Costa Rica, as the name implies, is rich in everything at once: two oceans – the Pacific and the Atlantic, exotic black sand beaches, reserves, volcanoes and mountains.
If in the Old World from time immemorial all roads lead to Rome, then in Costa Rica all highways, trails and primers are delivered directly to the realm of wildlife, relict forests, rumbling waterfalls, foggy lakes that are hidden at the bottom of extinct volcanic craters or, at least right into the impenetrable jungle. This destination is number one in Central America for ecotourism and adventure tours.
The climate in Costa Rica
The climate in Costa Rica is hot all year round in the plains and along the coasts, while it’s milder in the plateau, that is, in the so-called tierras templadas.
Temperature variations are low because the country is located near the Equator, so the main difference between the seasons is found in the rains. Anyway, most of the country is so rainy that it is covered with rainforests.
On the Pacific coast and the plateau, there are a dry season from December to April and a rainy season from May to November, during which rainfall is abundant. In contrast, in the eastern plains and coasts (but also in the southernmost part of the Pacific coast) the climate is equatorial, with abundant rainfall throughout the year.
The east coast and the plain overlooking the Caribbean Sea are rain-soaked, and receive more than 3,000 millimeters (120 inches) per year; here the climate can be defined as equatorial, that is, with no dry season. This happens because the north-east trade winds that blow from November to April directly hit this area. However, there are two peaks, in July and December, both with about 440 mm (17.5 in) of rain per month, and two relative minima in September-October and February-March, both with about 150/200 mm (6/8 in) per month. In this area, December is even the wettest month, and January is wetter than February and March. South of this coast, on the mountain slopes of the Braulio Carrillo National Park, precipitation reaches up to 5 meters (16.5 feet) per year!
The Pacific coast is slightly warmer than the Caribbean coast, especially in winter, when the north-east trade winds descend from the mountains and become hot and dry: the average daytime temperatures are around 30/32 °C (86/90 °F) in the least hot period, in October and November, while they can reach 34/35 °C (93/95 °F) in March and April, before the rainy season.
Here, there is a well-defined dry season from November to April, at least in the central-northern part, while going south, the dry season becomes progressively shorter (it rains fairly often even in December and April), and in the southernmost part the climate is even equatorial, like on the coast of the Caribbean Sea.
The north-central part (province of Guanacaste, canton of Puntarenas) is particularly hot from February to April; moreover, it is the least rainy area of the country, with average rainfall around 1,300/1,600 mm (51/63 in) per year and savanna-like vegetation.
The sea in Costa Rica is warm all year round, as we can see in the following table, relative to the sea temperature near Quepos, which, as we said, is on the Pacific coast (but on the coast of the Caribbean Sea, the sea temperature is similar).
The best time to visit Costa Rica, either for a beach holiday or for exploring the rich nature of the country, runs from January to mid-April, and in particular the months of February and March. In the lowlands, it’s hot, the sun shines and there is little rain, except on the east coast, which as we mentioned is rainy throughout the year.
The capital can also be visited in December.
In the north-west (province of Guanacaste, canton of Puntarenas), where in December it rains already little, while the spring is very hot, you may prefer December and January.
In the south-west (southern part of the province of Puntarenas, see Quepos and Golfito, and Osa Peninsula), where in December it still rains quite frequently, you can go from January to mid-April.
On the Caribbean coast you can go in February and March.
What to pack
For San José and the tierras templadas: all year round, bring light clothing, a sweatshirt or sweater for the evening; a raincoat or umbrella from May to November.
For plains and coasts: bring lightweight clothes; in the rainy season, you can add a light sweatshirt and a light raincoat for thunderstorms.
For the high mountains: bring warm clothes, a jacket, hiking boots.
10 Best Costa Rica All Inclusive Resorts 2019
1️⃣ Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica
Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica – it is a great choice for guests of the Gulf of Papagayo, the elite atmosphere and many useful services will make your stay here very enjoyable.
Guest rooms at Fiesta Resort Costa Rica are equipped with a flat-screen TV, minibar and fridge. Guests can be constantly connected thanks to the Internet.
During your stay at Fiesta Premier you will also find a pool and breakfast. Looking for where to park your car? Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Hotel offers parking provided Travelers wishing to try tapas can visit Chao Pescao Small Plates & Bar. Or go to a Spanish restaurant such as Ostra Restaurant, Chao Pescao Small Plates & Bar or Rio Bhongo.
Have a nice time in the Gulf of Papagai!
2️⃣ Tulemar Resort
Tulemar Resort is a full-service resort, and the only licensed hotel operation in the world famous 33-acre Tulemar Gardens property.
As the Resort Hotel, we offer a wide variety of standalone accommodations, including the award-winning Tulemar Bungalows, luxurious Casas, and beautiful Private Houses. The property itself is spectacular, nestled in a lush rainforest overlooking the Manuel Antonio coastline. Surrounded by nature, Tulemar Resort features incredible gardens, walking paths, thriving wildlife, and the ONLY exclusive sandy beach in the region.
At Tulemar Resort you will enjoy the luxury and privacy of your very own villa, along with the amenities of a high-end resort, including concierge services, 4 resort swimming pools, 4 restaurants, beach bar, spa services, tour desk, daily maid service, shuttle services and much more.
While there are other vacation rental options in Tulemar, we’re proud to offer the most comprehensive experience, and make all Resort amenities and services available for our guests.
3️⃣ Villa Buena Onda
🌐 – www.villabuenaonda.com
Any guest at Playas del Coco will at some point want to relax. Biya Buena Onda is an excellent choice for those who want to regain strength. This place is well known for its elite atmosphere and proximity to excellent restaurants and attractions. Living in Biya Buena Onda, you can easily see all the best that Playas del Coco offers.
Villa Buena Onda Hotel is an elite hotel where rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV and air conditioning and where you can be constantly connected with free Wi-Fi.
The hotel offers room service and concierge services. In addition, guests can take advantage of the pool and free breakfast, which has made this place popular with travelers to Playas del Coco. Free parking is provided for guests with a car.
Given the close proximity to popular attractions such as Coco Beach Adventures Travel (2.3 km) and Iglesia Catolica de Playas del Coco (2.3 km), guests at Villa Buena Onda Hotel can easily visit some of Playas del Coco’s most renowned sites. .
During your stay in Playas del Coco, you might want to visit some restaurants near Villa Buena Onda Hotel, such as The Lookout (1.0 km), Villa Italia (1.5 km) and Chorotacos (1.7 km).
There is no shortage of entertainment in the area: visit popular art galleries such as Rojas Bros Boruca Indigenous Arts and Alessandra Cola Art.
Whether on a business or leisure trip (or both), Biya Buena Onda will make your stay in Playas del Coco unforgettable.
4️⃣ Occidental Tamarindo
🌐 – www.barcelo.com
Looking for an all-inclusive family resort in Playa Langosta? You can no longer search. Barcelo Langosta Beach will suit you best.
Guest rooms at Barcelo Langosta Beach are equipped with a flat-screen TV, minibar and air conditioning for exceptional comfort and convenience. Guests can access the network at any time thanks to paid Wi-Fi.
The pool and breakfast will also help make your stay a memorable one. If you arrived at Hotel Barcelo Playa Langosta by car, you can provide free parking.
During your stay at Playa Langosta, you can head to the popular seafood restaurant, such as Fish & Cheeses, which serves great food.
The Barcelo Langosta Beach staff are looking forward to hearing from you. You will be pleasantly surprised by the level of service.
5️⃣ Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica
Dreams Las Mareas Resort is a vibrant beach getaway for couples, families and singles to enjoy an escape in luxury. Located on an expansive palm-studded beach and surrounded by lush green mountains & jungles on Playa El Jobo in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica, guests of all ages can enjoy an action–packed vacation with watersports and land activities or relax by our swimming pools while sunbathing or laying under a thatched palapa. Continue the fun into the evenings with live nightly entertainment, outdoor bars and lounges, and so much more.
At Dreams Las Mareas Resort & Spa, a top Costa Rica Beach resort, guests are offered the ultimate all-inclusive experience. With Unlimited-Luxury®, international and domestic top-shelf spirits, daily refreshed mini-bar with soft drinks, juice, water, and beer, free Wi-Fi, daily maid service, endless daytime activities and nighttime entertainment, theme parties, and more are included.
6️⃣ Casa Conde Beach-Front Hotel
Looking for a family run hotel in Playa Panama? You can no longer search. Casa Conde Del Mar Hotel & Resort will suit you best.
The rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, air conditioning and a minibar, and it’s very easy to get online at the Casa Conde Del Mar Hotel & Resort thanks to free Wi-Fi.
You can also take advantage of the following hotel services: 24-hour front desk, concierge services and currency exchange. It also has a pool and breakfast. An additional convenience for guests is free parking.
Do not hesitate to visit Abbocato, one of the Italian restaurants of Playa Panama, located near the Casa Conde Del Mar Hotel & Resort.
The staff at Casa Conde Del Mar Hotel & Resort are looking forward to hearing from you. You will be pleasantly surprised by the level of service.
7️⃣ Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica
Vacation like a Star ™ at the new Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica. Guests of all ages can get close to authentic Hollywood memorabilia and enjoy themed experiences in this natural and breathtaking beachfront setting on the famed Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Guests can choose from a variety of all-inclusive dining venues and bars or indulge in extra services at the PH Spa & Beauty Bar.
8️⃣ Si Como No Resort & Wildlife Refuge
🌐 – www.sicomono.com
Located along Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coast, Si Como No is a uniquely special Manuel Antonio Resort and Wildlife Refuge that sits a top one of the most idyllic hillsides in Manuel Antonio.The resort’s lush jungle terraces and brilliantly vivid gardens overlook the sparkling ocean just above world-renown Manuel Antonio National Park.
Si Como No strikes the perfect balance of design and comfort, connecting you with the surrounding tropical forest of Manuel Antonio and the essence of the spirit of Costa Rica. Its 58 rooms are literally contoured into the jungle hillside across the property’s ten acres.
Superior Room with partial Ocean and Jungle Views. Comfortable split-level designs, our superior rooms offer private balconies with ocean and jungle views, showers, fully stocked mini-bar menu, king size bed + double sofa bed or two queen size beds (according to availability), A/C, ceiling fans, telephone and security box and no television.
Deluxe Room with panoramic jungle and ocean view. Our Deluxe Rooms feature panoramic ocean and jungle views from each and every window and private balcony. There are high ceilings, showers, stocked mini-bar menu, custom king size beds, sitting area or extra bed (some split level), A/C, ceiling fans, telephone and security box and no television.
Deluxe Plus with panoramic jungle and ocean view. Perfect for families or couples seeking more of a good thing, our Deluxe Pluss offer spacious double size rooms overlooking the ocean and jungle coastline. Includes fully stocked mini-bar menu, A/C, ceiling fans, telephone, security box, a custom king size bed and private view balcony, plus spacious bathrooms and adjoining sitting areas with a sofa bed and no television.
Hooneymoon Suite with panoramic jungle and ocean view. Perfect for families or couples seeking more of a good thing, our Deluxe Pluss offer spacious double size rooms overlooking the ocean and jungle coastline. Includes fully stocked mini-bar menu, A/C, ceiling fans, telephone, security box, a custom king size bed and private view balcony, plus spacious bathrooms with whirlpool bathtubs, and adjoining sitting areas with a sofa bed and no television.
9️⃣ Best Western Jaco Beach All Inclusive Resort
Finding the perfect family hotel in Jaco should not be a difficult task. Welcome to the Best Western Haco Beach All Inclusive Resort, a great option for travelers like you.
Nearby is the Mirador de Jaco (3.2 km), which makes the Best Western Haco Beach All Inclusive Resort a great place to stay for those who want to visit this popular Jaco attraction.
The rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV and air conditioning, and Internet access at the Best Western Jaco Beach Hotel is very easy thanks to the free internet.
You can also take advantage of the following hotel services: 24-hour front desk, concierge services and currency exchange. It also has a pool and free breakfast. An additional convenience for guests is free parking.
During your stay in Jaco, you might want to visit some restaurants near Best Western Jaco Beach, such as Green Room (1.0 km), Tacobar Jaco Beach (1.0 km) and Graffiti Restro Cafe and Wine Bar (1.3 km).
If you are looking for something to do, then visiting Parque Recreativo Johannes Dankers is a great opportunity to have a good time.
The staff at Best Western Haco Beach All Inclusive Resort are looking forward to seeing you in Jaco.
🔟 Tangeri Hotel
🌐 – www.hoteltangeri.com
In the heart of Jaco Beach, a family hotel to enjoy nature and the treasure of sharing quality time.
Our Oceanfront hotel is where you will be able to relax in harmony with the environment, watch different animals and do several activities or do nothing at all.
The beach is just steps from your room, the comfort of our facilities and the attention of our staff, will make you feel at home.
Our restaurant between the mountains and the ocean will please your palate with the best and freshest ingredients on the market.
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