My Favorite Hotels in Costa Rica

  • by crv.staff
  • 07.03.09
  • 11:36 AM UTC

Isn’t it great when a friend or colleague of yours asks your opinion when they’re making a decision about a purchase? It’s great whenever someone asks me about Costa Rica, best vacation hotels, the real estate investment outlook, or the wellness aspects. I enjoy sharing my experiences in making choices when visiting Costa Rica’s southern Pacific Coast.

It makes you feel like you’re contributing when you can share your experience and knowledge with friends and colleagues. A friend of mine just asked this:

Hi Bret- My boyfriend and I may go to Costa Rica next month. He’s been surfing 20 years and I want him to have a great experience. Since you’re a fellow surfer and a now a local in Costa Rica do you have any advice?

I sure do! Here are my favorite hotels located in Costa Rica.


Bret G. Dudl

HOTEL GRANO DE ORO-SAN JOSE- Tel: 2255-3322 An oasis in the heart of San José, combines the charm of a beautiful mansion with all the comforts and amenities of a luxury hotel.

HOTEL CAPITAN SUIZO-TAMARINDO- Tel: (506) 2653-0075 .- – Located in a privileged area outside of town, at the end of the bay DIRECTLY on a beautiful swimming beach.

HOTEL VILLA CALETAS-CENTRAL PACIFIC- Tel: (506) 2637-3000 Located spectacularly high a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by rainforest, with the most unforgettable sunsets in Costa Rica.

HOTEL FLORBLANCA-SANTA TERESA-Tel: (506) 2640-0232 Located on 7 acres of white sand beach, a seductive romantic haven designed for people who want the comforts of fine resort.


HOTEL CASA TURIRE-TURRIALBA-Tel: (506) 2531-2244 Fax: (506) 2531-1075. The charm of a colonial plantation home surrounded by beautiful gardens, mountains, volcanoes and La Angostura lake.

HOTEL PEACE LODGE-VARA BLANCA Tel: (506) 2225-0643 – Butterflies, hummingbirds and waterfalls await for you. Located on the grounds of the famous La Paz Waterfall Gardens, the Peace Lodge has created the ultimate upscale rain forest experience.
HOTEL ARENAS DEL MAR BEACH & NATURE RESORT Tel: (506) 2777 2777 Unique and spectacular beach and nature experiences combined with highest levels of comfort and sustainability in a local Costa Rican setting.
HOTEL CUNA DEL ANGEL – South Pacific – Tel: (506) 2787-8012 Located in Costa Ballena, the getaway to the South Pacific, is the result of a careful planning with an exclusive and cozy atmosphere in the middle of the jungle forest. Monkeys, toucans, sloths, whales, dolphins, and a wide variety of bids are waiting for you. Let you soul float away!

Rating 4.33 out of 5

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6 Responses to “My Favorite Hotels in Costa Rica”

  1. Vote -1 Vote +1Sandy Behe

    Hi Bret,

    Thanks for the update on the hotels. I noticed you did not list the Four Seasons which I have heard is amazing. Is there a reason it was left off your favorites?

    Please give me a few suggestions of things we must see and do. We both love the water and active adventures. Will be there 7 days.

    I also need the best surf spots for a very good surfer.

    Appreciate all your help.


  2. Vote -1 Vote +1Sandy Behe

    Hey Bret- one more thing… what is the fastest way to get to costa rica from SD?

  3. Vote -1 Vote +1Bret G. Dudl

    Great question; I’ve become very adept at getting to Costa from San Diego quickly and on Short notice. The first question you need to ask yourself is “do I mind red-eye flights?” If the answer is no problem then the two best options are Flying on Frontier airlines from SD to Denver then direct to San Jose. The other good option is to take the Amtrak to LAX and fly direct on Taca airlines to San Jose. Those two flights are the fastest, most efficient way to get there from the west coast.

    Now, if you don’t mind flying longer, American, Delta, Continental, and many other airlines connect Through Houston. Furthermore if you are flying into Liberia (Always the more expensive option) then you will look to the same airlines with fewer options. For those of you flying from anywhere other than the west coast, there are 16 US cities that fly direct to San Jose. From Miami it’s 2.5 hours, Houston, 3.5 NY 4.5, Chicago 4 hours.


  4. Vote -1 Vote +1Bret G. Dudl

    To: Why I left Four Seasons off my favorite hotels? The Four Seasons is the most amazing and amazingly expensive place in all of Costa Rica. I love it, but why pay $1,000 per night when you can do Costa first class on $100 per night? ??

    RE: “Please give me a few suggestions of things we must see and do. We both love the water and active adventures. Will be there 7 days.”

    You have to visit Tabacon Springs in the Airenal Volcano. You must go on the longest zipline in the world and I would then make sure to go canyoning (repelling down waterfalls). From there, fly to Quepos, to visit Manuel Antonio, the most visited national park in the country. Finally, drive down the south past Dominical to Pavones to surf the longest left hand wave in the world!

    Pura Vida!!! Bret

  5. Vote -1 Vote +1Doc Mac

    The HOTEL CASA TURIRE-TURRIALBA was awesome, small and romantic. Had a great couple of nights there.
    In Quepos, the Plinio (Treehouse) is an awesome place

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