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

The Bougainville 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. 

The Bougainville lies 25 minutes from the airport, and 25 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

Cloud Forests & Mountains

Enjoy the beauty and spectacle of Costa Rica's flora and fauna on this fantastic trip encompassing the best of the country. Exploring rainforests and coastlines, the itinerary is designed to introduce you to the incredible variety of birds, wildlife and plant species to be found in Costa Rica.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 14 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,445 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Coast to Coast

Travel from coast to coast to understand Costa Rica’s complex mosaic of ecosystems, with the Caribbean and Pacific coastlines offering a great contrast to the interior’s steamy rainforests. 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 £3,395 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

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

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 £3,595 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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San Jose

Costa Rica’s 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