20 Best
All-Inclusive Resorts in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a common destination for holidays with the best all-inclusive resorts to suit everyone’s travel goals. Since they began, all-inclusive resorts have drawn millions of tourists. They give an upscale experience that takes away a lot of anxiety and tension while planning a holiday.

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Overview

Majestic Waterfall on Rio Celeste (Left) and Arsenal Volcano (Right) - Costa Rica
Majestic Waterfall on Rio Celeste (Left) and Arsenal Volcano (Right) - Costa Rica

Costa Rica offers an incredibly diverse culture, climates, flora, fauna, and habitats; including rainforests, dry tropical and temperate forests, and volcanoes. Costa Rica has committed a full quarter of its territory to protect its national parks. These protected areas make it perhaps the biggest destination for eco-tourism on the planet.

There isn’t much that Costa Rica doesn’t give to tourists when it comes to natural wonders. In Arenal Volcano National Park, you can witness spectacular volcanic activity and discover rare cloud forests on the world-famous Monteverde Sky; Dive into the vibrant coral reef of Cahuita National Park, or go white river rafting down the Rio Toro canyons. 

With 750 miles of world-renowned Caribbean and Pacific beaches, it’s the ultimate getaway for swimming, hiking, biking, surfing, zip-lining, bird watching, rafting, fishing, and diving.

Costa Rica’s cities and towns seem to take a backseat to the country’s natural splendor. However, with the resort town of Jacó and the laidback Caribbean village of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca among the favorites, there are picturesque coastal settlements to enjoy.

Quick Facts
Climate

Tropical, with average temperatures ranging from 50°F in the mountains to 80°F at the beach. The average temperature is 72°F

Timezone

Costa Rica is in the Central Standard Time Zone. Local time is GMT -6

Language

Spanish is the official language, but English is widely spoken

Currency

Costa Rican currency is the Colon, but US dollars are widely accepted

Average Flight Time

New York/Newark 5 1⁄2 hours
Philadelphia 5 1⁄2 hours
Boston 6 hours
Chicago 5 1⁄2 hours
Miami 2 1⁄2 hours
Los Angeles 51⁄2 hours

Fun Fact

Costa Rica hosts more than 5% of the world's biodiversity

Top All-Inclusive Costa Rica Beach Resorts

Thanks to its long stretches of coastline in both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, all-inclusive Costa Rica beach resorts are famous amongst travelers. This nation is renowned for its eco-friendly resorts, the lifestyle of “Pura Vida,” and adventure sports, from surfing to zip-lining across cloud forests.

DoubleTree by Hilton Cariari San Jose

Pool Area At DoubleTree by Hilton
Pool Area At DoubleTree Hilton - Costa Rica

This resort has a view of the Pacific Ocean, with beautiful, dark volcanic sands just below the hillside. DoubleTree Resort provides an array of ocean-view guest rooms and suites that give you a view to remember.

This resort offers three restaurants and seven bars to find the exact taste you are looking for, including a sunset bar set over the waters on the hotel pier! Bring the kids on this holiday and keep them occupied on the playground or the children’s club.

Dreams Las Mareas

Aerial View of Dreams Las Mareas - Photo by Dreams Resorts
Aerial View of Dreams Las Mareas | Photo credit: Dreams Resorts

Dreams Las Mareas is a stunning all-inclusive beach resort perfect in a tropical environment for couples, families, and groups of friends looking to relax and unwind. All your meals, complimentary international and top-shelf snacks, unlimited non-alcoholic beverages, 24-hour concierge service, themed parties and nightly entertainment, and pool and beach service are included in the complete luxury package.

Tulemar Resort

Drone View at Tulemar Resort - Photo by Tulemar Resort
Drone View at Tulemar Resort | Photo credit: Tulemar Resort

The four-pearl Tulemar Resort is one of Manuel Antonio’s biggest and most fully-featured resorts. With tropical wildlife and lovely vegetation, the lush, 33-acre grounds are plentiful. You would not need to leave the property-with four infinity pools, a secluded beach, and an all-day, ocean-view restaurant; your day will be full.

Costa Rica’s classic family holiday, Tulemar Resort, is consistently ranked among the world’s best hotels with its octagonal luxury villas and beachfront location.

Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

View from Miramar Suite at Four Seasons Resort in Costa Rica - Photo by Four Seasons Resort
View from Miramar Suite at Four Seasons Resort in Costa Rica | Photo credit: Four Seasons Resort

The Four Seasons is comfortably among Central America’s most luxurious resorts, as close to perfection as it comes. One of the most popular features of the hotel is the spectacular scenic location at the very edge of the Peninsula, offering guests access to not one but two beautiful beaches.

Four Seasons also provides unique beach events for families and groups, including private beach barbeques, snorkeling & beach tours, and picnics.

Bahia del Sol Hotel

View at Portero Beach and Bahia Del Sol Hotel - Photo by Bahia Del Sol Hotel
View at Portero Beach and Bahia Del Sol Hotel | Photo credit: Bahia Del Sol Hotel

On an uncrowded stretch of Portero Beach, Bahia del Sol beachfront Boutique Hotel is a well-kept property with beautiful gardens and colorful bushes. Instead of the soft white sand found at nearby Playa Flamingo, Playa Potrero has dark sand, but its relatively calm waters make it suitable for swimming, and it lacks the crowds found at more popular beaches. The resort provides free exercise and yoga lessons for adventurous travelers as well as those who want a more sedentary holiday.

The Best All-Inclusive Family Resorts in Costa Rica

As a great holiday destination for family travel, this Central American country offers all-inclusive family resorts for all ages, interests, and skills. It has become a rising contender for the title of Best Family Vacation Destination.

Best Western Jaco Beach Resort

View at the pool area - Photo by Best Western Jaco Beach Resort
View at the pool area | Photo credit: Best Western Jaco Beach Resort

The resort is steps from the beach, with more than enough space for creating sandcastles. There are numerous pools, one for kids only, tennis courts, basketball courts, a playground, planned events, and more.

In addition to fun in the sun along Jaco Beach, between Herradura Bay and Esterillos Beach, the Best Western Jaco Beach All Inclusive Resort is where you can enjoy additional water sports and activities.

Margaritaville Beach Resort Playa Flamingo

Entrance to Margaritaville Beach Resort Playa Flamingo - Photo by Margaritaville Resorts
Entrance to Margaritaville Beach Resort Playa Flamingo | Photo credit: Margaritaville Resorts

It’s easy to see why tourists are so loyal to it, with mountains, mangroves, and the Pacific Ocean within easy reach of the retreat.

Salsa lessons, traditional art workshops, Spanish classes, face painting, and pool games are regular family-friendly events. Its swim-up pool bar and on-site spa enhance the oceanfront resort’s overall soothing vibe.

Westin Golf Resort and Spa

Family Lounge at The Westin Reserva Conchal - Photo by Westin Westin Hotels & Resorts
Family Lounge at The Westin Reserva Conchal | Photo credit: Westin Westin Hotels & Resorts

The Westin Golf Resort and Spa is situated on Guanacaste’s most sought after beaches, Playa Conchal. This is your place if you are looking for top-notch accommodation that also provides an array of facilities and luxuries. With the Kids’ Club, swimming pool, kids will have enough to keep them entertained; while enjoying your nightly entertainment.

JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa

Resort Grounds and Pool View - Photo by JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa
Resort Grounds and Pool View | Photo credit: JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa

The luxurious JW Marriott properties are always a treat for families, and JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa is no exception. This hacienda-style hotel offers breathtaking views of Guanacaste, famed for its biodiversity and spectacular beaches. The beachfront resort features water sports, children’s and infinity pools, children’s club, and five restaurants on-site.

Riu Palace Costa Rica Hotel

Pool at Riu Palace Costa Rica Hotel - Photo by Riu Hotels & Resorts
Pool at Riu Palace Costa Rica Hotel | Photo credit: Riu Hotels & Resorts

The comprehensive facilities are more sophisticated at this four-pearl resort than one would expect from a chain resort. The variety of activities and restaurants will undoubtedly please fans of all-inclusive hotels. During your stay at the Riu Palace Costa Rica Hotel, it can be hard to pull your little ones away from the children’s pool, playground, or the RiuLand children’s club. 

Water sports are also included in the rates, with each guest during their stay getting one free introductory scuba diving lesson available. The resort is situated right on Matapalo Beach, so don’t forget about family time on the beach.

Costa Rica's Most Romantic
All-Inclusive Honeymoon Resorts

There are many beautiful places to celebrate your honeymoon, and Costa Rica’s all-inclusive honeymoon resorts are always at the top of that list. This destination is perfect for adventure-loving couples who want to be involved and explore the outdoors and experience an enticing getaway on the beach.

Secrets Papagayo

Main pool area at Secrets Papagayo - Photo by AMResorts
Main pool area at Secrets Papagayo | Photo credit: AMResorts

Anxious for a romantic getaway? Consider this lovely adult-only resort in Costa Rica’s Guanacaste. Papagayo Secrets is situated on the Papagayo Peninsula, and when it comes to romance, it’s just the spot you’re looking for. Keep tucked away with 24-hour room service on your romantic getaway. With one of the few massages offered, you can also interact with your partner at the spa.

Tango Mar Beachfront Boutique Hotel & Villas

View from Royal Villa - Photo by Tango Mar Beach Front Resort
View from Royal Villa | Photo credit: Tango Mar Beach Front Resort

This hotel boutique jewel is absolutely secluded, making it suitable for honeymooners who want to feel worlds away. It is situated right on the insanely beautiful beach of Quizales, a mere 160-feet away from the water. Couples can walk in bamboo gardens, go horseback riding or hiking in the jungle, visit waterfalls and hide in romantic gazebos. The rooms are elegant with four-post beds, and suites are raised on stilts with private Jacuzzis.

Andaz Resort, Papagayo Peninsula

Couple Enjoying In Room Service at Andaz Resort - Photo by Andaz Resort
Couple Enjoying In Room Service at Andaz Resort | Photo credit: Andaz Resort

Andaz Resort is a romantic resort for couples on their honeymoons, situated on a private peninsula in Guanacaste. It is one of the finest beachfront accommodations in Costa Rica. The elements of the property are influenced by Costa Rican culture, down to the smallest detail. The Andaz is distinguished from other Costa Rica honeymoon hotels by immersive cooking lessons, mixology courses, live music, and other local touches.

Nayara Arenal Volcano Resort & Spa

Dinning at Nayara Arenal Volcano Resort & Spa - Photo by Nayara Resorts
Dinning at Nayara Arenal Volcano Resort & Spa | Photo credit: Nayara Resorts

Nayara is a breathtaking, five-star sanctuary, a natural landmark and tourist attraction, just miles from La Fortuna near the Arenal Volcano. There’s a heated outdoor pool, tucked-away fountains, scenic rainforest paths, and even a swim-up bar! You and your partner can sit deep in the rainforest with a natural spring flowing under it, and the spa is a highlight.

Makanda by the Sea Hotel

Romantic Set Up at Makanda by the Sea Hotel - Photo by Makanda Hotel
Romantic Set Up at Makanda by the Sea Hotel | Photo credit: Makanda Hotel

For your honeymoon, you can also stay at Makanda by the Sea Hotel for a boutique hotel experience in an adult-only atmosphere. Two infinity pools, a large Jacuzzi, a high-end hotel, a private beach, and a spa are all here for you to enjoy. A honeymoon package to boost a little romance in the beauty of nature is provided by Makanda. Honeymoon suites with their own private pool or Jacuzzi are available here.

Costa Rica's Top Adults-Only
All-Inclusive Resorts

No wonder why Costa Rica’s getaways are becoming increasingly popular. Often, couples and single travelers alike only want to escape to all-inclusive resorts for adults-only that promise peace and quiet. Costa Rica’s adult resorts cater to honeymooners, couples, solo adult travelers,

Occidental Papagayo - Adults Only

Aerial View - Photo by Occidental Papagayo Adults Only
Aerial View | Photo credit: Occidental Papagayo Adults Only

From the safety of your own balcony, the Occidental Papagayo provides you with a perfect view. This is the ideal backdrop for a relaxing holiday. 

The relaxed environment and leisurely pace allow you to relax properly, leaving your worries behind, while drinks are delivered at your request by the welcoming service. Premium-level service and luxury in all types of rooms will pamper you.

Kura Design Villas

Peaceful Pool views at Kura Design Villas - Photo by Kura Design Villas
Peaceful Pool views at Kura Design Villas | Photo credit: Kura Design Villas

Adults looking for peaceful comfort should consider retiring to the stylish villas of Kura, perched on the cliffs high above the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. This elegant luxury resort features futuristic architecture, a stark and beautiful contrast to the surrounding rainforest. 

The infinity pool of Kura Design Villas effortlessly blends with the ocean in the background, creating an endless blue sea to look upon as you relax with a cocktail and soak up the sun. 

There are only eight villas at Kura, so guests can expect an intimate and exclusive experience even when the hotel is packed.

Oxygen Jungle Villas

Aerial View - Photo by Oxygen Jungle Villas
Aerial View | Photo credit: Oxygen Jungle Villas

This peaceful refuge is tucked away in the rainforest, just an hour south of busy Manuel Antonio. Oxygen Jungle Villas is an adult-only jungle hotel experience exclusive to Costa Rica’s South Pacific region. Massages for couples and spa treatments here are a specialty, making it a must-visit. The Balinese-style villas were built to establish a connection between every couple’s accommodation and the surrounding jungle.

Los Altos De Eros

Hotel View - Photo by Los Altos De Eros
Hotel View | Photo credit: Los Altos De Eros

Los Altos de Eros is an upscale, adult-only, luxury hotel with six suites. With rooms surrounding a free-form infinity pool overlooking the Guanacaste region’s stretching mountains and valleys and the distant Pacific. The vibe here is social and villa-like. The hotel is somewhat isolated and needs a journey to access a steep, rocky path, but that’s part of its attraction.

Need To Know

Post COVID-19 Travel Guidelines

We believe that you can still appreciate what makes this country special with some main improvements and extra precautions. Before traveling, make sure you read and double-check the entry requirements, considering that they may be updated.

Getting Around (Transportation)

Buses are the most popular way to get around Costa Rica, and the public bus system, even in remote areas, is excellent, affordable, and reasonably frequent. If you think about renting a car, bear in mind that it is expensive and keep in mind that driving distances are longer than they appear on the map because of the challenging terrain.

Safety

Although Costa Rica is one of the safest traveling countries, that doesn’t mean that you should let down your guard. As in at any tourist place you should take precaution, at all times and in all areas, particularly at bus stations and on public transport, belongings should be carefully observed. Do not wear jewelry or bring large quantities of cash while walking the streets or at the beach.

Conclusion

Costa Rica is one of the most bio-diverse regions globally. The lush rainforests are abundant with exotic wildlife, the majestic Arenal Volcano and its surrounding thermal hot springs, the beautiful palm-fringed beaches-are all a must to explore. You will find what you are searching for, whether it is an adventure, family-friendly events, good food, or all-inclusive luxury hotels.

So it’s no surprise that you will be planning your next getaway here in beautiful Costa Rica.

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