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Costa Rica enjoys a staggering diversity of ecosystems, some of the world’s best beaches, and good weather year-round. It has coastlines on two major oceans, active volcanoes and five different types of forest. It has been a hot spot for eco- and adventure tourism for decades.
Costa Rica is in Central America, sandwiched between Nicaragua and Panama, but has managed to escape much of the political turmoil of the region. It has a strong environmental track record with nearly 25 percent of the country set aside as national parks or conservation areas.
Hike up an active volcano, find pristine lagoons, and see all kinds of exotic flora and fauna. Adventurers can go mountain bike riding, zip-lining, and white water rafting. Nature lovers will feel right at home in Costa Rica, with several distinct topographical regions and highly varied weather patterns yielding a biodiversity found in few other places on the planet.
Visit many different types of forest, including cloud forests, which have frequent low-level cloud cover, and rain forests, known for high rainfall and moist vegetation. Spot monkeys, sloths and any of the several hundred species of birds and reptiles that live in the area.
Hit the beach to relax in the sun or go for a surf. You’ll find a laid-back atmosphere at Montezuma, fine-dining restaurants at Tamarindo, and oceanfront night clubs, bars and restaurants in Jaco and Dominical. San José, the capital city, is more developed and urban. Surfers should paddle out into the waters of the Central Pacific Coast and Guanacaste. Take a trip over to the country’s Caribbean side to find secluded and seemingly untouched beaches. You’ll see where the forest meets the sand and get the chance to see all kinds of animals.
The name Costa Rica translates as Rich Coast. As one of the greenest, safest and most-relaxed destinations in Central America, it lives up to its name.
A restful alternative to the busier resorts of Costa Rica, Hotel Luisiana is 10 minutes' drive from the international airport and only 20 minutes from downtown San José. Guests can relax in the sleepy atmosphere of San Luis, or drive 11 minutes to the sprawling Multiplaza shopping mall.
Barcelo San Jose Palacio is situated on tropically landscaped grounds, 3 km (2 mi) from the museums, markets, and theaters of downtown San Jose; the airport is a 15-minute ride by complimentary shuttle (available on request).
This family-friendly San Jose hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Children's Museum, Jade Museum, and Gold Museum. Central Park and National Theater are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in the heart of Santa Ana, this romantic hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Business Center Forum 1, Momentum Lindora Shopping Center, and Business Center Forum 2. Multiplaza Mall Escazu and Hospital Cima San José are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in Arenal Hot Springs, this spa lodge is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Arenal Natura Ecological Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Ecotermales Fortuna and Ecoglide Arenal Park. Costa Rica Chocolate Tour and Arenal Adventure World are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from City Mall and within 9 mi (15 km) of Zoo Ave and Costa Rica National Stadium. La Paz Waterfall Gardens and Poas National Park are also within 25 mi (40 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cariari Bowling Center, Plaza Real Cariari, and Ultrapark Free Zone & Business Center. Global Park Free Zone and Business Park and Metro Free Zone & Business Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in Rio Segundo, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Alajuela Cathedral, City Mall, and Central Park. Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto and National Center of Art and Culture are also within 12 mi (20 km).