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Where To Stay in Costa Rica For Your Perfect Getaway

January 4, 2024

Costa Rica is a land of vivid contrasts, a place where the lush rainforests meet the serene beaches, and adventure intertwines with relaxation. When planning your family vacation, choosing the right accommodation is key to ensuring an unforgettable experience. Here’s a curated list of the best places to stay in Costa Rica that cater perfectly to families seeking diverse experiences.

Manuel Antonio

Located on the Pacific Coast, Manuel Antonio is a gem for families. Opt for beachfront resorts offering easy access to pristine beaches and the renowned Manuel Antonio National Park, home to diverse wildlife. Families can indulge in water activities like snorkeling, kayaking, or simply relax amidst breathtaking natural beauty.

Luxury Range: Arenas Del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort
Nestled between the rainforest and the sea, this eco-luxury resort offers spacious suites with stunning ocean views. It features a spa, infinity pools, and access to a private beach, providing a lavish retreat for families.

Arenas Del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort

Mid-Range: Si Como No Resort, Spa, and Wildlife Refuge
Known for its sustainable practices, this resort offers comfortable rooms with rainforest or ocean views. Families can enjoy the water slide, cinema, and guided wildlife tours, making it a perfect mid-range option.

Si como no

Value: Costa Verde
The hotel offers a range of accommodations suitable for families, from spacious rooms to multi-bedroom villas. Nestled amidst lush greenery. The multiple pools, including a family-friendly pool area, provide a perfect place for kids to splash and play while parents relax amidst the serene ambiance.

costa verde

Arenal Volcano Area

For an adventurous yet family-friendly stay, consider the Arenal Volcano region. Choose from resorts with volcano views or eco-lodges nestled within the rainforest. Enjoy hot springs, canopy tours, and wildlife exploration, making it an ideal spot for both relaxation and adventure.

Luxury: The Springs Resort And Spa
This mega rainforest and volcano resort has it all from thermal pools, a game center, 5 onsite restaurants, a waterslide, top of a line fitness center, an onsite Club Rio adventure center (additional cost) with tubing, rock climbing, and an animal sanctuary with toucans, monkeys and more. Your family will stay busy relaxing and having fun with so many onsite extras.

the springs resort and spa

Mid-Range: Arenal Springs Resort & Spa
Featuring spacious rooms with volcano views, this resort offers hot springs, pools, and adventure tours. It strikes a balance between affordability and comfort for families.

arenal springs resort

Value: Hotel Los Lagos
A budget-friendly option with cozy rooms and access to hot springs, pools, and natural trails, making it an excellent choice for families seeking value without compromising amenities.

los lagos springs


Guanacaste boasts some of the most luxurious resorts and all-inclusive options in Costa Rica. With its golden beaches and clear waters, it’s perfect for families looking for a relaxing getaway. Resorts here often offer kids’ clubs and activities, ensuring the little ones are entertained while parents unwind.

Luxury: Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo
This upscale resort offers luxurious rooms, beachfront access, multiple pools, and exceptional dining options. Families can enjoy the resort’s amenities and stunning Pacific views.

Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo

Mid-Range: Occidental Papagayo
A family-friendly resort offering themed rooms, entertainment, and diverse dining options. It provides a balance between affordability and a fun-filled experience for families.

Occidental Papagayo

Value: Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica
An all-inclusive option with beachfront access, multiple pools, and various dining choices, providing great value for families seeking an affordable resort experience.

Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica

Monteverde Cloud Forest

For families seeking an eco-conscious experience, Monteverde’s cloud forests offer a unique stay amidst nature. Choose from treehouse lodges or eco-friendly accommodations. Explore the rich biodiversity through canopy walks, wildlife spotting, and educational tours perfect for all ages.

Luxury: Monteverde Lodge & Gardens
Set amidst lush gardens, this boutique lodge offers spacious rooms with forest views. Families can enjoy guided tours, bird watching, and a relaxing atmosphere.

Monteverde Lodge & Gardens

Mid-Range: El Establo Mountain Hotel
The hotel boasts spacious and comfortable rooms, including family suites and villas. Accommodation options range from cozy rooms with forest views to larger suites ideal for families. The hotel features two heated indoor pools, ensuring families can swim and relax regardless of the weather.

El Establo Mountain Hotel

Value: Heliconia Hotel
A budget-friendly option offering basic accommodations and easy access to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, making it an ideal choice for families seeking affordability and convenience.

Heliconia Hotel


For an off-the-beaten-path experience, consider Tortuguero. Accessible only by boat or plane, this area offers a true immersion into nature. Stay in eco-lodges nestled within the jungle, explore the canals, and witness nesting sea turtles (seasonal) with guided tours ideal for family bonding.

Luxury: Tortuga Lodge & Gardens
Set along the river, this luxury lodge offers spacious rooms and guided tours to explore Tortuguero National Park. Families can enjoy wildlife viewing in comfort.

Tortuga Lodge & Gardens

Mid-Range: Mawamba Lodge
Featuring rustic yet comfortable cabins amidst the jungle, this lodge offers guided tours and activities, providing a mid-range option for families.

Mawamba Lodge

Value: Aninga Hotel & Spa
Aninga Hotel & Spa stands out as a fantastic choice for families seeking an immersive rainforest experience in Tortuguero. With its family-friendly accommodations, guided tours, spa facilities, and dedication to sustainability, it offers a memorable and educational stay in this unique Costa Rican destination.

Aninga Hotel & Spa

San Jose

As the capital city, San Jose provides a mix of cultural experiences and family-friendly accommodations. Consider boutique hotels or resorts with easy access to museums, parks, and local markets, offering a glimpse into Costa Rican culture and history.

Luxury: Hotel Grano de Oro
A luxurious boutique hotel in the heart of San Jose offering elegant rooms, gourmet dining, and a tranquil garden oasis for families seeking luxury in the city.

Hotel Grano de Oro

Mid-Range: Hotel Presidente
Located in the downtown area, this hotel offers comfortable rooms and easy access to cultural attractions, making it a convenient mid-range option for families..

Hotel Presidente

Value: Country Inn and Suites
With comfortable bedding and essential amenities, including a swimming pool where kids can enjoy a refreshing dip, these accommodations provide a cozy retreat after a day of city exploration.

Country Inn and Suites

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Costa Rica good for kids?

Absolutely! With its diverse wildlife, stunning nature, and family-friendly activities, your child will surely make forever-lasting memories. 

Are there eco-friendly accommodation options for families in Costa Rica?

Yes, many accommodations in Costa Rica focus on sustainability. Look for eco-lodges, resorts with green certifications, or those engaged in conservation efforts. These places often offer educational experiences, organic dining options, and activities promoting environmental awareness.


What’s the best time of year to visit Costa Rica for a family vacation?

The dry season, from December to April, is generally considered the best time for family vacations. However, the “green season” (May to November) offers lush landscapes, fewer crowds, and lower rates. Keep in mind that the weather can vary across regions.

What amenities should I look for when choosing accommodations for my family in Costa Rica?

Essential amenities include family-friendly pools, kids’ clubs, nature-oriented tours, and convenient access to attractions. Also, consider options with spacious rooms or villas, on-site dining, and safety measures catering to children’s needs.

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