Pacific Coast Hotels
We’re often asked at Banana Azul to recommend other places around Costa Rica so we’ve put together this list of places that our tour agency partners at Gecko Trail Adventures have recommended. Let them use their knowledge of and contacts around Costa Rica to find you the perfect places to stay.
Below please find a list of hotels on the Pacific Coast. Or, you can also see our list of recommended hotels in:
Manuel Antonio National Park was one of Costa Rica’s first parks, established in 1972, and is world famous for it’s white sand beaches, rich variety of wildlife (especially monkeys including the endangered Mono Titi) and beautiful views.
Accomodations options are clustered in three areas: the small village near the park and just steps from the beaches, the hillside with stunning views and ocean breezes and the town of Quepos 10 minutes away.
Local activities including hiking and animal spotting in the park, surfing, ocean kayaking, whitewater rafting on the nearby Savegre and Naranjo rivers. Or just spend your days at the beach or by the pool. There’s lots of nightlife in the area too.
This exclusively gay resort for gays, lesbians and their friends is located just outside Quepos in a quiet and safe area on the road to Manuel Antonio National Park. It’s set in a wonderful garden of tropical plants and exotic wildlife including monkeys, sloths, parrots and more in their natural habitat.The restaurants, bars, stores, Health Spas and gay places are only moments away from the hotel. There are only 15 minutes to walk (or faster by bus) to the Manuel Antonio National Park, the wonderful gay beach Playita and some of the most beautiful beaches in Central America.
Double rooms from $55.00 USD plus taxes. Breakfast included.
Cabinas Espadilla is located just 200 meters from the main entry of Manuel Antonio National Park. They offer versatile and affordable accommodations with a choice between standard cabins and equipped cabins with a small kitchenette so you can prepare your own meals.
All rooms are equipped with A/C, safety box, cable TV, WiFi, coffe maker with daily coffee supply, refrigerator and terrace. Furthermore, the hotel offers parking, swimming pool and access to the tennis court.
Double rooms from $82.00 USD plus taxes. Breakfast included.
Just three hundred yards from the beach, and about 500 ft in elevation overlooking world famous Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Verde features 3 cliffside pools with sundecks and spacious rooms, studios and bungalows, all offering balconies with a bird’s-eye view of the Park’s majestic coastline or rainforest canopy vistas dotted with toucans, sloths, coatis and monkeys.
Double rooms from $87.00 USD plus taxes.
The Falls Resort is a traditional luxury boutique resort in Manuel Antonio. Each suite has been designed for your comfort. Large rooms and a terrace are standard as are large showers, cable television, a mini bar and comfortable sitting areas. All rooms have luxury cotton sheets and bed spreads.
Double rooms from $95.00 USD plus taxes. Breakfast included.
Villa Bosque Hotel is an exclusive small hotel next to Manuel Antonio Beach and National Park. Here you can take some time to yourself and relax in this amazing combination of beach and tropical rainforest. It’s the ideal starting point to visit some surrounding locations as the National Park, nearby rafting rivers and canopy tours, surfing or horseback riding. For those who prefer to relax Espadilla Beach a soft white sand beach or Villa Bosque’s beautiful pool.
Double rooms from $112.00 USD plus taxes. Breakfast included.
Si Como No
Si Como No Resort Spa & Wildlife Refuge is a coast resort in the jungle-covered hills just above Manuel Antonio National Park. It’s barefoot luxury with a pura vida vibe, perfect for families and couples who love the beach, tropical adventures, spa, pools, superb dinning and four-star accommodations. Its 58 rooms are literally contoured into the jungle hillside across the property’s ten acres, overlooking the beautiful lush beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park.
Double rooms from $205.00 USD plus taxes. Breakfast included.
Gaia Hotel and Reserve
Nestled in the magnificent coastal forests of Manuel Antonio, Gaia Hotel is an adults only luxury boutique beach 5 star hotel and resort and a member of “Small Luxury Hotels of the World” – a tropical getaway that offers sublime luxury in a spectacularly exotic locale. It achieves an ideal blend of modern amenities and natural scenery. The hotel’s well-appointed, terraced suites and villas offer views of lush and pristine wild surroundings that are beyond compare. Gaia also offers more conveniences than the guest could need, including an on-site restaurant, room service 24/7, spa, gym, and pool, plus the availability of a myriad of personal services.
Double rooms from $220.00 USD plus taxes. Breakfast included.
Papagayo Gulf (Playas del Coco, Hermosa, Ocotal, Panama)
The Gulf of Papagayo area is located in the dry Guanacaste province of Costa Rica, conveniently close to Liberia International Airport. This area was one of the first developed for tourism in Costa Rica and is home to some of the largest and most luxurious resorts but there are also a good selection of more intimate hotels where you can have a more intimate experience. The area includes the beach communities of Playa del Coco, Playa Hermosa, Playa Panama and Playa Ocotal.
Playa del Coco is the largest town in the area and so is perfect for those who want a variety of nightlife and dining options. Its name is derived from the cocoa-colored sand that lies between its two rocky headlands. Playa del Coco can be a party destination for young Ticos on weekends, when the town has a beach-party atmosphere, though it’s fairly quiet during the week. The town is a growing scuba-diving center, and it’s a convenient jumping off point for surfers heading to the celebrated Witch’s Rock and Ollie’s Point.
Playa Hermosa is a gently curving and tranquil gray-sand beach that stretches for about 2km. Although it’s only 7km (by road) north of Playa del Coco, and development is springing up rapidly along this entire coastline, Hermosa feels more dignified than Coco. The hillsides may be up for sale, but they’re still pretty green and the locals not so jaded.
Activities in the area include The Witch’s Rock canopy tour (one of the country’s first and longest), surfing, horseback riding and sport fishing.
Located just 100 meters from the ocean at Playa Hermosa, Hotel Villa Acacia offers a peaceful and tranquil environment with beautiful green areas with a wonderful tropical garden, swimming pool for adults and another one for kids, outdoor room temperature tub, and indoor/outdoor parking area. Room choices include: Superior rooms for 2, 3, or 4 with mini-refrigerator, balcony or terrace. Deluxe Villas with one queen size-bed or one queen-size bed plus one large bunk bed, fully equipped kitchen. Apartments for up to 9 persons, with 2 or 3 bedrooms, fully equipped kitchen. All rooms with full bathroom, hot water shower, A/C,cable TV. Breakfast included with superior rooms.
Double rooms from $75.00 USD incl tax. Breakfast included.
Tamarindo (including Playas Avellanas and Junquilal)
Tamarindo, on the northern part of the Nicoya Pennisula, is a zone of smaller scale development from its neighbors to the north on the Gulf of Papagayo, with plenty of wide open beaches, spots for surfing or sunning and smaller hotels ranging from luxurious to budget. The area is blessed with steady sunshine and little rain from January to April when most of the visitors arrive.
Tamarindo itself tends to get crowded with both virgin surfers and partiers but the area has a variety of long sandy beaches in the area which include the more isolated and quieter beaches such as Playas Avellanas and Junquilal. Activities include surfing, sailing, sportfishing, diving, golf and turtle spotting (at the nearby Las Baulas de Guanacaste Marine Park).
Just a few steps from restaurants, supermarkets, shops, banks, etc. and a few minutes walking from the beach, Hotel Flores provides all the comfort of home away from home. This small, family-managed hotel features rooms, studios and apartments, for all your needs. Enjoy the pool surrounded by tropical vegetation, relax, read a good book… enjoy the sun!
Double rooms from $65.00 USD plus taxes. Breakfast included.
Cabinas Las Olas
Located in Playa Avellanas, 16km south of Tamarindo, one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. They offer comfortable and relaxing accommodations with an on-site restaurant, bar and surf shop. There is a walkway directly to the beach which is boarded on both sides by an estuary containing a mangrove reserve. 24 hr security, parking lot, maid service and ten spacious and beautiful cabinas. All cabinas offer a terrace and hammock, double and single orthopedic beds, safety box, ceiling fans, private bathroom with hot water.
Double rooms from $70.00 USD incl tax. Breakfast included.
El Sabanero Eco-Lodge
Quiet and beautiful existing in harmony to nature that is the El Sabanero Eco-Lodge. Located on a hillside in Cañafistula near Tamarindo the Hotel overlooks the Cañafistula valley with beautiful views from all Chalets.
We are near 4 of the most popular and beautiful beaches in the area, Playa Avellanas, Playa Negra, Playa Junquillal and Tamarindo are all just a few minutes drive away. All chalets feature one queens size bed, private bathroom, air conditioning, fridge, safe and a private porch equipped with 2 rocking chairs in which you can spend hours reading or enjoying the surrounding nature. A single bed can be added for a triple. Continental breakfast is included and other meals are available.
Double rooms from $70.00 USD plus taxes. Breakfast included.
15 Love B&B
Costa rica’s hippest boutique hotel has breathed new life and style into Tamarindo.Open plan bedrooms with key amenieties, stunning tropical lounge area and an exciting juice bar / small restaurant. You will receive a warm welcome in either English, Spanish, French or Italian by your hosts Oliver, Emilie and Jammy. 15 love B&B is located in a residential neighbourhood one block behind the main street and two minutes walk from Tamarindo beach.
Double rooms from $75.00 USD plus taxes. Breakfast included.
Hotel Arco Iris
This boutique hotel is located within walking distance to the beach, shops, restaurants and the center of Tamarindo. The hotel has been completely remodeled and has five bungalows and seven deluxe rooms, which are surrounded by a lush tropical garden and swimming pool for your relaxation. Set back from the street, Hotel Arco Iris assures guests a quiet and tranquil experience. The rooms have been re-designed and offer guests comfortable and architecturally stimulating interiors. Bathrooms are luxurious with contemporary fixtures.
Double rooms from $89.00 USD plus taxes. Breakfast included.
Relax to sounds of the ocean on the beach or by the pool or listen to nature from your room as you wind down to our slower pace. Gaze at an unforgettable palette of colors courtesy of Tamarindo’s oceanside sunset which can be viewed from while you dine at our beachfront restaurant, or sip a refreshing cocktail at one of our bars. At Tamarindo Diria Beach & Golf Resort, all of 182 different rooms in 3 different categories have been designed for the comfort and enjoyment of the guests. Each room category offers electronic door locks, safety deposit box, cable television with international news, sports and movie channels, air conditioning, mini bar, national and international telephone service, king size bed or two queen size beds.
Double rooms from $135.00 USD plus taxes. Breakfast included.
Capitan Suizo is an environmentally conscious and future oriented beach hotel. It is an ideal place for relaxation that carries a tropical ambience and lies amongst a lush garden. With a discreet elegance and a touch of Swiss quality that blends with an informal and joyful atmosphere, Capitan Suizo is an oasis where it is implicit that nature and animals are integrated with love and respect. Capitan Suizo is located directly on the beach in a privileged area 1 km outside of town and at the end of the bay.
Double rooms from $140.00 USD plus taxes. Breakfast included.
The crescent-shaped strip of pale-grey sand at Sámara is one of the most beloved beaches in Costa Rica – it’s safe, tranquil, reasonably developed and easily accessible by public transportation. Not surprisingly, it’s popular with vacationing Tico families, backpackers, wealthy tourists, snorkelers and surfers alike. About 10km north, the attractive beaches near the small Tico village of Nosara are backed by a pocket of luxuriant vegetation that attracts birds and wildlife.
Samara Palm Lodge
The Lodge is situated in a quiet and relaxing area and only a few minutes’ walk to the village of Sámara and nearby beach. At night you can hear the hundreds of sounds of the jungle and the roar of the sea. Amenities include pool, wireless- internet, private parking space, bikes and snorkeling equipment for rent, wetzone for surfboards & diving equipment, lounge and Honesty Bar.
Double rooms from $45.00 USD incl tax. Breakfast included.
Samara Pacific Lodge
Samara Pacific Lodge is a charming hotel, quiet in perfect communion with the nature, located near the village. Privileged by its geographical position, it is pleasant to discover the surroundings. Ideal place for holidays, intimate and warm to spend a pleasant stay with family or friends. Enjoy the sun and beach, relax and indulge in all sorts of activities.
Double rooms from $65.00 USD plus taxes. Breakfast included.
El Pequeño Gecko Verde
Imagine a haven of peace in a tropical forest, centenarian trees, an amazing garden, a private access from the hotel to a secret beach, your bungalow in the midst of monkeys and birds, a green lagoon-coloured swimming pool, a palm “rancho” and an exotic bar.
Double rooms from $75.00 USD plus taxes.
Laz Divaz is an intimate straight-friendly adults-only establishment created, owned and operated by
a happy lesbian couple. It is situated on the beach on beautiful Playa Sámara,
on the southwest coast of the Nicoya Peninsula in Guanacaste. Relax in your own private cottage with a porch overlooking the sea. We are a five-minute walk down the beach from the bustle of central Sámara. The bay stretches for four miles, offering solitude, peace, and relaxation. Hang in your hammock and watch howler monkeys compete with iguanas for mangos, paddle a sea kayak to our island, Isla Chora, or swim in calm waters just steps from your front door.
Double rooms from $75.00 USD incl tax. Breakfast included.
Las Ranas Lodge
The hotel has 10 rooms. All the rooms have a magnificent view of the mountain and the sea and are fully equipped with safety box, refrigerator, terrace, A/C and Wifi. There is 4 rooms with an additional single bed for kids, one room with kitchenette, which is wheel chair accessible, and 2 adjoining rooms for larger groups. The restaurant offers a diverse menu and has 32 seats where you can relax before heading to our swimming pool or toward the terrace where you can enjoy what the Ticos call “Pura Vida”. From both the restaurant terrace and pool deck, you’ll be able to watch the amazing variety of animals that are visiting us every day! Monkeys, parrots, iguanas, “pisote “, “martilla” and much more! If you’re really lucky, you might also have the chance to see the famous blue butterfly!
Double rooms from $75.00 USD plus taxes. Breakfast included.
Montezuma is a picturesque, small village, known for its offbeat, bohemian atmosphere and the amazing beauty of its lush beaches, rivers and waterfalls. For many years Montezuma has attracted a multi-ethnic blend of nature lovers, artists and hippies, seeking for an alternative lifestyle. Nestled into a true tropical paradise, Montezuma is a travel destination for any beach lover and eco-tourist. The small beach village is hemmed in by high cliffs overgrown with jungle where small rivers tumble into scenic waterfalls and natural pools. There is a variety of accommodation options and tours available, e.g horseback riding, canopy, ATV tours and many more.
Luz de Mono
Located in the heart of a marvelous tropical garden, next to the jungle and just 50 meters from the beautiful Playa de Montezuma, this hotel offers 12 standard rooms and casitas. The guests can enjoy the swimming pool area located next to the bar, in front of the ocean, with its pools for adults and for children. Wireless internet service available.
Double rooms from $65.00 USD incl tax. Breakfast included.
Just a short walk on the beach from the town of Montezuma, this hidden gem thrives with lush tropical gardens, white sand beach and the stirring beauty and harmony of nature. Couples, families and friends alike have been discovering the family-owned Ylang Ylang Montezuma’s only Resort right on the beach since 1989. Ylang Ylang rests outside of the small yet eclectic beach town of Montezuma and provides both ultimate relaxation and exciting adventure.
Double rooms from $185.00 USD plus taxes. Breakfast included.
Tambor lies in a tranquil bay on the southern Nicoya Peninsula, on the Pacific side of Costa Rica. It is a perfect holiday destination for tranqulity-seekers and families with kids. The shallow waters are exceedingly calm, offering excellent swimming for even the most timid of bathers. The beach of Tambor is easily accessed with a car, and you find shade under almendro and palm trees. There you will find shops, restaurants, the airport with the landing strip for small aircrafts, a golf course, medical centre and the 7 kilometers long sandy beach
Fidelito Ranch & Lodge
Fidelito Ranch & Lodge is an exclusive private farm of 60 ha (150 acres) is a tranquil retreat in the spectacular setting of the densely forested Tambor hills. It offers pasture, sections of forest, small idyllic creeks, natural beauty scenery and two apartments. The Lodge is located at 1 km from the small village of Panica and 4 kilometers from the beach in Tambor. There you will find shops, restaurants, the airport with the landing strip for small aircrafts, a golf course, medical centre and the 7 km long sandy beach.
Double rooms from $65.00 USD plus taxes.