Costa Rica has original spirit and natural beauty and therefore it is so attractive for tourists. But this is not the only reason why a lot of investors are interested as well. The country resembles modern western countries in terms of business climate and this makes any real estate transactions easy for foreigners. The government provides them with the same rights when it comes to property and taxation is very liberal. It comprises only 0.0025 of the registered value of the property without any capital gains tax; so that in any way the investment will be profitable.
Costa Rica hotel infrastructure is very diverse and there are various hotels available rating from 5 star luxurious boutique ones in San Jose to charming Caribbean cabinas on isolated beaches.
The majority of travelers coming to Costa Rica will first see the lights of San Jose airport and stay in the city. Many will leave for either the beach hotels in Central Pacific Region, or the cabinas and small hotels of the Caribbean Region. Or rather, travellers will prefer the Southern Pacific Region. Others will find the Northern Plains Region more appealing as it offers great views (of Arenal Volcano, for instance) and accommodations to any taste. Another airport near Liberia usually welcomes tourists coming to the large resort hotels in the sunny area of Guanacaste and Papagayo. Here you can find most true "all inclusive" 5 star luxurious resorts and hotels which have a system of charging “per person, per night.” It is also customary that some hotels charge for the rooms with the government tax of 16.39% included.
Hotels in the Central Valley Region
This region including the areas of San Jose city and Alajuela, Atenas, Escazu, Heredia, Cartago, Cariari, Grecia, La Garita, Orotina, Orosi, San Ramon, Santa Ana, San Pedro, and etc. can offer a great variety of hotels and restaurants in the hills, overlooking the valley. Alajuela and Heredia are ready to offer one-of-a-kind hotels that give you a feeling of being far away from civilization right in the middle of it. It is a very developed region and the investment here is already as expensive as it is profitable.
Hotels in the Central Pacific Region
Beach towns of Jaco, Hermosa, Esterillos, Bejuco, Parrita, Quepos, Manuel Antonio offer hotels of any star rating, bed and breakfast, cabinas, as well as rental condos and luxury villas. Manuel Antonio is famous for its Manuel Antonio National Park, which is a symbol of ecological beauty. The southern Nicoya Peninsula, and Mal Pais in particular, is able to offer some of the most exclusive hotels and restaurants.
Hotels in the North Pacific Region
After the opening of the Daniel Oduber International Airport the northern Pacific or Guanacaste Region has stared to experience a rise and it is now called the "Gold Coast" of Costa Rica. The airport proximity has increased the flow of tourists to the area and the beach areas Playa Carrillo, Playa Nosara, Playa Samara and Playa Grande are flourishing. Now the region is considered the real estate hot spot and about 3,500 deluxe and luxury hotel rooms are planned for the next three years as well as nine major hotels and resort projects. More northern beach areas, such as Playa Junquillal, Playa Langosta, Playa Ocotal, Playa Ostional, Playa Potrero, Playa Conchal, and others offer world class hotels as well as cheaper accommodations.
Hotels in the Northern Plains Region
The Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal, the city of Nuevo Arenal, Ciudad Quesada, La Fortuna, Monteverde, San Carlos, San Ramon and Cano Negro comprise the Northern Plains. In terms of tourist vocation and real estate investment the area of the volcano and the lake is one of the most popular. Hotels are here in abundance as well as other accommodations. Moreover, it is not that developed in comparison to the Central Valley region, for instance. Therefore those interested in high return on their investment should consider this region as a good option.
Hotels in the South Pacific Region
Recently the area from Dominical, Uvita, Ojochal and south toward Puerto Jimenez in the Osa Peninsula has been noted for its growing popularity. The region is one of the most beautiful and still yet not much developed. Therefore, its potential is great and, moreover, the construction of the new airport is planned in this area, so it is expected that the region will follow the destiny of its northern Pacific neighbor. There are a lot of hotels available here. Some are one of a kind and many of them are self contained. They will be especially interesting for those travelers who want to be away from civilization and the crowd. There are also boutique hotels, and simple cabinas, aw well as larger, multi-room establishments, or exclusive resorts. Again, the South Pacific region is very promising and for a person with an investment horizon of about 5-10 years it offers great opportunities. The prices here are so far quite reasonable, the choice of the lots under construction is wide, and the future price growth is easily predicted.
Hotels in the Caribbean Region
The Caribbean region is justly considered the most untouched and unsophisticated in the whole Costa Rica. You will not find here a lot of big cities as there are few of them here. Limon and Cahuita offer most tourism amenities; and the majority of the hotels along this coast are moderate and can not boast luxurious qualities. Puerto Viejo, Uvita and Manzanillo are seemingly alike but with their own appeal and here you can find some of the best and the most marvelous golden beaches in the entire country. This is a place for those, who like simplicity and authenticity, charming small hotels, and local flavor. Bed and breakfast and rental house options are can be easily found here. This region is not that popular as the other ones but it has a potential and it is an ideal place to stay away from civilization.