Small Resorts in Costa Rica

Small Resorts in Costa Rica
A visit to Costa Rica is all about the scenery and wildlife, and one of the best ways to enjoy the country's natural wonders is to stay at a small resort that allows more intimate contact with nature. Some of these resorts are eco-lodges with communal buffet meals, others offer the utmost in luxury. Whether you are looking for a beach, volcano or jungle setting, you can find a resort that's right for you.

Villa Caletas

Perched above the sea on Costa Rica's central Pacific Coast near Punta Leona, this classy resort's rooms, villas and suites are spread out over a forested hilltop. Guests can dine at the elegant Mirador Restaurant or at the Anfiteatro Sunset Restaurant & Bar, or enjoy snacks at the casual Pelican Beach Bar.

Standard rooms have a courtyard view; the spacious standard deluxe rooms offer ocean views. The hotel also has 14 villas, each with its own terrace and either an ocean or garden view. For the ultimate in luxury, choose from five types of suites that offer amenities such as private two-person Jacuzzis, panoramic ocean views and private plunge pools bordered by tropical greenery. All rooms offer turndown service and are equipped with air-conditioning, ceiling fans, a safe, a minibar, cable TV and a coffeemaker.

A.P. 12358-1000
San José
Costa Rica
011 (+506) 2 637-0505

Arenas del Mar

This small beach and nature resort in Manuel Antonio on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast offers comfort and sustainability in a local Costa Rican setting. Not all rooms have ocean views, but most have outdoor Jacuzzis on private terraces. The large apartments have kitchenettes--a great choice for families and long stays.

Amenities include a restaurant and bar, babysitting, a concierge, room service, a spa and two small pools. The guest rooms offer TV, air-conditioning, a minibar and free Wi-Fi.

Manuel Antonio
Costa Rica 2008
011 (+506) 2 777-2777

Turtle Beach Lodge

Locals call lush, green Tortuguero "the Amazon of Costa Rica" because the only way to get to it is by boat. With miles of verdant jungle trails that open out onto secluded beaches, kayaks to take for a ride on the Canal of Palms, and a swimming pool and garden where toucans play in the trees, Turtle Beach Lodge has much to keep guests busy. Guided jungle, garden, boat and turtle-watching tours are offered, as is a tour of Tortuguero town.

The resort's wooden cabins feature ceiling fans, cool tile floors and large screened windows through which the melodic sounds of the jungle lull you to sleep. A tasty buffet is served three times a day in the spacious open-air restaurant. Guests can play pool and have a drink in the thatched-roof bar.

Caño Palma, Tortuguero
Costa Rica
011 (+506) 2 248-0707

Pachira II

This resort, located five minutes from Tortuguero National Park, is right next door to Pachira Lodge. Pachira II is smaller and more private, though, with 32 bungalows that have no next-door neighbors. The bungalows are joined by wooden walkways that are especially romantic when lit up at night.

Amenities include a turtle-shaped pool, a dining room, conference rooms, a game room, a spa and private terraces with rockers. Fishing, kayaking and canopy tours are available as well.

P.O. Box 1818-1002
San José
Costa Rica
011 (+506) 2 256-7080

Article Written By Melody Moser

Based in New Jersey, Melody Moser has been writing travel articles since 2000. Her work has appeared in "AAA Going Places", TACA Airlines' "Explore" magazine, the "Orlando Sentinel" and the "Daily Herald". Moser holds a Bachelor of Science in travel/tourism management from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Bachelor of Arts in computer science from Stockton State College.

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