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  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.


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.


Arenal Nayara Hotel
Arenal Nayara Hotel
Region: Arenal
Habitat: Mountain / Volcano
Activities:
Located on the outskirts of the Arenal Volcano area, Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens offers 24 bungalows surrounded by lush tropical rainforest. Each large, suite-sized bungalow provides ample space and privacy, including a backyard, outdoor shower and private front balcony. Temperate climate.


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)


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.


Bosque de Paz Lodge
Bosque de Paz Lodge
Region: Central Highlands
Habitat: Mountain / Tropical Cloud Forest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Hiking
Lovingly built and managed by a Costa Rican family dedicated to conservation, this lodge is set in a 1,000-hectare private reserve and features 12 rooms, each with two double beds, a private bathroom with hot water, and balcony with cloud forest views. Restaurant serves homemade Costa Rican fare and offers 180-degree panorama of the forest and butterfly garden. Cool climate.


El Silencio Lodge & Spa
El Silencio Lodge & Spa
Region: Sarapiqui
Habitat: Mountain / Tropical Cloud Forest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Hiking
estrellaestrella Spa/Yoga
Located at Bajos Del Toro, in the Poas Volcano National Park area, El Silencio Lodge & Spa offers 16 luxury suites with river or cloud forest views. All suites have a private viewing deck and whirlpool, fireplace and complimentary mini-bar. The hotel has a 3,000-sq-ft riverside spa with five ambiances. Cool 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.


Lost Iguana Resort
Lost Iguana Resort
Region: Arenal
Habitat: Mountain / Tropical Rainforest / Volcano
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation
estrellaestrella Biking, Surfing / Windsurfing
"This hotel offers large and luxurious rooms with great views of the volcano...All rooms feature a private balcony or porch." -Frommers.com (2006) From your terrace, soak in a jacuzzi while listening to the sounds of toucans and Howler Monkeys. Amenities include: A/C, Jacuzzi baths, kitchenettes, safe deposit box, satellite TV and hair dryer in all rooms.


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.


Monte Azul Hotel
Monte Azul Hotel
Region: Central Highlands
Habitat: Mountain / Tropical Rainforest
Activities:
Monte Azul Hotel offers four private cottage duplexes (515 sq. ft.), designed to feature art and nature. A private, 125-acre reserve surrounds the hotel and the owners have placed original fine art in every room. The hotel’s full-service spa (soon to be open) has treatment rooms overlooking a heated natural spring pool. Guests may also request spa treatments in their own cottage. Monte Azul has a terrace cafe featuring international dishes using fresh and organic ingredients from its own farm. All cottage rooms include: a private terrace; kitchenette; deluxe mattress, linens and down comforters; wifi; telephone; fresh organic coffee; and a chef’s welcome platter upon arrival. TV service not available. 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.


Poas Volcano Lodge
Poas Volcano Lodge
Region: Sarapiqui
Habitat: Mountain / Rural Farm
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Hiking
estrellaestrella Canopy
"Located on the road between Poas and Vara Blancas...This lodge was erected as a main house for an English dairy farm. It is set on the slopes of the mountainside and has warm touches like a reading room, a sunken fireplace and stone walls. The spare but inviting rooms of the Poas Volcano Lodge are decorated with travel souvenirs from countries around the world. This has a great home like feeling, and you will find this a comfortable retreat to return to after spending the day exploring the wonders of Poas Volcano.” -Destination 360 Travel Guides, 2006.


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.


Savegre Mountain Lodge
Savegre Mountain Lodge
Region: Central Highlands
Habitat: Mountain / Rural Farm / Tropical Cloud Forest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Hiking
Set in a valley so spectacular that a postcard photographer might pass it up because nobody would believe it was true. Twenty cabins at 7,200 feet above sea level on a family farm with a clear trout stream running through it, surrounded by one of the finest examples of highland cloud forest on the planet.


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.


Trapp Family Lodge
Trapp Family Lodge
Region: Monteverde
Habitat: Mountain
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Hiking
This hotel offers 20 rooms and suites built in a comfortable rustic atmosphere, with high wooden ceilings, big bathrooms and view to either the gardens or cloud forest restaurant for guests only, bar and sitting room. Cool climate.


Villablanca Cloud Forest Hotel
Villablanca Cloud Forest Hotel
Region: Central Highlands
Habitat: Mountain / Rural Farm / Tropical Cloud Forest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Hiking, Spa/Yoga
Located on a hilltop an hour from the San Jose International Airport, Villablanca is in the elite group of “Green Hotels of Costa Rica.” It has 34 spacious “casitas,” nicely decorated and many with fireplaces to combat the cool, mountain climate. The restaurant serves traditional Central American food as well as salads and other healthy choices. Facilities include a lounge, entertainment room with games for children, spa, gift shop with quality handicrafts, conference room, and a 34-seat multimedia theater featuring nightly movies. Nature trails on the property and birding and other tours offered. 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

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