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JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa 4.5

Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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  • Rooms all have deep soaking tubs and balconies
  • Gorgeous hacienda-style architecture
  • Lovely Mansita Beach on-site
  • Stunning, enormous free-form pool
  • World-class spa
  • Cheap 30-minute shuttle to shops and restaurants in Tamarindo
  • Free kids club


  • Bumpy, 1-hour drive from Liberia Airport
  • $14 daily Wi-Fi fee (per device)
  • Beach slightly less impressive than the Four Seasons beaches

Bottom Line

The JW Marriott is one of the top luxury properties in Guanacaste, with beautiful, hacienda-style architecture (think: lots of wood and stone, romantic white hammocks, wrought iron light fixtures and indigenous art). The stunning free-form pool is the largest in Central America, and the tranquil spa is world-class. The only main downside is the extremely rough, hour-long drive from Liberia Airport.

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On Mansita Beach, 30 minutes from Tamarindo

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The remote JW Marriott is on Mansita Beach, a 30-minute drive from Tamarindo, in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica.

Guanacaste is a dry, sparsely populated area of the country that's known for its beautiful beaches (including ones where sea turtles nest), surfing, snorkeling, deep sea fishing, and its string of large resorts. The region is home to seven national parks, including Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park, where visitors can hike past boiling mud pots and smoking fissures. Guanacaste has a lower elevation than other areas of the country and an arid climate, so there are no rain forests here, but the dry tropical forests are still wildlife rich: Visitors can spot howler monkeys, sloths, white-faced capuchin monkeys, and iguanas.

  • 1-hour, $120 taxi ride form Liberia International Airport
  • 3-hour, $350 taxi ride from San Jose International Airport
  • 30-minute, $35 taxi ride to Tamarindo and Tamarindo Airport

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Room Types

  • Deluxe Garden View Guest Room
  • Deluxe Ocean Front Guest Room
  • Deluxe Ocean View Guest Room
  • Deluxe Pool View Guest Room
  • One Bedroom Suite, Garden View
  • One Bedroom Suite, Ocean Front
  • One Bedroom Suite, Ocean View
  • Presidential Suite

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