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10 wonderful boutique hotels & eco lodges of Costa Rica

Pura Vida! Hardly any other country is more diverse than Costa Rica. Located between two oceans, the surfing paradise offers some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Enjoy our list of 10 fantastic boutique hotels & eco lodges for your perfect Tico vacation.

Published in: March 2021
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Rio Perdido

Rio Perdido

Rio Perdido

Bagaces (Guanacaste)


Experience the harmony of nature at this eco-friendly lodge, nestled in the dry forest of Guanacaste. The reserve boasts 30 modern and sustainable bungalows, connected by elevated pathways and trails. Take a dip in the thermal river, relax in natural hot spring or explore the beautiful surroundings with over 20 miles of hiking and biking trails. Rio Perdido also offers multiple on-property activities such as zip-lining and white water tubing for an adventure-filled stay.

Rio Perdido Hotel & Thermal River
San Bernardo de Bagaces, 5040 Guanacaste
+506 2673 3600

Kinkára Luxury Retreat

Kinkára Luxury Retreat


San Isidro


Kinkara is an eco-friendly retreat steeped in the beauty and tranquility of its natural environment. The 800-acre property is situated in the foothills of the Talamanca mountain range, near the base of Mount Chirripó. 31 Lotus Belle Tents are peppered around the property’s common spaces, El Morén and the Mandala Garden, and along the riverbank. Each tent boasts wooden furnishings crafted by local craftsmen and organic 500-thread-count cotton linens. Kinkára’s physical and spiritual activities include yoga and meditation, river hikes, mountain biking or taking part in an ancient cacao ceremony. Staff will also guide you to an secret waterfall for a refreshing dip in clear and refreshing water.

Kinkára Luxury Retreat
Santa Elena, Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica 11902
+506 728 78759

Hotel El Mangroove

El Mangroove



Located on the prestigious Gulf of Papagayo on the northern Pacific Coastline of Guanacaste, known for its pristine shoreline, beautiful mountain ranges and stunning sunsets. El Mangroove is the closest beach resort to the Liberia Airport at just 30 minutes “from touchdown to sand”. The architecture blends modern design with its lush surroundings. The 85 light-filled suites feature bohemian-chic, boasting mangrove and ocean views from private oversized terraces.

El Mangroove, Autograph Collection
Playa Panama, Provincia de Guanacaste, 50503
+506 4701 0000


El Mangroove

Hotel Three SixtyHotel Three Sixty

Three Sixty Hotel

Three Sixty

Ojochal (Puntarenas)


Built on a 58-acre trail lined rainforest reserve, at an altitude of almost 1000 feet. While the steep road leading to the hotel can be thrilling, the stunning views of the of coastline will reward for it. The main restaurant is open air, located right next to the gorgeous infinity pool. Villas are modern and spacious and offer balconies with rainforest & ocean views. Adult-only.

Hotel Three Sixty
Calle Perezoso, Ojochal, Puntarenas 60501
+506 2100-9206

Peace Lodge

Aguas Claras

Puerto Viejo


A forest-lined beach embraces the eco-friendly hotel Aguas Claras, featuring airy suites and bungalows in a Caribbean style scattered throughout the jungle grounds. The hotel offers a spa and beach club, contributing to its relaxed atmosphere. Located in Punta Cocles, it's just a stone's throw away from the stunning beaches of Playa Cocles and Playa Chiquita. If you ever need a break from the sandy walks, it's only a 10-minute bike ride on a winding road to Puerto Viejo, the liveliest town in the area.

Boutique Hotel Aguas Claras Puerto Viejo
Limón Province, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
+506 4040 0418

Mint Santa Teresa


Santa Teresa


A stylish and chic adults only mini-hotel in the charming coastal town of Santa Teresa, a paradise for surfer and yogis. Mint is offering a perfect blend of luxury and laid-back beach vibes, designed by Costa Rican architects at Studio Saxe. The five rooms, each one with its own rooftop terrace, are scattered across a hill overlooking the Pacific ocean. Mint is located about 500 meters from the beach and most popular restaurants.

Mint Santa Teresa
Santa Teresa, Provincia de Puntarenas, 60111
+506 8835 4243

Hotel Punta Islita

Hotel Punta Islita

Punta Islita

Nicoya Peninsula


An authentic eco-luxury hideaway, offering incredible views from its perch high on a hill above the Pacific Ocean. Experience the rich biodiversity of the rainforest with the hotel's on-property activities such as zip-lining and guided nature walks. And for those interested in sustainability, the hotel is designed with minimal impact on the environment and features sustainable practices. Enjoy the secluded beach and the stunning vistras from the hotels' infinity pool.

Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection
Guanacaste Near Samara Beach, Costa Rica 50201
+506 2656-3500

Lapa Rios

Lapa Rios

Osa Peninsula


Set in a private nature reserve spread over 1,000 acres of Central America’s last remaining lowland tropical rainforest, Lapa Rios overlooks the pristine point where Golfo Dulce meets the wild Pacific. The eco lodge is built in harmony with the surrounding nature. Luxury open-air bungalows, rainforest nature tours and walks.

Lapa Rios Rainforest Lodge
Puerto Jiménez

Kasiiyaa Papagayo

Kasiiya Papagayo



A luxury retreat focusing on wellness and renewal in a stunning setting. With just seven luxurious tented suites positioned on the beach and two on the cliffside with sunset views, Kasiiya offers guests the ultimate escape and total privacy. Rates are all inclusive.

Unfortunately this hotel is currently closed. We will update our listing accordingly.

Nayara Tented Camp

Nayara Tented Camp

Nayara Tented Camp

La Fortuna (Arenal)


A luxurious and eco-friendly glamping experience located in the heart of the Arenal Volcano National Park, ppened in 2019 as one of the first luxury camps in Central America. Surrounded by lush rainforest, Nayara Tented Camp offers a unique and secluded way to experience the natural beauty of the region. Each of the African lodge inspired clifftop tents offers a private plunge pool fed with natural hot spring water and fantastic views of the rainforest and Arenal volcano. Enjoy your private breakfast on the terrace of your tent, but watch out for the hungry coatis.

Nayara Tented Camp
La Fortuna road to Arenal Lakeroad
+506 2589-8600

About Costa Rica

Welcome to Costa Rica, a tropical paradise known for its stunning natural beauty and rich culture. Immerse yourself in the lush rainforests, relax on pristine beaches, and explore the diverse wildlife that call this country home.

Whether you're an adventure seeker or looking for a relaxing getaway, Costa Rica has something for everyone. Take a hike through the lush rainforests, go whitewater rafting on raging rivers, or simply soak up the sun on one of the many beautiful beaches. Experience the country's rich culture by visiting indigenous villages, trying traditional Costa Rican cuisine, and learning about the local customs and traditions. Costa Rica is also known for its sustainable tourism and eco-friendly practices, so you can feel good about your impact on the environment while enjoying your vacation.

The country also boasts of a wide range of accommodation options from luxurious resorts to budget-friendly lodges, you'll find something that fits your preferences. And with a variety of peak seasons for different activities, you can plan your trip according to your interests.

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The best time for visiting Costa Rica

The best time to visit Costa Rica can vary depending on what you're looking to do during your trip. In general, the dry season, which runs from December to April, is considered the best time to visit for most activities. The weather is generally sunny and dry, making it ideal for outdoor activities such as hiking, wildlife watching, and beach-going. However, the wet season, which runs from May to November, is also a great time to visit for those looking to avoid the crowds and take advantage of lower prices. The rainforests are lush and green, and it's an ideal time for birdwatching, whitewater rafting and other activities.

Keep in mind that different regions of Costa Rica have different climates and seasonal patterns, so it's worth researching the specific area you plan to visit to get a more accurate idea of the best time to go. Also, some peak seasons for different activities such as birdwatching or turtle nesting may have a specific time frame that is the best time to visit.

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Published in March 2021. All listings on this page were independently selected and personally reviewed by our team of passionate travel experts. The information provided is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. Do you have any feedback or suggestions regarding our guides, please contact us via the contact us page.

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