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  • No in-room Internet (but free Wi-Fi in lobby)
  • Off-brand alcohol
  • No room service (but sports bar is 24-hour)
  • Bumpy, 45-minute ride from Liberia Airport
  • Lots of bothersome bees

Bottom Line

The 701-room Riu Guanacaste is a lot like a Riu anywhere, with a good beach, a huge, raucous pool, an energetic entertainment staff, and a party-hearty, booze-fueled atmosphere. Rooms are nothing special, and a la carte restaurant reservations need to be made a day in advance. If you're after a convenient, typical all-inclusive experience, this is it; if you're looking to experience local charm, not so much.

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On Matapalo Beach, in northwestern Guanacaste

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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.

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Key Features
Fitness Center
Kids Club
Hotel Services
Dry Cleaning
Free Breakfast
Rental Car Service Desk Onsite
Room Service
Family Services
Babysitting Services
Kids Allowed
Kids Club
Supervised Kids Activities
Things to Do
Beauty Salon
Business Center
Fitness Center
Gameroom / Arcade
Located on the Beach
Tennis Court
Room Features
Air Conditioner
Mini Bar (with liquor)
Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space
Playa Matapalo, Sardinal, Province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Phone 5 (062) 681-2300
Room Types
  • Jacuzzi Ocean View Suite
  • Ocean View Room
  • Standard Room
  • Suite
  • Superior Room

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