Best Costa Rica all inclusive resorts: plan your trip

By Tetiana PavlichenkoSep 18, 2023 10:14 AMCosta Rica
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Best Costa Rica all inclusive resorts: plan your trip
Costa Rica resorts are guaranteed to make your vacation unforgettable. Source: Image Frank Ravizza/Pixabay

Costa Rica vacation resorts are the place where you can put all your worries aside and enjoy immersing yourself in the perfect atmosphere of tropical beauty and carefree relaxation. Enjoy outdoor activities, warm climate and incredible scenery. You can visit world-famous national parks, visit volcanoes and caves, raft down a raging river or fly a ziplane over the jungle.

Traveling to Costa Rica with an all-inclusive package will be your most unforgettable adventure. Do you prefer a more relaxed style of vacation? No problem: hot springs, soft sandy beaches, romantic entertainment and a variety of activities at luxury resorts: from spas and golf to excursions and raucous parties. Costa Rica all-inclusive resorts take on allthe responsibilities of organizing the perfect vacation. So it is much easier for travelers to coordinate their desires with the budget in advance, so as not to worry about it during the holiday. Once you book a place at one of Costa Rica's best all inclusive resorts, your only obligation is to enjoy this unforgettable adventure.

1. The Westin Reserva Conchal

Best Costa Rica all inclusive resorts: plan your trip
This place combines a beach and golf resort, as well as a spa center. Source: Image Marriott.com.

This best all inclusive Costa Rica resort is located near beautiful Playa Conchal Beach in Brasilito Bay. The breathtaking sunsets make it a popular destination for romantic getaways. The hotel offers spacious air-conditioned rooms with comfortable beds and 24-hour service. The resort has several bars and restaurants on site, specializing in cuisines from around the world, from Latin American and Italian classics to Asian delights and popular American dishes. Guest perks include a fitness center, tennis courts and an outdoor pool. Guests traveling with families will appreciate the kids' club and children's pool. You can also rent bicycles, play golf, and go on excursions. The Westin Reserva Conchal is known for its spa center with treatments ranging from facials to body wraps.

2. Occidental Papagayo

This delightful five-star resort in the Guanacaste area is for adult guests only. It has a 5-star rating, but is fairly moderately priced. The hotel overlooks the cliffs of Culebra Bay, and its spacious rooms offer beautiful coastal views. This Costa Rica resort also offers all inclusive and boasts two pools , a spa, and a private beach. Each room has a minibar and a private balcony. The hotel concierge can help you plan additional activities: excursions and tours outside the resort, archery, playing tennis on the hotel court, visiting the fitness center, and sea kayaking. There are several bars and restaurants on site serving Asian and Italian cuisine.

3. Rancho Margot

This eco-resort is located in a mountain valley surrounded by rainforest, 40 minutes from La Fortuna. Nearby is Arenal Volcano National Park and the lake of the same name. The over 400 acre property has 19 bungalows and 20 houses spaced far apart to provide its guests with privacy and the opportunity to connect with nature. The bungalows are equipped with large beds, bathrooms with showers, balconies and terraces with hammocks. In the houses, accommodation is available on a hostel type basis: guests can rent a place in a shared room, the house has a shared bathroom with shower and a balcony. This is one of Costa Rica's most popular all-inclusive packages, which include 3 organic farm buffet meals a day, a ranch tour, yoga classes, a fishing pond, a natural spring water pool, hiking trails in the rainforest, and a bar with signature cocktails and live music.

4. Secrets Papagayo

One of Costa Rica's top rated all inclusive resorts on the Pacific coast welcomes adults-only guests just steps from Arenilla Beach. Over 200 rooms and suites at the five-star hotel have private furnished terraces or balconies with breathtaking views of Papagayo Bay and lush tropical gardens. Rates include 24-hour room service, meals and premium drinks at a dozen restaurants and bars, and on-site entertainment. The resort also offers poolside relaxation, water sports, live music and a world-class spa with treatments for one and massages for couples in private rooms. If desired, visitors can also take excursions on foot or horseback to swim at the foot of the waterfalls. Accommodations with small pets are available at the resort.

5. La Paloma Lodge

This luxury resort is located on the Osa Peninsula in Drake Bay and attracts guests with secluded black sand beaches and superb views of the Pacific Ocean. It has prepared 7 secluded one and two-story bungalows and 4 hotel rooms in the middle of the wilderness for its guests. All are equipped with large beds, bed and bath amenities, balconies with hammocks and en-suite bathrooms. Meals are included, as well as day trips to Corcovado National Park and the Caño Island Bioreserve, where snorkeling and diving are available. In Drake Bay, you can also watch humpback whales on their migration and see whale sharks. The resort also provides concierge services to organize other activities such as kayaking, sport fishing, horseback riding, mangrove tours and a night tour of the wild rainforest.

6. Villas Sol Hotel & Beach Resort

Best Costa Rica all inclusive resorts: plan your trip
Surrounded by lush forest, the villas offer impeccable sea views. Source: Image Villassol.com

Another one of Costa Rica's best vacation resorts is located on the famous pristine beach of Playa Hermosa surrounded by lush forest. Accommodation is organized in cozy rooms and spacious villas with modern interiors in a calm color palette. All rooms are equipped with large beds, bathrooms with rain shower, most of them have a balcony or access to the terrace; some villas are complemented by small private pools. There's an on-site restaurant, several bars and a snack bar by the main pool. Ask the concierge for a program of activities. You can tour Palo Verde National Park, a cacao farm, a botanical garden, hike to the hot springs and waterfalls of Arenal and Rio Celeste, go ATVing and whitewater rafting. And, of course, pay tribute to the magnificent beaches of Flamingo, Brasilito, Tamarindo and the many stores on the latter.

7. La Carolina Lodge

Themost popular all inclusive resorts in Costa Rica offer not only beautiful views but also unique activities. For example, La Carolina Lodge is surrounded by dense forest with river views and is located on the slopes of the Tenorio Volcano. Guests are accommodated in huts and houses of various sizes with one or more bedrooms, bathrooms, verandas with hammocks, some also have wood-fired hot tubs and fireplaces. Meals (three courses of local cuisine), non-alcoholic beverages, and on-site activities are included: tropical garden walks and bird watching, horseback riding, cow milking, and socializing with calves in the on-site barn. Guests can also enjoy a riverside spa, yoga, rafting, horseback riding or a day trip to natural attractions such as Arenal Volcano, Las Pumas Reserve and Rio Celeste Falls for an additional fee.

8. Riu Guanacaste

This luxurious 5-star resort is located on Guanacaste's Mata Palo Beach and features 700 standard, superior rooms and suites. It is the largest hotel on this list of Costa Rica all inclusive resorts, which includes meals, snacks and drinks, 24-hour room service. There are several swimming pools and Jacuzzis, a spa with a variety of treatments and a gym; there are 4 restaurants and buffets in the hotel. It is an excellent choice for family vacations thanks to programs for children. Activities for guests include themed dinners, live music and discos, children's shows, group fitness classes, kayaking, tennis, canoeing, an introductory diving lesson in the pool and a visit to the casino.

9. CC Beach Front Papagayo.

This exclusive beachfront boutique hotel surrounded by rainforest is located in Papagayo Bay across from Panama Beach. It offers its guests 50 rooms in different categories. The master suite has a furnished terrace, Jacuzzi, kitchen with dining area and living room. Superior suites feature a marble bathroom, balcony, minibar and bath amenities. Standards with ocean or garden views have en suite bathrooms, minibars, and some also have Jacuzzis. On-site facilities include volleyball and playgrounds, pool and ping-pong tables, two pools and hiking areas. The best inclusive resorts in Costa Rica allow you to get as close to nature as possible. Walking through the forest in the area, you can meet sloths, monkeys, and other animals. Guests can dine at two restaurants serving gourmet Costa Rican and international cuisine, and enjoy a variety of drinks at several bars. ATV riding, kayaking and hiking in Arenal Volcano National Park are available for an additional fee.

10. Fiesta Resort All Inclusive

One of the top 5 all-inclusive family resorts in Costa Rica is located by a dark volcanic sand beach and surrounded by tropical gardens. On the territory there are five swimming pools, spa, amphitheater with entertainment and children's club, volleyball court and tennis court, as well as three restaurants with Latin American and international cuisine and five bars. There are 408 rooms and suites with colorful designs and and and private balconies overlooking the pool, garden or ocean. This is one of the best places in Costa Rica for all-inclusive vacations for families, as the hotel boasts a wide variety of activities for guests: sports (beach soccer, Zumba, water aerobics, mini-golf), dancing, language lessons, origami and cocktail making, pool parties. In the evening guests can visit night entertainment shows, discos, relax in karaoke and bars with live music.

11. Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica

Best Costa Rica all inclusive resorts: plan your trip
The picturesque hotel offers a wide range of entertainment for the whole family. Source: Image Fiestaresort.com

The perfect hideaway for two and at the same time a charming family resort is located off Playa El Hobo Beach in Guacanaste amidst mountains and jungle. Accommodation is provided in various categories of rooms with balconies and suites with pool access and 24-hour service. Accommodation includes meals and drinks in 8 restaurants and several bars. There is a world-class spa on site offering a range of rejuvenating treatments, beauty therapies and complexes with sauna, steam room and waterfall showers. Inclusive vacations at this Costa Rica resort are not only focused on solo travelers, but also on families with children. Therefore, the selection of activities for all ages is constantly expanding: from biking and hiking tours through the rainforest to an active volcano, rafting, horseback riding and water sports to table tennis, movies on the big screen, beach parties and cooking and Spanish lessons.

12. Occidental Tamarindo

One of Costa Rica's most romantic inclusive resorts and the perfect honeymoon destination is located on Langosta Beach, 2 kilometers from the center of Tamarindo. This five-star hotel is the only all-inclusive resort in this area of Costa Rica. You can choose to stay in one of the 198 rooms and suites with ocean views and elegant understated interiors. This place is perfect for family vacations and secluded couple's vacations, and it will also be appreciated by surfing fans and lovers of natural attractions. There are several restaurants and bars on site, an excellent spa offering beauty and therapeutic treatments, an outdoor pool with Jacuzzi, and a tennis court. Spend time in the sun on the immaculate beaches, go aerobics in the pool or kayaking, canoeing and scuba diving, or play giant chess on the grounds - the resort doesn't hold back in entertaining its guests.

13. Hotel Riu Palace

This huge all-inclusive hotel on Matapalo Beach in Guanacaste, Costa Rica is perfect for families. There's plenty of space and more than 500 rooms and suites to stay in. It offers its guests 4 swimming pools (with a bar at the edge of one of them), Jacuzzi, sauna, gym and wellness center Renova Spa with various procedures and massage. There are several restaurants on the territory. The hotel organizes beach activities (diving, windsurfing, open ocean fishing, kayaking) and provides equipment for its guests, as well as ecotours to volcanic areas and activities for children and the whole family during the day. On-site facilities include volleyball courts, a tennis court, and For Seasons Golf Club. Like most other Costa Rica travel resorts, it is the starting point for excursions to Rincon de la Vieja National Park and Safari Park and to visit Liberia, the capital of Guanacaste province.

14. Margaritaville Beach Resort

Best Costa Rica all inclusive resorts: plan your trip
Resorts in Costa Rica provide all the conditions for a variety of activities. Source: Image margaritavillebeachresortcostarica.com

This gorgeous Pacific Oceanfront resort with golden sands is located on Flamingo Beach. Authentically decorated rooms and suites offer modern amenities and scenic views from private balconies of the beach, pool and gardens. At this resort you can relax by the pool with a cocktail, sunbathe on the beautiful beach or engage in active water activities, play tennis on the court, visit the fitness center and salsa classes and enjoy a massage at the spa. You can also diversify your stay with tropical garden tours and exotic animal watching, snorkeling, surfing and deep-sea fishing. A morning cruise on a rented yacht to see dolphins and manta rays will leave a special impression. Guests can dine in three restaurants and enjoy drinks in two bars, including a rooftop bar. We've listed this resort as one of the best in Costa Rica 2023, although there is no all-inclusive. But there is a similar package that includes three meals a day, snacks and unlimited drinks, popcorn and drinks at the resort's movie theater, and bike rentals.

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