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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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    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
     
     
    "Perfect for business "
    Nice, clean and quiet Personal could smile more Has good restaurants and shops near by Sakura Restaurant closes so early, waiters were kind of in a hurry, should bring an individual bill for each client Old building but kept in shape Bad smell in elevators
    A Traveller
    This family-friendly Ciudad Cariari hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Plaza Real Cariari, Ultrapark …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
     
     
    "Amazing hotel clean and staff are very helpful "
    overall excellent staff very helpful room very clean amenities are good but the pool was soo cold people hardly enjoyed it
    Traveller from los angeles
    This family-friendly San Jose hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Children's Museum, Jade …More
    Barcelo San Jose Palacio - San Jose Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Barcelo San Jose Palacio

    Autopista General Canas 3km, San Jose - Map
     
     
    "Great service"
    Hotel staff is really nice and the room was really good. The pay attention on details, the food choices are very good. They will make you feel confortable
    Traveller from Guatemala
    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

    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
     
     
    over all........absolutely wonderful!!!!! I am recommending The Westin Golf Resort & Spa to all my family and friends who say they want to visit Costa Rica.
    Traveller from Lousiana
    Nestled on the beach, this Cabo Velas resort is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Conchal Beach and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Playa Brasilito …More
    Occidental Grand Papagayo Resort - Adults Only-All Inclusive - Papagayo Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Occidental Grand Papagayo Resort - Adults Only-All Inclusive

    Playa Buena, Papagayo - Map
     
     
    "Great ambient"
    The Asian and the Italian Restaurants are superb .You being treated like a king .Staff is knowledble and making your dinner memorable . We had one night NO HOT WATER .We got another room to shower and since we booked in the Asian restaurant Dinner ,they were waiting for us so we can shower and dress for a memorrable Dinner .They stayed over time just to serve us Dinner .... Little things that make the differrnt ...
    Traveller from P
    This beachfront 4-star All Inclusive resort on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast is surrounded by a tropical forest with wild …More
    Barcelo Langosta Beach - All Inclusive - Tamarindo Hotels
    Rating: 3.5 Stars

    Barcelo Langosta Beach - All Inclusive

    Playa Langosta, Tamarindo - Map
     
     
    "Great beach, good drinks but food ok"
    We had a very good service in the check in although the bar service and snakcs area seems that need a couple of extra people.. the snacks were limited to 3 choices (fries, chicken wings and onion rigs) the drinks were better than other hotels (notice that in Costa Rica drinks normally are not very good and quite over price so this is a good advantage of this place). The boss/manager of the activities is a terrible one that is never on time neither knows how to treat people, yet the crew is quite friendly and hard work. This is a family oriented hotel with a good space for kids to play and activities to them, I would recommend couples in groups as is not a very romantic place but good to drink and have fun. Pros: great beach, nice beds and good drinks. Cons: the low quality of food and lack of staff.
    Traveller from Costa Rica
    Nestled on the beach, this Tamarindo resort is within 12 mi (20 km) of Grande Beach, Playa Ventanas, and Hacienda Pinilla …More

    Hotels in Caribbean Coast

    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 Puerto Viejo hotel is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Black Sand Beach and within 9 mi (15 km) …More
    Hotel Cariblue - Puerto Viejo Hotels
    Rating: 3.0 Stars

    Hotel Cariblue

    1.5 Km South of Puerto Viejo, Puerto Viejo - Map
     
     
    "Beautiful jungle location "
    Idyllic setting nestled on edge of rainforest just across the street from the beach and a 10 min bicycle ride from Puerto Viejo. Beautiful landscaping with pool - most rooms cabins/bungalows. Simple tasteful natural decor, open dining/lobby/bar. Staff were wonderful - Expedia had screwed up our reservation but the management and staff went out of their way to accommodate us. Good food, great value and child friendly - plenty of wildlife on site plus ping pong, pool table.
    Traveller from Bermuda
    Offering direct access to the beach, this Puerto Viejo hotel is 1.9 mi (3 km) from Black Sand Beach and within 9 mi (15 km) …More
    La Kukula Lodge - Puerto Viejo Hotels
    Rating: 3.0 Stars

    La Kukula Lodge

    180 mts sur del hotel Shawanda, Puerto Viejo - Map
     
     
    "Home away from home in paradise"
    La Kukula Lodge left me giving hugs to the staff and owners. It is warm and welcoming. I think the best part of La Kukula was the location. It is about a 7 minute drive from downtown Puerto Viejo, steps to essentially a private beach, a 3 minute drive from Cocles beach, which is terrific for surf lessons. But at the end of the day you get to go back to your room at La Kukula in a rainforest setting away from party noise and welcomed by the sounds of the local wildlife. There is not air conditioning, however, my boyfriend and I actually ended up putting our thicker fleece blanket on after the first night. With the fan on the night chills the room to where it is a pleasant night's sleep. I would recommend this time and time again. I can't wait to go back!
    Traveller from Chicago, IL
    Situated in Puerto Viejo, this lodge is within 6 mi (10 km) of Black Sand Beach, Grand Beach, and Refugio Nacional de Vida …More