Central Pacific: Hotels from Manuel Antonio and Jaco to Puntarenas

Manuel Antonio National Park (& Cerro Nara)

Around Jaco: Parrita | Playa Herradura | Punta Leona

Around: Puntarenas & Nicoya Gulf


Hotels at Manuel Antonio National Park

Located 500m from the entrance of Manuel Antonio National Park, close to the public beach. 20 rooms of 4 categories with simple furniture on 2 floors. With terrace or balcony. Kitchenettes, except in the "economic" category. No breakfast, no restaurant. Small pool, trail leading to the beach.
Our Opinion: Unpretentious accommodations at an affordable price… a rarity in Manuel Antonio.


VILLA TECA superior | ¢¢¢
Villa Teca has 20 two-room bungalows on a high plateau amid a large, pleasant tropical garden. Each room has air conditioning, 2 twin beds or a double bed, a private bathroom (shower) and a small terrace offering a nice view on the vegetation. Swimming pool on two levels, bar and restaurant.
Our Opinion: One of the few good small addresses in this class at Manuel Antonio. Moderate rates.


CASITAS ECLIPSE superior, charming | ¢¢¢¢
The Andalusian style white houses of one or two stories (30 rooms) are scattered in the gardens of a beautiful property. Between the lush vegetation you will find three refreshing pools, one overlooking the ocean. Standard rooms and suites with kitchenette for a maximum of 5 persons, tastefully decorated. Bar, quality Italian restaurant ("Gato Nero") and excellent service.
Our Opinion: Very pleasant hotel, one of the best of its category in Manuel Antonio with reasonable rates.


LA MANSION INN luxurious, charming | ¢¢¢¢¢
A superior address, overlooking the Pacific with a superb view of Manuel Antonio National Park. 6 room categories, including a presidential suite, all tastefully decorated and with ocean view. The cavern bar is amazing… Small pool and whirlpool. Renowned restaurant. Parking space.
Our Opinion: For a luxurious stay. Ideal for a honeymoon and other romantic sojourns… Good value for money.


TULEMAR luxurious, charming | ¢¢¢¢¢¢
The luxurious bungalows are originally designed and spacious, with large windows overlooking the ocean. 2 accommodation categories. Small private beach (the only hotel in Manuel Antonio with its own beach), pool, bar, restaurant. Activities (kayaking, volleyball, diving and snorkelling) and tours are available.
Our Opinion: For a dream holiday. Ideal for a honeymoon or family holidays.

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Cerro Nara (Rio Savegre)

RAFIKI SAFARI Lodge rustic, charming (eco-lodge) | ¢¢¢¢¢¢
The Rafiki Lodge was clearly inspired by South-African prototypes. Beautifully located beside the Savegre River, at the foot of Cerro Nara, accessible only by all-terrain vehicles. Comfortable rooms in 10 tent bungalows, each with fan, a large bathroom and a terrace. Locally generated electricity. Restaurant, pool. Numerous activities: horseback riding, walking, rafting. Full-board only.
Our Opinion: For major fans of eco-tourism and sports satisfaction is guaranteed. Elevated rates.

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Hotels around Jaco: Jaco | Parrita | Playa Herradura | Punta Leona

Hotels Jaco


A nice 1:30h drive from San Jose you find this pleasant hotel consisting of 47 rooms in small villas on a private reserve of 3 ha by a river. Bar, restaurant, swimming pool, miniature golf, souvenir shop. Activities offered by the hotel: "SkyWay", canopy tour and a trip to a beautiful waterfall at 4.5 km distance. Full-board or Accommodation Only available.
Our Opinion: An excellent starting point in a beautiful environment to visit the Carara National Park.



XANDARI PACIFICO charming | ¢¢¢¢¢
This new place belongs to the famous Xandari Resorts. The hotel is located at the seaside (Playa Esterillos, a long and wild but turbulent beach with black sand) and offers twenty luxurious villas of 3 categories, all decorated with taste and undeniable inventiveness. Air conditioning and fans, mini fridge, bar, large bathroom, terrace. Swimming pool, restaurant and bar under a large rancho, gallery with art exhibitions.
Our Opinion: Perfect for a pleasurable stay with the one you love… Good value for money.


Playa Herradura

MARRIOTT LOS SUEÑOS luxury | ¢¢¢¢¢¢
This large luxury hotel of the prestigious Marriott chain offers 212 rooms and 8 suites. The Spanish colonial style structure is facing the sea (Playa Herradura, pebbles and sand). All rooms are tastefully decorated, providing air conditioning, satellite TV, telephone, mini bar. 6 restaurants, swimming pools, a great 18-hole golf course, casino. Excursions available.
Our Opinion: Provides all comforts and services the Marriott chain is known for. A downside, however, is that the beach is a little bit off.

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Well located in the heart of a vast private nature reserve, where the movie "1492-Conquest of Paradise" was shot. The imposing, resort-like hotel has several types of rooms scattered among the lush vegetation, with air-condition, fridge, TV. 2 pools, bars, restaurants, discos, souvenir shop and most of all: two beautiful beaches right in front. Various activities are possible: hiking through the private hotel reserve, swimming, fishing, diving or visiting the Carara National Park.
Our Opinion: Some may feel that the atmosphere is somewhat impersonal and a little too "club"-like. However, this is not a bad bathing option for the region, which is only 1:30h from San José. Given the extent of the property a car is highly recommended.


VILLA CALETAS charming | ¢¢¢¢¢
Member of "Small Distinctive Hotels of Costa Rica" www.distinctivehotels.com
A luxurious French-Costa Rican hotel, built on a hill overlooking the Pacific with a breathtaking view of the Nicoya Gulf. The US-colonial style hotel offers a unique atmosphere of great charm. 8 standard and superior rooms, 20 (more spacious and air-conditioned) villas with balcony, bathroom, and junior and master suites. Bar, fine dining (by award-winning chef Vincent) and superior service. One of Costa Rica’s most beautiful sunsets (which was used for the film “1492-Conquest of Paradise”). Swimming pool overlooking the ocean, free 4x4 shuttle to reach a small nearby beach, and an amphitheatre where classical concerts are held in front of the sea. The ideal place for a honeymoon or a romantic stay.
Our Opinion: The place is worth to (at least) take a drink at sunset, if you can. However, we lament the recent annex, which did not contribute to the original charm of the establishment. Rates are according to the hotel’s category.


The Zephyr Palace decidedly intends to be an impressive hotel (or rather, fortress?) by its extravagant appearance. You may like it or not, but no one will remain untouched by the (interior and exterior) architecture – it truly is astonishing! The styles fluctuate between exuberance and sophistication. The so-called "Palacio" was constructed like a bird's nest and overlooks the Pacific and the Nicoya Peninsula like a medieval castle… away from prying eyes… The 7 suites (lucky number) with ocean view are all decorated differently pursuant to regional or epochal themes. Very nice bathrooms with Jacuzzi. Majestic restaurant, almost like an imperial ballroom. Shuttle to the private "Caletas" beach. Parking spaces.
Our Opinion: To treat oneself (at least once in a lifetime) and play James Bond or Angelina Jolie… Perfect for your romantic honeymoon… Note that it is possible to reserve the whole Zephyr Palace…

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Hotels around Puntarenas & Nicoya Gulf


DOUBLETREE HILTON superior | ¢¢¢¢
An all-inclusive hotel, less than 1.5h drive from San José, part of the exclusive Hilton chain. 410 rooms of 3 categories (standard, junior suite and deluxe room with Pacific view), recently refurbished with all modern amenities: air conditioning, telephone, private bathroom (shower or bath, depending on category), hair dryer, cable TV and safe. 3 pools, 4 whirlpools, 2 tennis courts, 4 restaurants, 3 bars, disco, casino, parking places.
Our Opinion: Good price-performance ratio for "all inclusive" lovers. This resort (by a grey sand beach) has the advantage of being located 1 hour from San José Airport.


Nicoya Gulf

La ENSENADA Lodge rustic | ¢¢
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imple lodge of twenty wooden bungalows amid a big finca on the Nicoya Gulf (mangrove region). Accessible over a good track off the Panamericana (4x4 recommended). Rooms with 2 beds, bathroom and terrace. Restaurant, bar, pool. Many boat tours, mountain biking, horseback riding and exploring the finca and small fishing villages nearby.
Our Opinion: A great base for nature lovers and birdwatchers.

This list is not exhaustive. If you desire a hotel that is not mentioned here we will gladly take care of your booking.

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Hotel Classifications:

Because there are almost no “star classifications” in Costa Rica we have assigned our own categories to give you a more precise idea of the establishments:

orderly and simple, mostly rustic accommodations
neat, comfortable accommodations, mostly rustic
quality hotels with character and great comfort
high-class hotels, offering distinctive service
top end luxury hotels, Costa Rica’s best!

Price Categories:

¢: 40-60 USD | ¢¢: 61-90 USD | ¢¢¢: 91-120 USD | ¢¢¢¢: 121-180 USD |

¢¢¢¢¢: 181-300 USD | ¢¢¢¢¢¢: 300+ USD

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(B&B) = Accommodation incl. Breakfast | (B) = Accommodation Only | (H/B) = Half Board | (F/B) = Full Board | (AI) = All Inclusive

The section "Our Opinion" includes reports of our frequent quality control visits at the facilities and customer feedbacks .

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