Costa Rica has the highest standard of living in Central America, and the highest-standard of lodging, too. For budget-conscious families, jet-setting socialites and honeymooners, great places to stay exist for all kinds of traveler in Costa Rica. With a national tourism board dedicated to 100% responsible tourism, the country's best hotels are eco-friendly establishments that have earned green leaves of sustainability demonstrating adherence to stringent environmental protection policies. In the bustling capital city of San Jose, The 40 room Hotel Grano del Oro in San Jose is a member of Costa Rica's exclusive group of Small and Distinctive Hotels, as is the nearby and no less exceptional Alta Hotel; both also have excellent on-site restaurants.. On the remote Osa Peninsula, the Iguana Lodge invites visitors to "take a walk on the wild side" among the lush vegetation surrounding its rooms, but it's the monkey decks and toucan verandas that give this hotel an extra cool edge. On the Caribbean coast, Le Cameleon Boutique Hotel boasts minimalist rooms set into the forest across from Cocles beach, where La Sula Lounge has hammocks and gazebos for relaxing after a long day. Closer to the center of town check into an air-conditioned suite at the Lizard King Resort, an oasis of a hotel hidden in plain sight.
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