Costa Rica is an exotic destination teeming with unique wildlife, exquisite spas, ecolodges and outdoor adventures. Staying at an all-inclusive resort makes vacationing here that much easier, since you won’t have to worry about where to get your next meal or how much extra it’ll cost. Whether you’re visiting the country for a family vacation, girls getaway or romantic retreat, there are plenty of all-inclusive options to choose from in this Central American oasis.
If you’re ready to plan an all-inclusive vacation to Costa Rica, this list of the top such resorts compiled by U.S. News will get you started.
Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica: Papagayo Peninsula, Guanacaste
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The adults-only Secrets Papagayo is situated on the picturesque Papagayo Peninsula in the Guanacaste province, along Arenilla beach. Guests are treated to the resort’s “Unlimited-Luxury” experience, which includes all-you-can-eat gourmet meals and limitless top-shelf drinks – alongside resort activities, 24-hour room service and best-in-class service. Recent visitors were continually impressed with the accommodating staff, who went above and beyond.
The all-inclusive fee includes a variety of activities such as theme nights, live shows, cooking lessons, mountain biking, tours and nonmotorized water sports. At an additional cost, you can partake in off-site nature excursions including rides on all-terrain vehicles, canopy tours, scuba diving and fishing. Travelers can relax at one of the property’s two pools or unwind at the world-class spa: A massage, hydrotherapy circuit or unique body treatment such as a chocolate fondue wrap may await you at Secrets Papagayo.
Planet Hollywood Costa Rica, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort: Culebra, Guanacaste
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A stay at Planet Hollywood Costa Rica is designed to make you feel like a celebrity. Guests are given the red-carpet treatment at this all-inclusive Autograph Collection property with 292 suites, two pools, five bars and seven restaurants. During your visit, you can work out at the fitness center, lounge at PH Spa & Beauty Bar or take the family to the Splash Kids Zone. What’s more, the Star Kids Club offers acting opportunities, a karaoke machine, a green screen studio, a wardrobe room, movie nights under the stars, scavenger hunts and a Hollywood-themed party.
The “Vacation Like a Star” experience at this resort includes Hollywood memorabilia, a disco and nightly entertainment. You can also upgrade to the STAR Class treatment past guests rave about for access to private areas, premium food and drinks, and additional amenities – such as a personal agent to make the experience extra special.
Hotel RIU Palace Costa Rica: Sardinal, Guanacaste
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This all-inclusive resort is an ideal vacation option for active travelers. Located on the edge of the beach of Matapalo, Hotel RIU Palace Costa Rica grants opportunities to dance at the adults-only poolside RIU Party, take a dip in four pools (including one with a swim-up bar), sweat it out in the gym, snorkel or play beach volleyball. Resortgoers love the fact that there are so many activities to keep you entertained.
For relaxation, visit the Renova Spa for a variety of treatments. The all-inclusive experience also encompasses dining at the buffet or the resort’s four themed restaurants. Travelers may even want to venture beyond the resort to explore volcanic areas, national parks and diving sites; on your excursions, try out windsurfing or tee up at the Four Seasons Golf Club amid splendid sea views.
The Westin Reserva Conchal, an All-Inclusive Golf Resort & Spa: Playa Conchal, Guanacaste
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Situated on the North Pacific Riviera of Costa Rica you’ll find The Westin Reserva Conchal, a family-friendly destination. The 2,400-acre property boasts forests and beaches, along with a lagoon-style pool with a whirlpool and a kids pool, a fitness studio, a spa, and a championship golf course. The resort’s all-inclusive package will get you meals at more than dozen bars and restaurants, alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks, an in-room minibar (stocked daily), 24-hour room service, access to the Westin Kids Club, nonmotorized water sports, use of tennis courts and nightly entertainment. Recent visitors commented that the staff was friendly and attentive, and that this resort is a great place to bring the kids.
La Paloma Lodge: Osa Peninsula, Puntarenas
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For a true ecolodge experience, La Paloma Lodge offers seven bungalows and four rooms set beside a lush rainforest on a cliff with views of the Pacific Ocean. Visitors are immersed in nature and can observe local wildlife – including monkeys and macaws – from the resort balconies. Recent guests complimented the spacious rooms and jungle-facing decks, as well as the quiet atmosphere.
In addition to accommodations, enjoy breakfast, lunch, an afternoon snack and a four-course dinner daily in the clubhouse with the all-inclusive rate (but note that drinks are not included, and you’re asked to bring a refillable water bottle for your stay). Choose from an array of outdoor excursions, such as a full-day guided tour to Caño Island Biological Reserve or Corcovado National Park, where you can learn about the area’s flora and fauna. Other activities in the area include horseback riding, scuba diving, night hiking and sport fishing.
Best Western Jacó Beach All Inclusive Resort: Jacó Beach, Puntarenas
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On Pastor Diaz Avenue within walking distance of the beach, the Best Western Jacó Beach All Inclusive Resort’s central location is ideal for exploring downtown Jacó. This kid-friendly property has a children’s playground, a pool and splash pad, volleyball, and evening activities for adults. Guests enjoy unlimited access to dining and drinks at the resort’s restaurant, lobby bar and snack bar. Recent lodgers appreciated staying here because of the budget-friendly pricing paired with a beachfront location.
Los Altos de Eros Boutique Hotel & Spa: Tamarindo, Guanacaste
Book a stay at Los Altos de Eros for an adults-only spa getaway in the jungle. This premium boutique hotel in the Guanacaste province – only about 10 miles from the surf town of Tamarindo – has a secluded setting on 22 acres of land overlooking the Pacific Ocean, not to mention an award-winning spa. This adults-only resort features an infinity pool, fitness center, hiking trails, yoga and cooking classes. The six spacious rooms are decorated with upscale tropical furnishings and equipped with indoor/outdoor showers or Roman bathtubs, private balconies or terraces, and organic toiletries.
If you select the all-inclusive option for your stay, rates will cover all meals and unlimited beverages. The spa is an ultimate indulgence in relaxation with eight outdoor treatment rooms, a waterfall, a hydrotherapy pool, an infrared sauna and a Balinese soaking tub. Treatments range from facials and massages to body wraps and scrubs. Travelers praise Los Altos de Eros for the unique spa offerings and recommend a visit for anyone in need of some quality relaxation.
Lapa Rios Lodge: Osa Peninsula, Puntarenas
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Lapa Rios Lodge is located on a 1,000-acre rainforest reserve – the perfect setting for adventure lovers. The 17-bungalow lodge, situated within Central America’s last remaining tropical lowland rainforest, is committed to protecting its surroundings and ensuring sustainable tourism. Guests will be immersed in the rainforest wildlife with common sightings of monkeys, macaws, sloths, armadillos, geckos, butterflies and more. Select from three accommodation types for your stay: villas, suites or bungalows.
Interpretive hikes and tours with naturalist guides are included at the all-inclusive property, along with three daily a la carte meals, snacks and nonalcoholic beverages. While on a Costa Rican vacation at the resort, travelers can dine in the open-air restaurant, have a meal with a guide to learn more about the biodiversity of the rainforest, enjoy a private romantic dinner for two, or attend a cooking demonstration. Previous visitors enthuse about the beautiful setting at this ecotourism destination, given the spectacular views and immersion in wildlife.
Copa De Arbol Beach & Rainforest Resort: Osa Peninsula, Puntarenas
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Stay in a “cabina” with ocean and rainforest views at secluded Copa De Arbol − accessible only by boat. The custom-made cabinas are constructed by hand from recycled materials and reforested wood. Relax in a hammock on a spacious deck while listening to the ocean waves and sounds of the wildlife. One particularly impressive amenity is the four-tiered oceanfront infinity pool.
This all-inclusive resort includes three meals a day at the 1,500-square-foot, open-air Restaurante Miramar: This restaurant and bar serves fresh and local ingredients, such as native fruits and vegetables alongside catch-of-the-day seafood, freshly baked bread and Costa Rican coffee. Patrons rave about the delicious food and say the drinks are as beautiful as they are tasty.
Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo: Guanacaste
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With luxury lodging complemented by a plethora of amenities, Andaz Costa Rica Resort has it all. Whether you’re on a family vacation or a romantic escape, past guests say this resort offers excellent service, upscale accommodations and memorable culinary experiences. You can take advantage of three beaches, four distinct pools, a wellness spa, a kids club, golf and beachfront dining at this resort. The rooms, suites and villas come with modern amenities, private outdoor terraces, complimentary in-room snacks and beverages, and more.
Enjoy a meal at one of the four themed restaurants highlighting Latin American cuisine. Book the “Food & Beverage Inclusive Plan” with your stay for an all-inclusive experience: You’ll get three meals a day, snacks and deluxe alcoholic beverages. Note that even with this plan, however, activities and spa services are not included.
Fiesta Resort All Inclusive: Chacarita, Puntarenas
Situated about 55 miles from San José, Fiesta Resort is one of the top affordable all-inclusive properties. This family-friendly resort boasts five pools, tropical gardens, a volcanic black sand beach and a spa. The all-inclusive package covers dining at the property’s four restaurants and seven bars, as well as limitless alcoholic beverages, soft drinks and juices. Also included are various games and cultural activities, cocktail classes, clubs for kids and teens, mini-golf, tennis, and nightly entertainment. The Heliconia Spa offers an array of facials, massages and body treatments. Previous guests appreciated the staff’s hospitality and the value for the price.
Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica: Playa El Jobo, Guanacaste
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This all-inclusive, family-friendly resort features ocean views, gourmet restaurants and a tranquil spa. Whether you want to lounge by the pool, spot monkeys, hike to a waterfall or take a walk on the beach, Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica has something for everyone. The “Unlimited-Luxury” experience includes limitless dining and drinks at 16 restaurants and bars, 24-hour room service, and wait service at the pool and beach.
Upgrade to the Preferred Club accommodations for access to an exclusive lounge, a suite upgrade, elevated personal concierge service and more. Previous guests praised the food and service, noting that you may get some monkey visitors on your balcony.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! Costa Rica has amazing all-inclusive resorts – many of which are highlighted above – ranging from family-friendly accommodations at Blue River Resort & Hot Springs complemented by kids activities and waterslides to adults-only resorts like Secrets Papagayo with nightly entertainment and serene spas.
Most of the top Costa Rica all-inclusives rounded up above are located in the coastal Guanacaste and Puntarenas provinces of Costa Rica, which draw many tourists with their natural beauty and plethora of activities. Depending on where you stay, you’ll find options to stay in the jungle or on the beach, partake in adventure outings like zip lining or ATVing, and encounter local wildlife.
Although tipping is optional, it is always appreciated. If a waiter, bartender, housekeeper or tour guide went above and beyond to make your stay extra special, tipping 10% to 20% is standard. Tipping policies may vary between all-inclusive resorts, so don’t hesitate to contact the resort ahead of time to inquire if tipping is allowed.
Why Trust U.S. News Travel
Sharael Kolberg is a U.S. News & World Report contributor who traveled to Costa Rica for the first time when she was 19. She has been lucky enough to visit various parts of the country and experience the top-notch dining, accommodations and amenities at some of Costa Rica’s all-inclusive resorts. What amazed her the most is the large diversity of wildlife. To curate this list of top Costa Rica all-inclusive resorts, she used her personal experience visiting the country, as well as her research expertise.