When we have traveled to Costa Rica with newborn babies, after spending time seeing family in my husband’s hometown, we have jetted off to the Barcelo all-inclusive resorts in Costa Rica to spend a few blissful days relaxing on the beach. I’ll admit that I have, and always have had, some reservations about staying in all-inclusive resorts, and generally try to minimize our environmental footprint when we visit. We consistently choose to stay at the Barcelo Resorts because they are safe, have excellent food, are close to beautiful beaches, and the experience is totally reflective of local culture. Even more, my parents have fallen so in love with the Barcelo resorts in Costa Rica that they return once or twice a year to visit and experience local culture too – and they don’t speak a word of Spanish! Here we outline our top 5 reasons why Barcelo Resorts are great for travelers to Costa Rica! (The links in this post are affiliates).
Reason #1: Safety and security. Despite the fact that Costa Rica is an incredibly safe country, what we love about going to the Barcelo is that it’s secure inside the property too. Every room has a free and secure lockbox for valuables such as jewelry, money, and passports. This means that we feel free to roam about the property knowing our valuables are locked up. Additionally, Barcelo employs guards at the beach entrance. Not only do they ensure that non-hotel guests don’t enter the property, but they also look after the guests on the beach, and make sure that no one harasses us to buy souvenirs.
Reason #2: It’s easy and comfortable! Getting to the Barcelo resorts is extremely easy by car, but in our case, we love to take the Barcelo provided transport from San Jose or Liberia right to the resort. We don’t need a car to get there, or while on the property, which saves us a lot of money in our daily travel budget. (Barcelo Resorts offer amazing tours of nearby attractions at excellent rates). The rooms have shower/tub combos with hot water, hair dryers, cable television, fans, air conditioning, telephones, alarm clocks, and incredibly comfortable beds.
Reason #3: The beaches. The resorts in Costa Rica are located at Barcelo Langosta Beach, Tamarindo, Costa Rica and Barcelo Tambor Beach, Playa Tambor, Costa Rica, both of which are world-renowned for their natural beauty. I love that the resorts are located on public beaches, which means that we still see local people and other tourists enjoying all that Costa Rica has to offer. We even spent some time in the Dominican Republic, and inadvertently rented a condo next door to the Barceló Capella Beach, which was also an amazing stretch of sand and sun.
Reason #4: The food. The food at the Barcelo Resorts in Costa Rica is 100% reflective of typical Costa Rican cuisine. It’s no secret that I absolutely love Costa Rican food, and the food here is really great. There are snacks and three full daily meals, all buffet style. My mom always mentions how much she loves all of the fresh fruit and vegetables that are chopped up and cold, just waiting to be consumed. There’s always Costa Rican coffee in the afternoon, keeping in the full tradition of el cafe de la tarde, and there’s an a la carte restaurant on site for guests staying two or more nights. And the drinks – you can get anything, so come thirsty!
Reason #5: The price. Barcelo is committed to making their properties as accessible, price wise, to locals, as possible. There’s always a deal at the Barcelo, making it an affordable all-inclusive options for families. Children 2 and under stay and eat for free, and those 3-12 are given a discounted daily rate. When we were in the Dominical Republic, a large group of students doing a service learning project arrived to spend the day relaxing after building houses – the Barcelo offered a day pass for them.
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