Hotel Overview

Where families, spa-lovers, active travelers and couples come for sun and luxurious sand, this inviting resort provides the perfect blend of service and smiles fronting Costa Rica’s warm Pacific Coast. Nestled amidst tropical palms and fragrant gardens, guests are treated to spacious guestrooms and suites featuring a regularly restocked in-room mini-bar and liquor dispenser; a pampering spa; fun-filled children’s amenities including a playground, activity club and pool; lighted tennis courts; a disco and 24-hour, all-inclusive restaurants and bars serving delicious cuisines ranging from Asian fare to a robust Steakhouse. Creating the perfect setting for unforgettable vacation experiences, this polished resort has something for every member of the family.


Liberia, Costa Rica Airport (LIR) : 30 miles
San Jose, Costa Rica Airport (SJO) : 150 miles


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Hotel Advisories

Advisory Costa Rica will impose some restrictions for Holy Week. Alcohol is not permitted to be sold or consumed. This ban on alcohol starts the Thursday prior to Easter and runs through Easter Sunday. A few hotels purchase special permits to serve alcohol, but generally it is not available. In addition, most restaurants, shops, and bars will be closed for the same time period. Restaurants in the hotels will be operating. The City Tour will not be operating.
Advisory Family Room: ***Important Information*** Please note when booking a Family Room, the minimum occupancy for this room category is: 2 Adults and 1 Child between ages 2-12. Children aged 13 and over are considered adults. The hotel will not honor/confirm bookings with 1 Adult and 1 Child or 2 Adults.
Advisory Two Bedroom Family Suite: ***Important Information*** Please note when booking a Two Bedroom Family Suite, the minimum occupancy for this room category is: 3 Adults or 2 Adults and 2 Children between ages 2-12. Children aged 13 and over are considered adults. The hotel will not honor/confirm bookings with 2 Adults or 2 Adults and 1 Child.
Advisory All Student/Spring Breaker Group reservations are strictly on Request and will be reviewed on a case by case basis by the corresponding Destination Sales Department. RIU Hotels & Resorts reserves the right of admission and may reject any request at its sole discretion.
Advisory If a Student /Spring Breaker Group is accepted: The number of rooms will be deducted from the contracted allotments Minimum Age requirement: 21 years of age or older. The Hotel may request proof of age in the form of passport or official ID Each room must submit a signed liability agreement upon check-in.
Advisory At all other RIU properties Student Groups/Spring Breakers (either groups or individuals, regardless of age) are not allowed at any time during the year. Guests disturbing or generating complaints from other guests or hotel may be removed from the property, at their own expense. Parties in rooms are not permitted

General Policies & Fine Print

Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Minimum Check-In Age: 18
General Policies:

Check-in Policy - Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.

Convention Policy - Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.

Hotel Spring Break Policy- This hotel cannot guarantee a spring-break-free environment.

At least one person 21 years or older is required in every room during the months of February through May. During the remainder of the year, at least one person 18 years or older is required in every room.

The Hotel reserves the right of admission and may request a guest present his/her passport or official ID as proof of age. Guests can and will be removed from the property, at their own expense, if any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff arises. Parties in rooms are not permitted. Unruly behavior by individuals or groups is not allowed at any property at any time during the year.

Transfer Policy - 
A price may display when children stay free, if your vacation includes transfer to your hotel.

General Information - Room taxes and service fees are included in vacation price.
Minimum night stay restrictions may apply.
Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.

Pet Policy Pets Not Allowed

Customer Ratings & Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0 8535 reviews
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Great staff

    The RIU is very nice. Quite typical of any all inclusive resort. My husband and I visited for 10 days in February. Cleanliness and attractiveness seem to be big priorities. The grounds were pristine. Even the public beach bathrooms were always clean. The rooms were nice, again very clean. Food was good with plenty of choices. We ate in the buffet restaurant every night and enjoyed it. The sports bar is open 24 hours so food and drink are always available. Yenoly (I hope I got close with her name) at the Philadelphia bar was outstanding. She loves her job and you can tell. She was always ready with our drinks and we were always met by welcoming smiles. The other bartenders there are great as well. My very favorite person at the hotel was Flory. She is a chef at breakfast. She’s typically in the French toast area. I feel like I made a friend for life with her. We even exchanged contact info so we can keep in touch. She is an absolutely incredible person. We didn’t encounter anyone at the hotel that was grumpy or unpleasant. The pool area is huge with many small coves. You can be very social and busy near the bar or more quiet and relaxed in the other areas. There are plenty of chairs everywhere. We spent most of our time on the beach. It was beautiful. Do bring water shoes because the sand gets very hot. Again plenty of chairs. Overall we had a great time.

    Feb 21, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Great place to stay

    Loved the Riu. Great location to do excursions from. Right on the beach. Absolutely beautiful. Never had a bad meal. Food was great. Staff was eager to help and friendly. Stayed for a week but wish we didn't have to leave.

    Feb 20, 2020
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Good All Inclusive

    This is a great all inclusive...for the money Staff is fantastic although in the restaurants you need to be persistent just to get a glass of wine. Food is so-so although the Italian place was good, breakfast always great. Some restaurants are semi-buffet and the Asian restaurant is all buffet. The Steak House had entertainment is the form of trash pandas coming in the restaurant much to the delight of the patrons. Rooms very clean but are very outdated, getting in and out of the showers is almost dangerous due to the high ledge and slippery tub. There are 4 single electrical outlets in the room, I have a CPAP and there is only one beside the bed on the opposite side from where i sleep. Pool area is awesome, lots of space and plenty of shade, service was great. Gotta say this is the best internet access EVER. Rooms, pool, beach...covered...little lag in spots... totally awesome.

    Feb 19, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating

    Everything was just fantastic. cant comprehend how some people have negative reviews. great to meet people from all over the world having such a great time. Hotel and beach were spotless. exept for the odd cup left by lazy drinkers that don't care about the environment but that's not the resorts fault great snorkelling off the reefs to the right of the beach near the cliffs.

    Feb 19, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Wonderful relaxing vacation

    Our stay at the Riu Guanacaste was a wonderful relaxing vacation. The facility was very comfortable, the food and drinks plentiful and excellent, the location convenient and and the staff were beyond accommodating. We took advantage of several of the local tours (nature center, river wildlife, canopy zip line) and all were excellent. I highly recommend visiting Riu Guanacaste.

    Feb 19, 2020

Prices per person based on double occupancy including round-trip airfare via U.S. certified air carriers and round-trip airport/hotel transfers when arriving at airport closest to destination (for exceptions see Frequently Asked Questions), hotel taxes and baggage handling, fuel surcharges, and all pre-collected U.S. and foreign taxes. In some instances, pricing may specifically apply to one of multiple flights on select departure days. All packages are based on the lowest hotel/air classes available at time of publication, capacity controlled, subject to availability and change without notice. Promotional pricing may only be available for a limited time. Fees may apply for carry-on and checked baggage-view Baggage Policies. Some resort fees, environmental levies and departure taxes are not included and may be payable in resort. View Frequently Asked Questions for more information. Apple Vacations is not responsible for errors or omissions. Cancellation policies apply. Bookings are subject to the Fair Trade Contract. All public charter flights are operated by ALG Vacations Corp: Allegiant Air: PC 18-231, A319-156 seats or A320-186 seats /PC 18-234, A319-156 seats or A320-186 seats; Miami Air operated by TUI Airlines Belgium N.V. : PC 19-085 & PC 19-117, B737-800, 180 seats/PC 19-091, B737-800-183 seats; Swift Air: PC 19-092, B737-400-150 seats; Viva Aerobus: PC 18-228, A320-180 seats/ PC 19-079, A320-180-185 seats/PC 19-094, A320-185 seats. CST2139014-20 120319