuga Lodge
Region: Tortuguero
Habitat: Beach / Tropical Rainforest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Boating, Fishing
estrellaestrella Kayaking
Named "favorite family resort" in April 2005 by Travel & Leisure Family magazine. Owned and operated by Costa Rica Expeditions. "Situated on 50 acres of private land on Costa Rica's northeast Caribbean coast, Tortuga was our first hotel. It is now our newest hotel. Everything we have learned about designing nature lodges over the last 11 years has gone into the remodelling of Tortuga Lodge. What we learned can be summarized in three words, 'Reflect the place.'" -Michael Kaye


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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)

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