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Costa Rica Resorts: Beaches, Rainforests and More!

Costa Rica resorts, especially all-inclusive resorts, are a relatively new form of accommodation for this famed land of eco-diversity, beautiful beaches, wild jungle, towering volcanoes and vibrant nightlife. Resorts are a great way to experience luxury, absorb the natural beauty and wildlife in a beautiful setting, or simply relax.

In fact, the resorts themselves are becoming quite a draw in they're own right. To get more info about specific Costa Rica resorts, click here. Or read on to see your options.

d First off - resort is a loose definition, and what mainly sets a resort apart from a hotel is that it is a recreational complex with a location attraction (beach, lake, etc.) and a pool, restaurant, and a guest activities service for arranging tours, etc. Some of the best Costa Rica spas are located in the many resorts of this country.

Basically Costa Rica resorts offer a 'no-brainer' solution for your vacation.

Costa Rica resorts offer a wide variety of options for travelers of all types and on a variety of budgets. Resort developments have expanded to include places within the cosmopolitan capital, San Jose, along both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts, and, most recently, into the wild and beautiful interior of the country.

These resorts offer everything from luxurious spa treatments and adventure activities, to exciting nightlife and partying. Many are on stunning isolated beaches, and others are resort hotels nestled in nature reserves teeming with wildlife.

All-inclusive resorts are an option and luckily they are not clustered in huge groups like Mexico. Most all-inclusive Costa Rica resorts are set off in their own nook of coastline with full service restaurants and bars, and sometimes a disco!

The most popular resort locations for Costa Rica resorts are the beach and increasingly popular Wilderness resorts, which are next to national parks and wildlife reserves. Highland locations around Volcano Arenal, which I think is gorgeous, are also highly popular. We'll start at the beach...

Costa Rica Resorts at the Beach

Costa Rica is blessed with both a Caribbean and a Pacific Coast, which combine to make 1,290 km of coastline, and offer a wide range of resort locations. No wonder Costa Rica translates to Rich Coast.

Costa Rica resorts on the Pacific line the coast from the Gulf of Papagayo in the northwest down through Tamarindo on the Nicoya Peninsula, throughout the central coast, and on down to Puerto Jimenez on the Osa Peninsula to the South. I read that something like five 5-Star resorts were going in around Papagayo, one of them costing $360 Million - now that'll be some luxury.

Costa Rica resorts line the Pacific coast. There are concentrations in the Northwest along the shores of the Golfo de Papagayo (Gulf of Papagayo), around Tamarindo on the Nicoya Peninsula, in the vicinity of Jaco and Manuel Antonio on the Central coast, and then in the region of Golfo Dulce and the Osa Peninsula to the south.

These resorts offer guests a range of activities to choose from. Some are private and ideal for relaxation while others attract a more diverse clientele and offer a boisterous party atmosphere.

The majority of the Costa Rica resorts on the Caribbean are located to the south of the city of Limon. Many of these are isolated and offer their guests the opportunity to utilize a secluded beach and relax far from their day-to-day concerns. Just south of Manzanillo is a gorgeous National Park that in my opinion really optimizes the beauty of the Caribbean coast.

Many people will want to relax near a pool or the ocean, take advantage of the numerous amenities and never leave the resort. However, many resorts offer their guests the opportunity to go out and explore the surrounding area, or to get away and go out on sightseeing or sport fishing expeditions or numerous other adventure activities.

Wilderness Resorts in Costa Rica

A new trend in Costa Rica resorts are wilderness resorts. These resorts are usually located deep in the country's lush rainforests. These resorts offer creature comforts and incredible access to the wildlife and natural beauty of Costa Rica.

There are wilderness resorts located near many of the most noteworthy Costa Rican nature reserves. For instance, there are several wilderness resorts located near Arenal National Park and Volcano, which offer tours to the volcano and of the surrounding countryside. Watching the lava spew from the cone at night is one of my favorite memories of Costa Rica.

Some of the more isolated wilderness reserves are located in the Oso Peninsula of the southwest. Of these, many are so isolated and incorporated with the surrounding ecosystem that they were once used as scientific research centers.

These wilderness reserves range from being slightly off the beaten track to being isolated in remote jungles and on remote coasts. They also vary in price and amenities from the modest to ultra luxurious. It is also noteworthy that many of the more isolated resorts offer transportation from San Jose and include meals in the price. Costa Rica resorts situated in the wilds of the rainforest offer unprecedented access to flora and fauna you've probably only seen in books or on the Discovery Channel.

Finding the Resort that is Right for You

The most important thing to think about when choosing a resort in Costa Rica is what it is that you want. Decide, do you want a quiet, all-inclusive, resort? Would you prefer a more exciting resort with people to meet and an interactive party scene? Or, do you want a nature resort where you are right in the midst of the stunning natural beauty and environment of Costa Rica?

Once you know what you want, do your homework. Costa Rica has a wide range of resorts to choose from. Look online and then, if possible, speak to people who have been there and read reviews.

Consider the resort's proximity to other Costa Rica attractions and towns, and transportation like airports and getting to and from the resort. The closer you are to the attractions you want to see, the less time you waste on the road. Aside from that, have fun and be sure to send me some pictures. Pura vida!

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