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Southern Caribbean Hotels in Costa Rica

Enjoy the untouched beauty of the Caribbean Coast!

Costa Rica Caribbean Hotels Costa Rica Caribbean hotels are excellent for a unique cultural experience. Costa Rica’s Caribbean is famous for it’s open-air bars and discos which come alive on the weekends, exotic restaurants, small bungalow beach resorts! Distinct from all other areas of Costa Rica,  its an area rich with Afro-Caribbean flavors.  Caribbean beach resorts are a great option for travelers who wish to stray away from the traditional tourism path in Costa Rica. The Caribbean coast is less developed but offers a unique experience for all who visit! This region is a diverse atmosphere of Afro-Caribbean and Latin culture. As a result, this region has a unique laid-back atmosphere and natural beauty!

Exotic Caribbean Beach Locations in Costa Rica

Explore Cahuita in the Caribbean! This area has excellent accommodation options. Another attraction are the coral reefs off Cahuita Point. This reef is considered one of the best snorkeling destinations in Costa Rica. There is also Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, one of the most popular beaches towns along Costa Rica’s Caribbean coastline. If you are looking for a hotel in Puerto Viejo there are a number of options available! One of which includes the beautiful Azania Bungalows. For those who are looking for luxury, no hotel on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast rivals the newly opened Le Cameleon.

Also Manzanillo Beach. Here you can spot sloths, monkeys, and toucans! This rural road also contains many hidden beaches and resorts In addition there are resorts and beach bungalows along the road that host yoga retreats, and other activities! You can find some of the coziest Caribbean hotels in Costa Rica here!

More Laid Back with a Less Developed Feel

More popular destinations on the Caribbean coast include, Tortuguero, Puerto Viejo, Cahuita, and Manzanillo further south. These areas also offer the Caribbean relaxed “rasta” vibe, and uninhabited rainforests that meet the beautiful oceans. Fishing villages are scattered between these larger towns. These towns offer the tourists a chance to mingle with the locals. Although the Costa Rica Caribbean Beach Resorts may not be as prolific as on the Pacific coast, there are some great ones to choose from.

Southern Caribbean Hotels in Costa Rica

THE TOP 10 COSTA RICA CARIBBEAN BEACH RESORTS

Southern Caribbean hotels in Costa Rica are predominantly close to the beach and underneath tall green canopies, with a more authentic and sustainable approach towards the local culture and wildlife. The best beach resorts dotting Costa Rica’s Southern Caribbean coastline are definitely in Cahuita, Puerto Viejo, Cocles, Punta Uva and Manzanillo. They don’t always have pools and they are not that big. Although the resorts on the Northern half of the coastline usually have pools, they are more inclined to riparian adventures and marine turtle nesting, so they will remain untouched for now.  Along this part of the country, visitors will find themselves immersed in an Afro Caribbean culture that serves delicious coconut rice, loves to ride bikes, lives in nature, and are extremely friendly and patient towards theirs guests. 

  1. Hotel Manatus This hotel is the best luxury hotel that Tortugero has to offer. It is surrounded by beautiful Tortuguero canals and a wildlife sanctuary and the hotel inself has pretty, clean and open rooms with wooden floors and modern decorations.  Enjoy the comforts Hotel Mantus offers after a day exploring the Tortuguero National Park.  There is even a great restaurant on site, which offers Afro-Caribbean fusion cuisine!
  2. Hotel Le Cameleon Situated just outside Puerto Viejo, Le Caméléon is one of the most intricate and beautiful hotels on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. The hotel is within a stones throw from Playa Cocles. The hotel is so unique and even changes color using special lights; and since it is painted white, the color of the decor is always changing.
  3. Almonds and Corals This hotel is situated within Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, that offers stunning beaches as well as a dense rainforest. Enjoy a private bungalow in the mist of paradise.
  4. Suizo Loco Lodge Located in Cahuita, this luxurious hotel has a stunning, huge pool and a plethora of exotic plants and wildlife on it’s property. Close to the hotel is Cahuita National Park, as well as stunning Caribbean beaches dotted throughout the area. The bathrooms are spacious and use solar heated water, which contributes to conserving the natural beauty of the area.
  5. Villas Del Caribe For those looking for a hotel directly on the beach, where you can walk out of your room on to the lush sand, then Villas del Caribe in Puerto Viejo is the place for you.  Every room has an ocean view with a balcony or terrace and a king size bed, private bathroom and hot water.
  6. Atlantida Lodge Cahuita This beachfront hotel in Cahuita is surrounded by gardens.  The lodge offers a typical laid back Caribbean atmosphere and is a perfect place to relax. You can even observe different colorful species of frogs in the gardens of the lodge. Or guests workout can do so in the small outdoor gym.
  7. Azania Bungalows Located on Cocles Beach, Azania Bungalows was awarded with the Costa Rican Government Blue Flag Award for clean beaches. Enjoy the free-form pool and jacuzzi as you become mesmerized by the tropical gardens.
  8. Cariblue Bungalows Cariblue Bungalows is a beautiful hotel made up of a selection of bungalows and a 7-person villa just steps from the gorgeous Cocles Beach. It has free wifi, a game room with a tv, billiards, ping pong, various board games, and a big pool area.
  9. Hotel Escape Caribeno Located in Puerto Viejo, Escape Caribeno has 14 caribbean style bungalows, two of which are beachfront. The hotel offer fast access to world class surfing on the famous Salsa Brava beach
  10. Mawamba Lodge Mawamba Lodge is located between the Tortuguero canals and the Caribbean ocean on a sand bar. One of the most beautiful hotels in Tortuguero, the resort boasts views of the Tortuguero lagoon and al variety of exotic wildlife.

All Inclusive Resorts on Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast?

On the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica all-inclusive probably means a boutique hotel nested in the jungle that includes meals but lacks the large infrastructure and amenities found on the Pacific. The Caribbean coast of Costa Rica is meant to be explored. The amenities of the Caribbean are natural, which is why Caribbean hotels try to incorporate your comfort zone as close as possible to nature. Resorts on the other side of the country provide everything you think you need and want at a hand’s distance or with a remote control, without exerting oneself one bit. The authentic cultural experience in the Caribbean is rich and integrated to your vacation, there’s no escaping it. Calypso beats emanate from colorful open shops while riders being pulled by wide handlebars loudly greet each other during their half second encounters. The authentic experience on the Pacific is limited to getting to know the resort’s personnel and the experience you have if you wander out the gates.  There’s another big reason the Caribbean lacks huge resorts and all inclusives. The areas destined for tourism there are mainly protected areas and whatever large scale available land there used to be has been lotted out years ago among many locals and residents.

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From: $200 - $300

Rio Indio Lodge Bedroom

Rio Indio Lodge

A unique Sport Fishing Resort and eco-lodge located just minutes north of the Costa Rican border in Nicaragua, the Rio Indio Adventure Lodge is enveloped by nature yet has all the luxurious amenities of a four star hotel with twenty-seven palatial suites with king or queen beds, elegant tiled bathrooms and a large private screened-in porch. The hotel is beautifully fashioned from local hard woods and boasts an infinity pool set in beautifully manicured gardens.

Type: Boutique Nature Adventure Off The Beaten Path

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Shawandha Lodge Bedroom

Shawandha Lodge in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Shawanda Lodge in Puerto Viejo on Costa Rica’s Caribbean shores offers modern, simple yet comfortable private cabanas in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, with abundant exotic wildlife at your doorstep.

Type: Boutique Family Friendly Romantic

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Samasati Nature Retreat Bedroom

Samasati Nature Retreat

Nestled within a rich, biologically diverse 250-acre Reserve, perched above turquiose Caribbean waters and pristine sandy beaches, the Samasati Nature Retreat is a serene and peaceful oasis featuring Caribbean style bungalows decorated with polished hardwoods, with spacious verandas overlooking the jungle and the sea.

Type: Boutique Nature Health & Wellness Off The Beaten Path

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Hotel Banana Azul

Nestled away in the Southern Caribbean of the province of Limón you will find Hotel Banana Azul! Enjoy their rustic and spacious accommodations that are ideal for romantic getaways or group travels. Dine at the Azul Beach Club where your food is always prepared fresh and only using local ingredients. Hotel Banana Azul is Ideally located, nearby activities include surfing, Cahuita National Park, Jaguar Rescue Center, or pay a visit the Bri Bri indigenous people.This intimate hotel offers an authentic Caribbean beach experience.

Type: Adults Only Nature Adventure Beachfront

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Hotel Le Cameleon Bedroom

Hotel Le Cameleon Costa Rica

Hotel Le Caméléon is a sophisticated yet relaxed beach retreat where the laid-back Caribbean lifestyle combines perfectly with elegant accommodations, fabulous cuisine, a golden sandy beach, spa services and a delightful swimming pool.

Type: Romantic Luxury Beachfront

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Almonds and Corals Master Suite

Almonds and Corals

Almonds and Corals, right in the heart of the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, is the perfect base for a jungle holiday or a beach trip, with private bungalows in the midst of nature. Enjoy the tranquility of the jungle wilderness!

Type: Family Friendly Nature Adventure Beachfront Off The Beaten Path Sustainable Ecolodge

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From: Under $125

Azania Bungalows Jacuzzi

Azania Bungalows

Resting on the shores of beautiful Cocles Beach, Azania Bungalows is a charming and enchanting oasis where you can immerse yourself in the relaxed vibe of Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast. Azania Bungalows are just outside Puerto Viejo, on the road to Manzanillo in front of Cocles Beach and offer perfect accommodations for a chilled out beach holiday on the Caribbean sea.

Type: Family Friendly Romantic Beachfront

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Hotel Cariblue Bed

Cariblue Bungalows Resort Puerto Viejo

Spacious hardwood bungalows set amidst tropical gardens, just steps from the beach. The bungalows are duplexes with palm-thatched roofs, private bathrooms decorated in mosaics, romantic mosquito net canopies, ceiling fans, and inviting porches with hammocks. Cariblue Bungalows resort delivers Caribbean ambiance with good food and great service. Breakfast included.

Type: Family Friendly Beachfront

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Villas Del Caribe Puerto Viejo Living Room

Villas del Caribe Puerto Viejo

Enjoy the beach by day and the lively bars and music of Puerto Viejo at night, at your own private, fully equipped surfer beach bungalow on the Caribbean shore.

Type: Family Friendly

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Selva Bananito Lodge Balcony

Selva Bananito Lodge

The Eco Lodge Selva Bananito is a bucolic, rustic retreat where you can escape the noise and stress of modern life in a remote region of the Caribbean.

Type: Family Friendly Nature Off The Beaten Path Sustainable Ecolodge Students Groups

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From: Under $125

Suizo Loco Lodge Bedroom

Suizo Loco Lodge

Suizo Loco Lodge, Limon, Costa Rica is a lovely hotel offering standard rooms and suites with a stunning tropical pool set amid a plethora of exotic plants and wildlife, just a few short minutes from Playa Negra beach outside of Cahuita.

Type: Boutique Family Friendly

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From: Under $125

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Ciudad Perdida Ecolodge

The rooms are also far apart to provide privacy and space for guests. Ciudad Perdida also offers breakfast in a pretty area and is served by friendly staff. It is included in the price for double occupancy.

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From: Over $300

Tree House Lodge Costa Rica Beach House

Tree House Lodge Costa Rica

A Distinctive Luxury Eco-Lodge with 5 unique jungle residences set amid lush tropical rain forest on the pristine beaches of the remote North Caribbean.

Type: Boutique Family Friendly Nature Romantic Adventure Beachfront Off The Beaten Path

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La Costa de Papito Bungalow

La Costa de Papito

La Costa de Papito offers affordable bungalows that can accommodate up to 5 guests. It’s great for a Romantic or Family Getaway in Costa Rica! Each bungalow is set privately amidst a brilliant garden of tropical plants that exotic birds, butterflies, monkeys, sloths, and iguanas call home, and directly across from the pristine Playa Cocles.

Type: Boutique Family Friendly Nature Romantic Beachfront

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El Encanto Inn Cahuita Bedroom

El Encanto Inn Cahuita

El Encanto is renowned for the quality of its personalized service, the generous healthy tropical breakfasts and the beautiful surroundings. Above all, it is admired for the peace and serenity of its garden.

Type: Family Friendly

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Kenaki Lodge Bedroom

Kenaki Lodge Cahuita

The Kenaki Lodge is a small beachfront hotel in Cahuita at the Caribbean coast with Balinese bungalows and cozy guest rooms, tropical gardens, a big pool and is a perfect location from which to explore the picturesque Cahuita National Park.

Type: Family Friendly Beachfront

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The Goddess Garden Cahuita Bedroom

The Goddess Garden Cahuita

Costa Rica is a wonderful, peaceful and beautiful place. As such it serves as an excellent host to the Goddess Garden, which is a Yoga Teacher Training and Retreat Center.

Type: Boutique Nature Romantic Health & Wellness

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Hotel Escape Caribeno

The Hotel Escape Caribeño, with fourteen comfortable bungalows, is located in the small Caribbean village of Puerto Viejo (Limon, Costa Rica). The Hotel is 7 minutes from the “Pueblo”, in front of the famous Salsa Brava beach.

Type: Boutique Family Friendly Beachfront

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