5 Charming beach resorts in Costa Rica

beach_resort_costa_ricaCosta Rica (“Rica” meaning “rich”) is not named like that because of being the guarding ground of hidden treasures or natural mineral riches. It’s named like that because of its beautiful beaches, which are the country’s precious source of tourism-based income.What’s so good and suitable about Costa Rica beaches and seaside borderlines, is that they’re not far from the capital, San Jose, and so there is no need for long travel journeys to get from the city to the sea. For example, taking an automobile ride at 50m p/h, you can take a dive-in into the Atlantic Ocean’s water from, say, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., then resume your driving and find yourself in front the Pacific Ocean’s waters by 5 p.m.; still having the sun shining up in the sky for you.

And one sight you wouldn’t want to miss while staying in Costa Rica, is witnessing the majesty of both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans at the same time as viewed from atop one of the country’s mountainous pinnacles; all this with an ever present jungle-like background.

Surfing contests are also a popular attraction in the beaches of Costa Rica, just as much as much as beach parties, and even weddings!

So, are you planning on traveling to Costa Rica, finding a nice, comfortable Costa Rican resort? There are many Costa Rican villas, resorts and condos for rent. But maybe, especially for a first time trip, you’d rather have it all served up on a silver platter. We’ll give you some quick tips and hints on finding the right lodge; we’ve picked five Costa Rican beach resorts you might want to check out while in San Jose.

1 – COLONIAL

Here you will find good accommodation services, and its hosts are superbly trained to serve you on a pleasure trip or vacation time. You’ll be able to have a quiet rest and lovely walks on its cozy natural surroundings.

It is set in a centenary year old neo-colonial building behind the ‘Catedral de la Soledad’ (which would be the ‘Solitude Cathedral’ or ‘Soledad Cathedral’) in the city’s National Civic Center, three blocks away from the Supreme Court of Justice; one of San Jose’s more secure places, and nearby many touristic places of interest.

Both Single-room and Double-room suites have their own private bathroom with hot water, telephone and cable TV. They have a ‘Colonial Breakfast’ specialty, which you must try before going out for some Costa Rican fun. Prices are reasonable for the services they provide.

How to get there: it’s at 11 St. between 2nd and 6th.

2 – DON CARLOS

Once upon a time this little welcoming building gave home to a couple of presidential families, and is regarded as one of Costa Rica’s more significant historical heritages. It is located at an exclusive section on the center of San Jose, a few steps away from the national Zoo, the Jade’s Pre-Columbine Museum, and the National Museum, as well as the curious and tempting Museum of Gold (not really made of it, though).

Its internal galleries are the framework for some of the country’s finest art pieces, and the whole place is shrouded in beautiful gardens ornamented with classy luminous fountains.

The restaurant and mini-pool are also charming scenarios to spend a lovely evening after having taken a walk through Annemarie’s Boutique, one of Costa Rica’s most famous national production clothing and souvenir stores.

Rooms are wide and furnished in a classic elegant fashion, all with private bathroom (hot water), direct front-desk phone line, cable TV, and a private safe deposit box.

Ideal for having a quiet moment in between beach-time.

Also very good wedding-party services. Good prices.

3 – IRAZU

We raise the bets with this one, a 325 rooms luxurious place, 10min. from both the International Airport and the center of San Jose. You’ll find a lot of services at a reasonable price: 24/7 front-desk, 24/7 restaurant & Bar, souvenir/gift shop, plus Burger King and Pizza Hutt ‘push a button’ delivery service.

Standard rooms all have a twin-bed plus a matrimonial one; a balcony with either a private pool or a lovely view of the garden.

Premier rooms come in two types: balcony with view of the main pool, equipped with king-size beds -or- no balcony rooms, with garden view, equipped with two matrimonial beds.

A main attraction here is the Casino, which offers 24hrs service. The Hotel also has a well equipped free of charge gymnasium, a conference/business room, and a sauna, with relaxing massage as an option.

Other commodities include: non-smoking rooms, from/to airport transportation, happy hour at the ‘La Cantina’ Bar (from 5:00 to 6:00), free local/international phone calls and 24hr. Internet. Parking Lot is also 24/7.

Particularly well suited for both business and pleasure, giving you much more out of your stay at Costa Rica.

4 – BRITANNIA

This European-styled Hotel was meant to provide the foreign visitor with all he needs to feel right at home while staying in Costa Rica. A state-of-the-art professional hosting with exceptionally well trained personnel is the pride of it, as its name immediately calls for classic elegance and a distinguished atmosphere.

It is located right at the heart of the ‘Barrio Amon’, a zone of great architectonic beauty, about 25 minutes from the International Airport and just 6 blocks away from the very center of San Jose, nearby many touristic attractions, banks, transportation services, and the Post Office, let alone some of the city’s ‘wildest’ night-clubs.

The rooms are mostly wide, and always luminous, with high ceilings and brick walls crossed by arcs and the finest carpets, plus colorful tapestry walls, all of this adding to the overall Victorian flavor of the house.

In-room services include private bathrooms with hot water, safe boxes, king-size beds ‘“in some suites, and cable TV. Of course, cleaning services are at the order of the day, as well as dedicated button-boy attention.

Other services and commodities include a conference room, airport picking/delivering (at rather low rates), Wi-Fi, and private tourist guidance.

Last, but surely not least, the bar. Located were an old wine cava used to be, the hotel’s own restaurant & bar has been called ‘The Cellar’, and it has room for about 60 people. Opening for breakfast, meal and dinner, the hotel’s management’s made international cuisine a specialty, offering a wide variety of dishes, one more delicious than the other, or so they say.

If you come from good old Britain, you’ll feel right at home; yet, have a taste of Costa Rica’s warmness. If not, you’ll feel right at home as well!

How you get there: Calle 3 and Avenida 11, Barrio Amon, San Jose, Costa Rica.

5 – CROWNE PLAZA

Last in our list, but far from being so in matters of service and attention, this five-star luxurious Hotel is just 3 minutes afar from the center of San Jose, and about 15 minutes from the International Airport; right next to San Jose’s biggest metropolitan park, and to the Paseo Colon, where people go for the smartest buy.

Probably the most expensive Costa Rican Hotel in our little checklist, it is worth every dime you spend. Services are at a full in this exceptional resort: 50 Deluxe rooms; 26 Executive rooms; 18 Superior Executive rooms; 5 Junior Suite rooms; 1 Master Suite rooms, and 1 Presidential Suite room, all at the pinnacle of hostelry excellence.

All rooms are also luxuriously furnished and carpeted, have private bathrooms with hot water, cable TV, air conditioning, available phone line, mini-bar, room service and electronic key-card system. This Hotel has pretty much everything you could ask for, and more.

There’s a 1000 guest-capacity Convention Center with multimedia support, a full equipped Casino, and even a Chinese Restaurant! For your dinner, you’ll also be able to choose between the ‘El Tucan’ family restaurant, which offers a wide menu, or the friendly ‘La Guacamaya’ lobby bar. And all this, without even leaving the Hotel!

Just imagine what your stay at Costa Rica would be like!

So, pack your bags, and fly your way to Costa Rica’s friendly beaches and resorts!

You can’t go wrong if you go Costa Rica!

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