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The Top 10 Beach Hotels in Costa Rica

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Updated: 10 November 2017
If you are in search of a tropical paradise and heavenly accommodations, look no further. Costa Rica has two coastlines and hundreds of beaches. While there are also hundreds of hotels to choose from, these are some of the best ones on the sea.

Rip Jack Inn

Rip Jack Inn is a family-owned and feel-like-family-when-you’re-here beachfront boutique hotel in Playa Grande in Guanacaste. There are 22 rooms in total and five different types of rooms to choose from, including a bungalow, family suite, or deluxe pool room. There are two pools, a beautiful yoga shala, and a fabulous bar and restaurant. What’s even better is the beach is directly in front of the hotel and just a quick walk down a lovely path from your room. There are monkeys in the trees, the sound of the ocean in the air, and nothing but good vibes here. Yogis, surfers, and nature lovers will find this place to be paradisal.

Playa Cativo Lodge

Playa Cativo Lodge blends right into its rainforest and beach environment on the Osa Peninsula on the coast of Gulfo Dulce. If you want to stay at an eco lodge that goes above and beyond for their guests, this is it. There are several different types of luxurious rooms, a gourmet restaurant that features traditional Costa Rica cuisine, a library, and a pool. They also offer several different types of packages to fit the needs and interests of all different types of guests, including a wellness package, a bird and nature lovers package, and a romance package. The Osa Peninsula is one of the most extraordinary places on earth and what better way to experience it than by staying at an extraordinary lodge.

Hotel Capitan Suizo

Hotel Capitan Suizo is a charming and truly romantic beachfront boutique hotel that is a perfect choice for a honeymoon. It is also family-friendly, though. You cannot beat the location, as it is situated on the far south end of Playa Tamarindo (which is typically way less crowded) and is a perfect sunset and swimming beach. You can easily walk into town, but are just far enough away from the center of town that you avoid all the liveliness and noise. The rooms and bungalows are incredibly cozy. There is a restaurant, bar, pool, and spa on the premises, too.

Blue Osa Yoga Retreat and Spa

Blue Osa Yoga Retreat and Spa is peacefully positioned on the alluring and nature-rich Osa Peninsula. This 12-room luxury eco boutique provides guests with the perfect environment to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and rejuvenate through yoga, nature, spa treatments, healthy, organic and farm-fresh meals, luxurious accommodations, and fresh ocean and rainforest air. Just steps away from the ocean, this is a zen-inducing environment. You can spend your days doing yoga, soaking in the sun, exploring the biologically-rich Osa Peninsula, and letting this peaceful and beautiful environment seep into your soul.

Hotel Banana Azul

Hotel Banana Azul is an adult-only luxury beachfront boutique on Costa Rica’s picturesque Caribbean coast. There are a variety of accommodation choices at Hotel Banana Azul, including 14 guests room that are attached to the main hotel, a treehouse apartment, and four two-story guest houses that have full kitchens and private plunge pools. There’s a restaurant, a pool, a beach club, a number of outdoor spaces to explore, and wireless internet. If you are looking for a tropical beach escape, this is your haven.

Tango Mar Beachfront Boutique Hotel and Villas

Tango Mar is harmoniously settled on a 150-acre private beachfront reserve in Tambor on the Nicoya Peninsula. This luxurious and intimate resort has it all, including five-star accommodations, an onsite restaurant, a bar that serves up tasty tropical cocktails, a spa, and of course a fantastic bird watching tour. The bird watching tour takes you through the Pochote Mangroves at sunset where you will have the opportunity to observe hundreds of species of birds alongside a knowledgable guide. This is truly a dream place to spend your beach vacation in Costa Rica. Everything you need is here.

Arenas Del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort

Arenas Del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort is a luxury carbon neutral hotel within walking distance of the famous Manuel Antonio National Park. Their ocean view premium rooms have a 330 square-foot private deck that overlooks that Pacific Ocean and the park, a private hot tub and day bed on the deck, a huge king sized bed, and a living area complete with kitchenette and dining table. The beauty of your surroundings here is truly awe-inspiring. Arenas Del Mar is the absolute perfect blend of luxury, sustainable tourism, and a beach and rainforest setting that is unmatched by any other place.


Florblanca is a luxurious beachfront boutique resort in the picturesque surf town of Santa Teresa. If you want to surf, go zip lining, horseback ride, hike to a waterfall, do yoga, bask in the equatorial sun, dine on exquisite and locally sourced gourmet meals, pamper yourself with spa treatments, and start and end your day in a divinely comfortable private villa, Florblanca is definitely your kind of place. The Nicoya Peninsula is one of the five Blue Zones and when you spend time here you will understand why.

Ylang Ylang Beach Resort

Ylang Ylang Beach Resort is located in the peaceful bohemian beach town of Montezuma on the Nicoya Peninsula. This charming beachfront boutique hotel is perfectly suited for honeymooners, families, surfers, yogis, and nature lovers. There are several different types of bungalows and rooms to choose from, including a beachfront bungalow, a treetop canopy suite, and a family beach suite. Breakfast and an a la carte dinner is included in your stay. There is an onsite pool, spa, restaurant, bar, and ocean view yoga shala. There is surf and waterfalls nearby and several bars and restaurants to try in the Montezuma area.

Azul Ocean Club Hotel

Azul Ocean Club Hotel is an oceanfront hotel right on the stunning and peaceful Playa Azul in Guanacaste. Azul Ocean Club is a socially responsible hotel and they use all biodegradable products and materials. Everything you need to have the most spectacular beach getaway is at Azul Ocean Club Hotel. There are two exquisite restaurants, luxury villas and rooms, a variety of activities and tours available, an inviting pool, and the space and atmosphere to just breathe in the Pacific Ocean air and let go of all of your worries.