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.



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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 delight in offering fresh fare made from locally grown ingredients, and the staff is happy to help arrange excursions such as horse back riding and ziplining. There is also yoga and pilates, and afterwards, the Spa Bambu beckons to relieve those aching muscles and pamper you thoroughly. Private beachfront villas make this place feel like your very own. Plan a fitness retreat or make it a second honeymoon.


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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 Costa Rica's stunning Playa Conchal. Every little thing has been thought of to make your vacation top notch, from the luxurious bedding an en suite jacuzzis to the on-site spa and restaurants, the reputation for superior hospitality has been well earned- it's enough to just spend your whole time exploring the grounds-playing golf, relaxing, or enjoying the privileges of a private beach club.


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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 rooms, which change colors with the flick of a switch. By daylight, however, the entire hotel is basked in white, which looks refreshing against the backdrop of the lush green jungle behind it and the turquoise sea just across the road. A sparkling pool, an on-site restaurant and a well-stocked bar make it even harder to leave the premises of this boutique hotel.


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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 explore the natural tide pools. Beautiful bungalows beneath the rainforest canopy are constructed from exotic hardwoods and feature air-coinditioning among the luxurious amenities. Wildlife abounds: howler monkeys, birds and iguanas are among the residents, drawn by the tropical foliage and exotic flowers. A full-service spa that makes its own natural products from local ingredients and yoga studio add to the charm.


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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 Peninsula, Copa de Arbol is perfectly situated between Drake Bay and the Corcovado National Park in an area called "caletas" or small coves. Drake Bay, and the resort, are only accessible by boat, which makes it exclusive and relatively untouched, a perfect base for exploring the winding hiking trails and fresh water lagoons that help make this place extra special.


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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 nice, it can be hard to leave! Three swimming pools, a gym, a restuarant, and rooms with views of the rainforest and the ocean are among the perks of the San Bada (as is free parking if you've managed to drive yourself). Expansive common rooms and an experienced staff make it a great place to celebrate a special occasion, too.


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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 the Wild Side: Green is the New Black" the Iguana Lodge goes out of its way to encourage visitors to immerse themselves in the lush vegetation that surrounds the lodge while offering onsite activities such as a chemical-free pool and jacuzzi and two yoga studios to keep guests entertained, plus a world-class restaurant serving meals made from locally sourced ingredients to keep them satisfied.


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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 resort is also at the top of its class when it comes to sustainability (yes, it's carbon neutral), and has won countless awards for its commitment to excellence. Within walking distance to Manuel Antonio National Park, Arenas del Mar offers on-site amenities that make it easy to stay, including its luxurious "eco-rooms," most with spectacular views, and two excellent restaurants.


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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 that surrounds the grounds. Remote doesn't mean without amenities, and this place strives to please even the pickiest of customers- you'll find your every need met at this hospitality oriented hotel; the exquisite beachfront grounds are ideal for wedding celebrations, and the individual cabins are perfect for honeymoon escapes, although Almonds & Corals is family-friendly, too, with plenty to keep the little ones entertained.


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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 the on-site restaurant Niromi, which serves a tantalizing array of seafood plate, a bevy of locally sourced ingredients, and desserts to die for. This eco-friendly hotel is rated with three green leaves by Costa Rica's Sustainable Tourism committee. Ocean front suites with private jacizzis and plasma tvs start at $200 per night during low season- with two bedrooms, you can bring the family.


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