Costa Rica All inclusive Vacations Packages: top Hotels & Resorts (2022)

For over 20 years, we have designed the best travel experience for our guests. Experience why our clients say “from start to finish it was the easiest trip we’ve ever taken!” Our local travel experts assess your unique needs and tailor your all-inclusive vacation. Then we make all reservations on your behalf. That includes arranging all hotels, transportation and tours. Once you land in Costa Rica we are on call. If you need a restaurant reservation, a change to your plans, advice or hotel…we are here to serve. Our goal is for you to experience an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime vacation.

Our All-inclusive Trips Include:

  • VIP airport ‘Meet & Greet’ — We meet you inside the airport and escort you through customs. This exclusive service gets your trip started right. We welcome you to a foreign land and see that you kick off the start of your trip with minimal stress or worry.
  • Transportation — Private, door-to-door transfers between airport, lodging and destinations.
  • Bilingual Drivers — They can give you tips about the areas you visit. Because the transport is private, you can ask them to stop along the way for scenic photos or to grab a local snack. This makes getting to your destination fun and interesting.
  • Lodging — We hand-select the best all-inclusive resort accommodations and meals-inclusive hotels.
  • Tours — Customized to your personalized interests and booked ahead.
  • Help-Line — 24/7 In-Country service throughout your stay.

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Where to Experience All-inclusive Vacations?

There are a handful of high quality resort options all over Costa Rica. However, only a limited few are 100% all-inclusive in the traditional sense. The Guanacaste Province is the hot spot for this type of lodging. More specifically, the Papagayo area is where most all-inclusive travelers tend to land.

Guanacaste: Home to All-inclusive Resorts

Looking for beachfront resorts? The Guanacaste Province has miles of pristine coastline. A selection of resorts offering full, all-inclusive food & drink plans. Another benefit of this region is the Liberia Airport. Arriving through Liberia (versus San Jose) can save hours of travel time to and from your beach hotel. The blue Pacific Ocean serves as the stunning backdrop for your vacation. Sit back, enjoy the view, and RELAX.

Guanacaste is the top destination in the country forfamily resorts. It features several renowned hotel chains. The region offers stunning landscapes, excellent weather, sandy beaches, and several golf courses. With the Liberia airport less than 30 minutes from the coast, it’s also convenient.

Enjoy poolside beverages, let the kids run free and play with beach toys while you lounge and relax. Enjoy on-site restaurants and great service all day round. Leave the children at the kids’ club and go dancing. Or, if you’re in the mood, join them in in the gaming area. Lounging at the pool is always an option, and if you want to stay in your room for a nap, well we won’t blame you. As a family resort experience, this is the best the country has to offer. If you want to do this with your partner or a group of friends, it’s enjoyable for adults too. Why do travelers choose all-inclusive options? A few reasons:

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  • On-site restaurants and great service all day round
  • Enjoy food and drinks to your hearts’ content without worrying about costly extras
  • Kids enjoy complimentary beach toys, kid’s clubs, and gaming areas
  • Take part (or not) in planned activities and late night dancing
  • Facilities like gyms, spas and beach club

There are many tour opportunities offered outside your hotel. There’s something for just about every type of travelers. Ride ATVs, go horseback riding or take a nature hike to spot wildlife. The waters off the Papagayo Bay provide great sport fishing and sailing. Gear up and explore the sea while you snorkel or scuba drive. If you’d like to try the waves, go surfing, kayaking or paddle boarding.

Besides the great resorts at the beaches of Papagayo, there are meals-inclusive options at some boutique hotels. They might not include all meals and drinks, but they do offer unique experiences and resort-type amenities. Small, luxury hotels in Costa Rica can provide a more private, cozy stay. Some amenities include adults-only properties, exclusive clubs, and relaxing spas.

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In this episode, Adam talks to local travel experts Kathleen Hall and Rebecca Males. The discuss all inclusive vacations in Costa Rica. They explain what this means for your travel plans and what you need to know before you go.

Kathleen Hall – North Carolina, USA
A born traveler, Kathleen knows the ins and outs of Costa Rica’s most exclusive resorts.

Rebecca Males – Orlando, Florida
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Our Top Picks for Costa Rica Family Resorts

Of the handful of all-inclusive options in Costa Rica, three family resorts that stand out as our favorites. And like the rest of Costa Rica, there is a style to match every traveler. Which style is right for you?

This is one of the most popular resorts in Costa Rica and for a good reason. Lcated on the beautiful Playa Conchal beach, it has one of the largest pools in the country. There is an exclusive, adults-only portion of the property. This makes it functional for both families and couples. There are several restaurants on-site that are included in the meal plan. These offer a wide range of dining options. So you won’t tire of the same dishes during your stay. They also have a kids’ club for families with younger travelers.

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El Mangroove Autograph Collection, Panama Beach

This resort offers all meals or breakfast included options. We’re fans of this option because it is a more “authentic” and secluded resort. The beach is not as popular as Playa Conchal, so guests enjoy a more local feel. The design of the property is unique and understated (in a good way). The beach has beautiful volcanic sand. It tends to have a more “couples” vibe, but is also a good option for families. It is located under 25 minutes from the Liberia Airport. This convenient location helps you maximize valuable vacation time.

Margaritaville Beach Resort, Flamingo Beach

Perhaps the name sounds a bit cheesy, but this hotel is a great value! This property offers meals-inclusive or breakfast only options. Playa Flamingo is a lovely and secluded beach. The hotel is on the smaller side for a resort, so you won’t be overwhelmed by crowds.

Our Top Picks for Couples Resort Getaways

Couples who like to relax and not worry about where the next meal is coming from love inclusive packages. And couples who want personalized attention or to explore the area prefer more boutique lodging.

There are many hotels in Costa Rica that cater to couples. These mini-resorts offer intimate spaces, ocean views, resort amenities and activities and an escape from screaming kids. If you want a true couple’s experience, there are fantastic options. From some of the best adults-only resorts to luxury boutique hotels, Costa Rica has it all. These are our picks for Couples Resorts:

Secrets Papagayo

This adults-only resort is near the Liberia Airport, and it caters to couples in search of some us-time. With a beachfront location, daily activities, seven restaurants, and a laid-back atmosphere, this full experience can be a romantic escapade to remember.

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All-Inclusive vs Meal-Inclusive vs Breakfast Only Options – Which Is Best?

Most people know the difference between breakfast included and all-meals included hotel options. But there is a third way in Costa Rica — the “meal-inclusive” option. So, which of these is right for you?

Breakfast Included: A Traditional Experience

The good, old standard breakfast included is what most people think of when they see this option. Accommodations offering this include either a buffet breakfast or continental breakfast option to start your day. The remaining meals are on your own either on site or at a local restaurant.

When people hear all-inclusive, they often think of all food & beverages—including alcohol—in the price for no additional charge. This is standard for larger resorts in Costa Rica and great for travelers that like to have cocktails, wine, or beer, and not worry about their tab.

Meal-Inclusive: Comfort in the Jungle

The third option is what we call “meal inclusive”. This means that breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in your stay. This does NOT mean that alcohol is also included. Meal-inclusive is a standard for more remote hotels. These are the properties that are too secluded for guests to find convenient dining options off site.

Booking an All-inclusive Vacation to Costa Rica

Do you prefer to spend your day out exploring and eating meals in local towns? Or do you prefer to lounge by the pool and have meals and drinks at your leisure? Or do you like to visit remote lodges that have a completely unique setting? Let our experts help you choose!

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FAQs

Are all inclusives in Costa Rica worth it? ›

If you want to see and experience the real Costa Rica, you should not go to an all inclusive. If you want a mix of adventure and wildlife, but also want to completely unwind without a care in the world, then you should combine the two. Many of our clients do this and find it to be a good compromise.

What part of Costa Rica is best for vacation? ›

Best Places to Stay in Costa Rica
  • Arenal Volcano—Adventure Capital.
  • Manuel Antonio—#1 National Park.
  • Tamarindo Beach—Surf & Sunsets.
  • Monteverde—Birdwatching Paradise.
  • Conchal Beach—Shell Beach.
  • Gulf of Papagayo—Calm Waters.
  • Jaco Beach—Sportfishing Hotspot.
  • Nosara Beach—Surf & Yoga.

Where is the best place in Costa Rica to stay? ›

The best areas to stay in Costa Rica for first-timers are the beautiful neighborhoods of San Jose, Arenal Volcano, Monteverde, Puerto Viejo, Manuel Antonio, and Tamarindo Beach. These city are vey popular with tourist that offers a wide variety of tourist attractions and amenities.

Where should I stay my first time in Costa Rica? ›

Places for First-Time Visitors to Go in Costa Rica
  • Santa Elena Nat. ...
  • Corcovado National Park Sunset.
  • Palm thatched roof in front of the surf break at Santa Teresa.
  • Palms on Montezuma Beach.
  • Beautiful Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste.
  • Chairs & umbrella on a empty beach in Tamarindo.
  • Beautiful Jaco Beach from the sky.

What is the best time of year to go to Costa Rica? ›

The best time to visit Costa Rica is between December and April, when the weather is at its driest and brightest. We'd also recommend traveling in the country's green season, from May to June or in November. This is when you catch the seasons in transition, and the national parks are quieter.

Do I need a passport to go to Costa Rica? ›

Do I need a passport to travel to Costa Rica? Yes, U.S. citizens must have a current valid passport and evidence of onward travel to exit Costa Rica (either to return to the U.S. or travel to another country).

How many days do you need in Costa Rica? ›

We recommend spending 10 days to two weeks in Costa Rica, as this timeframe will give you enough time to cover all the major highlights while also including time for traveling from one destination to another. A two-week Costa Rica itinerary will guarantee you see everything the country has to offer.

What is the safest place to stay in Costa Rica? ›

The safest places to stay in Costa Rica are:
  • Drake Bay – a good family destination.
  • Tamarindo – great for an all-encompassing beach experience.
  • Puerto Viejo – a romantic destination.
  • Liberia – near the wonderful Nicoya peninsula.
  • Jaco* – rich in expat communities (see notes)
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How much is $1 US in Costa Rica? ›

Dollar to Costa Rica Colon Exchange Rate Today, Live 1 USD to CRC = 614.5435 (Convert Dollars to Costa Rica Colon)

Where do celebrities stay in Costa Rica? ›

The preferred spots for celebrities are: Papagayo Gulf in Guanacaste, Santa Teresa and Mal País in the South Pacific, Mel Gibson's estate is located in Playa Barrigona, Guanacaste, some have been spotted in the area of La Fortuna de San Carlos, the remote and secluded Osa Península is a perfect area, and others in ...

What airport should I fly into Costa Rica? ›

The main international airports in Costa Rica are Juan Santamaria International Airport (San Jose International Airport) and Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (Liberia International Airport). The airport code for San Jose International Airport is SJO. The airport code for Liberia International Airport is LIR.

Do I need a car in Costa Rica? ›

Do You Need to Rent a Car in Costa Rica? Technically no, you can get around by public buses, tours, or a private shuttle. Buses are cheap and safe but certainly not convenient. Especially when it comes to travelling between tourist destinations.

What is the most beautiful beach in Costa Rica? ›

Playa Conchal

Arguably the most beautiful beach in Costa Rica, tiny yet never understated Playa Conchal is covered in a fine sprinkling of crushed seashells. As you wade through crystalline water in search of a memorable souvenir, pause for a moment to reflect on how wonderful it is to be in paradise.

What is the best way to travel around Costa Rica? ›

The best way to get around Costa Rica is by bus, which is reliable, navigable, inexpensive and frequently runs through San José, Costa Rica's capital. Driving on your own is not highly recommended as some roads are tricky (speckled with potholes and ambiguously marked intersections).

Does the US dollar go far in Costa Rica? ›

Enjoying all of these places, getting beautiful photos along the way and having great memories is possible without spending a ton of money.
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The U.S. dollar will go far in these 20 international cities.
LocationCurrency ExchangeAverage Cost of Daily Expenses
San Jose, Costa Rica1 USD = 567.494 CRC$49
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How long is a direct flight to Costa Rica? ›

The average flight time between United States and San Jose (Costa Rica's capital), is 4 hours and 54 minutes. This has been calculated based on journeys departing from Washington.

Is Costa Rica expensive? ›

Compared to other Central American countries like Nicaragua or El Salvador, Costa Rica is generally more on the expensive side. It's pretty well-developed and has a thriving tourism industry, so things do cost more.

Are US dollars accepted in Costa Rica? ›

Something many visitors to Costa Rica find convenient is the fact that U.S. dollars are accepted virtually everywhere. This means you won't have to waste a lot of time converting your cash into Costa Rican colones before you can start shopping.

Do you need to wear a mask in Costa Rica? ›

Please note that, as of June 2022, Costa Rica has no COVID-specific entry requirements for travelers. Additionally, masks are no longer required in public spaces; their use is discretionary throughout the country.

What language do they speak in Costa Rica? ›

The official national language of Costa Rica is Spanish and has been since the Spanish colonisation of the country in the 16th century, however, there are also five indigenous languages spoken in Costa Rica as part of the Chibcha language family; Cabecar language, Bribri language, Maleku language, Buglere language, and ...

How much cash should I take with me to Costa Rica? ›

We recommend that you bring around $50 to $100 US dollars in cash and a VISA or Master Card. There are other credit cards that are accepted, but VISA and Master Card are the most commonly accepted throughout Costa Rica. If needed, you can get a cash advance on a VISA card if you go to a large bank.

How much does a 2 week trip to Costa Rica cost? ›

A 2-week Costa Rica itinerary will cost you anywhere between 2000 – 3000 USD. For example, this includes going out for lunch and dinner, accommodation, attraction tickets, and your rental car. However, if you travel with two or more people, you can split accommodation and transport costs.

How much is a Coke in Costa Rica? ›

Prices in restaurants in Costa Rica.
Meal in a cheap restaurant4,500 CRC (3,000-10,000)
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)2,400 CRC (1,500-3,500)
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle)950 CRC (650-1,500)
Water (0.33 liter bottle)851 CRC (600-1,300)
Cappuccino (regular)1,600 CRC (900-2,600)
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What is considered rude in Costa Rica? ›

Taboos/Unacceptable Behavior

Topics such as pre-marital sex, abortion, and gay marriage are generally avoided. Costa Ricans are very polite, so be sure not to put your feet on furniture; always say please and thank you, and try not raise your voice in anger, at least in public.

Is Costa Rica safe for tourists 2022? ›

According to the latest Global Peace Index update, Costa Rica is considered the safest country in Latin America. It's also the most peaceful country in Central America with a low violent crime rate and high political stability.

Is Costa Rica safe for female Travellers? ›

Is Costa Rica Safe for Solo Female Travelers? The short answer is yes. It's perhaps the safest country in Central America for solo female travelers, maybe even all of Latin America. However, like any other place in the world, it's important to be careful with yourself and your things.

Which side of Costa Rica has better beaches? ›

For beaches:

Although, the Pacific Coast has the greatest diversity in beaches. The Northern Coast is the dryest- with beaches backed by dry forest and cacti. As you move south, the beaches get lusher and wilder – with more wildlife. There are so many different beaches to discover in Costa Rica.

Where in Costa Rica did the Kardashians stay? ›

The Springs Resort & Spa at Arenal. When the Kardashians wanted to film their reality show in Costa Rica, it was no accident that they chose The Springs. This sprawling hot-springs resort in Arenal, with prices north of $500 (£380) a night, is the crème de la crème of luxury lodging in Costa Rica.

Can I use my credit card in Costa Rica? ›

Q: Can I use my credit card in Costa Rica? A: Yes. American Express, Visa and MasterCard credit cards are accepted throughout the country, but Visa is generally considered to be the most widely used.

Should you bring cash to Costa Rica? ›

This depends on what you plan to do in Costa Rica and where you are going in Costa Rica. Credit cards are accepted in Costa Rica nearly everywhere in the country so you don't have to bring a ton of cash. However, it is always good to have some cash on hand. Keep in mind that some businesses may not accept credit cards.

Can you drink the water in Costa Rica? ›

Can you drink the water in Costa Rica? The short answer is yes. You can drink the tap water in Costa Rica safely in most every part of the country. In some rural areas, including the Caribbean and in non-touristy places, you may want to stick with bottled water.

Where did Reese Witherspoon stay in Costa Rica? ›

Reese Witherspoon knows how to travel in the lap of luxury. The Academy Award winner, 46, recently returned from a three-night stay in the rainforests of Costa Rica, where she enjoyed a trip with the girls at Hacienda AltaGracia, Auberge Resorts Collection.

What is the prettiest town in Costa Rica? ›

Zarcero. A short drive from San José or Naranjo, Zarcero is one of Costa Rica's most picturesque towns. Located in the Alajuela province in the San José Highlands, it has just over 4,000 residents.

Is it OK to wear shorts in Costa Rica? ›

Clothes. Costa Rica doesn't have a strict dress code so comfortable and casual is best for pretty much the entire country. At the beach, your wardrobe will consist mostly of shorts, tank tops and flip flops. In the city, we recommend closed toed shoes, long pants and a light jacket or sweater.

Is Liberia or San Jose better? ›

Liberia is closer to some of the best surfing beaches in the country but flights can be more expensive. San Jose is closer to nature activities and the hustle and bustle of the capital city with generally cheaper flights, but has more expensive local transportation.

What is the currency in Costa Rica? ›

The Costa Rican Colon (CRC) is the currency of Costa Rica. The symbol for the Colon is ₡; the currency is subdivided into 100 centimos. Many places in Costa Rica accept the US Dollar unofficially. The name of the Colon is derived from the Spanish explorer Christopher Columbus (Cristobal Colon in Spanish).

Does Costa Rica have Uber? ›

Uber has been operating in San Jose since August of 2015 and expanded the service area for 2023. Uber will eventually be a standard method of transportation for tourists but for the moment it's limited and can be inconvenient at best and dangerous at worst.

What does all-inclusive mean Costa Rica? ›

An all-inclusive vacation is a vacation that includes all the essentials in the booking price. Besides accommodation, you can expect food, drinks, activities, and entertainment to be included, without having to pay extra for it.

How do you tip at an all inclusive resort in Costa Rica? ›

The standard percentage to tip in Costa Rica is 10% for tourists. A good way to see the tipping etiquette in Costa Rica for tourists is that there isn't a mandatory minimum percentage so any amount is very much appreciated.

Where is Costa Rica? ›

Costa Rica is located in Central America, connecting North and South America. It borders Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south. Because of its location, warm weather predominates, but many different microclimates are found throughout the country.

Do I tip at an all inclusive resort? ›

Do I Need to Tip at an All-Inclusive Resort? While tipping is a discretionary and optional gesture, at all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and others, it is certainly encouraged.

Is Costa Rica cheaper than Mexico? ›

Overall though, Mexico can be a cheaper holiday than Costa Rica if you're staying away from five star resorts and tourist regions. Although both countries have comparatively similar prices if you wish to stay in resorts in the popular tourist areas.

What is the most beautiful beach in Costa Rica? ›

Playa Conchal

Arguably the most beautiful beach in Costa Rica, tiny yet never understated Playa Conchal is covered in a fine sprinkling of crushed seashells. As you wade through crystalline water in search of a memorable souvenir, pause for a moment to reflect on how wonderful it is to be in paradise.

Can Americans drink tap water in Costa Rica? ›

The short answer is yes. You can drink the tap water in Costa Rica safely in most every part of the country. In some rural areas, including the Caribbean and in non-touristy places, you may want to stick with bottled water.

Should you bring cash to Costa Rica? ›

This depends on what you plan to do in Costa Rica and where you are going in Costa Rica. Credit cards are accepted in Costa Rica nearly everywhere in the country so you don't have to bring a ton of cash. However, it is always good to have some cash on hand. Keep in mind that some businesses may not accept credit cards.

Do you tip waiters in Costa Rica? ›

In Costa Rican eateries, tipping is optional, though it's polite to offer an additional sum if you feel your server exceeded your expectations or went the extra mile to ensure you were happy with your meal.

How much is $1 US in Costa Rica? ›

Dollar to Costa Rica Colon Exchange Rate Today, Live 1 USD to CRC = 614.5435 (Convert Dollars to Costa Rica Colon)

How long is a direct flight to Costa Rica? ›

The average flight time between United States and San Jose (Costa Rica's capital), is 4 hours and 54 minutes. This has been calculated based on journeys departing from Washington.

What currency does Costa Rica use? ›

The Costa Rican Colon (CRC) is the currency of Costa Rica. The symbol for the Colon is ₡; the currency is subdivided into 100 centimos. Many places in Costa Rica accept the US Dollar unofficially. The name of the Colon is derived from the Spanish explorer Christopher Columbus (Cristobal Colon in Spanish).

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