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Savegre Mountain Lodge
Savegre Mountain Lodge
Region: Central Highlands
Habitat: Mountain / Rural Farm / Tropical Cloud Forest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Hiking
Set in a valley so spectacular that a postcard photographer might pass it up because nobody would believe it was true. Twenty cabins at 7,200 feet above sea level on a family farm with a clear trout stream running through it, surrounded by one of the finest examples of highland cloud forest on the planet.


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.


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.


Arenal Observatory Lodge
Arenal Observatory Lodge
Region: Arenal
Habitat: Mountain / Volcano
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Hiking
estrellaestrella Biking, Rafting, Surfing / Windsurfing
Set on a ridge near Arenal Lake, this lodge offers “front-row seating” for the volcano’s fireworks displays. The 37-room property is on a private reserve with good walking trails and scenic waterfall. "Originally a rustic research facility, this lodge...features comfortable rooms with impressive views of the Arenal Volcano...Toucans frequent the trees near the lodge and howler monkeys provide the wake-up calls." -Discovering the Best of Costa Rica (2005)


  Monteverde Lodge
Monteverde Lodge
Region: Monteverde
Habitat: Mountain / Tropical Cloud Forest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Hiking
estrellaestrella Horseback Riding
Located in the Tilarán Mountain Range at 4,600 ft. above sea level on the edge of the world's best known mid-elevation cloud forest, Monteverde Lodge is the expression of Costa Rica Expeditions' desire to create the ultimate lodging experience for the discerning nature traveler. Owned and operated by Costa Rica Expeditions.


Morgan's Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge
Morgan's Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge
Region: Nicaragua
Habitat: Beach / Rural Farm / Tropical Dry Forest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Hiking, Horseback Riding
estrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Fishing, Kayaking
Tucked into the forest just back from a private beach, this 15-villa, upscale ecolodge, close to the Costa Rican border on Nicaragua's Pacific coast, is part of a 4,450-acre sustainably-managed hacienda. Recently opened in September 2004, vanguard travelers should go now, before Morgan's Rock becomes one of the toughest reservations in all of Latin America.


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.


Sapo Dorado Hotel
Sapo Dorado Hotel
Region: Monteverde
Habitat: Mountain / Tropical Cloud Forest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Hiking
estrellaestrella Horseback Riding
Surrounded by spacious grounds and gardens, near the Monteverde Cloud Forest, this hotel offers classic mountain suites with a fireplace and a small balcony. Costa Rica beauty and genuine hospitality blend with an internationally influenced service style and ingenious cuisine to create a unique atmosphere of comfort and simple elegance.


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.


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.


Trapp Family Lodge
Trapp Family Lodge
Region: Monteverde
Habitat: Mountain
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Hiking
This hotel offers 20 rooms and suites built in a comfortable rustic atmosphere, with high wooden ceilings, big bathrooms and view to either the gardens or cloud forest restaurant for guests only, bar and sitting room. Cool climate.


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.


Borinquen Mountain Resort
Borinquen Mountain Resort
Region: Guanacaste Inland
Habitat: Mountain / Tropical Dry Forest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Biking, Bird/Wildlife Observation, Hiking, Horseback Riding
Secluded and unique property located in Guanacaste, near Rincon de La Vieja Volcano. The resort has 33 ample bungalows that combine a rustic design with modern conveniences. For visitors with special needs, the resort offers 3 handicap rooms. All villas have private decks or terraces with mountain views. Hot springs, hiking, canopy and horseback tours nearby.


Harmony Hotel
Harmony Hotel
Region: Guanacaste Beach
Habitat: Beach
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Biking, Bird/Wildlife Observation, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Surfing / Windsurfing
Just off Guiones Beach, this hotel aims for a stylish, casual atmosphere as envisioned by its owners, surfing enthusiasts who settled in Guanacaste in 2003. There is a big emphasis on sustainable use of the land and conscious effort to reduce the hotel’s ecological footprint by conserving water, recycling, composting food waste and surrounding the hotel with native species that can thrive using organic farming practices. Restaurant serves organic fare whenever possible. Massage and body treatment rates from $75 to $90.


Villablanca Cloud Forest Hotel
Villablanca Cloud Forest Hotel
Region: Central Highlands
Habitat: Mountain / Rural Farm / Tropical Cloud Forest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Hiking, Spa/Yoga
Located on a hilltop an hour from the San Jose International Airport, Villablanca is in the elite group of “Green Hotels of Costa Rica.” It has 34 spacious “casitas,” nicely decorated and many with fireplaces to combat the cool, mountain climate. The restaurant serves traditional Central American food as well as salads and other healthy choices. Facilities include a lounge, entertainment room with games for children, spa, gift shop with quality handicrafts, conference room, and a 34-seat multimedia theater featuring nightly movies. Nature trails on the property and birding and other tours offered. Cool climate.


Arenal Manoa Hotel
Arenal Manoa Hotel
Region: Arenal
Habitat: Mountain / Rural Farm
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Hiking
estrellaestrella Biking, Canopy, Horseback Riding, Rafting
Located 10 mins. from La Fortuna, this hotel has 40 jr suites with volcano views, private bathroom with a small interior garden and balcony. All rooms are equipped with two queen-sized beds, air conditioning, satellite tv, telephone, terrace with views of the volcano, minibar, safe-deposit box and coffee maker. The hotel also features pool with swim-up bar, children’s pool, Jacuzzi and restaurant. Temperate climate.


Bosque de Paz Lodge
Bosque de Paz Lodge
Region: Central Highlands
Habitat: Mountain / Tropical Cloud Forest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Hiking
Lovingly built and managed by a Costa Rican family dedicated to conservation, this lodge is set in a 1,000-hectare private reserve and features 12 rooms, each with two double beds, a private bathroom with hot water, and balcony with cloud forest views. Restaurant serves homemade Costa Rican fare and offers 180-degree panorama of the forest and butterfly garden. Cool climate.


Poas Volcano Lodge
Poas Volcano Lodge
Region: Sarapiqui
Habitat: Mountain / Rural Farm
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Hiking
estrellaestrella Canopy
"Located on the road between Poas and Vara Blancas...This lodge was erected as a main house for an English dairy farm. It is set on the slopes of the mountainside and has warm touches like a reading room, a sunken fireplace and stone walls. The spare but inviting rooms of the Poas Volcano Lodge are decorated with travel souvenirs from countries around the world. This has a great home like feeling, and you will find this a comfortable retreat to return to after spending the day exploring the wonders of Poas Volcano.” -Destination 360 Travel Guides, 2006.


El Silencio Lodge & Spa
El Silencio Lodge & Spa
Region: Sarapiqui
Habitat: Mountain / Tropical Cloud Forest
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Hiking
estrellaestrella Spa/Yoga
Located at Bajos Del Toro, in the Poas Volcano National Park area, El Silencio Lodge & Spa offers 16 luxury suites with river or cloud forest views. All suites have a private viewing deck and whirlpool, fireplace and complimentary mini-bar. The hotel has a 3,000-sq-ft riverside spa with five ambiances. Cool climate.


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.


Montaña de Fuego Resort & Spa
Montaña de Fuego Resort & Spa
Region:
Habitat: /
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Biking, Surfing / Windsurfing
estrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Boating, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Spa/Yoga
estrella Fishing, Rafting
Located five miles out of La Fortuna, this hotel has 16 standard cabins and 24 junior suites, all air conditioned with hot water private baths and enclosed porches. Junior Suites have refrigerators. Acuarelas, a new restaurant at the hotel, serves international cuisine. Surrounded by gardens and nature trails. Children under ten stay free. Temperate climate.


Punta Islita Hotel
Punta Islita Hotel
Region: Guanacaste Beach
Habitat: Beach
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Biking, Fishing
estrellaestrella Boating, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Spa/Yoga, Tennis Courts
estrella Diving / Snorkeling
This resort complex is located south of Carillo and Samara on the Nicoya Peninsula near the Camaronal Wildlife Refuge. Rooms have private patios with hammocks, some with outdoor jacuzzi or private pool. The beach is below the lodge after a 10-min. walk or short shuttle ride. Good nouvelle French-style seafood in the lodge's Palapa Restaurant. There is a cascade swimming pool with Jacuzzi, swim-up bar, restaurant, boutique and conference room. Tennis courts, driving range, gym and spa are also featured. 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.


Tilajari Resort Hotel
Tilajari Resort Hotel
Region: Arenal
Habitat: Mountain
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Biking
estrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Boating, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Spa/Yoga
estrella Fishing, Rafting, Tennis Courts
Four-star Costa Rica resort on 35 acres along the banks of the San Carlos River with 76 hotel rooms and an open-air restaurant serving international and Costa Rican dishes. Hotel also has a bar, conference rooms, pool and hot tub, botanical and butterfly gardens, and six tennis courts. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, ceiling fan, satellite TV, hot water baths, direct dial telephone, safety deposit box and terrace. Cool climate.


Casa Turire Hotel
Casa Turire Hotel
Region: Turrialba
Habitat: Rural Farm
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Rafting
estrellaestrella Biking, Bird/Wildlife Observation, Hiking, Horseback Riding
Located in Turrialba Valley near the wild Reventazón River, renowned for white water rafting. Here the accent is on comfort and relaxation in a tropical paradise setting. Friendly Costa Rican hospitality and well appointed rooms and suites in an elegant country mansion.


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.


Xandari Plantation
Xandari Plantation
Region: San José
Habitat: Rural Farm
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Rafting
estrellaestrella Hiking, Spa/Yoga
Xandari Plantation consists of 16 spacious villas on a 40 acre coffee and fruit plantation overlooking Costa Rica's Central Valley... The creation of architect Sherrill Broudy and artist Charlene Broudy, who envisioned a paradise reflecting the natural beauty of Costa Rica.


Xandari by the Pacific
Xandari by the Pacific
Region: Central Pacific
Habitat: Beach
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Horseback Riding, Surfing / Windsurfing
estrellaestrella Canopy, Hiking
The hotel fronts Playa Esterillos Este on the Pacific Coast, north of Manuel Antonio. Villas have their own gardens and terraces with views of the ocean. Restaurant specializes in seafood. Hot climate.


Mountain Paradise Lodge
Mountain Paradise Lodge
Region: Arenal
Habitat: Mountain / Volcano
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Biking, Surfing / Windsurfing
estrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Boating, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Spa/Yoga
estrella Fishing, Rafting
The hotel offers 15 rooms, including junior suites and two-bedroom master suites, restaurant, adult and child swimming pools, jacuzzi and wet bar. All 15 rooms are equipped with a king size bed, fine wood furniture, flat screen cable tv, wireless Internet, telephones and jacuzzi. Cool climate.


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.


Los Sueños Marriott
Los Sueños Marriott
Region: Central Pacific
Habitat: Beach
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Canopy
estrellaestrella Hiking, Horseback Riding
estrella Biking
Luxury Marriott hotel set on a 1,100-acre rainforest overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Colonial design, deluxe amenities - including a large swimming pool winding through the hotel grounds - spacious rooms with private balconies featuring ocean or garden views. Hot climate.


Buena Vista Villas
Buena Vista Villas
Region: Manuel Antonio
Habitat: Beach
Activities:
estrellaestrellaestrella Canopy, Fishing
estrellaestrella Bird/Wildlife Observation, Boating, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Surfing / Windsurfing
estrella Biking, Hiking, Rafting, Spa/Yoga
Surrounded by breath-taking panoramic views of the verdant jungle terrain and the majestic Pacific Ocean, Buena Vista's villas are tastefully decorated and comfortable. All have furnished terraces, with grill and hammock; a fully equipped kitchenette; A/C; telephone, fans, blow dryers and hot water showers. There is a pool surrounded by gardens and private beach below the property.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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