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    Pocket Guide: Costa Rica

    Welcome to Costa Rica

    Costa Rica is a green jewel at the heart of Central America, a country blessed with abundant coastlines, silver beaches, and some of the most unspoiled wilderness destinations to be found anywhere on Earth. Come here to experience a mix of glorious forests, captivating wildlife, picturesque history and fabulous coastal scenery.

    The Sand and Surf of the Pacific Coast

    Costa Rica is famed for its wonderful array of beaches, surf and water sport attractions. The Pacific coast is the main draw, so head to Guanacaste province in the north for Playa Avellana and Nosara Beach, with opportunities to swim, surf and enjoy the beachfront bars and cafes. On the Nicoya Peninsula, enjoy the sheltered bay of Bahia Ballena, which is ideal for less-confident swimmers. The sweeping sands and crashing surf of Dominical are a haven for water sports fans, with surfing, kayaking and kitesurfing all available. And you can scuba dive at nearby Caño Island, to discover the rainbow colours of the coral reefs and the dazzling marine wildlife.

    Costa Rica’s Turtles, Volcanoes and Wildlife

    Costa Rica is famed for its diversity of natural attractions. The Arenal Volcano National Park is a must see, offering visitors the chance to get up close to one of the world’s most active volcanoes, within a spectacular rainforest setting. There is no better place to see turtles than the Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean coast – experience the mangrove swamps, coastal lagoons and rainforest, and head down to the beach to see these wonderful creatures lay their eggs. And there is a wonderful choice of wildlife reserves, from the Nosara Wildlife Sanctuary in Guanacaste province to the Foundation Jaguar Rescue Centre on the Caribbean coast.

    San Jose and San Ramón

    San Jose is Costa Rica’s capital, a bustling, friendly city filled with historical, cultural and natural attractions. The Pre-Colombian Gold Museum showcases the gleaming craftsmanship of the region’s original inhabitants, and the Pueblo Antiguo is a full-scale recreation of a Costa Rican settlement of a hundred years ago. San Ramón is a charming little town nestling in the central highlands, with a history and a cultural life that belies its size. It is surrounded by cloud forests – take a guided tour of the El Silencio de Los Angeles Cloud Forest Reserve, and check out the wonderful diversity of plant and animal species in the Nectandra Cloud Forest Garden.

    Things to See and Do in Costa Rica

    There is so much to see and do in Costa Rica – from hiking and wildlife spotting, to horse riding and 4x4 driving, to ziplining and canyoning – that your challenge will be fitting it all in. Few countries pack as many wonderful wildlife reserves within their borders as Costa Rica, and these expanses of pristine rainforest, cloud forest and mangrove swamp provide plenty of things to do. Corcovado National Park on the south Pacific coast offers guided tours, hiking and camping. Guanacaste’s Black Stallion Eco Park offers horseback riding and ziplining activities, and you can try fishing, boating and kayaking in Lake Arenal, under the shadow of the volcano.

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    Hotels in San Jose (and vicinity)

    Wyndham San Jose Herradura Hotel & Convention Center - Ciudad Cariari Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Wyndham San Jose Herradura Hotel & Convention Center

    Autopista General Canas, Ciudad Cariari - Map
    "Convenient location"
    Very good experience over all. Our flight got delayed by an hour and we started looking for the taxi when the hotel shuttle driver came waving a board with our name.We were pleased to see him waiting for us even though their service ends at 10 pm. The next day the taxi company that apparently serves only the hotel guests gave us a nice ride to the city in the evening and made that time quite useful for a reasonable charge
    Traveller from Lancaster CA
    This family-friendly Asuncion hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Plaza Real Cariari, Ultrapark Free …More
    Radisson San Jose-Costa Rica - San Jose Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Radisson San Jose-Costa Rica

    Calle Central y Tercera Av. 15, San Jose - Map
    "Upscale hotel, great driving location"
    This is a great hotel to stay at if you are renting a car to explore central Costa Rica (or Uber, super cheap in SJ). Spacious, clean and modern rooms. Included breakfast is good. Staff are friendly and helpful.
    Traveller from D.C.
    This family-friendly San Jose hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Museo de los Niños & …More
    Barceló San José - San Jose Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Barceló San José

    Autopista General Canas 3km, San Jose - Map
    "After much travel delay, plus....."
    Delayed overnight in Guatemala airport and missing our first night here, we arrived to a friendly staff,and Caroline S. Who assured me that I would be refunded the missed night charge since it was a volcano that delayed our flight. Wonderful food. Some of the best we had in Costa Rica.
    Traveller from Santa Fe, NM
    Barcelo San Jose Palacio is situated on tropically landscaped grounds, 3 km (2 mi) from the museums, markets, and theaters of …More

    Hotels in Guanacaste - North Pacific Coast

    Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa - Playa Flamingo Hotels
    Rating: 3.5 Stars

    Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa

    Flamingo Beach, Playa Flamingo - Map
    "Great location, great staff! Can improve dranaige "
    The building is not new but well maintained. The location with the beach right across the street is awesome. Anything you need is walking distance from the hotel. Besides, the staff is always happy and provide great support. I was during New Years Eve and the party had a lot of awesome details. The party was included in the price of that night, which I found a good deal. The only thing I didn't like, was the drainages of the bathrooms, it sound and smells sometimes, and that was somehow uncomfortable.
    A Traveller
    This Playa Flamingo resort is on the beach, 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Flamingo Beach, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Conchal Beach and …More
    The Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal - All Inclusive - Cabo Velas Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    The Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal - All Inclusive

    Playa Conchal S/N, Cabo Velas - Map
    "Nice Hotel Close to the beach"
    Excellent beach but public. they have a small secluded area for westin guests. they do provide beach chairs and umbrellas. they do bring you bottled water occasionally but dont serve you drinks. you have to get up and go back inside the resort to the bar to get your drinks. getting approched constantly by vendors was annoying (water sports, massage). very nice resort. Very pricy though. Staff is friendly (reception, shuttle). We were there for 2 nights. All inclusive. make sure you make dinner reservations ahead of time for the restaurants (they cannot accomodate a lot of people). We tried the brazillian style restaurant and the latin restaurant. They did put up a nice christmas show. Hotel is an hour from the airport. wouldnt mind going back but next time will try tamarindo beach.
    Traveller from Pearland, TX
    Nestled on the beach, this Playa Conchal resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Adventure Divers and Conchal Beach. Playa Brasilito …More
    Occidental Tamarindo - Tamarindo Hotels
    Rating: 3.5 Stars

    Occidental Tamarindo

    Playa Langosta, Tamarindo - Map
    "Great kid friendly all in resort"
    Staff friendly but English limited. Beautiful resort. On a public beach that is great for surfing. No advertisements of the daily activities. I wish also that they had a library for book exchange. Evening shows for the kids is pretty late as dinner starts at 7pm. Some Front desk staff not very helpful when asked about recommendations for local attractions. Could not even do a simple google search.
    Traveller from Toronto, Canada
    Nestled on the beach, this Tamarindo resort is within 6 mi (10 km) of Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas de Guanacaste …More

    Hotels in Caribbean Coast

    Tortuga Lodge and Gardens - Tortuguero Hotels
    Rating: 3.5 Stars

    Tortuga Lodge and Gardens

    Across the river, Tortuguero - Map
    "Close to the jungle"
    Close to the jungle Nature, could walk alone do the jungle...wonderful Boots were provided, as well as moskito repelent, Shuttle to the beach, to Tortuguero village, Vip welcome, with a fruit cocktail Excelent restaurant! Farewell from the complete reception and some restaurant staff, it was so nice and in a way familiar!! Everybody who likes nature, will love this unique place
    Traveller from US
    Situated near the airport, in Tortuguero, this resort is close to Canadian Organization for Tropical Education & Rainforest …More
    Le Cameleon Puerto Viejo - Puerto Viejo Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Le Cameleon Puerto Viejo

    Cocles, Puerto Viejo - Map
    "Beautiful boutique hotel in Puerto Viejo"
    We came during Feb 2016. First of all we were welcome by the front desk staff who were very courteous and nice. We were upgraded to a junior suit: really large room, all white with nice details in blue, confortable king bed, sofa, coffee table, desk and balcony/deck with 2 chairs and a small table. AC worked perfectly. Bathroom was large, two faucets, really clean, great shower. Breakfast was included and served in a nice restaurant surrounded by plants with a view to a fountain. It took a little over 15 min for the food to come out but it was good, although portions are not large. Beach across the street was nice and private w/ several chairs and tables, nice verandas and a bar/restaurant. All personnel were very nice, greeting you throughout the day, service was outstanding. It's worth the price and I will definitely come back.
    Traveller from Boston
    Offering direct access to the beach, this Cocles hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Talamanca Family Art, Black Sand Beach, and …More
    Hotel Cariblue - Puerto Viejo Hotels
    Rating: 3.0 Stars

    Hotel Cariblue

    1.5 Km South of Puerto Viejo, Puerto Viejo - Map
    This is an excellent place to stay in Puerto Viejo. Each member of the staff is very friendly and helpful. An incredible beach right across the street, and only a few minutes south of town make for an ideal location. We spotted monkeys, tucans, humming birds, lizards, crabs, frogs, and a sloth without leaving the property. Although the best experiences are outside the main gate.
    Traveller from Seattle, WA
    Offering direct access to the beach, this Cocles hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Talamanca Family Art, Black Sand Beach, and …More