Costa Rica's Best Beach Hotels Offer Sustainable Escapes

Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or just getting the chance to escape from it all on a tropical vacation, Costa Rica's ten best beach hotels reads like a beach lover's bucket list. Each has something to offer than goes above and beyond being on one of Costa Rica's pristine beaches- these are outstanding lodging experiences in the most naturally stunning locale. On both coasts from the remote enclave of Drake Bay to the quaint village of Puerto Jimenez and the sweeping beaches of the Osa Penninsula, Costa Rica's ten best beach hotels are as diverse as they are excellent. Luxurious beachfront bungalows of Almonds & Corals are popular among honeymooners, though families will appreciate walking trails around the botanical gardens, and the expansive Manzanillo Gandoca Wildlife Refuge is a stone's throw away. Foodies will fall in love at Niromi restaurant at Playa Hermosa Bosque del Mar, where seafood dishes and dark chocolate desserts are calling cards of the kitchen in Hermosa Bay, Guanacaste. In its efforts to preserve the environment and maintain its green leaves of sustainability, this beach front hotel uses only legal wood species during all building and furniture, and has replaced 90% of its cleaning supplies with organic and bodegradable soloutions.

Santa Teresa


Florblanca is a luxury resort on Costa Rica's Pacific coast, overlooking Playa Santa Teresa with its world class surf, Florblanca is located on the pristine Nicoya Peninsula, surrounded by nature. Nectar, the onsite restaurant, has chefs that...  Read More



This is a wonderful Westin Golf Resort, internationally recognized among the best of the best in the world, and Reserva Conchal is a beautiful place indeed. This is an all-inclusive five star luxury resort deep within the tropical greenery of...  Read More



Hotel Le Caméléon is Puerto Viejo's most upscale and modern hotel, just down the road from the center of town in the quiet beach community of Cocles. The hotel takes its name not from the reptile known for camoflauging itself but for its...  Read More



Tropico Latino is a beachfront boutique hotel in Santa Teresa, a stunning white sand beach on Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula on the Pacific Coast. Four acres of unspoiled beach surround the hotel, with plenty of places to swim, snorkel and...  Read More



Copa De Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort is set on 70 acres of pristine rainforest reserve and it offers intimate eco-luxury lodging on the beach in the remote enclave of Drake Bay, Costa Rica. Located on the Southern Pacific coast's Osa...  Read More

Manuel Antonio


The San Bada Hotel & Spa Next to Manuel Antonio National Park is an excellent choice for lodging for the whole family in the Quepos area of Costa Rica, with easy access to the national park and the beautiful beaches- but with grounds this...  Read More



The Iguana Lodge is in the little town of Puerto Jiménez on Costa Rica's little-developed Osa Penninsula, nestled on a prime piece of beachfront property that boasts views of the waves from many of the rooms. Touting the phrase "Take a Walk on...  Read More

Manuel Antonio


The Arenas del Mar Beach & Nature Resort does a great job of combining the best of all worlds for visitor to the Quepos area of Costa Rica's Pacific coast. A member of Small Distinctive Hotels of Costa Rica since its opening in 2008, this...  Read More



Far from the madding crowds of Puerto Viejo de Limon a few kilometers to the north, this beachfront resort hotel is quiet except for the sounds of nature: waves crashing on beautiful Playa Chiquita and howler monkeys having fun in the jungle...  Read More



This is a beautiful beach front resort on a beautiful beach in Costa Rica, so named Playa Hermosa, in the Pacific region of Guanacaste. Weddings are picture perfect at sunset on the sandy beaches, and romantic dinners are par for the course at...  Read More


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