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: 3:00 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 8608 reviews
  • 2.0 star tripadvisor rating
    First and last time

    The ocean and surrounding property is beautiful, the resort is just one huge concrete building. Way to big, bar tenders are not happy, not one cracked a smile. its all business. Food was good, plenty of choices, didn't try the a la-carts. excursions are way over priced. no place on beach to get anything to drink. We wont go back. I loved the 3 days we spent in Playa del Cococ, that was highlight of trip.

    Apr 06, 2020
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Friendly Costa Rica

    I travelled again with my sister and this time a school friend. We travelled with Sunwing Elite Plus. amazing service and great flight. Our room was oceanview on 3rd floor..our two double beds as my friend had her own room. Yes shower is dark and the pillows are small but you're on holidays...no complaining from us...we stuck to the pool as we did the beach a couple of days and found it very hot..vendors are very respectful and one no thank you is enough. the pool was very busy but found a nice spot and chairs were plentiful... We had Lita as a server and she was amazing. Did the Asian and Italian but we stuck to the buffet mostly because we became quite fond of Randall...such an amazing server and artist. The Libera staff was amazing including manager Milton. Did one excursion and that was the Palo Verde Park/boat tour. Kim our Sunwing rep was just awesome....merci Kim pout tout.Unfortunately had to use the medical facility on site and Dr. Gustavo Rivera Elizondo was very professional and took real good care of my excursion mishap. Lots of walking...lots of bars and food also at sports bar 24h. Enternaiment was good...we met the energetic Brian and we did attend a few shows but mostly watched from our balcony as we could hear and see some of the shows from there. Check out was a breeze...great crew from Sunwing for our return home. Would recommend this hotel for sure....we like to try a new destination every year.....so not sure I would go back but Riu is amazing.

    Mar 31, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    short but sweet

    Well we had a couple of days here as we ended up having to move to the palace as the braoders to costa rica got closed . and we loved this over the palace so was glad i couldnt get in the palace in the first place and when we come back it will be this one we book.

    Mar 31, 2020
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Beware, RIU Guanacaste will not honor their refund policy.

    My review of the property is strictly business. We stayed at the Hotel RIU Negril in Jamaica several years ago, in fact my son and daughter in law had their wedding there. We had no complaints and enjoyed our stay. We've traveled extensively in recent years, booked much of my travel directly with resorts and much through Expedia, and have never experienced a property refusing to refund according to their policy. We had a 4 night stay reserved and prepaid in full for late February. We unexpectedly had a family member hospitalized and we needed to reschedule our stay to a later time. We have every intention of making this trip at a later time. I called the Hotel RIU Guanacaste one day past the deadline for a full refund. I was hoping that they would allow us to reschedule due to our situation, much like an airline would. At worst, we would have to forfeit 2 nights payment since we had missed the cutoff date by a day. I called the RIU directly days before we were to arrive to explain our situation. They would not talk to me at all since I had gone through a "third party", Expedia. I did not have a RIU confirmation number. They told me I'd have to work with Expedia. I immediately called Expedia, talked to several people, a string of email between them and me. Expedia customer service told me several times that they were unable to contact or talk to anyone at the hotel. It's been more than a month, and the Hotel RIU Guanacaste and Expedia have not refunded anything. This is absolutely unacceptable and I've never experienced anything like it. A resort owes me a refund but won't talk directly to me. Expedia charged me, not the resort, so they should be on the hook to make this good. We're planning to make this trip in a few months, whenever travel becomes viable. but unless this is rectified quickly, I'd never consider a RIU, and will in fact post warnings all over social media and with travel groups and sites. This was right before COVID 19 began to affect all travel, so that is not a reason for a resort to ignore rules.

    Mar 30, 2020
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Daughter‘s 21st

    After reading some reviews about the hotel, I must admit was a bit worried. But there was no need, hotel clean food was good and varied staff were friendly especially angel in the sports bar really nice guy always a smile on his face.the only one thing is it would be nice to have coffee making facilities in room, if you wanted a coffee had to go downstairs for one. But would definitely go back

    Mar 30, 2020