Costa Rica bed and breakfasts and small inns are a special intimate experience. Some travelers will onlystay at these local, homey establishments, and for good reason. No matter whether you are traveling to the next town or across the globe, it’s nice to feel like you are home once you’re arrived.
Unlike big resorts and some of the major, corporate-owned Costa Rica hotels, Costa Rica bed and breakfasts specialize in making visitors feel at home—without losing the unique flavor and flair of this Central American paradise.
The following short list of Costa Rica bed and breakfasts is just a sampling:
- Finca Rosa Blanca Country Inn. Located just 20 minutes from San Jose, Finca Rosa Blanca Country Inn (www.fincarosablanca.com) is an architectural marvel of curved glass and spiral staircases set into a green hillside on a coffee plantation. Each room is unique, with stucco and glass, native Costa Rican woods, and local artwork everywhere. The views are fabulous, and you won’t find more luxurious or unique bathrooms anywhere: One even features a waterfall!
- Vista del Valle Plantation Inn. Vista del Valle (www.vistadelvalle.com) is another good choice for travelers who need someplace to close to the San Jose airport but who don’t want to opt for same old, same old. Bright, individual cabins with Japanese architecture, polished wood, and canyon views are a peaceful and serene alternative to a boxy hotel room.
- Sueno del Mar. Sueno del Mar is located on lovely Playa Tamarindo on the Western coast (www.suenodelmar.com). The décor is eclectic and tropical. Net hammocks strung between exotic shade trees create a perfect place to nap or read. The sumptuous breakfasts at Sueno del Mar are included in the price of a room and have become locally famous.
- Cabinos Los Cocos. Located on the southern-most western tip of Costa Rica’s remote Playa Zancudo is Cabinas Los Cocos (www.loscocos.com), the perfect place to shut out civilization entirely. Separate cabins located only meters away from the beach are set far enough apart that you can pretend to be alone while still having access to all the traditional hotel services. The cabins once served as housing for a banana plantation. All have large verandas and eat in kitchenettes. The owners also host boat tours.
- Cabinas Casa Verde. Actually a small, privately owned hotel located right in the Caribbean coastal city of Puerto Viejo, Cabinas Casa Verde (www.cabinascasaverde.com) is a Costa Rica bed and breakfast that has a boutique look at a bargain price. The gardens are lush, the hammocks are comfortable, and the owner can usually be found on site tending the grounds. A coffee shop, gift shop, and poison frog garden are located right in the hotel, and the bird watching here is spectacular. Bathrooms are shared and separate from the spacious sleeping rooms, but for budget travelers the ambiance doesn’t get any better than this.
Travelers to Costa Rica who venture away from standard hotel chains and main streets of town will be richly rewarded for taking a chance. Once you’ve had the Costa Rica bed and breakfast experience, it’s hard to go back to cookie cutter rooms and accommodations that are always exactly what you expect.
Part of the joy of traveling is expecting the unexpected. When it comes to pleasant surprises and friendly staff, Costa Rica bed and breakfasts definitely deliver!