Costa Rica is known for its lush tropical setting, with the sounds and sights of wildlife surrounding guests as they make their way to the clear blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. The Central America country is home to a plethora of hotels and resorts that range from small boutique and family-owned properties to expansive resorts with multiple pools and kid-friendly programs — many of which are all-inclusive.
We’ve rounded up the best all-inclusive Costa Rica resorts for families to consider.
1. Allegro Papagayo
Guests of the Allegro Papagayo in Costa Rica, part of the Occidental brand of all-inclusive resorts, receive access to a private beach club, plus pools with volleyball and basketball, beach soccer, a kids” club, daily and nightly entertainment and a disco for the adults (don”t worry, babysitting is available!).
Rooms and suites also feature family-friendly amenities like mini-bars with free drinks and snacks, coffeemakers, balconies and cribs or rollaway beds upon request. The resort can also set up special excursions to local attractions, such as Arenal Volcano or Palo Verde National Park.
2. Occidental Tamarindo
The five-star Occidental Tamarindo is located in Tamarindo, just over a mile from downtown, so families can enjoy a combination of city life and beach life. The hotel is located on a beach that has earned Costa Rica”s highest honors in Sustainable Tourism awards as one of the country”s safest and cleanest beaches. If that”s not enough, the resort offers all of the same great amenities you”d expect at an all-inclusive resort.
Del Mar Surf Camp
JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa Costa Rica
Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica
Water sports are also included in rates, with one free introductory scuba diving lesson available for each guest during their stay. And don"t forget about family time in the sand -- the resort is located directly on Matapalo Beach.
Hotel Riu Guanacaste
Kids will also enjoy RiuLand, the kids" club for ages 4 to 12, and teens will enjoy trying a new water sport, like kayaking, snorkeling or paddle boarding. And whether your clan is small or large, a family suite will do the trick with two separate bedrooms and two bathrooms, complete with a mini-fridge that is restocked daily with complimentary refreshments.
DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Central Pacific - Costa Rica
There are also 10 restaurants and bars for any time stomachs start to rumble, plus warm chocolate chip cookies in the lobby daily (a standard amenity at DoubleTree). To be close to all the action, book a Junior Suite, which features a separate bedroom with a queen bed for parents, and a living area with a sofa bed for the kids.
Barcelo Tambor Beach
The resort is also home to two swimming pools, plus one more just for tots with palm trees that spray water, as well as three tennis courts, beach volleyball, Ping Pong, a climbing wall, mini-golf and a giant chess board.
BEST WESTERN Jaco Beach Resort
The beach is just steps from the resort and families will love building sandcastles, surfing the waves or just relaxing in the sun. If looking for a little adventure, families can also set up off-property excursions to the local Carara National Park for hiking, or Herredura Bay"s Marina for a fishing trip.
Dreams Las Mareas
The resort"s pools are inviting and offer more fun for kids with a jungle waterslide, while the beach is just steps away with water sports and room for building sandcastles. Retreat to suites complete with tropical or oceanfront views, furnished terraces or balconies, mini-bars and free Wi-Fi.