The top 11 ecolodges and resorts in Costa Rica

With an eye on sustainability, these accommodations let you get up close and personal with the rainforest while helping preserve it for future generations.

by Michael Carl Budd

Spread across Costa Rica, but also across styles and price points, these 11 ecolodges and resorts offer exquisite experiences of the country's lush natural beauty. Arenas del Mar offers luxury hemmed in by rainforest and beachfront while Finca Rosa Blanca takes you inland near the capital, offering sumptuous accommodations in the midst of a working coffee plantation.  Expore these and more of our Experts' Choice ecolodge picks in Costa Rica.

This visually arresting hotel and resort complex is consistently shortlisted among Costa Rica's finest upscale hotels.

- Lonely Planet

This charming inn invites travelers to discover the world of a working coffee plantation.

- Gayot

At the northern end of Pelada, a road dead-ends at this 12-room lodge, set high on a steep hill above a 50-hectare reserve (great for birding and wildlife-spotting).

- Lonely Planet

The Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge is located on the Osa Peninsula, on the southern Pacific side of Costa Rica

- Travel + Leisure

Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge 84

Peninsula de Osa, Corcovado

This hilltop jungle lodge has it all: exquisite bungalows in the closest location to Corcovado National Park, extensive gardens, excellent tours, naturalist guides, and first-class service.

- Fodor's

With "so much wildlife, you feel completely immersed in nature" at this wilderness lodge on 1,000 acres of riparian rain forest.

- Condé Nast Traveler

Rancho Naturalista 77

1 Km este de Tuis de Turrialba

Unparalleled bird-watching within a 160-acre private nature reserve with more than 450 recorded species, plus first-class food and comfortable lodging.

- Fodor's

Rancho Margot 78

3km beyond El Castillo

Part resort lodge, part organic farm, Rancho Margot is 152 acres of cinematic loveliness, set along the rushing Río Caño Negro and surrounded by rainforested mountains.

- Lonely Planet

Hotel Belmar 84

300 Meters East of the Gas Station

Inspired by the owners' years in Austria, two spacious chalets built into a hillside command expansive views of the Gulf of Nicoya and the hilly peninsula and contain elegant, airy, and downright regal rooms—all with balconies, minibars, polished woods, and plush white duvets

- Fodor's

This sustainable resort with its own wildlife refuge sits atop one of the most idyllic hillsides in Manuel Antonio.

- Fodor's

Follow the giant tapir-footprint signs to this extraordinary, rustic lodge, reminiscent of an Adirondacks camp but with oversized, whimsical wood furniture.

- Fodor's

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