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  Tortuga Lodge
Tortuga Lodge
Region: Tortuguero
Habitat: Beach / Tropical Rainforest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Boating, Fishing
estrellaestrella Kayaking
Named "favorite family resort" in April 2005 by Travel & Leisure Family magazine. Owned and operated by Costa Rica Expeditions. "Situated on 50 acres of private land on Costa Rica's northeast Caribbean coast, Tortuga was our first hotel. It is now our newest hotel. Everything we have learned about designing nature lodges over the last 11 years has gone into the remodelling of Tortuga Lodge. What we learned can be summarized in three words, 'Reflect the place.'" -Michael Kaye


Aguila de Osa Inn
Aguila de Osa Inn
Region: Corcovado & Osa Peninsula
Habitat: Beach / Tropical Rainforest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Boating, Diving / Snorkeling, Fishing, Kayaking
Located on a bluff overlooking Drake Bay on the Osa Peninsula. The restaurant, with excellent views overlooking the bay, serves simple fare that is tasty and filling, specializing in seafood and local catches. Hiking, diving and sport fishing in state-of-the-art boat available. The Inn's open and spacious rooms have spectacular views of the lush, tropical jungle that surrounds the hotel. Hot climate.


Arenas del Mar Beach & Nature Resort
Arenas del Mar Beach & Nature Resort
Region: Manuel Antonio
Habitat: Beach / Tropical Rainforest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Canopy, Fishing
estrellaestrella Boating, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Surfing / Windsurfing
estrella Biking, Hiking, Rafting, Spa/Yoga
Arenas del Mar is a beach and nature resort with 38 upscale rooms and suites, offering a casual beach front café and an elegant dining facility with views of Manuel Antonio National Park. There are two swimming pools, a small spa, and a gift shop as well as nature trails leading to two beaches. All rooms equipped with cable TV, ceiling fans, air conditioning, Internet, mini-bar, safe deposit box, coffee maker, microwave and iron.


Cristal Ballena Hotel
Cristal Ballena Hotel
Region: South Pacific
Habitat: Beach / Tropical Rainforest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Boating, Hiking
estrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Horseback Riding
estrella Kayaking
Cristal Ballena is 30 minutes from Palmar Sur Airport, south of Manuel Antonio National Park on Costa Rica's South Pacific Coast. It is also near Ballena Marine National Park, an important Humpback breeding ground during the months of February and March. Turtle watching is best in September and October. Cristal Ballena features rooms with private balconies with stunning ocean views, A/C, private bathrooms and satellite TV. The hotel has large pool overlooking the ocean, a restaurant serving local and international fare, and a full-service bar.


Gaia Hotel & Reserve
Gaia Hotel & Reserve
Region: Manuel Antonio
Habitat: Beach / Tropical Rainforest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Boating, Canopy
estrellaestrella Hiking, Horseback Riding, Spa/Yoga
estrella Rafting
Member of the exclusive group, “Small Luxury Hotels of the World.” the hotel's 20 rooms are decorated in a minimalist, modern style, but there’s no skimping on luxuries. There is a three-tiered cascade pool - with a bar in the center - designed to resemble a large waterfall. Wifi throughout the property means you won’t be out of reach, even if all you see out your window is the dense forest of the hotel’s private reserve. Hot climate.


Hotel Playa Espadilla
Hotel Playa Espadilla
Region: Manuel Antonio
Habitat: Beach / Tropical Rainforest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Canopy, Fishing
estrellaestrella Boating, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Surfing / Windsurfing
estrella Biking, Hiking, Rafting
Hotel Playa Espadilla is located just 150 mts from Manuel Antonio Beach front, and 200 mts away from the main entrance of Manuel Antonio National Park. The hotel offers 16 rooms equipped with air conditioner, cable TV, hot water, safety deposit box and hair dryer. Services include swimming pool, bar, Restaurant, tennis court, parking lot and biological private trails. This hotel spreads across grounds bordered on two sides by the tall trees of Manuel Antonio National Park, and it has a trail through an area of the park that few people visit. The simple but spacious mint-green rooms with big windows are housed in two-story buildings surrounded by green lawns. A small blue-tile pool and patio have a pleasant adjacent bar area with a billiard table. Directly behind are a large, open-air restaurant and a tennis court. Hot Climate.


La Leona Lodge
La Leona Lodge
Region: Corcovado & Osa Peninsula
Habitat: Beach / Tropical Rainforest
Activities:
Tent camp lodge at the entrance to Corcovado National Park on the southern Pacific coast. Tents front the beach; each tastefully arranged and strategically positioned to provide privacy. There are 16 tents, most with one double bed. The lodge has a dining hall and outdoor bath house with solar heated showers. Five mins. from Corcovado National Park. Hot climate.


La Luna Lodge
La Luna Lodge
Region: Corcovado & Osa Peninsula
Habitat: Tropical Rainforest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Hiking
estrellaestrella Canopy
This hotel offers eight private bungalows, hacienda rooms and tents set on platforms. The facilities also include a common room and dining area with views of the forest, the Carate Rver and the Pacific coast. The lodge has has several walking trails and a large preserve with two waterfalls ideal for cooling off in. Hot climate.


La Paloma Lodge
La Paloma Lodge
Region: Corcovado & Osa Peninsula
Habitat: Beach / Tropical Rainforest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Diving / Snorkeling, Kayaking
Located on the Osa Peninsula overlooking Drake Bay and Caño Island, this hotel offers five, two-story ranchos and five rooms with private baths, hammocks and views. The restaurant emphasizes fresh seafood (served family style) and every meal includes homemade bread. The swimming pool and deck are perched on the hillside, and offer a stunning view.


Laguna Vista Villas
Laguna Vista Villas
Region: Corcovado & Osa Peninsula
Habitat: Beach / Tropical Rainforest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Fishing
estrellaestrella Hiking
Located in Carate and set between the rainforest, a bay and the Pacific Ocean, this lodge has five double bungalows (one king bed and an optional sofa bed) and two family villas (two king beds). There are walking trails on the property, lookout decks and a dining and bar areas for guests. Near Corcovado National Park, “one of the most bio-diverse places on Earth,” according to National Geographic. Hot climate.


Lapa Ríos Ecoresort
Lapa Ríos Ecoresort
Region: Corcovado & Osa Peninsula
Habitat: Beach / Tropical Rainforest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Canopy, Fishing, Kayaking
estrellaestrella Boating, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Spa/Yoga
Located on the Osa Peninsula south of Puerto Jimenez, this eco-resort offers 14 luxuriously appointed bungalows with screened windows, hardwood floors, private balconies and both inside and outside private showers. There is a swimming pool with bar and sundeck, and a terraced restaurant hangs over the forest with a view of the sea.
1000 acres of private reserve include a sandy stretch of virgin beach. Hot climate.


Las Cruces Biological Station (Wilson Gardens)
Las Cruces Biological Station (Wilson Gardens)
Region: South Pacific
Habitat: Mountain / Tropical Rainforest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Boating, Hiking, Rafting
On the grounds of Wilson Botanical Gardens, home to one of the richest collections of tropical and subtropical plants found in this part of the American Continent. The station has 12 cabins with private hot showers and balconies with great views. Generous family-style meals are included.


Le Cameleon Hotel
Le Cameleon Hotel
Region: South Atlantic
Habitat: Beach / Tropical Rainforest
Activities:
This 23-room, five-star hotel is located on Puerto Viejo Beach on Costa Rica’s Atlantic coast near the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge and Cahuita National Park. Standard rooms have either one king or queen bed and deluxe rooms come with either one queen bed or two full beds and a private terrace. All rooms come with complimentary wireless Internet access, minibar and cable television. Hot climate.


Lost Iguana Resort
Lost Iguana Resort
Region: Arenal
Habitat: Mountain / Tropical Rainforest / Volcano
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation
estrellaestrella Biking, Surfing / Windsurfing
"This hotel offers large and luxurious rooms with great views of the volcano...All rooms feature a private balcony or porch." -Frommers.com (2006) From your terrace, soak in a jacuzzi while listening to the sounds of toucans and Howler Monkeys. Amenities include: A/C, Jacuzzi baths, kitchenettes, safe deposit box, satellite TV and hair dryer in all rooms.


Mawamba Lodge
Mawamba Lodge
Region: Tortuguero
Habitat: Beach / Tropical Rainforest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Boating, Fishing
Mawamba Lodge is located on the beach in Tortuguero National Park, between the Tortuguero Lagoon and the Caribbean Sea. The lodge has a pool, restaurants and ranchos with hammocks, and is an ideal starting point for day and night excursions, bird and turtle watching, and for exploring this nature-rich area.


Monte Azul Hotel
Monte Azul Hotel
Region: Central Highlands
Habitat: Mountain / Tropical Rainforest
Activities:
Monte Azul Hotel offers four private cottage duplexes (515 sq. ft.), designed to feature art and nature. A private, 125-acre reserve surrounds the hotel and the owners have placed original fine art in every room. The hotel’s full-service spa (soon to be open) has treatment rooms overlooking a heated natural spring pool. Guests may also request spa treatments in their own cottage. Monte Azul has a terrace cafe featuring international dishes using fresh and organic ingredients from its own farm. All cottage rooms include: a private terrace; kitchenette; deluxe mattress, linens and down comforters; wifi; telephone; fresh organic coffee; and a chef’s welcome platter upon arrival. TV service not available. Cool climate.


Parador Resort & Spa
Parador Resort & Spa
Region: Manuel Antonio
Habitat: Beach / Tropical Rainforest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Canopy, Fishing
estrellaestrella Boating, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Surfing / Windsurfing
estrella Biking, Hiking, Rafting, Spa/Yoga
Named a Costa Rica “Leading Resort Hotel" by World Travel Awards in 2006 and 07. Situated on a majestic bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by tropical rainforest, the 108-room Hotel Parador is located in a pristine area, close to Manuel Antonio National Park. Facilities include two restaurants, bars, conference room, gift shops, spa services and tennis court. It has Mediterranean-style architecture, modeled after the Traditional Spanish Paradores, with lush gardens, an infinity pool and spa services.


Peace Lodge
Peace Lodge
Region: Sarapiqui
Habitat: Tropical Rainforest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Hiking
Peace Lodge is located on the grounds of La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park. Rooms are designed with unique amenities such as oversized balconies, jacuzzi tubs, waterfall showers and stone fireplaces. The Park includes 3.5 kms of paved trails that showcase five magnificent waterfalls and the La Paz River.


Reserva Conchal Villas
Reserva Conchal Villas
Region: Guanacaste Beach
Habitat: Beach / Tropical Rainforest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Golf Course, Spa/Yoga, Tennis Courts
estrellaestrella Hiking, Fishing
Reserva Conchal Villas are set around an 18-hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones II in a residential development that includes beach and golf clubs, hotel, bars, restaurants, a 60-meter-long pool, spa and children’s area with pool and playground. The villas range from 1 to 5 bedrooms, all of which have at least one king bed, a fully furnished kitchen, balcony with ocean or golf-course views, air conditioning, cable TV, washer/dryer, iron and safety box. Hot climate.


Sarapiqui Neotropical Center
Sarapiqui Neotropical Center
Region: Sarapiqui
Habitat: Tropical Rainforest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation
estrellaestrella Boating, Hiking, Rafting
The architecture of the Sarapiqui project is inspired by the indigenous pre-columbian architecture of the palenques. The reference to palenque structures forms an intrinsic element in the entire Sarapiqui concept: the history of nature and its relation to mankind.


Selva Verde Lodge
Selva Verde Lodge
Region: Sarapiqui
Habitat: Tropical Rainforest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Boating, Hiking, Rafting
Founded in 1985, Selva Verde Lodge, is located in the lush lowlands of northeastern Costa Rica on a very large, private tract of virgin tropical rainforest and rich second-growth habitats. It is adjacent to Braulio Carrillo National Park and the Organization for Tropical Studies' field station, La Selva.


Si Como No Hotel & Resort
Si Como No Hotel & Resort
Region: Manuel Antonio
Habitat: Beach / Tropical Rainforest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Canopy, Fishing, Spa/Yoga
estrellaestrella Boating, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Surfing / Windsurfing
estrella Biking, Hiking, Rafting
Located in Manuel Antonio, the Hotel's 58 rooms are distributed within ten separate terraces located on ten acres of tropical gardens. The eco-friendly approach has low energy air conditioning, a Disney-like atmosphere, pool with water slide and swim-up bar, a movie theater, solar-heated Jacuzzi, and a fine seafood restaurant. Next to a small shopping center with a deli and a Internet café. Hot climate.


Tiskita Jungle Lodge
Tiskita Jungle Lodge
Region: South Pacific
Habitat: Beach / Tropical Rainforest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Hiking
estrellaestrella Biking, Fishing, Surfing / Windsurfing
Tiskita Lodge is a collection of 16 individual cabins and private rooms set amid rich forests and fruiting trees. Located on the Osa Peninsula near the Panama border, rooms are rustic cabins of various sizes with screened walls, verandas and showers (some outdoors). An old farmhouse serves as lounge and dining room with family-style meals that are fresh, tasty and filling. Hot climate.


Villa Lapas Ecoresort
Villa Lapas Ecoresort
Region: Central Pacific
Habitat: Tropical Rainforest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Canopy
estrellaestrella Hiking
Located on the banks of the Tárcoles River at the edge of the Carara Reserve, this all-inclusive resort has 47 comfortable, adobe-style rooms surrounded by wooded gardens. An open-air restaurant and bar has a deck overlooking the river and there is a swimming pool, mini-golf, a butterfly garden, hiking trails and horses are available for rent. There is a trail to a jungle waterfall and a 280-hectare private reserve with abundant wildlife. Hot climate.

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