Blue River Resort & Hot Springs - Guancaste, Costa Rica

3- or 4-Night Stay at Blue River Resort & Hot Springs in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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Secluded Resort in Mountainous Costa Rican Rainforest

Situated at the base of the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano, Blue River Resort & 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, from riding horseback along the riverside to rappelling down waterfalls to visiting beaches. TripAdvisor readers included Blue River on a list of the Top 25 Hotels for Families in Central America. 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 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 a kid-friendly 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 can take the water-tubing adventure or Blue River zipline 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 Penjamos river and private waterfalls tour takes you through a private park in the jungle and includes a chance to soak in natural pools.

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 and keep the beaches warm and dry.

Stick to the shore of bustling Playas del Coco and you'll find plenty of waterfront activities as well as lively nightlife. But it's worth heading 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 featured in the documentary The Endless Summer II.

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What You Get

Stay for two in a queen cabana

  • Option 1: $279 for 3 nights (up to a $549 value)
  • Option 2: $365 for 4 nights (up to a $662 value)

Stay for two in a king cabana

  • Option 3: $319 for 3 nights (up to a $573 value)
  • Option 4: $419 for 4 nights (up to a $694 value)

Included in all options:

  • Daily breakfast for two
  • Choice of two of the following activities for each guest: Blue River zipline tour and Tarzan swing, blue volcanic Penjamos river and private waterfalls experience, or tubing adventure

Policies and Fees

Book by: 6/6/14
Travel by: 10/31/14

  • Blackout dates: not valid 4/14–4/20/14
  • Cancellation policy & fees: For 4/8–4/30/14 and 7/1–8/19/14, 7-day cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price applies. For 5/1–6/30/14 and 8/20–10/31/14, 5-day cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price applies.
  • Taxes: 13% tax not included

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


  • Air conditioning
  • Mini fridges
  • Satellite TV
  • Mineral pools
  • Butterfly gardens
  • Restaurant and bar
  • Exercise room and saunas

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 6/6/14 or promotional value expires
  • Must complete travel by 10/31/14
  • Not valid 4/14–4/20/14
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • For 4/8–4/30/14 and 7/1–8/19/14, 7-day cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • For 5/1–6/30/14 and 8/20–10/31/14, 5-day cancellation notice required or fee up to 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


  • One king bed or two queen beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2 adults and 2 kids 9 or younger
  • Maximum occupancy: 4 in king; 5 in two-queen
  • Adding occupants above standard: $25 per night for each additional guest 12 or older; $15 per night for guests aged 10–12; $10 per night for a third kid 9 or younger

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 2 p.m.
  • Check out: noon
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: available for no additional charge
  • Smoking policy: allowed only in designated areas
  • Pet policy: pets up to 40 lbs. may be added for no charge, permitted only in designated areas.
  • Accessibility: please contact property for handicap-accessibility requests or options.
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • 90-minute drive on well-marked roads from Liberia International Airport (LIR)
  • Blue River Resort & Hot Springs offers a shuttle that can be booked for transportation to most destinations throughout Costa Rica.

Customer Reviews

(75 ratings)

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3 ratings  
· May 10, 2018
This was the best trip: adventure, relaxation, beautiful landscapes, and great hospitality. I will definitely be back!


John R. ·
1 rating   1 review   4 photos  
· March 10, 2018
Loved the area. Only got a chance to do Zipline and waterfall hike. Beautiful. Tarzan swing at end of Zipline course was scary but fun. Food was good. Hot spring pools were nice. Cold water pools could have been a few degrees warmer. The long drive on dirt road at night was tough but during daylight had awesome scenery. Saw lots of birds and wildlife. Room was very nice. Friendly staff.


Louise H. ·
4 ratings   2 reviews  
· February 27, 2018
The white water tubing and ziplining.
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