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15 Best Cheap Resorts in Costa Rica

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#2 of 13 Specialty lodging in Mal Pais
One traveler mentioned "cheap" when describing this hotel.
  • "The room was perfect and SO CHEAP! 30us for 2pers. And the pool, and the beach and the people. Really if you are looking for a place to stay . That's the place. Cool vib and Chill..."
  • "and always a total blast!! I've been 4 times now and have never had a bad trip. I went down there solo the past two trips and stayed in the shared ranchos for $15/night. The ranchos are open air, s..."
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#8 of 62 Specialty lodging in Tamarindo
One traveler mentioned "affordable" when describing this hotel.
  • "Rooms are locally hip and clean (can be affordable for a small room or pay extra for a super sweet suite with a crazy view) 3. Restaurant: Don't complain! It's good, affordable..."
  • "I am happy that I chose this particular surf camp for continue of my surf practice! I was here in February, 2014. I was in Intermediate group, it means that I already had some surf experience and ..."
Allegro Papagayo (Gulf of Papagayo) 3.0 of 5
#8 of 15 hotels in Gulf of Papagayo
One traveler mentioned "budget" when describing this hotel.
  • "My husband and I had a lower budget but really wanted to visit Costa Rica, and this hotel seemed like the most reasonable option. If you're wanting a luxurious experience, this isn..."
  • "Fantastic location, staff, food and hotel in general. Fabulous wildlife, monkeys on the beach and Howler monkeys can be heard in the evening and early mornings. Iguanas are all around so if you dont ..."
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Shaka Beach Retreat (Santa Teresa) Travelers' Choice® 2015 Winner Bargain
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#8 of 26 hotels in Santa Teresa
One traveler mentioned "affordable" when describing this hotel.
  • "But what makes this place truly special is the people -- Brent, Megan, Mo'e & the whole Shaka family provide their guests with an unforgettable (and affordable!) Costa Rican..."
  • "Stayed at Shaka in 2013, and loved every minute of it. Super friendly staff, very relaxed vibe, clean rooms and a 2 minute walk to an uncrowded beach. We scored great waves for a week straight, and ha..."
Marea Brava (Playa Hermosa) 3.0 of 5
#2 of 5 hotels in Playa Hermosa
2 travelers mentioned "budget" when describing this hotel.
  • "Alex showed us two rooms, both within our (modest) budget. Pros: Great location on a quiet cul de sac away from the busy main road. Safe parking, attentive staff, 24-hour security..."
  • "Both the owner & staff were wonderful, we stayed in two different type of rooms,, one a two bedroom more for budget minded & the other a 3 bedroom condo style with full kitchen..."
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Leaves and Lizards Arenal Volcano Cabin Retreat (La Fortuna de San Carlos) Travelers' Choice® 2015 Winner Family | Best Service
#3 of 62 hotels in La Fortuna de San Carlos
2 travelers mentioned "affordability" and "affordable" when describing this hotel.
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Altura Hotel (Poas Volcano National Park)
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#1 of 2 hotels in Poas Volcano National Park
One traveler mentioned "budget hotels" when describing this hotel.
  • "After spending our first 4 nights in Costa Rica at very budget hotels, Altura Hotel was a great place to find while the sun was beginning to set after a long drive from the..."
  • "My husband and I had the opportunity to stay at this beautiful inn just a few short days ago. The minute we arrived, we wished we arranged to stay at least a day longer. The grounds were so incredib..."
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Hotel Lavas del Arenal (La Fortuna de San Carlos) 2.5 of 5
#31 of 62 hotels in La Fortuna de San Carlos
One traveler mentioned "affordable" when describing this hotel.
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#23 of 43 hotels in Jaco
One traveler mentioned "affordable" when describing this hotel.
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Las Cabanitas Resort (La Fortuna de San Carlos) 3.0 of 5
#49 of 62 hotels in La Fortuna de San Carlos
One traveler mentioned "budget" when describing this hotel.
  • "With this in mind: The “resort” is a nicer option if you are on a stricter budget. The cabins were quaint, but spacious, with AC. Our cabin (#3, I think) was always clean and..."
  • "I stayed here for two nights on a Caravan Tour in January, 2007, and most of our group really liked these little bungalows. I can see that Fortuna is a booming resort town with several really nice, n..."
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Hotel Luz De Vida (Santa Teresa)
#25 of 26 hotels in Santa Teresa
One traveler mentioned "affordable" when describing this hotel.
  • "This is one of the few hotels with beach access in Santa Teresa, and definitely one of the most affordable. Don't expect a lot of attention from the staff, but the rooms are super..."
  • "Very artfully and tastefully done. It's all about relaxation in the rainforest - no TVs. New construction and super-friendly owner and staff (Argentinians). The place is up above the dust (very imp..."
#38 of 43 hotels in Jaco
One traveler mentioned "budget" when describing this hotel.
  • "Villa Estrellamar is an awesome place to stay for budget travellers...it's like a 5 star for people who are used to living in hostels and are in Jaco to experience the culture..."
  • "This place was perfect for a simple trip to the beach. We stayed here about a week. The rooms were small, but the Air Con worked, the pool was nice and the bar had good food! Plenty of spots within..."
Byblos Resort & Casino (Manuel Antonio National Park) 3.5 of 5
#27 of 49 hotels in Manuel Antonio National Park
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  • "We originally had a reservation at the Banana Tree Hotel--BIG MISTAKE. We decided to see if there were any other hotels in the area with rooms available and were so thankful to stay at Byblos. We st..."
  • "my stay was enhanced by the attentiveness of the staff and the lush surroundings. The bungalow was colorful and comfortable. it was great fun watching the monkeys in the trees here. It is a plus to be..."
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Eco Lodge Resort & Hotel (Arenal Volcano National Park)
#53 of 69 hotels in Arenal Volcano National Park
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  • "This is a great lodge if you are looking to get away from it all. The road up the mountain is horrible, but that is typical for CR. The atmosphere at the lodge is great, the rooms very nice, the food ..."
  • "We stayed here for a few nights and really enjoyed it, the only problem one might have is the fact that some rooms are near roosters that will wake you up early in the morning.. The pool was nice, it ..."
#21 of 31 hotels in Alajuela
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  • "We stayed at the Martino Hotel one night before flying home and what a great time we had. The hotel is very beautiful and the staff was professional. The rooms were clean and beautifully furnished. W..."
  • "We have stayed here a few times and for the price, it is an excellent option. It is about 15 minutes to the airport so good for the start and end of a trip. The rooms are very good for Costa Rica st..."
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#39 of 69 hotels in Arenal Volcano National Park
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  • "The rooms where very well, clean & satisfactory. The team for all the attractions (canoopy, canyoning, rafting & Horse back riding) where very professional & consider to each person needed. for m..."
  • "Stayed there with my young daugther for 4 days. She wants to go back because it was as nice as Hawaii. Though we are not vegeterians we liked the food. The prices were about right. I read the other re..."
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#2 of 3 hotels in San Carlos
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  • "We spent three night s at the Occidental El Tucano. The hotel is a bit separated from any community as it is located by hot springs in a more rural area. There are a variety of rooms with larger rooms..."
  • "I returned after over 15 years to spend a weekend at HotelTucano. The Hotel is not anymore part of the Occidental chain, it is independent and ran by owners, who I met. There are visible improvement..."
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