Costa Rica is a beautiful country in Central America with pristine beaches in the middle of the tropics. It’s hard to imagine a better vacation than having your toes in the sand with a pina colada in hand listening to the monkeys jump from tree to tree. Here are a few of the best places to stay on your vacation to Costa Rica. Read More: Must Have Gifts for Moms Who Love the Beach
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Iguana Lodge is a 5-Star Resort down on the Osa Peninsula. It is private, secluded, and is just what you need when you want some much-needed rest and relaxation. Relax in a hammock on the beach or do a little boogie boarding out in the water. And yes, there are hundreds of very large iguanas hiding out in the trees, the hallowed out driftwood, and in the beautiful gardens. There are monkeys playing in the trees and even a sloth! Iguana Lodge does not disappoint with its beachy cocktails and delicious island food. Take a yoga class, enjoy a massage in their day spa, or simply relax by the pool.
Set in the middle of Tamarindo Beach is one of the most luxurious beach resorts in Costa Rica. There are three distinct areas to the resort. Stay right on the beach and watch the waves roll in Sunset Village. If you want an adults only vacation and a little bit more of a quiet experience, check out Tropicana Village. If you are visiting with kids and want a truly unforgettable family vacation then the Lagoon Village is where you want to stay. Not only is there a gym, five pools, and tennis facilities, but there are also multiple bars and restaurants to choose from. (Woo-hoo!)
One of the best beaches on the Coast Rican Gold Coast is Conchal Beach. It is known for its millions of crushed shells. You might be lucky to find a few shells you’ve never seen anywhere else in the world! This fabulous beach is the perfect temperature for snorkeling or swimming. The Westin Playa Conchal sits on 2,400 acres and is nestled by the Pacific Ocean and the lush tropical forest. Enjoy a round of golf, playing tennis, strolling through the garden, or relaxing by the lagoon-style pool. Westin’s are known for their amazing spas and delicious cuisines.
Andaz Costa Rica Resort is considered one of the finest all-inclusive beach resorts in Costa Rica. It is located on the Gulf of Papagayo where you can take a cruise to see the dolphins or the Manta Rays in their natural habitat. At Andaz, you can swim in the Culebra Bay or enjoy the resort’s pool. Andaz welcomes those traveling with their pets and has activities for the kiddos. Staying at this luxurious hotel is what vacation dreams are made of – it is truly Pura Vida!
Arendal del Mar is a small, boutique resort on 11 acres of a private nature reserve. Sustainability and luxury go hand-in-hand at this beachfront resort. The chefs focus on fresh, local food in their two-world class restaurants. One of the beauties of staying and a smaller resort is the personalized service from the staff. Enjoy their two white sand beaches, which is rare in this part of the country.
Lirio Lodge is unique. This one is on the Atlantic Ocean side, or the Caribbean Coast, instead of the Pacific Ocean. It is also perfect for those wanting to have a bit more adventure on their Costa Rican vacation. They have luxury glamping in their Eco Tents or stay in their Eco Bungalow. The Lirio Lodge is located on the Tortuguero canals. You will take a boat ride just to get to this secluded lodge! At night take a Turtle Tour or a Canal Tour and see many of the area’s wild animals that only come out at night.