Costa Rica

Costa Rica Regions and Hotels

We’ve divided Costa Rica into 8 different regions. Because Costa Rica is mountainous, it takes a long time to get from one point to another. The mistake people make, so often, is first they pick a hotel, then decide what they should do. In Costa Rica, it is the opposite. First, decide what you want to see and do; because that determines what regions of Costa Rica you should visit.

We’ve included a few hotels in each region as samples of the types of hotels available.  But please remember we work with hundreds of hotels in Costa Rica.  We do not list every hotel here because it is too voluminous and the best way for us to help you is to send you a customized itinerary and quote based on your interests and budget.  The best, easiest and fastest way for us to help you is to talk with you on the telephone. So please call us today!

Costa Rica Region Map South Pacific Region Central Valley Region Caribbean Region Central Pacific Region Arenal Region Monteverde Region Nicoya Peninsula Region North Pacific Region
More InfoCentral Valley

The heart of the country is the central valley where the capital of San Jose is located. The number of hotels to choose from is overwhelming - from a 5-star Marriott to the Hampton Inn and everything in between. We like to help our clients find unique hotels that reflect what Costa Rica has to offer. Don't shy away from spending time in this area just because of its metropolitan area. There are many amazing tours and attractions that are in the outlying areas of San Jose which are very well worth experiencing!
More InfoArenal

The Arenal region is dominated by a volcano which has been continually erupting since the 1960's. Watching the fireshow is memorizing, especially if you are sitting in warm, thermal hot springs that the geology of the volcano supplies. This region is lush and green, a combination of rainforest punctuated by farm and ranchlands. Lake Arenal adds an additional natural attraction with fishing, windsurfing, boating and beautiful scenery.
More InfoMonteverde

Monteverde is the most well known cloudforest of Costa Rica; however, there are other cloudforests more easily accessible. Cloudforest receives most of its precipitation through mist or fog rising from humid, lower altitudes. The ground is noticibly dry and dusty compared with the mossy, moist trees above. Traveling to Monteverde is time consuming due to the quality of the roads which lead there and its remote location.
More InfoNorth Pacific

Dry Tropical Forest dominates the North Pacific Coast. From December through May, the topography resembles that of Mexico. The trees drop their leaves and it is desert-like with hot, dry winds. There are many all-inclusive hotels in this region, as activities are limited to those within the resorts or ocean activities. The North Pacific is primarily a beach only destination, as lush, green rainforest is several hours away.

More InfoNicoya Peninsula

The Nicoya Peninsula shares many characteristics of the North Pacific Coast, with its dry, arid environment. Traveling to the Peninsula is time consuming, requiring domestic flights or long drive times, some requiring the use of the ferry. The less accessible western coast is sought for isolated, romantic beach getaways or surfing. The eastern coastline is more developed, with larger resorts and day cruises from the mainland to Tortuga Island.
More InfoCentral Pacific

The Central Pacific coast is an easily accessible region with an abundance of rainforest and beach activities. Hotels and resorts are plentiful with many options to choose from. Herradura Bay has the country's only Marina with slips requiring no tendering. Several national parks showcase transitional zone rainforest, home to a wide variety of plant and animal life.
More InfoSouth Pacific

The South Pacific Coast is generally recognized as the Osa Peninsula. It is the most remote of all regions in Costa Rica and boasts the monacre of "the most biologically intense" place in Costa Rica by National Geographic. Driving there is very time consuming, so most travelers use domestic flights. Drake Bay resorts provide access to Caño Island and Corcovado National Park. Puerto Jimenez is more remote and less populated on the opposite side of the peninsula.
More InfoCaribbean

The Caribbean Coast is heavily forested with expansive beaches on the mid to southern coastline. The northern end is famous for Tarpon and Snook fishing and the Tortuguero canal with its riverboat wildlife viewing. Getting there requires a day's travel time, either by domestic flight or bus/boat transport. The mid and southern coastline has a noticable caribbean influence, is less traveled than the Pacific coastline, and has the port city of Limon.