Hot surfers are another good reason to visit Costa Rica! Photo by Costa Rica Tourism Board

Sun and Surf from Luxury Resorts to Backpacker Crash Pads

The dryer Guanacaste coast is for sun lovers and contains the majority of large chain properties. But the smaller towns have a lot of charm and as you go further south onto the Nicoya Peninsula the vibe becomes more casual and the climate gets more tropical.

Samara / Nosara and Tamarindo are some of the principal towns of interest to LGBT travelers. Further south the towns of Mal Pais, Montezuma and Santa Teresa have a fun backpacker and surfer style.

If you need transport from San Jose or Liberia to the Guanacaste Coast or Nicoya Penisula towns, there are regular buses and shuttles as well as turboprop flights to Tamarindo, Nosara, Punta Islita and Tambor. You can see all the transport options between any two points in Costa Rica on our transport planner.

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Best of Gay Costa RicaCasa Donna Rosa B and B

The only gay owned and operated Bed and Breakfast in the Nuevo Arenal region. A charming B and B with all modern amenities, centrally located in the town of Nuevo Arenal.
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Izus Place | Surf School | Jaco Pl

Catch the addictive surfing bug, while you enjoy full training, experiencing two hours of fun with their advanced, high-quality equipment. Want more lessons and clinics? Arrange a series of classes and receive package discount pricing.
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Bajo el Árbol B and B

Quiet Bed and Breakfast with large garden 40 meters to the beach. Couple gay owners, Julio&Mauro. Perfect for lovers of nature, adventure, beach and surf
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Hotel Bula Bula

Gay owned hotel with restaurant and bar.
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Teak Pacific Hotel

Newly renovated 500 sq ft suites, with full kitchens, which are a short walk from the beautiful beaches of the Pacific Ocean, yet nestled within a tropical oasis. This perfect combination gives you a chance to kick back, relax and unwind, the way a real Costa Rican getaway is intended. Delight in the close proximity of our hotel to world-class surfing beaches, Yoga Retreats, activities and restaurants, or let us share our favorite local hideaways. Gay friendly with LGBT owners among partners.
 26820 0240
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Ocho Artisan Bungalows

Ocho Artisan Bungalows is an exotic fruit of love and labors. It was designed to offer ultimate comfort, along with the heart lifting effect of its closeness to nature and the ocean. Floor-to-ceiling windows lets in the full majesty of the view . The decks and dining areas are fitted with custom made furniture of the finest Guanacaste wood. It are sure that guests will walk away with a memorable experience!
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Blue River Resort

A paradise on earth in an awe inspiring lush rainforest, an authentic Costa Rica experience in a friendly, welcoming and warm environment for everyone, including the LGBT community, with a location that is convenient to the Guanacaste beaches. Soak in health giving natural mineral “green” hot springs, blue rivers and under cascading waterfalls. Listen to howler monkeys and other wildlife… watch exotic birds overlooking a majestic volcano. Then set out on Eco Adventure tours inside the lush rainforest for horseback riding, zip lines, hiking, water tubing and rafting.
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Blue Trailz

Gay-owned one-stop-shop for surfing and biking. Centrally located on Tamarindo's main street and just steps from the beach and breaks. The hostel offers private and dorm rooms all generously equipped with AC, hot showers and kitchen facilities. Common area provides a great place to relax and have fun with fellow guests from all over the world. The hostel is conveniently located behind Blue Trailz Surf Shop with a wide selection of boards, accessories and clothing as well as board rentals, surf lessons and bike tours. They also offer surf or surf/yoga camps.
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Casitas LazDívaz

Lesbian owned bed and breakfast right on the beach on beautiful Playa Sámara. Relax in your own private cottage with a porch overlooking the sea. Five-minute walk down the beach from the bustle of central Sámara. The bay stretches for four miles, offering solitude, peace, and relaxation. Each casita has a queen-sized bed, modern bath with hot-water shower, ceiling fan, and security box.
 2656 0295
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La Tropicale

Hotel, Cabinas Bungalow Style. Located in Playa Carrillo just south of Samara. Small intimate place with just a few rooms only 150m from the beach. Pool and A/C. Your host Arno will welcome you.
 (506) 2656 0159
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Tom from U.S.A
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Hello, are there any gay bars/clubs near the allegra papagayo hotel

December 28, 2011

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