Fodor's Expert Review Ritmo Tropical

100 m south of El Cruce on road toward Malpaís, Malpais, Puntarenas, 60111, Costa Rica

Tranquil, comfortable, and nicely priced, this small hotel and spa a short walk from the beach is consistently the best deal in Malpaís. Red-tile-roof bungalows here are simple yet tasteful, with high wooden ceilings, large bathrooms, lots of windows, front terraces, Wi-Fi, and air-conditioning. Some bungalows, arranged in a semicircle around the large amoeba-shaped pool and gardens, have views of the sea and the jungle. Two smaller rooms are a bargain, or there's a kitchen-equipped studio that sleeps four. The reasonably priced Italian restaurant in front of the property is open for breakfast and dinner and serves more than two dozen types of pizza (you can also design your own) plus tapas. There are also fresh fish dishes with a selection of sauces, and tasty pasta offerings such as farfalle with fish and shrimp curry sauce. There's a pleasant yoga deck and best of all, the hotel fronts a paved road, so there are no clouds of dust to contend with, and you can actually hear birds singing.


  • very clean rooms
  • economical
  • lively restaurant
  • quiet


  • a bit of a walk to town, but on a paved road


Near the beach
Casual Chic


Phones: -2640–0174


8 bungalows, 2 rooms, studio for four with kitchen
Rate Includes: No meals

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