The Best Places to Stay in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Guanacaste Resorts - Why Visit?

One of the best things about Guanacaste is the weather
While most parts of the country have a few months of hefty rain, Guanacaste’s rainy season is pretty mild. As a result, you’ll have fantastic sunny weather, most of the day, no matter what month you come.
Another factor that draws people to Guanacaste is the international airport. Depending on where you stay, it might be a short ride to your hotel once you arrive. In less than an hour, you could be sipping a tropical cocktail in the pool or relaxing on one of many gorgeous beaches.

A Perfect Mix of Relaxation and Adventure 

Guanacaste offers a mix of relaxation and adventure
There are beautiful beaches for sunbathing and spas for those who want to relax. If you're looking for adventure and activities, there's surfing, diving, snorkeling, paddle boarding, white-water rafting, zip lining, ATVs, mountain biking, horseback riding, golf, and more. 
And then there's the natural environment. Guanacaste is home to a dry tropical forests with over 250 species of birds plus plenty of animals and marine life. 

A Varied Mix of Hotels

Guanacaste offers a mix of boutique hotels and large, brand-name resorts. With so much variety, there’s something for everyone. 
If your group has some laid-back members and others who seek thrills, one can be at the spa while another mountain bikes and a few more spend the day on a catamaran in the ocean. 


What are the Best Guanacaste Hotels Like?

Luxurious and high-end hotels are Guanacaste’s trademark, providing everything a luxury vacation should do. 
With modern, comfortable rooms, fine dining restaurants, pool bars, entertainment programs, and countless activities, our Guanacaste beach hotels are the finest in the country.


Best Luxury and All-Inclusive Hotels in Guanacaste


The Westin Conchal Golf Resort & Spa

The Westin Conchal Golf Resort & Spa is an excellent all-inclusive just an hour from the Guanacaste Airport in Liberia. 
You can relax here knowing all your food and drinks are covered, and you’ll never go over budget. Not only are your meals and drinks included, but some on-site activities are, too. 
There’s a fitness center, tennis courts, pools, snorkeling gear, kayaks, boogie boards, and bikes you can use. You can also book scuba diving or fishing excursions, or a day at the spa. 
This resort has both family-friendly and adults-only pools plus an championship 18-hole golf course.

The Four Seasons

The Four Seasons is a hillside resort in Papagayo, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Just 30 minutes from the Guanacaste Airport, it has four swimming pools, relaxing spa treatments, and top class dining.
You can enjoy the two beaches for relaxation and water sports, including surfing, kayaking, and paddle boarding. Catamaran tours are also available. 
The Four Seasons is also home to a championship 18-hole golf course. Golf Digest ranks this Arnold Palmer-designed course as one of the “Top 100 Courses Outside the United States”. It features dramatic elevation changes with unbeatable views.


Margaritaville in Playa Flamingo is popular with families and groups looking for an all-inclusive, beachfront stay in Costa Rica.
This is the perfect place to escape and disconnect with pure fun in the sun. It includes meals, drinks, and snacks.

The JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort

The JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort is a luxury resort built in a modern hacienda style. It’s one of the best hotels in Costa Rica, and great for families with children of all ages, groups, and couples. 
There are on-site activities for your entertainment, including an 18-hole golf course designed by Mike Young. 
It’s located an hour and a half from the Guanacaste Airport and at least a half-hour from the nearest town, so it’s easy to get to and secluded enough for a laid-back vacation to remember.

Boutique Hotels in Guanacaste

Guanacaste is also home to some of best boutique resorts in Costa Rica. Casa Chameleon in Las Catalinas and Cala Luna in Tamarindo are two gems you don’t want to miss. 
Intimacy, relaxation, and romance are the priorities at these boutique hotels, surrounded by tropical gardens and offering laid-back luxury with fantastic personal service.

Casa Chameleon

Casa Chameleon is an adults-only oasis in the community of Las Catalinas. It’s easy to unwind and relax by the infinity pool. Enjoy pool service, a full restaurant and bar for meals and snacks, and even spa treatments.

Cala Luna

Cala Luna is eco-chic and gorgeous. The ambiance of this Tamarindo boutique has to be felt to be believed. From the grounds of this hotel, you'll see monkeys and other astonishing wildlife. 
It’s great for couples, families, and groups of friends looking for a peaceful place close to a happening town. 

Borinquen Mountain Resort & Spa

Borinquen Mountain Resort & Spa is the best option for adventurers who want to enjoy the great outdoors and experience an authentic Guanacaste vibe. 
It provides a great variety of on-site activities, with easy access to the Rincón de la Vieja National Park. So whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation, or even a place to hold a wedding or honeymoon, Borinquen has you covered. 

The list of hotel options in Guanacaste goes on and on, but the devil is in the details. To discover which of the best hotels in Guanacaste, Costa Rica is the one for you, contact us today! 
Your time in a Guanacaste hotel, be it a boutique hotel or an all-inclusive, will be a luxurious and unforgettable experience.
We look forward to sharing this slice of paradise with you and your favorite travel companions.

FAQs About the Best Places to Stay in Guanacaste, Costa Rica


How many days do you need in Guanacaste, Costa Rica?

Three hundred sixty-five would be fabulous! The rest of your days are even better! You might want to spend about a week on your first trip to Guanacaste (before realizing you want to stay forever). It’s also a popular option to combine 3-4 days in Guanacaste with another three or so in a cloud forest or volcano and rainforest area.

Does Guanacaste have good beaches? 

Many of the beaches voted best in the country are found in Guanacaste. Fun fact: There are a few beaches in the country called “Playa Hermosa,” or “Beautiful Beach,” but the most beautiful of all of them is the one in Guanacaste. It’s about 15 minutes from Playas del Coco, for reference.

What airport do you fly into for Guanacaste, Costa Rica? 

Guanacaste Airport (LIR) in the city of Liberia would be the airport of choice, but transfers from San Jose (SJO) can easily be arranged. 

What side of Costa Rica is Guanacaste on?

It’s on the West/Pacific side, and the Pacific beaches are amazing! 
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