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This pleasant hotel is in a quiet location just outside the capital San José, convenient for the airport and a good base for exploring the Central Valley.

The Bougainvillea is justifiably renowned for its extensive four-hectare gardens with a swimming pool and tennis court. The grounds are full of trees, exotic flowers and bushes that are particularly attractive to birds, while the conditions are ideal for bromeliads and the signature bougainvillea. Hummingbirds, blue-crowned motmot, palm tanager, tropical kingbird and boat-billed flycatcher are just a few of the birds often sighted here. One section showcases some of the crops that have brought prosperity to the country, such as coffee (which is cultivated in the surrounding farms), cacao, banana and pineapple, while the ponds provide a safe habitat for some of Costa Rica’s many frogs. 

Built in 1989, the hotel is located in Santo Tomás, a quiet suburb of Santo Domingo de Heredi, looking out on to the valley of San José. Accommodation comprises 77 rooms and four junior suites, equipped with cable TV, radio alarm clock, safe deposit box, tea and coffee-maker, fan, hair dryer and free WiFi. with garden views to the rear and the valley of San José out front. 

Hotel Bougainvillea lies 25 minutes from the airport, and around 10-15 minutes from the city centre (depending on traffic).

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This accommodation is featured in the following itineraries:

Natural Highlights

An exceptional trip to discover Costa Rica’s abundant birds and wildlife amid its forests, lagoons and beaches. Highlights include the canals of Tortuguero, Arenal’s volcanic landscapes and howler monkeys, spectacular birdwatching in Monteverde’s cloud forests, canopy walkways and idyllic beaches.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 14 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,995 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Coast to Coast

Costa Rica’s Caribbean and Pacific coastlines offer a great contrast to the interior’s steamy rainforests, and this trip allows you to understand the country’s complex mosaic of ecosystems. This suggested itinerary visits some of the lesser-known parks and includes some relaxation time on the Pacific coast.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,475 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Pacific Coast Journey

Discover the natural wonders of Costa Rica’s Cordillera region and Pacific coastline. From the small yet spectacular Manuel Antonio National Park to the hummingbirds of Monteverde, the trip culminates with a few days at the remote Osa Peninsula, a beautiful natural paradise on the Pacific Coast.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,695 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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San José

Costa Rica’s vibrant capital stands in the centre of the country at an elevation of around 1,200 metres. Home to the main international airport, it has the country’s pristine natural attractions on its doorstep. The downtown area is fairly small and has several interesting museums and parks.

  • Where: San Jose Province
  • Excellent for: City stopover