Costa Rica is one of the world’s greatest nature destinations. With one of the globe’s largest concentrations of biodiversity, it’s an adventurers’ dream, from volcanos to thermal baths to hiking trails, there is something for everyone.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t find good, old-fashioned all inclusive resorts, places where you can while away the day with a cocktail and a beach lounger. Because if you’re looking for that kind of vacation, Costa Rica has a wide range of options with its spectacular coastlines.
Here are some of the best all inclusive Costa Rica vacations for you to choose from.
AMResorts is one of the region’s fastest-expanding hotel companies, and this is the country’s flagship Costa Rica all inclusive. It’s just about 20 minutes from Costa Rica’s Liberia International Airport, and it’s got all of the company’s famous “unlimited luxury.” There are 202 rooms and suites (either garden or ocean view), three a la carte restaurants (and one buffet eatery) and three bars, including a swim-up option. This is the kind of laid-back Costa Rica vacation you’re looking for.
Riu Palace Costa Rica
This all inclusive (part of Riu’s top-level Palace sub-brand) is set in gorgeous Guanacaste’s Matapalo beach, with more than you need of just about everything. That means four pools, a broad wellness center (including a “Renova Spa”) and a total of 538 rooms. All of the all inclusive perks you expect are here, from 24-hour room service to a global mix of culinary offerings (from Japanese food to a steakhouse). But you can also find the Costa Rica vacation you dream of, from eco tours in nearby volcanos to kayaking, sailing and diving.
Westin Golf Resort & Spa Playa Conchal
Looking for an all inclusive Costa Rica vacation with some time for golf? Look no further. This lovely resort on Guanacaste’s Playa Conchal has 406 rooms, a terrific spa and the world-class Reserva Conchal Golf Course designed by Robert Trent Jones II. (Greens fees aren’t included, however). And the hotel features of all of Westin’s famous amenities for active travelers like you.
La Paloma Lodge
This Drake Bay-area boutique bills itself as a “once in a lifetime” place, and it’s hard to argue. But this is no traditional all inclusive Costa Rica hotel. Here, it’s all about authenticity, with beautifull “Ranchos” accommodations that emphasize intimacy with nature. And yes, all meals are included with your stay.
Drake Bay Getaway Resort
Another tiny all inclusive Costa Rica vacation option, this boutique eco lodge has five cute cabins each of which have superb vistas of the natural environment. The food is a standout too, with just about everything locally sourced.
Doubletree Resort by Hilton Central Pacific
This all inclusive Costa Rica getaway has great views of the coast and even better access to local sites like Tortuga Island, the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and the Arenal volcano. The all inclusive package includes food and beverages, but it’s also chock full of activities, from kids’ programs to watersports.
Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica
AMResort’s other all inclusive Costa Rica property, this Guanacaste resort is set on Playa El Jobo and caters equally well to those seeking an adults-only vacation, a family retreat or a singles’ adventure. There are 447 suites here, along with 8 dining options and seven bars and lounge options.
This 402-room resort has one of the best settings of any all inclusive Costa Rica hotel, with a privileged perch on Tambor Beach. And if you’re looking for something beyond a beach vacation, there’s wonderful golf on site, a wide range of restaurants and seemingly endless entertainment. Just make sure you splurge for an oceanfront room.
Now under the Barcelo umbrella, this 198-room property is set in Costa Rica’s northwest near Tamarindo. The beach is the star of the show here, Playa Langosta, great for an afternoon surf or just an afternoon doing nothing. The spa is great, too.
Hotel Riu Guanacaste
Set on Matapalo beach, this massive Riu outpost boasts a whopping 701 rooms, along with buffets, four themed restaurants and three swimming pools, along with the company’s Renova Spa.