Looking for beach resorts in Costa Rica? Well, you are in luck! With stunning beaches, scenic waterfalls, majestic volcanoes, enchanting rainforests, and an abundance of wildlife, Costa Rica is truly a slice of heaven on Earth.
The 1,290 km long coastline on two of the world’s largest oceans, the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean – promises visitors of an unforgettable experience in the wild.
A wide range of water activities like snorkeling, diving, kayaking, and parasailing, can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Costa Rica is home to one of the best ziplines in the world, and one can experience the phenomenon of bioluminescence on some of its beaches. Bird watchers and animal lovers are drawn from all over the world to the country’s vast diversity of flora and fauna.
The hotels and resorts in Costa Rica are no less! And when it comes to beach resorts in Costa Rica, you have the option to choose from some of the finest in the world. From beach dining, and spectacular ocean views, to world-class golf courses, you will be offered only the best.
Without delay, let’s hop on to our extensive list of some of the best beach resorts in Costa Rica. Each of our listings will give you a brief about the amenities offered by the resort, the location, the nightly charge, and the room features. Let’s take a look!
Four Seasons Resort at Peninsula Papagayo
Where: Papagayo, Costa Rica
Price: $850+ per night
Ideally positioned on the Peninsula Papagayo, Four Seasons Resort is a luxury hotel with 2 private beaches. The rooms, suites, and villas at the property are stylishly decorated and furnished with rattan and bamboo. Most of the units come with a terrace offering ocean views, and some units boast a private plunge pool or a private kitchen. Inside you will find a private bathroom with a bathtub, air conditioning, a sitting area, a TV, and a minibar.
The property features 4 swimming pools, a gym, and a business center. For sports enthusiasts, there is an 18-hole golf course and 3 tennis courts at the property. There are 4 restaurants serving local, vegetarian, sushi, and Italian cuisine. Teenagers will be amused to find a teen center with a DVD player, a TV, video games, iPod docking stations, and computers with the internet.
Kayaking, snorkeling, horseback riding, and visits to National Parks can be enjoyed near the hotel.
The Westin Reserva Conchal
Where: Playa Conchal, Costa Rica
Price: $400+ per night
The Westin Reserva Conchal is an all-inclusive and eco-friendly resort set in the tropical forests of Conchal Beach. Spread over 2400 acres, the property features a fitness studio, meeting rooms, an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, a spa center, and an outdoor swimming pool. There are 10 restaurants and bars, serving Asian, continental, Italian, and Latin American cuisine. A kids club ensures your little ones are well-entertained!
The rooms and suites at the property are spacious and air-conditioned and offer a balcony with forest views and seating. Inside you will find a coffee machine, a minibar, a TV, and a living area.
You can hire a car or a bicycle from the tour desk, and kayaking and snorkeling can be enjoyed in the area. Tamarindo Beach is a 15-minute drive from the resort and the international airport is a 45-minute drive.
Hotel Riu Guanacaste
Where: Mata Palo Beach, Costa Rica
Price: $90+ per night
Located on Mata Palo Beach, Hotel Riu is a 24-hour all-inclusive resort in the Guanacaste region. The resort sports 3 swimming pools including a freshwater pool, a jacuzzi, and a whirlpool bath. The water park is open 6 days a week. Other amenities include a tennis & volleyball court, a table tennis table, a gym, a sauna, a spa center, and 5 conference rooms. Choose among the various buffet and themed restaurants at the resort.
The air-conditioned rooms and suites at the resort feature a balcony or terrace, a minibar, a beverage dispenser, and a TV. In addition, the suites boast a hydromassage bathtub, a lounge area with a sofa, and a dressing room. Some suites have a terrace with a jacuzzi and ocean views.
A wide range of water activities can be enjoyed from the resort including kayaking, sailing, snorkeling, windsurfing, diving, and fishing in the Pacific Ocean.
Where: Papagayo, Costa Rica
Price: $500+ per night
Spreading over 1400 acres on Peninsula Papagayo, Andaz Resort is a concept by Hyatt in a jungle near Culebra. There is a gym, a kids club, a swimming pool, and a spa center at the property. Indulge in fine dining at the 3 on-site restaurants serving farm-to-table food made with local ingredients.
The rooms and suites at the resort offer a balcony with breathtaking ocean and jungle views. Inside you will find a minibar, a TV, an air-conditioner, and a seating area.
Sports enthusiasts can play golf at the world-class golf course or try their hands at tennis. Those looking for outdoor activities can enjoy water sports like kayaking, snorkeling, and stand-up paddling, or zip-lining through the thick vegetation. The neighborhood can be explored on an electric bike or through the many trails in the resort.
Secrets Papagayo All Inclusive
Where: Papagayo, Costa Rica
Price: $475+ per night
Resting on Arenilla Beach in the Gulf of Papagayo, Secrets Papagayo is the gateway to unspoiled beaches, native flora and fauna, and the pristine Pacific Ocean. The resort features 202 rooms and suites with a furnished balcony or terrace, a living area, and a private bathroom. Other amenities include an air conditioner, a coffee machine, a minibar refreshed daily, and 24-hour room service.
There are 4 restaurants, 5 bars, and a cafe at the property. These are open 24 hours and allow you to enjoy unlimited food and drinks without any reservations. A fitness center, a spa center with 13 treatment rooms, and 2 swimming pools. Various daytime activities like water aerobics, beach volleyball, Giant Jenga & other games, cooking lessons, themed parties, live musical performances, and nighttime shows can be enjoyed at the property.
You will be a 15-minute drive from Coco Beach and a 20-minute drive from the Liberia International Airport.
Los Sueños Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort
Where: Jacó, Costa Rica
Price: $250+ per night
Nestled in the tropical rainforests on the Pacific coast, Los Sueños is a boutique property on Herradura Beach. The rooms and suites at the resort feature a private bathroom, a TV, an in-room hammock, a minibar, and air conditioning. Some rooms offer ocean views from the room, or have a terrace with garden views.
The property features a fitness center with complimentary classes, a spa & wellness center, and 2 swimming pools (one pool is adults-only). A kids club makes it easier for you to relax and unwind and keeps your little ones engaged. For Golf lovers, there is an 18-hole par 72 championship golf course on-site. Choose from 3 restaurants serving Mediterranean and international cuisine, or indulge in exotic drinks at the bar or hot beverages at the coffee house.
Hotel Nantipa – A Tico Beach Experience
Where: Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Price: $450+ per night
Hotel Nantipa is located on Santa Teresa Beach in the Nicoya Peninsula and focuses on providing guests with an authentic Costa Rican experience. There are 4 types of accommodation options, ranging from suites, and villas, to bungalows. Some villas and bungalows have a beachfront with a private plunge pool while others come with a balcony offering garden views. All units feature a living area, air conditioning, a minibar, a coffee maker, and a TV.
At the property, you will find an open-air beachfront restaurant & bar, a wellness center, and a swimming pool. There is a beautiful seating area and hammocks on the beach with a nice vibe. The Santa Teresa town center with shops and restaurants is 300 meters away. Santa Teresa Beach is popular for surfing and there are a lot of shops selling surfboards.
Arenas Del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort
Where: Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Price: $550+ per night
Tucked away in an 11-acre private rainforest reserve, Arenas Del Mar is a beachfront resort close to Manuel Antonio National Park. All rooms here are well-appointed with a balcony with ocean views. The room has an air-conditioner, a wardrobe, a minibar, a TV, and a private kitchenette. Some suites feature a private hot tub overlooking the ocean.
The property boasts a hammam, an outdoor swimming pool, a shared lounge, a terrace, and a garden. There is an on-site restaurant and bar, along with an evening entertainment facility. The in-house naturalist guides will be your hosts on the tours and help you spot wildlife. There are free yoga classes and exercise classes twice a week. The lounge chairs by the beach are great for listening to the sound of waves and watching the sun go down.
Hotel Banana Azul – Adults Only
Where: Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
Price: $60+ per night
Banana Azul is an adults-only property on Playa Negra Beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The property is surrounded by lush tropical forests and offers plenty of outdoor spaces to relax in the natural environment.
Built from local hardwood, the rooms are tastefully decorated and feature a large terrace with a hammock and a seating area. Some rooms offer ocean views while some rooms come with garden views. Other features include a wardrobe and a fan or air-conditioner.
An on-site restaurant serves international and national cuisine and an ocean-facing bar serves exotic cocktails. If you are up for some adventure, the hotel staff will assist you in booking tours and activities. And if relaxation is what you are looking for, the outdoor pool and ranchos on the beach make for great options. Better yet, pamper yourself with a beachside massage!
You will be 2.5 km from Puerto Viejo town, 5 km from Playa Cocles, and 10 km from Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge.
Bahia del Sol Beachfront Boutique Hotel
Where: Potrero, Costa Rica
Price: $220+ per night
Set right on a beach on the Pacific Coast, Bahia del Sol is a boutique hotel in the Guanacaste region. The property features rooms and suites with a private bathroom and air conditioning. Each room is fitted with a TV, a mini-bar, a coffee machine, and a wardrobe. Suites are also equipped with a lounge and a kitchenette.
There is an outdoor and an indoor swimming pool with lounge chairs. The on-site restaurant serves tropical cuisine and there is a swim-up bar for enjoying cocktails and snacks. The spa center offers massages and beauty treatments. Potrero Beach is perfect for indulging in water activities.
The hotel offers bicycle and car rentals, and an airport shuttle can be arranged for a fee. You will be 3 km from Flamingo Beach and 9 km from Reserva Conchal Golf Course.
Congo Bongo EcoVillage
Where: Manzanillo, Costa Rica
Price: $200+ per night
Located within the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, Congo Bongo EcoVillage gives you a glamping kind of experience amidst the jungle. This family-run property is spread across 15 acres of tropical forest and is a perfect place to watch wildlife in its natural habitat. A pathway leads you to a fairly private stretch of beach, and you can rent a bicycle for exploring the town.
Congo Bongo features eight vacation homes equipped with a full kitchen with a stovetop, a refrigerator, a seating area, and a washing machine. The beds are fitted with mosquito nets. The terrace offers stunning views of the gardens and comes with a seating area, a hammock, and a BBQ facility.
Capitán Suizo Beachfront Boutique Hotel
Where: Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Price: $200+ per night
Enveloped by lush tropical greenery, Capitán Suizo is located right on the beach and is one of the best beach resorts in Costa Rica. This is a sustainable property operating in harmony with nature. The tropical gardens at the property are home to native plants and trees and attract a vast diversity of animals and birds.
The property features 35 rooms furnished and decorated with local materials and craftsmanship. Each room has a terrace/balcony overlooking the gardens and is well-appointed with a private bathroom, a work desk, and a living area. Some rooms have a beachfront and bungalows include a private hot tub.
At the property, you will find a gym, meeting rooms, a souvenir shop, and an on-site restaurant and bar. There is an open-air spa among the trees, and massages can be offered on the beach. Other entertainment facilities include board games, a pool table, a table tennis table, boogie boards, and equipment for snorkeling and kayaking.
Ylang Ylang Beach Resort
Where: Montezuma, Costa Rica
Price: $230+ per night
Resting on a white-sand beach, Ylang Ylang is surrounded by lush greenery on all sides. There are 23 units at the resort including rooms, cabins, suites, and bungalows. All units are located within steps from the beach, pool, and restaurant and offer a private patio with jungle or ocean views and a seating area. Watch exotic animals and birds from the comfort of your room!
Additionally, the property features a restaurant & bar, a yoga studio, and a spa. There is a freshwater pool and a swimming pool with a waterfall. Relax in a lounge chair by the beach or lie down in a hammock. A wide array of activities like horseback riding, ziplining, fishing, and ATV riding can be enjoyed in the area.
Sueño del Mar Beachfront Hotel
Where: Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Price: $100+ per night
Sueño del Mar is perched in palm trees and tropical forests on Langosta Beach. The oceanfront rooms, suites, and apartments at the property offer a rustic feel and are furnished with wooden doors and Guatemalan textiles. The Balinese-style outdoor shower allows you to reconnect with nature. The apartments come with a private kitchen, and some units boast a private patio.
Relax in the outdoor pool, or take the private path leading to the beach to take a dip in the ocean. The cabana on the beach is a perfect place to enjoy a cocktail from the bar while watching the stunning sunset. The hotel staff can arrange tours and activities for you around the area!
Tamarindo town is a 5-minute drive away while Las Baulas Marine National Park is a 15-minute drive away.
Le Cameleon Boutique Hotel
Where: Playa Cocles, Costa Rica
Price: $350+ per night
Le Cameleon is a boutique hotel nestled in the lush tropical forests of the Caribbean coast. The rooms and suites at the hotel feature a terrace with forest views and are complete with a private bathroom, a TV, an iPod docking station, a minibar, and air conditioning. Some suites offer a private hot tub and ocean views from the terrace.
Treat yourself to a massage or treatment at the Jungle spa that offers a range of treatments. Start your day with daily yoga at the yoga studio, or relax in the outdoor swimming pool. Head to Cocles Beach a few steps away or sign up for a tour or activity in the nearby parks and reserves. Do not forget to try international cuisine and cocktails at the beach club!
Various activities like turtle watching, dolphin watching, visiting sloth sanctuaries, and cocoa plantations can be enjoyed nearby!
Already looking forward to your vacation in Costa Rica? We sure have given you enough reasons to. We hope our list of best beach resorts in Costa Rica was helpful, and that you could take your pick. Happy vacation!