A slice of Central American paradise, Costa Rica has long been a favourite of eco-conscious travellers and surfers. Its varied landscape is made up of mountainous rainforests, white-sand beaches and canal-tangled lowlands. From the capital city of San José – itself filled with historic neighbourhoods, age-old mansions and vibrant parks – there’s direct access to Pacific coast beach resorts like Jacó and Tamarindo. Looking for something more adventurous? Then waste no time in heading to Arenal Volcano, which towers over the lively crossroads of La Fortuna. Watch as Arenal spews hot ash, steam and molten rock in the distance, before unwinding in one of the nearby bubbling hot springs. Costa Rica is also rich in wildlife. Go trekking in national parks like Corcovado and Monteverde Cloud Forest for the chance to spot wild animals in their natural habitat. From howler monkeys and white-faced capuchins to coral snakes, red-eyed tree frogs and the brightly-billed toucan, there’s plenty to see. When you’re ready for a change of pace, venture east for a taste of Costa Rica’s laid-back surfing culture. Hubs like Limón and Puerto Viejo are magnets for surfers, with the warm and choppy waters of the Caribbean Sea bringing in big swells all year round. Further north along this unspoiled stretch of Caribbean coastline, you can find Tortuguero National Park, famous for being one of the main nesting sites of leatherbacks and green turtles. There’s ample choice of accommodation in Costa Rica, from boutique hotels and luxury villas to beachside hostels and eco-friendly jungle retreats.
Costa Rica has very basic facilities in a lot of the accommodation we stayed in. This was a western hotel with western standards. Hot and cold water, great pool, free airport transfer and close to the airport
The restaurant setting was superb. We did not sit around because we were on a birding trip but I envied those who were relaxing with a long drink while looking along the beautiful river. The staff were efficient and friendly - which is true of everywhere we went in Costa Rica. The room was comfortable and the grounds were spacious and attractive.
Super cheap, just 6$ per night in spacious dorms. Delicious breakfast included, you can choose between pancakes with banana, tortillas and gallo pinto with eggs. Friendly stuff members. Common area with a pool.You can get 1$ drinks at the pool bar every night. Close to town. Would stay here definitely again!! :)
Excellent resort and staff. Everyone goes out of their way to satisfy their customers. No need to reserve your pool chairs. Best thing, is that their is no high pressure sales for anything. Everything is new and very clean
Loved the peacefulness of the setting compared to public beaches in Jaco and being away from the traffic and busy hotels in San Jose. This is a real bird and wild-life habitat with excellent views of nesting Macau's.
Honestly, everything. It was our second stay, both times it had rained heavily but it hardly dampened our spirits. Very satisfying, beautifully kept grounds, staff is great. Breakfast is always well presented.