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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
     
     
    "Casino on site"
    We used the free airport shuttle and had a very nice driver. Hotel has a Casino, Sakura and Hard Rock Café on site. The staff were very friendly and the room was clean. My only complaint is - noise. The walls are thin, we could hear doors opening and shutting and lots of conversations in the hallway. There were younger visitors that kept running up and down the halls until around 9PM (Yes, I know this sounds early, but we had a 4AM flight to catch the next day). Then around 2AM the older (drunk) visitors decided that we had enough sleep and needed to be woken up, so they proceeded to sing and talk very loud. * Also, we were unable to adjust the A/C - as we were hoping to drown out noise.
    Traveller from MD
    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
     
     
    "Nice Hotel and Staff"
    The staff very attentive and diligent, the cleaning excellent, Cristian the bartender very professional and attentive with patrons and very knowledgeable of the city. I recommend it
    Traveller from Puerto Rico
    This family-friendly San Jose hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Children's Museum, Jade …More
    Barceló San José - San Jose Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Barceló San José

    Autopista General Canas 3km, San Jose - Map
     
     
    Good hotel! Nice for a quick stay, very comfortable room and good view
    A Traveller
    Barcelo San Jose Palacio is situated on tropically landscaped grounds, 3 km (2 mi) from the museums, markets, and theaters of …More

    Hotels in Jaco (and vicinity)

    Zephyr Palace - Herradura Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Zephyr Palace

    3KM from Punta Leona Resort, Herradura - Map
     
     
    "amazing boutique hotel!"
    we stayed at zephyrs palace for 2 nights on our way back to San Jose from Santa Teresa. Perfect location for a quick 2 night get away. This place was absolutely magical.. we stayed in 2 rooms while we were there since we booked last minute and our favourite room was the "new world" suite. It has a hot tub on its own little terrace that has plenty of privacy from the rest of the rooms. great place for a romantic vacation
    Traveller from Kelowna, B.C.
    Situated near the beach, this romantic hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Hacienda las Agujas, Canopy Vista Los Suenos Adventure …More
    Best Western Jaco Beach All Inclusive Resort - Jaco Hotels
    Rating: 3.0 Stars

    Best Western Jaco Beach All Inclusive Resort

    Pastor Diaz Ave, Jaco - Map
     
     
    "Nice hotel close to everything. "
    Friendly and helpful staff. Great affordable accomadations. Food was great. Very close to downtown. Very clean.
    Traveller from St Andrews NB
    Nestled on the beach, this Jaco resort is within a 10-minute walk of Jaco Library and Learning Center and Teatro Jaco. Jaco …More
    Hotel Villa Caletas - Herradura Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Hotel Villa Caletas

    Central Pacific 5 miles before Jaco, Herradura - Map
     
     
    "A very comfortable, classy hotel away from beach "
    thoroughly enjoyed our stay. the grounds and security were excellent. The one black mark is the gym has been left to degrade. Food and service was very good. The staff was always very supportive and kind. There was never a noise issue, the internet worked well and bed was comfortable.
    Traveller from Northern california
    Located in the mountains, this family-friendly resort is within 6 mi (10 km) of Hacienda las Agujas, Neo Fauna, and Mantas …More

    Hotels in La Fortuna

    Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa - La Fortuna Hotels
    Rating: 4.5 Stars

    Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa

    13 km oeste del centro, La Fortuna - Map
     
     
    "Great resort."
    Friendly staff, amazing hot springs, close to lots of activities.
    A Traveller
    This family-friendly La Fortuna resort is located on the riverwalk, within 2 mi (3 km) of Arenal Natura Ecological Park …More
    Nayara Resort Spa & Gardens - La Fortuna Hotels
    Rating: 4.5 Stars

    Nayara Resort Spa & Gardens

    7 km West from La Fortuna Town Road 142, La Fortuna - Map
     
     
    "Amazing way to enjoy Costa Rica "
    Everything was amazing. The staff, the rooms, the environment ...
    A Traveller
    Located in Arenal Hot Springs, this luxury resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Arenal Natura Ecological Park, Baldi Hot Springs …More
    The Springs Resort and Spa at Arenal - La Fortuna Hotels
    Rating: 5.0 Stars

    The Springs Resort and Spa at Arenal

    Arenal, 9 Km West and, La Fortuna - Map
     
     
    "Just lovely!!!"
    Everything was perfect. All the outdoor activities can be done in the resort premises. My horseback riding experience was lovely and William new he hotel and zoo history to perfection. Will definetly return with family. Only thing missing was fresh and natural juices for breakfast and drink mixers. Would have expected that due to the location.
    Traveller from Puerto Rico
    This family-friendly resort is located in La Fortuna (Arenal Hot Springs), close to Arenal Natura Ecological Park, Baldi Hot …More