Costa Rica has something for everyone – from the beautiful beaches to the misty cloud forests, to pretty much any adventure sport you could possibly want to try. But those looking to spend some time relaxing with very little effort will be happy to learn that it is also got some of the best all-inclusive resorts in Costa Rica!
We know how hard it can be to find the right all-inclusive resorts in Costa Rica, so we’ve done the research for you and put together this list of the best all inclusive resorts in the country!
Before we jump into our list, it’s important to point out that the concept of all inclusive vacations is not as popular in Costa Rica as it is in let’s say Mexico, Cuba, or other parts of the Caribbean. And while there are a number of resorts that offer all inclusive packages in Costa Rica, most of the hotels in Costa Rica are not.
Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal, Guanacaste
Prices starting at $450/night
The Westin Golf Resort & Spa by Marriott is sprawled out along the beautiful northwest coast right on one of the best beaches in Guanacaste. It is located on Playa Conchal, halfway between Tamarindo and Playa Hermosa, and just 60 kms (37 Miles) from the Liberia Airport.
The Westin is in our opinion, the best all inclusive resort in Costa Rica! It features over 400 rooms, a lagoon-style pool with a whirlpool and a kids’ pool, a gym, tennis court and golf course, diverse range of world-class dining experiences ranging from Latin fare to Asian fusion, and even a kids club!
Not only does the Westin offer a really great all inclusive experience, but they also do it in an eco-conscious sustainable manner. The resort has an extensive recycling program and conservation practices in place across the property, boasts a Level 5 Sustainable Tourism Certificate from the Costa Rican Tourism Institute, and has been awarded ecological blue flags in the beach and community. It was also recently certified as carbon positive.
Dreams Las Mareas, La Cruz, Guanacaste
Prices starting at $450/night
The Dreams Las Mareas is another great all inclusive resort, located in the Northern Guanacaste region, on Playa El Jobo, just 20 kms (12 miles) outside of the town of La Cruz. The resort features 447 luxurious suites, eight dining experiences, including five à la carte restaurants, a buffet, a grill and a cafe, a tropical, pool, or ocean views, and a bunch of on-site activities and tours.
Their “Unlimited-Luxury” package gives you an all inclusive experience unlike any other. They’ve got luxurious rooms, not to mention the beach they’re located on is perfect for lounging, a quick dip or a bit of surfing. Dreams Las Mareas is suitable for families, but is particularly popular with couples, especially for honeymoons and even weddings.
The resort has had sustainability in mind since the construction phase, incorporating as much recycled material into building as possible, and they’ve got energy-saving practices in place for the entire resort.
Secrets Papagayo Resort, Papagayo Peninsula, Guanacaste
Prices starting at $350/night
The Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica resort is located in the Papagayo Peninsula in Northern Guanacaste, just 20 minutes from the Liberia airport.
This is one of the few adult-only all inclusive resorts in Costa Rica. Similar to the Dreams La Maeres Resort, Secrets Papagayo (owned by the same parent company, AM Resorts) also features am “Unlimited Luxury” package available for those looking to experience total relaxation, meals, and entertainment without a hassle for the duration of their holiday. The resort has 202 rooms, four à la carte restaurants, a buffet venue, a grill, a café, as well as two swimming pools and a fitness centre on site.
Travelers can expect similar amenities and inclusions as the Dreams La Maeres Resort mentioned above, with the only exception being that this resort is putting couples first with their Adult-Only policy.
Eco-conscious travelers will be happy to hear that Secrets Papagayo, just like All Secrets resorts, is Rainforest Alliance Certified and Travelife Gold Certified – meaning that the resort is dedicated to their sustainability practices (recycling, water conservation and waste management) and to minimize their carbon footprint.
Hotel Riu Palace, Playa Matapalo, Guanacaste
Prices starting at $390/night
Hotel Riu Palace resort is one of the biggest all inclusive resorts in Costa Rica. It is located on the Matapalo beach, just south of Playas del Coco, in the Guanacaste region, about 40 mins away from Liberia Airport.
The resort features 538 rooms, four pools – one of which includes a swim-up bar, as well as a gym, tennis and volleyball courts, a golf course, equipment for all kinds of water activities and sports, 4 a la carte and one buffet restaurants on site, and a top-notch spa.
Since it’s located right on the beach, you have easy access to top-notch water activities like scuba and deep diving with experienced hotel staff. They can also help you arrange ecotourism outings – whether you’d like to visit local volcanoes or try your hand at extreme sports. The resort itself has been awarded the Gold Travelife Award, showcasing their 3-pronged approach to sustainability – environment, society and human resources.
Occidental Tamarindo, Playa Langosta, Guanacaste
Prices starting at $260/night
The Occidental Tamarindo is the only all inclusive resort located on Playa Langosta in Tamarindo, one of the most famous tourist towns in Costa Rica. Operated by the Barceló Hotel Group, the resort offers an all inclusive program that allows its guests to do a variety of activities and enjoy the hotel’s restaurants without having to worry about anything. The resort features close to 200 rooms, an outdoor pool, and a wellness center offering massages on a tranquil beach, a wide range of body and facial treatments, and a fully functional salon.
The dining options at Occidental are not very elaborate, limited to a buffet, a bar and a restaurant, but the food is reasonably good and offers a good value for the price.
This resort itself is ideal for any kind of traveler – especially those who love surfing and are interested in venturing outside of the resort to experience the town of Tamarindo.
Despite being one of the cheapest all inclusive resorts in Costa Rica, the Occidental Tamarindo is also a great choice for a sustainable-minded traveler. The resort boasts a Level 5 Sustainable Tourism Certificate, awarded by the Certification of Sustainable Tourism by the Institute of Tourism in Costa Rica.
JW Marriott Resort & Spa, Hacienda Pinilla, Guanacaste
Prices starting at $300/night
The JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa is a great property located in Hacienda Pinilla gated community in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The resort has a very local hacienda-style feel and while the resort does offer an opportunity to enjoy an all inclusive vacation in Costa Rica, most of their packages include only breakfast.
Whether you choose to sunbathe by the pool, play a round of golf on their course, get pampered in their spa or venture out into the nearby towns, beaches or jungles, this hacienda-style resort is jam-packed with things to do. With the all inclusive package, you get 3 delicious meals a day, all activities held at the resort, and more!
While not eco-certified yet, JW Marriott is currently in the process of making their hotel more sustainable and is hoping to receive the covenant Certification for Sustainable Tourism in the near future.
Barceló Tambor Hotel, Playa Tambor, Nicoya Penninsula
Prices starting at $260/night
Located on the tip of the Nicoya Penninsula along the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, the Barceló Tambor Hotel is one of the cheapest all inclusive resorts in Costa Rica, offering rooms starting at just $260/night.
This resort is perfect for couples and families interested in a beach-front, colonial-style resort and is a popular destination with domestic tourists.
What makes this beautiful resort unique is its on-site facilities: two beautiful pools, a complimentary round of 18-hole golf for every night of your stay, an archery area, a climbing wall, water sports equipment, a nightclub, dance classes and so much more!
You will never run out of things to do here, and when you’d like to venture out into the local area, they can help you arrange tours and activities in the area. Barcelo Tambor is in the process of making the resort as sustainable as possible and has been awarded the Tourism Sustainability Certificate and the Crystal Certificate.
Is All Inclusive Resort the Best way to Experience Costa Rica?
If you are looking for a perfect way to unwind and truly relax without jam-packing your days with activities or worrying about meals and entertainment, an all inclusive resort stay may seem like the only option. But luckily, it’s not!
If you are looking for a bit more adventure, a bit more authenticity, and more local and enriching holiday experience, consider an alternative to an all inclusive resort stay that will allow you a bit more freedom!
How about an….
All Inclusive Vacation at the Drift Away Eco Lodge
We couldn’t talk about awesome all inclusive resorts in Costa Rica without mentioning an alternative that we think allows travelers to get a more authentic Costa Rica experience!
We personally put this experience together at our own hotel, the Drift Away Eco Lodge.
Our Eco Lodge, is located in Playa Avellanas – a small town in the Guanacaste region – a perfect destination to relax on the beach, surf, and take part in adventurous activities nearby! Our custom designed all inclusive packages are different from what you would normally get in an all inclusive resort.
They get you out of our hotel and into the community, enjoying local restaurants, local tours, and a variety of local beaches. It’s one of the many ways our Eco Lodge and you can help make a positive impact on our community and its residents.
The best part of our Drift Away Eco Lodge all inclusive package that when you book your all inclusive stay with us, there are no bills and no other unpleasant surprises during your stay – every meal, every excursion on your vacation is INCLUDED and paid for in advance!
You can plan the type of holiday you want with lots of activities, or few activities, lots of time to enjoy the on-site pool at the Drift Away Eco Lodge, or more time exploring the beaches in the area. All inclusive packages include roundtrip airport transfers, a bilingual guide/driver, 3 meals a day in local restaurants, multiple tours/activities of your choice, and more!
And of course, all of our custom Drift Away Eco Lodge All Inclusive packages include a stay at our new lodge where we take sustainability to heart. The Eco Lodge has zero single-use plastics policy, uses only biodegradable and natural products, focused on hiring and training of local staff and strives to protect the habitat and invest in the community that surrounds the resort.
We think it’s a perfect way to give back on your holiday while also enjoying an amazing all inclusive vacation in Costa Rica!
So whether you’re coming to this beautiful tropical country to relax on the beach for a week or explore the jungles and volcanoes, there are lots of all inclusive resorts in Costa Rica to suit any type of traveler!
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