Fodor's Expert Review Borinquen Mountain Resort & Spa

13 km (8 miles) northwest of Liberia on Pan-American Hwy., then 19 km (12 miles) north on dirt road toward Cañas Dulces, Rincón de la Vieja National Park, Guanacaste, 108-5000, Costa Rica

The spacious villas and bungalows on this 570-acre ranch are lovely, and the room rate includes access to their hot springs, mud baths, and a Costa Rican breakfast. The villas, overlooking lawns shaded by tropical trees on the volcano's windy west slope, have high wooden ceilings, large porches, and plenty of amenities. Elegant deluxe bungalows have king-size canopy beds, and the suites have Jacuzzi tubs. Though 60 minutes from the park entrance, the property holds most of the same natural attractions, including three waterfalls and patches of forest with monkeys, parrots, deer, and other wildlife. Along with volcanic mud baths and hot springs, the spa has a wooden sauna heated by steam from a fumarole (there's a slight sulfur odor near the mineral baths). Sunset views from the large pool are usually spectacular. Activities include hiking, horseback riding, ATV trips, a canopy tour, and a trip to the park in a Land Rover followed by a hike. The rooms are separated from the restaurant and spa by steep climbs, but the staff can transport you in a golf cart. It's worth staying at least three days to experience the activities and natural attractions, but be sure to factor in the cost of meals (roughly $30 per entrée) since there are no other dining options nearby.


  • attractive
  • well-equipped bungalows
  • peaceful environment
  • lots of outdoor activities
  • attractive, well-equipped bungalows
  • peaceful environment
  • lots of outdoor activities


  • far from park entrance
  • 12-km (7½-mile) unpaved road
  • Wi-Fi only in restaurant and reception areas
  • occasional sound of ATVs
  • golf carts
  • and leaf blowers
  • occasional sound of ATVs, golf carts, and leaf blowers


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Phones: -2690–1900


39 units
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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