A generation ago, Golfito Costa Rica was a bustling banana port, but today it is known as the gateway to the Golfo Dulce, one of the hottest sport fishing destinations in the world. As you might expect, accommodations in Golfito Costa Rica therefore run the gamut from simple but clean budget rooms to truly lavish Golfito coastal rainforest resorts.
No matter where you stay in Golfito Costa Rica, whether it be budget or resort, you are bound to have a memorable experience.
For basic accommodations at budget rates, try El Gran Ceibo, named after the gigantic ceibo tree that shades its entrance. Each of the bright, spacious rooms at El Gran Ceibo features its own sitting porch with chairs, and half of the rooms also include cable TV and air conditioning. The grounds and a few rooms feature nice views of the Golfo Dulce.
If you are planning to stay in Golfito Costa Rica for quite awhile and you are looking more for a clean place to sleep with water views than great luxury, El Gran Ceibo won’t let you down.
Cpmplejo Turistico Samoa del Sur boasts the best location in Golfito Costa Rica. Situated right on the waterfront with a popular restaurant and bar on premises, Complejo Turistico Samoa del Sur features rooms with red tile floors, traditional carved wooden door, two beds each with beautiful wooden headboards, and a long, covered shared veranda.
The views of the Golfo Dulce are not as good from the rooms as from the restaurant and bar, so if you want to look out at the water, sit down and enjoy a meal or a drink. With moderate rates, Complejo Turistico Samoa del Sur is the best bet for visitors who want to stay in the thick of things and meet other fisherman and travelers.
Las Gaviatos Hotel, located right at the beginning of Golfito Costa Rica a short ride away from downtown, is another popular mid-priced choice. The hotel faces the Gulf and features a small pier that juts out into the water and small swimming pool. The clean rooms feature private tiled patios and ocean views, and a handful of cabinas also include kitchenettes. The restaurant on site features fabulous views, but the food is not the best so order light.
For true luxury and rainforest atmosphere, check out of one the nature lodges located just outside of Golfito Costa Rica. With room prices that start at $300 USD per night including meals, these resorts are not for the budget-minded, but for newlyweds or travelers looking to get away from it all, they provide the retreat of a lifetime and an excellent opportunity to see Costa Rican flora and fauna right outside each luxurious room.
Cana Blanca Beach & Rainforest Lodge features rooms on stilts right on the water, surrounded by jungle. No TV, no shops, and no easy roads out make this a truly private get-a-way, but a small fleet of canoes onsite allows guests to paddle around the Gulf on their own whenever they wish.
Playa Nucuesa Rainforest Lodge offers its own private black sand beach, and Rainbow Adventures decorates with four-poster beds, antique furniture, stained glass windows, and oriental rugs. The beach at Rainbow adventures is a bit rocky but very accessible, and this luxury lodge also boasts miles of private rainforest trails for guests to hike and explore.