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Las Avellanas Villas
San José Pinilla
Stunningly designed, these four casitas have polished concrete floors, a bedroom and living area linked by wooden bridges, open-air showers, and large windows looking out onto front and back terraces...
La Oveja Negra Hostel
The hippest hostel in town has an international crowd. You'll like the super clean, tiled rooms; the funky art on the walls; and the groovy multihued sofa and open kitchen in the common areas. The only demerit: private rooms share baths...
This intimate eight-room beachfront hotel offers loft beds, ocean views and big-screen TVs with DVD player. The terracotta–tiled floors lead to shaded terraces on the beach.
The nine rooms at this bougainvillea- and palm-dappled lodge are quite nice and spacious with dimpled ceramic tile floors, queen beds, slanted beamed ceilings and unique design touches such as swerving wood desks.
Hotel Arco Iris
A cluster of garden bungalows and deluxe rooms makes up this wonderfully reclusive boutique hotel. Richard, the new US owner, has completely remodeled and transformed the property...
Nestled in the semi-gated Palm Beach Gardens barrio , this lovely, intimate inn has a glittering pool, spacious rooms with stylish pastel paint jobs, gorgeous bathroom tile and private patios...
This canary-yellow, three-story colonial-style building surrounds a courtyard with a lovely swimming pool. Apartments are outfitted with engraved headboards, wooden wardrobes, full kitchens, flat-screen TV, and private balcony or patio...
Hotel Rip Jack Inn
This comfy, convivial inn has a handful of clean, modern, artfully painted rooms, lovely floor lamps, and doublewide macramé hammocks on the front porch...
Hotel Sugar Beach
Luxury at the Hotel Sugar Beach is simple and understated. The 22 lovely rooms are entered via elaborately hand-carved wooden doors. Deluxe rooms are slightly larger and have stunning ocean views...
Cabinas Las Olas
San José Pinilla
On the road from San José de Pinilla into Avellanas, this pleasant hotel is set on spacious grounds only 200m from the beach. Ten airy, individual bungalows have shiny woodwork, stone detailing, hot-water showers and private decks...
Los Almendros De Ocotal
Perched on the hillside just above Playa Ocotal, these studios and apartments are a great deal for self-caterers. Studios sleep two, apartments sleep four and villas sleep six. Some units have a private pool and terrace.
Laura's House B&B
The eight simple, spotless and reasonably spacious rooms at this homey B&B overlook a small pool and have cable TV. There's a friendly, family vibe and it is a short walk to the center of town.
Hostel La Botella De Leche
With a relaxed vibe and over-the-top cow theme, this Argentine-run spot is highly recommended for its warm and attentive management, fully air-conditioned rooms and dormitories, and a quiet location at the eastern edge of town...
Hotel Bula Bula
Located a few hundred meters inland near the Tamarindo estuary, rooms aren't huge, but they're decorated with whimsical art and have beamed ceilings. Factor in the landscaped grounds, inviting pool, and sweet rattan rockers on the porch and it's a win...
Bahia Del Sol
With a prime beachfront location at Playa Potrero, this luxurious resort gets high marks for four-star laid-back elegance. Large, tiled rooms and suites have all the amenities and surround a garden and spa...
Hotel Capitan Suizo
On the southern end of the beach is this Swiss-run hotel, which belongs to the group of Small Distinctive Hotels of Costa Rica...
On the beach side of the plaza, this recommended hotel offers simple, bright and clean rooms with wood floors and tiled baths. If it’s available, splurge for the sea-view room. It has a private hammock-strung patio ideal for soaking up the sunset.
Hotel Villa Casa Blanca
Between Playa del Coco and Ocotal, this attractive villa is perched on a pleasant hilltop just a few minutes’ walk from the beach. The rooms are beautifully decorated with either Victorian motifs or more modern accents...
Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas
Perched on a hill overlooking the entrance to Tamarindo, this hotel is one of the most popular places in town for well-to-do travelers, and the 33 rooms and suites have all the amenities (and institutionalized blandness) you associate with the Best We...
Hotel Bahia Esmeralda
A short walk from the beach, this Italian-owned resort offers supercomfortable accommodations at a bargain price...
Next door to El Castillo, this quiet Swiss-run place has six quaint bungalows, a two-bedroom villa with a kitchen and four apartments with balcony views...
A quiet and relaxed inn with small, basic, but immaculate tiled rooms in a shady longhouse. It’s on a quiet side road, with a swimming pool, communal kitchen, barbecue grills and pleasant garden.