Looking for where to stay for your trip to Costa Rica?
The country is filled with gorgeous resorts, beautiful boutique hotels, welcoming hostels and wonderful little Airbnb’s immersed in culture! So with all these great options how do you choose where to stay in Costa Rica?
First things first, you need to choose which area you want to stay in. There are seven provinces in Costa Rica: San Jose, Heredia, Alajuela, Cartago, Puntarenas, Guanacaste and Limon.
Let’s break those down a little:
San Jose: If you like cities rich in culture and filled with fun Saturday markets and lovely architecture, home to the beautiful capital of the country
Heredia: North of San Jose – touches the Nicaraguan border
Alajuela: Features stunning views, coffee and chocolate plantations and home to the beautiful Volcan Poas National Park
Cartago: Home to many more of the volcanoes of Costa Rica – we stopped here for Volcan Irazu!
Puntarenas: Covers most of the Pacific Coast, if you love gorgeous beaches and surf towns – this is your spot! Also holds the gorgeous Manuel Antonio National Park, a must see in Costa Rica!
Guanacaste: One of the most diverse regions of the country, this province has cloud forests, volcanoes and resort beach towns, all in one!
Limon: The Caribbean coast, features some beautiful national parks and banana plantations!
We chose to stay half our trip in Puntarenas and half in Alajuela – we also traveled to Cartago and Guanacaste! It is important to note that if you are driving in Costa Rica, they don’t use street addresses, so get ready to maybe get lost a few times!
After you have chosen your destination cities in Costa Rica, you can decide your travel style!
If resorts are your thing, we would recommend checking out some of the five star resorts in Guanacaste!
If little hidden bungalows are your favorite try out Puntarenas in the lush forest with beach views.
If you like a little adventure we would recommend a volcano view in Alajuela!
We chose Airbnb for each of our stops, and were more than pleased with the hospitality and accommodations! Check out below for some Airbnb savings!
Our first stop in the little beach town of Dominical had the most perfect views:
Our next stop in the city of Alajuela, was nestled next to a coffee plantation and peaked right over to San Jose and the volcanoes of the area!
Wherever you choose to stay in Costa Rica, we know you will love this country! The views are so diverse and serene, it is a perfect spot for anyone from avid adventurers to relaxed beach goers!