Blue River Resort and Hot Springs - Guancaste, Costa Rica

Three- or Four-Night Stay with Activities at Blue River Resort and Hot Springs in Costa Rica

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Secluded Resort in Mountainous Rainforest

Situated at the base of the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano, Blue River Resort and Hot Springs lies in a remote region of Costa Rica. Dense jungle and rolling mountains surround the resort on all sides, isolating guests from the country's crowded tourist centers. It's the perfect spot for embarking on any number of eco adventures, ranging from riverside horseback rides to rappelling down nearby waterfalls to visiting nearby beaches. TripAdvisor readers recently included Blue River on a list of the Top 25 Hotels for Families in Central America, and it's easy to see why, given the spacious accommodations and the variety of onsite activities.

The resort may have rustic surroundings, but it was designed with an eye toward modernity. Cabanas have hardwood floors and contemporary amenities such as large flat-screen TVs. Each guest room opens onto a private terrace featuring a hammock and a view of the surrounding gardens. Just a short walk away, you'll find natural-spring pools fed with mineral water heated by the volcano. There's also a freshwater pool outfitted with the kid-friendly bullet water slide.

Take a stroll through the botanical gardens to get a sense of Costa Rica's natural wonders. The gardens have more than 800 varieties of plants and trees inhabited by colorful toucans, bats, and iguanas. A butterfly farm houses several species of beautiful Lepidoptera in various life stages.

With this Getaway, each adult guest chooses two activities that show off the Rincón de la Vieja region. Thrill-seekers will enjoy the Water Tubing Adventure and Blue River Zip Line tour, which sends participants zooming through the forest canopy before finishing with a Tarzan swing finale. For a more laid-back excursion, the Blue Volcanic River, Penjamos & Private Waterfalls tour takes you through a private park in the jungle and includes a chance to soak in natural pools.

What makes Blue River Resort and Hot Springs eco?

  • Accreditation from Costa Rica's Certification in Sustainable Tourism program
  • The hotel uses recycled, recyclable, and biodegradable products whenever possible. Glass, plastic, aluminum, and paper garbage is recycled; organic material is composted and used to fertilize onsite gardens.
  • Energy-saving appliances are used throughout the property.
  • Nature tours are designed to avoid disturbing animal and plant life.

Guanacaste, Costa Rica: Forested Mountains and Legendary Surfing Beaches

The province of Guanacaste in northwestern Costa Rica takes its name from the Guanacaste tree, an umbrella-shaped species also known, less picturesquely, as the earpod tree. These trees blanket the slopes of the Guanacaste and Tilaran Mountains, helping to shelter the coastline from rainstorms, keeping the beaches fairly warm and dry even during the rainy season (from May to mid-November).

Stick to the shore of bustling Playas del Coco for plenty of waterfront activities and a lively nightlife scene. Head farther afield to take in some of the province's national parks. Starting in October, Marino las Baulas National Park serves as a major nesting ground for leatherback turtles. And in the north, Santa Rosa National Park is known for its legendary surf breaks, including one made famous by the documentary The Endless Summer II.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

What You Get

Stay for two adults in a cabana.

  • Option 1: $305 for three nights (up to a $540 value)
  • Option 2: $369 for four nights (up to a $650 value)

Includes choice of two of the following activities for each adult guest: Blue River Zip Line and Tarzan Swing, Experience the Blue Volcanic River, Penjamos & Private Waterfalls, or Water Tubing Adventure

Book by: 11/2/12
Travel by: 12/15/12

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


  • Four pools fed by hot springs
  • Natural mud bath
  • Freshwater pool with slide
  • Complimentary daily breakfast
  • Restaurant and bar
  • Butterfly and botanical gardens
  • Full-service spa
  • Exercise room and saunas

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 11/2/12 or promotional value expires
  • Must complete travel by 12/15/12
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • 5-day cancellation notice required or fee of Groupon price applies
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at booking and check-in
  • 13% tax not included.

Other Details

Room Details


  • Two queen beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2 adults and 2 kids 9 or younger
  • Maximum occupancy: 4 adults and 1 kid 9 or younger
  • Adding occupants above standard: $25 per night for each additional occupant 12 or older; $15 per night for occupants aged 10-12; no charge for up to two occupants under the age of 10

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 2 p.m.
  • Check out: 12 p.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: available for an additional $25 per night
  • Smoking policy: allowed everywhere except rooms, spa, and restaurant
  • Pet policy: pets fewer than 40 pounds may be added for no charge.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • By plane: 27 miles (44 km) from Liberia International Airport (LIR)
  • By shuttle: $100, one-way from LIR

Traveler's Tips

  • Before international travel, always check the State Department's website for important info on the destination and its entry/exit requirements.

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