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Standing on the lovely quiet beach of Playa Hermosa, Bosque del Mar is a stylish eco-hotel, perfect for families and lovers of nature. It is one hour from crowded Tamarindo but close enough to visit the area’s attractions.  

The hotel was completely rebuilt in 2008 as a tasteful and modern complex clustered tightly around a small central pool in a lush garden setting. The open-sided main building contains the reception desk, lobby area and an informal ground floor beachside restaurant; there is also a first-floor gourmet international restaurant and lounge bar overlooking the beach. Other facilities include a small swimming pool, jacuzzi, WiFi internet access, laundry service, and a scuba diving centre.  

Accommodation is spread over various two-storey buildings and consists of 20 Junior Suites with two queen size beds and separate living room. Six Oceanfront Suites with either two queen size beds or one king size, living room with sofa bed, and open-air jacuzzi, while six similarly-sized Garden View Suites have two queen size beds, but no jacuzzi or ocean view. A beachfront Penthouse Suite occupies the third floor of the main building, containing a master bedroom with king size bed, living room, fully equipped kitchen, games room and another adjacent room;  on the same floor are two Twin Suites with a bedroom with two queen size beds and living room with rollaway bed. All rooms have a bathroom with hot water shower, air conditioning, ceiling fan, IDD telephone, flat screen cable TV, minibar, tea and coffee maker, alarm clock, hair dryer, room safe, terrace with table and chairs.

The hotel can arrange activities such as snorkelling, diving, paddle boarding, whitewater rafting, horse riding, sport fishing and a canopy tour, plus trips to Rincon de la Vieja and Palo Verde National Parks. The hotel is only four hours drive from the capital.

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This accommodation is featured in the following itinerary:

Costa Rica Family Adventure

This family trip has plenty of interesting activities to introduce you to tropical wildlife, yet there is also ample time to relax (all hotels have a pool) if you wish. The distances are not great, so you won’t waste time travelling, but have maximum opportunity to enjoy Costa Rica to the full.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 16 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,395 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Tamarindo

The bustling surf capital of Costa Rica’s Pacific coast is blessed with stunning beaches, but is also a good base to explore the surrounding rainforest for wildlife. Its extensive mangroves are protected reserves, and in Marino Las Baulas National Park giant leatherback turtles come ashore at night to lay eggs.

  • Where: Guanacaste Province
  • Ideal for viewing: capuchin monkey, howler monkey, leatherback turtle, green turtle, olive ridley turtle