A couple walking on a beach in Costa Rica

A couple walking on a beach in Costa Rica (Photo by Jakub Maculewicz on Shutterstock)

If you’ve always dreamed of visiting Costa Rica but dread the hassle of planning every detail, consider an all-inclusive resort. These packages are popular because they cover everything you need — from meals and activities to tips — eliminating the need for multiple payments and avoiding hidden fees or surprises. Not only are these kinds of vacations a great deal, but many resorts in this year-round tropical paradise are right on the beach, providing private access to sun, sand, and surf for your entire vacation.

When planning an all-inclusive trip to Costa Rica, look for a resort that offers a variety of activities and amenities that match your interests. Also, consider the resort’s proximity to major attractions and natural wonders. Which resorts consistently get top grades? We’ve compiled a list of the most frequently recommended all-inclusive resorts in Costa Rica that stand out for their exceptional service, amenities, and locations. We compile our lists by combing through existing consumer rankings and weeding out the top consensus recommendations. Did we miss one that was memorable and stress-free for you? Let us know in the comments below.

6 All-Inclusive Resorts in Costa Rica, According to Consensus Expert Picks

1. The Westin Reserva Conchal, an All-inclusive Golf Resort & Spa

The Westin Reserva Conchal, an All-inclusive Golf Resort & Spa
The Westin Reserva Conchal, an All-inclusive Golf Resort & Spa (marriott.com)

Standout Amenities:

  • Lagoon-style pool
  • Sports courts
  • A championship golf course
  • Kid’s Club/pool
  • 13 bars and restaurants
  • Daily restocked mini bar in each room
  • 24-hour room service
  • Secluded adult-only suites
  • Spa

You’ll find this gem on Costa Rica’s North Pacific coast, nestled among 2,400 acres just a short walk from Playa Conchal on Brasilito Bay. Enjoy a lagoon-style pool, fitness facilities, tennis courts, a championship golf course, and more. If you’re traveling with kids, Travel and Leisure is confident you’ll appreciate the kids club and pool, giving you plenty of adult time. Plus, you can dine at any of the resort’s 13 bars and restaurants.

U.S. News also gives the Westin the nod for best all-inclusive resort, especially for families. Not only will you have access to all the resort amenities, but if you’re hanging out in your room and hungry, you don’t have to go far. The mini bar is restocked daily, and there’s 24-hour room service. Sign me up!

Couples who want to experience this resort and spa without kids can book the adults-only Westin Club suites. According to Forbes, the suites are in a secluded area of the property with a pool and a restaurant for breakfast and lunch. Serenity is on tap there 24/7.

2. Secrets Papagayo

Secrets Papagayo
Secrets Papagayo (hyattinclusivecollection.com)

Standout Amenities:

  • Adults-only
  • Live shows
  • Cooking lessons
  • Non-motorized sports
  • 202 luxurious guest rooms and suites
  • Spa
  • Preferred Club suites with premium features

For a completely kid-free experience, Secrets Papagayo is the ideal adults-only all-inclusive resort. Guests can expect unparalleled luxury and service from the attentive staff, which U.S. News says is praised as the best by visitors. The all-inclusive package covers a range of activities, including live shows, cooking lessons, and non-motorized sports, ensuring a memorable and relaxing stay.

Secrets Papagayo is a perfect destination for honeymooners, offering a romantic escape on the beautiful Papagayo Peninsula. This intimate resort features 202 luxurious guest rooms and suites, each providing stunning views. The Crazy Tourist recommends you treat yourselves to a couples massage at the spa.

Forbes suggests you upgrade to one of the resort’s 65 Preferred Club suites to enjoy premium perks. You not only receive an upgraded view but you’ll also enjoy better bath amenities and exclusive access to certain restaurants and bars.

3. Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica

Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica
Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica (hyattinclusivecollection.com)

Standout Amenities:

  • Family-friendly resort
  • Preferred Club for premium features
  • Suites with hot tubs on the balconies
  • Fully-stocked mini bars in each suite
  • Private beach
  • Full-service spa
  • Two swimming pools

Check out Dreams, another resort offering an “unlimited luxury experience” but this one is family friendly. U.S. News has named this all-inclusive resort the best beach destination, because of its location in Playa El Jobo, Guanacaste. By upgrading to the Preferred Club accommodation, you can enjoy additional amenities, such as access to an exclusive lounge and a suite upgrade.

Situated just 15 minutes from the Nicaragua border, this resort offers suites with hot tubs on the balcony! Don’t miss the morning guided nature walk, and be sure to ask about the Nicaragua day trip recommended by Forbes, where you can explore volcanoes, nature reserves, and more. There’s no shortage of activities, from cooking classes and bike tours to off-property excursions like ATV and horseback riding.

Las Mareas offers “Unlimited Luxury” with top-shelf liquor, a fully-stocked en-suite mini bar, and friendly staff ready to refill your piña colada before you even ask, according to Jetsetter. You’ll enjoy a private beach, a full-service spa, and two beautiful swimming pools. Maid service is available twice a day.

4. La Paloma Lodge

La Paloma Lodge
La Paloma Lodge (lapalomalodge.com)

Standout Amenities:

  • Family-style meals
  • Each stay includes nature tours
  • Access to water sport equipment
  • Orthopedic beds
  • Spa treatments
  • Access to outdoor activities

Nestled in the tropical jungle with stunning ocean views, this lodge is just steps from the black sand beaches of Drake Bay. Travel and Leisure notes meals are served family-style, with plenty of options. Your stay includes a full-day tour of Corcovado National Park and Caño Island and transfers to and from the Drake airstrip.

The best reason to stay at La Paloma? According to Jetsetter, it’s the chance to fall asleep to the sounds of tree frogs and toucans outside your room. The perks are impressive, including access to boogie boards and snorkels. Meals are all-inclusive, but drinks will cost you extra.

If exploring is your ideal vacation, there’s plenty to discover here, including the cool Aguitas River and the lush Costa Rican jungle. The Crazy Tourist recommends a night hike to see nocturnal wildlife or horseback riding through the rainforest. You can also zip line through the canopy for an exhilarating adventure.

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Standout Amenities:

  • Four pools
  • Activities ranging from snorkeling to dancing to volleyball
  • On-site gym
  • Renova Spa
  • Swim-up bar
  • Casino
  • Four themed restaurants and a buffet
  • Each room has an oceanfront balcony

If you love staying busy on vacation, U.S. News says this all-inclusive resort has the best activities, and guests agree! Hotel RIU Palace Costa Rica on Matapalo Beach offers dancing, four pools, a gym, snorkeling, and volleyball. Plus, don’t forget about the Renova Spa and multiple dining options.  Also enjoy nearby volcanic areas, national parks, and diving sites.

You won’t find any wild springbreakers here because they aren’t allowed. Despite the property’s large size, Jetsetter says it still has an “intimate and exclusive” feel featuring a swim-up bar and a casino. Learn how to paddle board or scuba dive, since lessons are included in your fee.

There is no lack of food at this family-friendly resort. Four themed restaurants serve classic and exotic local dishes plus they have a buffet for picky eaters. There’s something for everyone, including daytime entertainment for adults and kids, golfing, horseback riding, and more. The Crazy Tourist loves that each hotel room or suite has a balcony overlooking the ocean.

6. Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo

Standout Amenities:

  • Spa services
  • Fine dining
  • Kids-only and adults-only pools
  • River stone rain showers
  • Complimentary electric bikes

A unique all-inclusive resort that caters to families completes our list. According to U.S. News, to have your meals included with your stay, you need to book the “Food & Drinks Package.” However, this package does not cover activities or spa services. Previous guests have reported the resort provides exceptional service, elevated culinary experiences, and well-appointed rooms. There are also kids-only and adults-only pools.

If you’re seeking breathtaking views, Forbes recommends this resort for its stunning ocean and jungle panoramas. You’ll be treated to top-notch amenities, including river stone rain showers and complimentary electric bikes. Be sure to enjoy sunset cocktails at the Prieta Beach Club

As a member of the Hyatt family, the resort offers guests floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Culebra Bay. It also features a spa specializing in indigenous traditions, a kids’ club for ages 4 to 12, and excursions specifically tailored for teens, as highlighted by Upgraded Points.

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