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What's included in all-inclusive resorts? Meals, drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), and activities are typically included with your room price.

The 6 Best All-Inclusive Beach Resorts in Costa Rica

With its sparkling tropical waters and stunning backdrop of rainforest and mountains, Costa Rica is an adventure waiting to happen. Crystalline ocean forms two of this country’s borders, making it the perfect beach destination for sun-seekers of all ages. Add an all-inclusive resort to take care of the details and you’re all set!

1. Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica

This regal property sits just beyond Matapalo Beach and Ocotal Beach, so you’ll never be far from the waves.

What’s included? All buffet and a la carte meals, snacks, and drinks, dining at four onsite restaurants, an in-room minibar and liquor dispensers, and even a complimentary grocery shopping service are included. So are rowing, kayaking, surfing, and other water activities.

Why it's great for beach lovers: There are many beaches within 10 miles of Hotel Riu Palace, so grab a canoe or boogie board and hit the waves! Take a lounge chair and beach towel, compliments of the hotel, if sunbathing and relaxing are more your style.


2. Croc’s Resort and Casino

Located near lively Jaco Beach, one of the most popular beaches in the country, and outfitted with a large shimmering swimming pool, Croc’s Resort and Casino is perfect if you want fun in the sun.

What’s included? The all-inclusive option includes buffet meals, endless snacks at the pool snack bar, unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and entertainment for all ages, including a kids’ club.

Why it's great for beach lovers: Relax with a drink in hand under complimentary beach umbrellas or in a poolside lounge chair by day, then take advantage of beachfront dining to watch a spectacular sunset over the ocean.


3. Riu Guanacaste

This 4-star resort on Matapalo Beach provides every kind of entertainment, from a casino and nightclub to poolside bars and children’s playgrounds—and, of course, fantastic ocean views.

What’s included? Buffet dining, five restaurant choices, room service (during certain hours), and all in-room minibar beverages are included, as are all non-motorized water sports. Grab a piña colada at the swim-up bar or check out the onsite nightclub without spending an extra cent.

Why it's great for beach lovers: You can dive right into the tropical lifestyle with snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing, or a game of volleyball. When you’re ready to chill out, grab a complimentary beach lounge chair and gaze at the waves.


4. Occidental Papagayo – Adults Only

Surrounded by lush forest and situated on top of coastal cliffs in between Playa Hermosa and Playa Panama, Occidental Papagayo is everything an adults-only, all-inclusive beach resort should be.

What’s included? Indulge in every flavor you fancy with unlimited buffet meals, snacks, and drinks at the bar or from your in-room minibar. Looking for adventure? All non-motorized water sports and land activities are also included.

Why it's great for beach lovers: With so many free outdoor activities, plus complimentary beach loungers and towels, you’ll have a hard time going back indoors. Kayaking, snorkeling, a poolside bar, and a rooftop terrace are just a few of the ways you can take advantage of the tropical sun and sea.


5. Casa Conde Beach Front Hotel

If you’re into beachfront dining, ocean-view pools, or secluded sunset strolls, Casa Conde on Playa Panama is the whole package.

What’s included? All buffet meals, snacks, and beverages—including those from the in-room minibar—are included. Traveling with the whole family? Great news: Cribs and infant beds are available for free, and a children’s pool lets the little ones get their share of water fun.

Why it's great for beach lovers: The property sits right by the ocean, giving you glimpses of shimmering water through the trees. Catch some sun on the rooftop terrace or grab a complimentary beach towel before heading out for a dip in the waves.


6. Fiesta Resort Central Pacific

The name says it all—Fiesta Resort Central Pacific near Puntarenas is a tropical party for the whole family, with indoor and outdoor activities to suit everyone.

What’s included? All dining and drinking is included at three restaurants and five bars, including a poolside bar. Complimentary classes include dance, bartending, cooking, and language lessons. A kids’ club and pool, plus a playground, make this a great family-friendly property.

Why it's great for beach lovers: Fiesta Resort Central Pacific makes it easy to squeeze in all your favorite seaside activities. Beach umbrellas and towels, beach volleyball facilities, boogie boards, and kayaks are all free to use.