The idea of an all inclusive Costa Rica vacation is appealing to many families and couples. It sets a complete budget that includes meals, beverages and in-resort activities, thus eliminating some of the guessing involved in paying hotel and resort food prices, or venturing into the local town for meals. We tend to differentiate between a true all inclusive Costa Rica hotel that features open bar and a la carte restaurants, from those hotel offering daily meals but no beverages.
Many of the boutique eco lodges such as the Osa / Corcovado hotels that include Lapa Rios, La Paloma, Aguila de Osa among others, and other small hotels such as El Silencio Lodge in the mountains of the Central Valley, and Rancho Margot in Arenal offer this meal-inclusive package deal. But the more established all inclusive resorts reside on the beaches, most of them in the Guanacaste shores. Perhaps the top all inclusive resort is the Westin Conchal, perched in one of the country’s most beautiful beaches. Other options include the Hilton Papagayo and the RIU Guanacaste, both on the luxury end. Deluxe all inclusive hotels include the Flamingo Beach Resort and the Barcelo Playa Langosta. On the more economical end of the scale, Punta Leona and the DoubleTree Resort Puntarenas provide a nice experience at lower prices.
It is possible to combine a vacation that features the more typical Costa Rica hotel or resort that includes room & breakfast, in a more adventurous and nature oriented region such as Arenal, Monteverde or Manuel Antonio, ending in a true all inclusive beach resort for fun in the sun. This is probably the best itinerary to get the most of out of a Costa Rica vacation that includes both rainforest and beach.