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Top 8 Guanacaste, Costa Rica Hotels & All-Inclusives

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Costa Rica's unique climate features diverse terrain including rain forests, active volcanoes, hot springs, waterfalls, and lagoons.

With its clean, wide beaches and multiple national parks, Guanacaste is among the most popular tourist areas in Costa Rica. Here visitors snorkel, surf and windsurf, horseback ride, bird watch, and even spot howler monkeys.

Hotels in, and nearby Guanacaste, make the most of the natural beauty of the Pacific coastline. Several of these are all-inclusives.

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1. JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa

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JW Marriott Guanacaste is the largest of Marriott’s Costa Rica properties, with close to 300 rooms, and is its most amenity-rich. Guests appreciate the pool, the beach, the spa (think couples treatments), their balcony, and the beautiful sunsets. Almost all staff are fluent in and comfortable speaking English. Travelers who belong to the Marriott Rewards frequent-guest program can pay for all or a portion of their trip with accrued points.

2. Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

Total luxury in a pristine setting, Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo is an hour away from Coco Beach, the most popular sandy stretch in Guanacaste. From the hotel, it is a two hour drive to both the 42,000-acre Palo Verde National Wildlife National Park and 35,000-acre Parque Nacional Rincón de la Vieja. The latter is home to both the guaria morada, a purple orchid that is Costa Rica's national flower and Rincón de la Vieja, the country's active volcano.

3. Hilton Papagayo Resort Costa Rica

One of the things I like most about Hilton Hotels -- besides their consistent quality -- is that, like Marriotts, that you can apply member rewards toward a stay. Overlooking the Gulf of Papagayo, this Hilton resort boasts a secluded natural volcanic sand beach. An all-inclusive price is available at certain times of the year.

4. Fiesta Premier Resort & Spa

This all-inclusive resort features a casino, Internet café, business center. A choice of wedding packages is available.

5. Occidental Grand Papagayo

This all-inclusive resort on the Pacific coast features 160 rooms spread across 23 buildings.

6. Flamingo Marina Resort

Distinctive pink buildings dot the hillside at this resort, which is surrounded by seven national parks and the Pacific Ocean.

7. Hotel Punta Islita

Your hammock is waiting as soon as your hot-stone massage is over.

8. Barceló Langosta Beach

Family-friendly all-inclusive located on the outskirts of Tamarindo on Langosta Beach in Guanacaste province of northwest Costa Rica.

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