What We Love

  • No reservations needed at any of the restaurants.
  • There are three sparkling pools surrounded by lush greens to keep you refreshed and cool along with pool side bars quench your thirst.
  • The beach isn't crowded, and the tropical background adds to its peacefulness. Find your perch.

Things to Know

  • The resort is 20 minutes away from the airport in Liberia.
  • The resort is a great destination for adventure-seeking tourists thanks to nearby Rincon Nature Park and the Safari Park.
  • The beach sand is sometimes rocky under the water - just grab shoes to wear & you'll be set.
This destination lives up to its adventurous reputation. With volcanos to hike, unique animals to see and ocean waters for plenty of activities, Riu Guanacaste is an explorer’s all-inclusive dream.

All-inclusive means a stress-free getaway: drinks, food and activities are included in the price of your vacay! This laid-back resort has three sparkling pools with side bars to quench your thirst while you relax. The green, lush landscapes and rolling mountain off in the distance are breathtaking and the never-crowded beach will add to your peaceful time away. Don’t forget to stop by the Renova Spa for a massage and savor the delicious cuisine at one of the resort’s themed restaurants. 

Kids can splash the day away at the resort’s water park or be thoroughly entertained with activities at the kids’ club while you enjoy windsurfing, sailing or other water sports. The resort also offers plenty of excursions like the Safari Park or Rincon de la Vieja. For those who want the ultimate R&R, the rooms’ liquor dispensers allow you to craft your own cocktail while taking in beautiful views on the balcony. Whether you’re in need of an adventure or just some time away, Riu Guanacaste provides the luxury you desire in paradise. 


Liberia, Costa Rica Airport (LIR) : 30 miles
San Jose, Costa Rica Airport (SJO) : 150 miles

Property Information

Year Built: 2009
Accessible rooms: 1
All rooms non-smoking: 701
Floors: 6
Total rooms: 701


Resort Details


Various restaurants offer outstanding global cuisine in buffet-style and a la carte arrangements.
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Housekeeping, Wi-Fi, pools and an onsite gym are just a few of the excellent amenities found here.
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Enjoy direct access to the beach in addition to a wide variety of of thrilling land and water activities.
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Hotel Advisories

Advisory Costa Rica will impose some restrictions for Holy Week. Alcohol is not permitted to be sold or consumed. This ban on alcohol starts the Thursday prior to Easter and runs through Easter Sunday. A few hotels purchase special permits to serve alcohol, but generally it is not available. In addition, most restaurants, shops, and bars will be closed for the same time period. Restaurants in the hotels will be operating. The City Tour will not be operating.
Advisory Family Room: ***Important Information*** Please note when booking a Family Room, the minimum occupancy for this room category is: 2 Adults and 1 Child between ages 2-12. Children aged 13 and over are considered adults. The hotel will not honor/confirm bookings with 1 Adult and 1 Child or 2 Adults.
Advisory Two Bedroom Family Suite: ***Important Information*** Please note when booking a Two Bedroom Family Suite, the minimum occupancy for this room category is: 3 Adults or 2 Adults and 2 Children between ages 2-12. Children aged 13 and over are considered adults. The hotel will not honor/confirm bookings with 2 Adults or 2 Adults and 1 Child.
Advisory All Student/Spring Breaker Group reservations are strictly on Request and will be reviewed on a case by case basis by the corresponding Destination Sales Department. RIU Hotels & Resorts reserves the right of admission and may reject any request at its sole discretion.
Advisory If a Student /Spring Breaker Group is accepted: The number of rooms will be deducted from the contracted allotments Minimum Age requirement: 21 years of age or older. The Hotel may request proof of age in the form of passport or official ID Each room must submit a signed liability agreement upon check-in.
Advisory At all other RIU properties Student Groups/Spring Breakers (either groups or individuals, regardless of age) are not allowed at any time during the year. Guests disturbing or generating complaints from other guests or hotel may be removed from the property, at their own expense. Parties in rooms are not permitted

General Policies & Fine Print

Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Minimum Check-In Age: 18
General Policies:

Check-in Policy - Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.

Convention Policy - Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.

Hotel Spring Break Policy- This hotel cannot guarantee a spring-break-free environment.

At least one person 21 years or older is required in every room during the months of February through May. During the remainder of the year, at least one person 18 years or older is required in every room.

The Hotel reserves the right of admission and may request a guest present his/her passport or official ID as proof of age. Guests can and will be removed from the property, at their own expense, if any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff arises. Parties in rooms are not permitted. Unruly behavior by individuals or groups is not allowed at any property at any time during the year.

Transfer Policy - 
A price may display when children stay free, if your vacation includes transfer to your hotel.

General Information - Room taxes and service fees are included in vacation price.
Minimum night stay restrictions may apply.
Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.

Pet Policy Pets Not Allowed

Customer Ratings & Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0 8629 reviews
  • 2.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Wait for hard opening

    Our family is here now. Yesterday there was only one pool bar open with continuously long lines and people ordering 6 plus drinks. Today only the beach restaurant was open for lunch with 1,000 plus people lined up first to get in then line up again to get dry mystery tasteless meat. Dinners have been very good so far but an hour to have a terrible lunch is inexcusable. Wait until this hotel is fully open as the bean counters are killing it with the low numbers.

    Jun 30, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Very well even in Pandemic times

    Went for a vacation to Riu Guanacaste in June 2020. The service overall was really good. Restaurants were taking actions on keeping the environment safe and clean for all people. The food and drinks were good and most importantly, the services were not interrupted or suspended due to the pandemy. I visited another hotel were food menu was really shortened and additional services were suspended (spa, bar, gym, etc). In Riu this was NOT the case, everything was working properly and safely. It would be good to implement an expedit check in and check out, also provide non-physical keys to customers but digital. The room was good though a little old-fashioned. Hopefully they took the time to renew Riu Palace which is just next to Riu Guanacaste. Finally, the sport bar has to be supplied with Snacks, since when we went there wasn't anything but chips. In general very good.

    Jun 29, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    The New Normal in a wonderful All-Inclusive Resort.

    The Resort opened on June 19th first time on government allowance after almost 3 months being closed due to pandemics. We arrived on the very 19th at noon and just left a couple of hours ago. As frequent guests we knew already all the good and many things this Hotel has to offer, we were under great fear the new normal during Covid19 resulted in a very diminished all inclusive experience, but by all means after staying there for 4 amazing nights we conclude and now can happily assure that all given by the pandemics, the Hotel resolved and delivered all its excellence exceeding our expectations by far. We noticed all overwhelming efforts of the staff crew to keep all people far enough on the lines adhering to safety distance protocols and keeping them wearing their masks every time entering to any restaurant, bar and in every place were one needed to interact to personnel. The Hotel is still working super hard in controlling a cultural bad behavior from guests like leaving used/dirty/sweaty masks everywhere which is scientifically demonstrated be a serious health threat for everybody, but despite the tantrum customers might like to perform against educational scripts given by the staff, the Resort MUST put attention to those actions and stop them immediately at all cost as so could it imply a humongous liability for the facility. A solution for this issue I'd like to humbly propose as big fans of Riu as we are, is imposing severe penalty fees to those not adhering to safety policies, similar as it might occur when somebody destroys or damage property in purpose and/or to give an unique reusable mask to every guest for which they'll be obligated to safely return or dispose at the front desk at the end of their stay, these solutions are very low cost effective compared to that the Resort does now in giving disposable masks and gloves to everybody every time in every place, other easy solution is to put special garbage cans everywhere so that guests and personnel can dispose of them properly as potentially biohazard items they are. Love you guys for always! Be safe! Ps. The picture is our room's super incredibly loving 180 degree view of the sea, room 5104, a Stay that will stay in our minds for ever! Thank you Riu!

    Jun 23, 2020
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Bff/sis wedding

    I feel if you’ve been to one Riu the. You’ve been to them all. Exactly what you’d expect from a major chain resort. Plenty of american food options if that is what you like. No real beach vibes at all. More like dust/dirt and grass. Beautiful place overall. Huge resort. Stayed for a wedding which was memorable.

    Jun 11, 2020
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Save your money !

    One of the worse all inclusive I have experienced . We figured how bad could it be if it’s a RIU ? The rooms were dated and the ac was hardly pumping. The food was terrible. We ultimately paid to upgrade to the RIU Costa Rica next door and it was totally worth it ! It was like night and day in terms of the grounds and food. Also, I do not recommend purchasing round trip car service from the airport . If you do, do for one day . We paid $100 for both of us round trip . When we got to hotel we discovered they have a shuttle for $15 each person to airport.

    Jun 07, 2020