There are several all-inclusive resorts in Costa Rica, all including meals, snacks, cocktails, shows, water sports, spas and tour desks. Here's an idea of each one.
The Doubletree Puntarenas is the shortest drive from the San Jose airport and has a laid back Costa Rican feel. The pools are pretty and they have a dock with some water sports and boats. The beach is black sand with shore pound waves, so it's more of a pool and water sport hotel. It's a hopping place with swim-up bar, outdoor nightly shows, open air buffet, meandering pools and a small casino to more refined luxury. The Hilton Doubletree Resort is in the center of Costa Rica, only an hour or so from the San Jose airport. On the map below, Puntarenas is near Tarcoles in the central pacific region. Pricing is typically less than $100 per person.
The Best Western Jaco Beach is in the center of Jaco Beach where you can walk to shops, ice cream parlors, cantinas and night life. The resort is on the beach with a nice sandy beach and some good waves and they have a tour desk for day excursions. Pricing is typically less than $100 per person.
On the Guanacaste Peninsula in the northwest are the Tamarindo and Papagayo areas. Barcelo Langosta is near Tamarindo, only 45 minutes from the Liberia airport. It's a nice hotel with nightly shows in the theater, a white sand beach, a buffet restaurant and a small casino. There is a river mouth with calm water next to the resort and the waves out front are great for surfing and playing. This is also a laid back all-inclusive with a higher-end feel, a poolside grill and a white sand beach with real puka shells! Pricing is typically around $100 per person.
Barcelo Tambor is on the south tip of the peninsula. It is very similar to Barcelo Langosta.
For a more luxury feel, look at the resorts in the Golfe de Papagayo area, north of Tamarindo and close to the airport. This area has calmer waters and hosts luxury resorts with spas and dive centers. These hotels offer all the services and pampering to make your vacation special. Resorts in this area range from $125-$200 per person.
The northwest is a 5 hour drive from San Jose and less than an hour from Liberia. If you fly into San Jose, the 5 hour drive isn't bad, over mountains and through lush scenery. We can also do transfers if you don't want to drive.
Let me know what you think and I'll package the things you want together with transfers or a rental 4x4 and airfare to give you a good overall price.
Central Pacific Region (Jaco Beach Area)
Best Western Jaco Beach All-Inclusive Resort
The Best Western Jaco Beach All Inclusive Resort includes unlimited food, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and drinks overlooking the Pacific Ocean, exciting activities for all ages, outdoor swimming pools, and tennis and volleyball courts. Its 100 guest rooms feature wireless Internet and cable television with free movie channels.
The Jaco Beach Resort boasts 70 beautifully-appointed guest rooms, each featuring cable satellite television and free wireless high-speed Internet access. The hotel also features a complimentary full breakfast each morning, an outdoor swimming pool, game room, supervised children's activities, tennis courts and some business services. Guests will also enjoy dining at the onsite restaurant overlooking the Pacific at sunset.
Spend the day soaking up the sun on Jaco Beach, just steps from the rooms or go on a tropical Canopy Adventure or a Tarcoles Ricer crocodile safari, exploring the beautiful area surrounding Jaco Beach. Just two hours away, guests can visit the capitol city of San Jose and tour all of the historical cathedrals and museums. The hotel is also a short distance from Carara National Park and Manuel Antonio National Park.
Doubletree Resort by Hilton Costa Rica-Puntarenas
Doubletree Puntarenas Resort is All-Inclusive of meals, cocktails, entertainment, non-motorized water sports, taxes and tips! There is a casino, tennis courts and exercise room at the resort. The hotel has a tour desk for day trips. The resort is only an hour and 10 minutes from the San Jose airport. It has a laid back feel with people playing in the pools, swimming up to the bar in the pool, watching the evening shows in the open air theater and dining at the buffet all day. In addition to the buffet, there is an Italian Restaurant and a Seafood Restaurant, complimentary with advanced reservations.
Tamarindo/Playa Langosta Area
Barcelo Langosta Beach Resort
Barcelo Playa Langosta Resort and Casino is an all-inclusive property located near to the Tamarindo beach area, approximately 30 miles from Liberia International Airport and over 225 miles from San Jose International Airport. This beach has reef for snorkeling and surfing. The resort has a river mouth with calm waters, then making a good surf break. The beach is white sand with real puka shells for you to collect. Hotel amenities include a buffet restaurant, gift shop, casino, pools (adults' and children's), Jacuzzi, pool bar, beach snack bar, cafeteria, volleyball, ping-pong, aerobics, boogie boards, diving (additional charge), snorkeling, kayaks, fishing, and a nice new spa with beauty treatments and massages (additional charge). The all-inclusive package covers all food, beverages, daily cleaning service, and entertainment. All rooms have full bathrooms, minibars, coffeemakers, safes, satellite TV, air-conditioning, and balconies or patios. The hotel has nightly shows in an open air theater and there is music by the pool. It is a beautiful 5 hour drive over the mountains from San Jose, 3 1/2 hours from Arenal Volcano and 45 minutes from Liberia airport. Tamarindo is 5 minutes away with plenty of night life, cantinas, ladies nights and pizza.
Barcelo Playa Tambor
The all-inclusive Barceló Tambor Beach, a five-star resort located on Playa Tambor - Puntarenas , is a jewel on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. The volcanic sands and gentle swell of the sea, reflecting the brilliant blue sky, make this a perfect place for sunbathing, water sports, or simply strolling along the six kilometer beach. Awarded a Blue Flag, for safe clean beaches, the all-inclusive Barceló resort Tambor Beach provides families and couples with a place to play in the sun, take a dip in the calm turquoise waters, or experience a romantic sunset.
Families will love our children’s miniclub, where our professional staff entertains your children with thrilling activities and arts and crafts while you fulfill your sense of adventure. The all-inclusive Barceló Tambor Beach is the perfect backdrop for a romantic tropical getaway or your dream destination wedding. Pamper yourself with a couple’s massage while listening to the soothing sound of the gentle waves washing up on the shore. Celebrate with the one you love at the all-inclusive Barceló Tambor Beach hotel! With an endless range of exotic fauna and flora, discover the grandeur of nature in this fascinating region at the ecological park at all-inclusive Barceló Tambor Beach, Cabo Blanco National Park, or in the nearby Curu Wildlife Reserve. Dive into crystal turquoise waters to witness massive schools of fish, an amazing array of marine life and experience ideal water temperatures year-round. The all-inclusive Barceló Tambor Beach resort provides its guests with everything they need to experience the vacation of a lifetime at an affordable price.
North of Tamarindo in the Flamingo/Papagayo area
Paradisus Playa Conchal
This extraordinary destination rises from Costa Rica’s most beautiful beaches and sprawls across 2,400 amazing acres that are filled with world-class eco-friendly entertainment and unrivaled resort luxury. Our stunning collection of lavish Suites is centered around an expansive lagoon-style pool and accented by beautiful gardens, thatch-roofed cabanas and spectacular ocean and forest views. We offer championship Robert Trent Jones golf, world-class cuisine in an array of international restaurants, a boutique spa and health club and an abundance of location-inspired tropical activities including an array of sports, life-enriching classes, and professional entertainment nightly. Paradisus Playa Conchal Resort is located 45 minutes from Guanacaste International Airport.
ALLEGRO PAPAGAYO ALL-INCLUSIVE
To enhance the area's natural rugged beauty, the all-inclusive Allegro Papagayo features a terraced layout where buildings form a chain down the bluff to the exotic black sand beach below.
This all-inclusive resort offers never-ending fun with activities from aerobics to SCUBA lessons in the freeform pool, all at no extra cost. Guests eager to explore Papagayo Bay's can take shuttle boat (extra charge) to the Private Beach Club. The Allegro Papagayo's all-inclusive rates allow guests to enjoy all meals, snacks and drinks, including an open bar, weekly cocktail party, activities and sports, Beach Club, Fun Club, Kids Club supervised activities and live evening entertainment - all included in the nightly room rate. This spectacular all-inclusive resort is just 30 minutes from Liberia's International airport.
OCCIDENTAL GRAND PAPAGAYO
The luxurious, open-air lobby of the Occidental Grand Papagayo transports guests with the exotic trappings of a pure tropical escape. The untamed, natural beauty of Costa Rica's Northern Pacific coastline echoes the sentiment. From spectacular bluffs to warm ocean waters below, the unspoiled ecodiversity this rich land offers simply carved out the perfect spot for the Occidental Grand Papagayo. This exclusive, all-inclusive resort where premium service meets a breathtaking location is just a 35-minute ride from Liberia International Airport.
With over 160 rooms situated in 23 buildings, the Occidental Grand Papagayo blends harmoniously along the bluff showcasing stunning ocean views and extraordinary sunsets. The all-inclusive rates allow guests to enjoy meals in three restaurants, unlimited snacks and drinks, including an open bar in four bar areas, a weekly cocktail party, endless daily activities and sports, Fun Club and live evening entertainment - all included in the nightly room rate. Couples, newlyweds, families and business travelers alike can find their way to Pura Vida, or "pure life," and open their minds to the limitless adventure possibilities in this incredible setting.
Situated at the heart of a lush tropical paradise in Guanacaste, the All-Inclusive Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa is perfect for family beach vacations, dream honeymoons in Costa Rica or adventure travelers looking for action.
The luxury Hilton Papagayo Resort in Costa Rica offers an upscale, all inclusive experience, with exquisite a la carte restaurants and no bracelets. Indulgencies are included, with beachside bars, delicious buffets and a variety of on-site activities like snorkeling or hiking trails.
The Hilton Hotel Papagayo difference:
- A sparkling infinity swimming pool complex
- A secluded beach along the Papagayo Gulf perfect for moonlit strolls
- An on-site diving center
- The fabulous Spa Vida with a large variety of treatments
- Snorkeling & Kayaking
- Hiking Trails
- Kidz Paradise
- Dance Lessons
- Aerobics & Fitness Center