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Families will love:

  • The long stretch of beach and warm ocean waters
  • The large pool area and swim-up bars
  • The sightings of monkeys on the perimeter of the property
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About Hotel Riu Guanacaste

Surrounded by a jungle-like interior, where the vines of banyan trees drop down to the sands below, the Riu Guanacaste is not your typical all-inclusive resort. On any given day, you can watch howler monkeys and their young swing from branch to branch, and view large lizards as they scurry under the chaise lounge chairs. At this beach resort at the northern tip of Costa Rica, you're immersed in a pristine natural setting.

The beach is an exquisite crescent of gray sand that leads to the shallow and warm waters of the Pacific. Aside from the Riu, there are no other hotels on the long stretch of beach, so you can walk for more than 30 minutes along the water's edge and not pass any other beach chairs or any form of commercialism, a rare treat in Costa Rica. A verdant mountainous-terrain buttresses both ends of the beach. Coupled with large islands offshore, the scenery is striking.

If you prefer pool to ocean water, the Riu Guanacaste features a massive pool with two swim-up bars, man-made waterfalls, bridges, and a beach volleyball area. The entertainment team does a great job getting everyone involved, with daily water aerobics, ping-pong tournaments, and salsa dancing competitions. Whether you choose beach or pool, rest assured that you selected one of the finest all-inclusive properties in Central America -- one where your week will go by far too quickly.

To learn more about Riu Hotels and Resorts, please visit Riu Hotels & Resorts.

Written by Stephen Jermanok

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Family Interests

  • All Inclusive
  • Beach
  • Water Sports

Family Amenities

  • Babysitting
  • Children's Program
  • Cribs
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Kids' Pool
  • Kids'/Theme Meals
  • Kitchenettes
  • Laundry Service
  • Meal Plan
  • Onsite Dining
  • Pool



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by Mizdn
My Friend and I spent one week in Costa Rica At the Riu Guanacaste. The hotel is very beautiful and is well maintained. Rooms: The room was very spacious and clean, but we had issues with the toilet being clogged and the fact that the balcony door wouldn't lock wasn't very good. I will add that when we called front desk for assistance with the toilet, we ... read more