The Springs Resort & Spa
After a long winding uneventful road off the main road, we arrived at the resort with wide eyes and an impressive entrance. Feeling like a true resort and not a rustic lodge or a rugged mountain The firy, mineral retreat.
Perfect Resort for honeymooners! This place is awe-inspiring! The resort itself is extremely beautiful and majestic and when combined with the incredible landscape and views of the volcano. These include the infinity pools that have the hottest water and the best view of any hot spring in Arenal. Below them, there’s a cascade flowing into a free-form landscaped rock beach where guests can wade in the shallow waters or suntan in the nearby deckchairs. Had cocktails and a delicious dinner
About Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a nation of impossible natural beauty. Misty purple volcanoes, radiant sunsets, steaming rainforests, and beaches crawling with sea turtles are common sights. Add together these unforgettable vistas with the country’s matchless ecotourism, (comparably) low prices, and warm-hearted locals, and it comes as no surprise that Costa Rica is one of the most popular travel destinations in all of the Americas.
Costa Rica Travel: Where Should I Go
San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital, definitely has its enthusiasts. If you’re a budget traveler and need a place to stay, try Costa Rica Backpackers Hostel.
The most common Costa Rica travel itinerary is Forest–> Beaches, in that order. The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is the most popular destination for canopy tours and zip lining, like those offered by Aventura Canopy Tours. Stay in Santa Elena for some local color and better prices. Nearby La Fortuna, beside Lake Arenal and the Arenal volcano, is another great destination. Visit a hot spring like Baldi Termae, and enjoy steaming pools and swim-up bars.
On the coast, travelers frequent every beach along the Nicoya Peninsula, from Playa Hermosa to Playa Tamarindo down to Montezuma. Other popular beaches are Jacoand Manuel Antonio. Scuba diving and snorkeling is spectacular anywhere, but the best is found far offshore, at Costa Rica’s remote island reserves like Tortuga and Cocos—-book a boat trip from any major city.
What Can I See?
Costa Rica boasts approximately five percent of the biodiversity in the entire world. Fortunately, the county has its act together. Twenty-five percent of its total territory is protected in a series of wildlife refuges, parks, and biological reserves. The national parks are more frequently visited by tourists, and provide a greater deal of activities and amenities.
Because of its progressive thinking, Costa Rica offers pure scenery at its best. It’s a patchwork nature-nation of cloud forests swirling with fog, rainforests, mangrove swamps, pastureland, and dry tropical forests, all ringed with innumerable beaches.
Costa Rica is a birdwatcher’s paradise. As for mammals, the largest ones, like sloths, jaguars, and tapirs, are shy and rarely glimpsed. But you’ll more than likely see a monkey or a whole troop of them, swinging through the canopy overhead. You’ll hear the howlers for sure—-their rumbling calls can be heard up to two miles away!
What Are the People Like?
Costa Ricans, called Ticos, have a strong sense of nationalism. They take pride in their country’s natural beauty, and in its democracy. While much of Costa Rican culture is distinctly western, Costa Rica is a catholic nation, and is more conservative in many aspects than the United States—it’s important to dress respectfully in all areas except the beach resorts.
How Do I Get There and Around?
The public bus system in Costa Rica is the cheapest, and often the most convenient way to travel anywhere you want to go. Buses range from flashy old American school buses (or “chicken buses”) to higher-quality express buses with air conditioning–check out Toucan Guides’ Costa Rica bus schedule for times and destinations.
The main hub of bus transit in Costa Rica is the Coca Cola Bus Terminal in San Jose.
If you’re traveling with a good deal of luggage and not visiting any remote areas, it may be worth it to rent a car. Taxis are also widespread and will take passengers long distances for a price.
If you’re country-hopping, Ticabus is the best way to do it. This comfortable, accommodating bus line runs all the way through Costa Rica, up to Guatemala in the north, and to Panama in the south.
How Much Will I Pay?
Costa Rica is a country that can accommodate travelers seeking every level of comfort. Budget hostels and guesthouses are everywhere, and local bus travel is dirt cheap, but luxury travelers will also find resorts and amenities of top American quality. If you like, you’ll never have to walk through a local village at all—but where’s the fun in that?
When Should I Go?
The American summer is Costa Rica’s wet season. While that means occasional rainstorms (often tempestuous), it also means far less travelers. November and December are the driest months to visit, but prices skyrocket, and there are so many travelers reservations must be made for everything far in advance. Thus, it’s a toss up—-it all depends on your personal concerns.
How Safe Will I Be?
- An Overview of Safety in Costa Rica although Costa Rica’s water is generally considered safe, it doesn’t hurt to drink bottled water and to avoid raw fruits and vegetables you can’t peel.To be on the safe side, make sure you’re inoculated against Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, and Tetanus, and that you’re up to date on your MMR vaccinations. Doctors recommend malaria prophylaxis with chloroquine if you’re visiting the provinces of Alajuela, Limon, Guanacaste, and Heredia.
What not to do in Costa Rica
Packages to Costa Rica
Located in the northwest on the Pacific Ocean, Guanacaste is known for its warm climate, incredible bird watching, and excellent surfing, snorkeling, and beaches. The coast is indented with bays, peninsulas, and there are a significant number of protected areas, including coastal, mountainous, terrestrial, and aquatic ecosystems where life develops with exuberance. Guanacaste’s climate is in total contrast to the rest of the country. It is the driest region of Costa Rica, with a mixture of forests, beaches, extensive plains, and an impressive volcano range. From November through April, the plains receive no rain, but in wet season, everything turns green.
San Jose is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Central America. Look past the urban and commercial exterior, and you’ll find a vibrant city with much of offer including gourmet restaurants, a lively nightlife, cinemas, museums, and theaters, including the acclaimed National Theater. Located in the center of the country, the capital city of San José offers a pleasant spring-like climate. An abundance of cloud forests, raging rivers, rainforests, and national parks lie within a few hours drive. Consider a relaxing stay at the beach in the coastal town of Puntarenas coupled with a stay in San José.
6 Amazing Costa Rica All-Inclusive Resorts
Sometimes, international travel can be the opposite of relaxing. There are destinations to research, tickets to be purchased, hotels to book, and so much more. That’s why all-inclusive resorts in Costa Rica are so fantastic. You can pick a destination or two, pay a set price, and all that’s left is relaxation – and tons of tropical fun. Here are some of our favorite Costa Rica all-inclusive resorts, offering worry-free all-inclusive Costa Rica vacations.
Costa Rica’s Playa Tamarindo is a traveler favorite, and so is Los Altos de Eros. In fact, the all-inclusive Costa Rica resort has won more international awards on Tripadvisor than any other hotel in the world. All-inclusive vacation packages at Los Altos de Eros include all transportation (from airports and into town), beverages (including beer, wine, and smoothies), breakfast and lunch daily, and dinner on Saturdays. Bonus: free Cuban cigars.
Other Costa Rica all-inclusive resorts in Playa Tamarindo: Barceló Langosta Beach.
Called one of the world’s best by Travel + Leisure Magazine, the Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort offers an all-inclusive vacation package with a minimum 4-night stay. It includes a choice of accommodations (Deluxe, Ocean View or Premium), meals at the resort’s multiple gourmet restaurants, wine and beer, non-alcoholic beverages, activities at the resort, as well as taxes, service charges and gratuities. The Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort is located on Playa Herradura on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast.
The Occidental Grand Papagayo is an all-inclusive luxury resort located on Costa Rica’s northern Pacific coast, just 35 minutes from Liberia International Airport. The all-inclusive Costa Rica vacation packages include meals in three restaurants, snacks and drinks, a weekly cocktail party, activities like volleyball and birdwatching, and live entertainment in the evenings.
The Osa Peninsula was called “the most biologically intense place on earth” by National Geographic, and it’s a truly magical place to spend a Costa Rica vacation. Lapa Rios Ecolodge and Wildlife Reserve offers all-inclusive packages so travelers can explore the beautiful peninsula (and Corcovado National Park) hassle-free. Packages include all meals, non-alcoholic beverages, round-trip transfer to Puerto Jimenez, and onsite activities such as bird tours and night hikes. The resort also offers all-inclusive honeymoon and family packages.
Love golf? The Westin Golf Resort and Spa Playa Conchal Resort is a world-class golf resort offering the opportunity to play in one of Costa Rica’s most scenic settings: the stunning sands of Playa Conchal, Guanacaste. All-inclusive vacation packages at The Westin Golf Resort and Spa Playa Conchal Resort include all meals, snacks and drinks, a minibar restocked daily, non-motorized water sports, and nightly shows.
If you’re seeking an off-the-beaten-path Costa Rica travel experience, but would still like the hassle-free quality of an all-inclusive resort, Pachira Lodge is a great pick. Located in the Tortuguero region of Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, the resort (and all of Tortuguero) is only accessible by boat. Pachira Lodge offers reasonably priced all-inclusive vacation packages, which include meals, ground and boat transportation, lodging and tours. My favorite part: the turtle shaped pool.