Costa Rica's Natural Treasures

Discover exotic flora and fauna as you traverse treetop bridges, float along the Tempisque River, trek to a volcano, and take guided walks at Monteverde's biological reserve.

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 The luscious cloud forest from the forest floor  The jungle canopy from a tree-top skyway. Credit: Amy Cline  The elusive Resplendent Quetzal found in Monteverde   Oak Tiger Butterfly. Credit: Phil Parsons  White-faced Capuchin monkey  A brilliantly colored morpho butterfly  One of many butterfly species of Costa Rica  Male Crowned Woodnymph Hummingbird  Costa Rica hummingbird  One of Costa Rica's delightful hummingbirds  Red-eyed tree frog crawling between leaves in the jungle  Dart frog in Costa Rica  A sloth at home in the tree tops  Colorful Heliconia   One of Costa Rica's many species of orchids  Costa Rica orchid  Poás Volcano  Arenal Volcano  Costa Rica coffee field  Beach along the coast of Guanacaste  Sunset in Guanacaste

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Doubletree by Hilton Cariari (Superior First Class)

San Jose, Costa Rica

Surrounded by lush gardens, the 222-room DoubleTree by Hilton Cariari features colonial-style hacienda architecture with wood furnishings and local artwork. This sustainable hotel offers two restaurants and two bars, casino, fitness center, unheated outdoor pool, laundry service, beauty salon, gift shop, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access. Air-conditioned guest rooms feature private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, coffee-making facilities, ironing facilities, Wi-Fi internet access (surcharge), TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 3

Arenal Manoa (First Class)

Arenal Region, Costa Rica

The Hotel Arenal Monoa offers panoramic views of Arenal Volcano while surrounded by meditative gardens and a Costa Rican farm. La Palma River runs through the property, nourishing a gallery forest complete with a vast selection of bird and plant life. The 80-room hotel features a restaurant and bar, walking gardens, Jacuzzi, spa, and outdoor pool with swim-up bar. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, Internet access, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 2

El Establo Mountain Hotel (First Class)

Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica

This 155-room lodge is nestled in the misty cloud forest of Monteverde. The hotel has two heated indoor pools, spa, gym, restaurant, bar, tennis court, canopy tour (zip lines), and hiking trails. Each guest room has private bath with hair dryer, safe-deposit box, coffee-making facilities, TV, phone, and a balcony or terrace.

Number of nights: 3

Esplendor Tamarindo Hotel (Superior First Class)

Tamarindo, Costa Rica

The brand new (opening in April of 2015) Esplendor Tamarindo is situated on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The 104-room hotel has two restaurants, lounges, an outdoor pool, spa,  fitness center, and beach club.  Each of the guest rooms has a balcony (overlooking the Pacific Ocean), air conditioning, private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, internet access, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 3