Awe-Inspiring Places in Costa Rica to Watch the Sunset

Corcovado National Park provides ample opportunity for memorable sunsets
Corcovado National Park provides ample opportunity for memorable sunsets | © Arctic-Images / Getty Images
Jo Fernandez

Watching the sunset at the end of every fun-filled day is one of the highlights of a holiday. Add in scenery that’s equally as gorgeous, from jungle-clad mountain tops to balmy beaches, and you’ve got the making of a perfect vacation. Costa Rica excels in top locations to watch the sun go down, and we’re sharing a selection with you, all bookable with Culture Trip.

1. Capitán Suizo Beachfront Boutique Hotel (Tamarindo Beach), for sublime sunset sighting

Boutique Hotel

Hotel Capitan Suizo breezy room with four poster bed, decking with dining area and a view of the beach
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At any time of the day, the location of this beachfront boutique hotel at the far end of Playa Tamarindo is simply unbeatable. You can see the sky blush pink and orange over the Pacific Ocean from the open-air restaurant. Although, watching the sun setting over the shimmering horizon after a day of boogie boarding, swimming and bronzing on the beach is the icing on the cake. Add in breezy thatched bungalows and two-story rooms among the jungle-clad surroundings home to howler monkeys, and it’s a dreamy prospect.

2. Bahia del Sol Beach Front Boutique Hotel (Potrero Beach), for small-scale charm

Boutique Hotel

Bahia del Sol Beach Front Boutique Hotel pool during sunset amid palms with a thatched cabana pool bar
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Although Costa Rica is laidback, this tiny tropical retreat facing Playa Potrero, one of the best beaches for swimming along the Pacific Coast, excels in helping you relax. Unwind in rooms and suites with added hammocks and nurtured tropical gardens home to a swim-up bar for toasting your success. You’ve found a peaceful fishing village vibe for your vacation, meaning crowd-free contemplation as you watch the sun slip down over the horizon.

3. JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort and Spa (Avellano Beach), for laid-back luxury

Resort, Spa Hotel, Chain Hotel

Avellano Beach outdoor pool amid thick rainforest with thatched cabana bar
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This hacienda-style resort has all the elements you’ve come to Costa Rica for – an oceanfront setting on pretty Playa Mansita, a bio-diverse halo of tropical forest hugging the perimeters, refined rooms with earthy elements and a show-stopping infinity pool – the largest in Central America, don’t you know. You’ve worked hard for this glamorous vacation, so relax, dip into the spa, hit some balls on the nearby 18-hole golf course and tuck into some gallo pinto – local rice and beans. Something that money can’t buy, is the sight of the romantic sunset each night, which may explain why there’s a chapel on site.

4. Hotel Vista de Olas (Mal Pais), for sunset cocktails

Boutique Hotel

Hotel Vista de Olas funky modern room with buddha artwork, bamboo feature and animal print lamp with patio area overlooking the forest
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If you favor hotels with out-of-the-way locations for a more authentic experience, this spot on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula is perfect for you. The rugged roads put off less intrepid guests, which means less noise to interrupt the tropical splendor of a swimming pool that appears to merge with the bluest of seas, and sun terraces surrounded by thick forest. Playa Malpais is a ten-minute walk if you need a dusting of sand with your sunset sighting, or else grab a rum cocktail and enjoy it from the pool.

5. Kurà Boutique Hotel (Uvita Rainforest), for adult-only designer digs

Boutique Hotel

Kurà Boutique Hotel with outdoor pool and loungers overlooking the Uvita Rainforest
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What could be more romantic than staying at the top of a mountain overlooking the southern Pacific coast? In what is possibly the sexiest hotel in Costa Rica, high in the Uvita rainforest, six open-plan suites clad in stone and glass also come with sweeping views over the jungle to the Pacific Ocean. The minimal style allows you to focus on the shimmering sunset as day turns to night. In-room binoculars are for spotting the monkeys and toucans that inhabit the lushness. Top marks for solar power and a locally-sourced menu including carpaccio marinated in lemongrass, basil and lime you can graze on at the 360-degree-view SkyLounge restaurant.

6. Chayote Lodge (Naranjo), for coffee culture and home comforts


Chayote Lodge twin room in simple style with traditional decor, balcony with hill views and polished wood floor
Courtesy of Chayote Lodge (Naranjo) / Expedia

This modern timber and glass-clad lodge honors the history of the verdant coffee plantations that surround it in Naranjo, part of Costa Rica’s mountainous Central Valley. Excellent coffee, naturally, means you’ll be as perky for the guided walks as for the excellent sunset-admiring opportunities. The valley and volcano views from each rustic bungalow’s wooden terrace are particularly spectacular as the misty Monteverde Cloud Forest clears to reveal the richly-colored sunset.

This is an updated rewrite of an article originally written by Jenn Parker.

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