Monday, October 19, 2009

Costa Rica- Hotels and Hostels

Costa Rica attracts many travelers due to all that its vast climate and geography have to offer. Below are some great hotels and hostels in popular cities which are home to white sandy beaches, volcanoes and the rainforest. Let’s go!

Barcelo Tambor Beach Resort: This is an all-inclusive resort which includes a casino, fitness room, spa, tennis court and outdoor pool with swim-up bar. The resort can accommodate mini golfers, volleyball, basketball, surfing and horse riding on-site. Many other activities including golf can be accommodated by nearby facilities. The resort hosts 3 restaurants and received rave reviews by travelers for its location and excellent views.

Punta Leona: This is also an all-inclusive resort. It hosts private, white sand beaches, a tropical/rainforest environment, restaurants on-site and a luxury pool. Travelers appreciated the excellent staff service and cleanliness of the resort.

Adventure Park Hostel: This hostel goes beyond the norm offering horse riding, hiking trails/tours, ATV tours, a high ropes courses and 25 cables running through 11 waterfalls. It also includes pay per view TV, breakfast and a pool. There are restaurants on-site and a laundry facility. Prices range from $20/night to $50/night depending on the season. Traveling on a budget never looked so good!

La Fortuna/Arenal:
Tree House Hotel: A unique idea for a hotel in Costa Rica which incorporates fun and nature. This hotel is comprised of little houses/cabanas set in actual trees! The true meaning of a tree house, these bungalows are the perfect way to experience the rainforest and lush vegetation as it is located in the trees. Monkeys and the resident sloth have been known to pass by! Although there is no internet or kitchen, (what did you expect in a tree?) breakfast is included and is raved about by all reviewers as hummingbirds surround the breakfast area at arms length. Mark and Lucy are the owners and received many compliments by their guests. At an average of $95/night, why not live your childhood fantasies?

El Silencio del Campo: Located across from the Arenal Volcano, this reasonably priced hotel boasts excellent reviews. The rooms are detached cabanas which make it feel like a resort without all the touristy frills of being a resort. Bike rentals are offered as well as horse riding and hot springs on location. The friendly staff can also book tours for you!

Arenal Backpackers Resort: At $14/night, you can afford to travel on a budget! Travelers who stayed here gave it great reviews and especially appreciated the location, clean rooms and friendly/accommodating staff. There is a barbeque area if you want to cook for yourself or you can enjoy a meal at the on-site restaurant. Internet access and linens are included. This hostel also has a pool.

Montezuma (revenge on the side):
Ylang Ylang Beach Resort: Located on 20 acres of white sandy beaches surrounded by lush, tropical gardens, this resort is a mini oasis. Private baths and mini fridges are located in every room. There is a pool, restaurant and game room on-site. Zip lining is also offered by the hotel.

Nature Lodge Finca Los Caballos: The hotel restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine while a private pool on-site is offered as a way to relax. There is a spa on-site as well as horse riding. Each room has a private bath and a mini fridge. The island of Tortuga is just off the coast, easy to get to, and snorkeling and hiking trips can be planned by the staff. One site described the resort’s location as: “…the hotel is located perched on a hill, somewhere between heaven and the sea…”

Las Palmeras Delicias: Owned by an English/Irish family, this hostel is comprised of little cabins among lush/tropical gardens with a private pool. Each room is equipped with hot water and private bathrooms. A kitchen facility is available to guests. At only $8/night you can enjoy a tropical, relaxing environment with just the necessities.

San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, might be another interesting city to visit as it is loaded with cultural activities. Costa Rica has almost anything you could hope for in a vacation: romance, adventure, volcanoes, rainforests, waterfalls, tree houses, beaches, islands and more. This might be one trip you won’t want to pass up. Bring a camera…

Did you have a tree house growing up? Was it in an actual tree? What are your thoughts regarding the Tree House hotel?

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