For medical tourists to Costa Rica, where to stay is an important question
During recovery from your medical procedure in Costa Rica, you may not have the support you need, as you likely would have back home. For that reason, not every hotel or resort in Costa Rica is the same when it comes to medical tourism; there are some that specialize in recovery for patients.
Frequently, recovery centers and vacation rentals in Costa Rica offer the same amenities as a 4- or 5-star resort hotel at a fraction of the cost. The added benefit of kitchen and, often, laundry facilities only makes a vacation rental that much more attractive. You have more choice about when and where you eat, plus the all the comforts of home.
Here are a few good reasons to choose a recovery center, medical tourism hotel or private vacation rental in Costa Rica
- Private nursing services are often available at the establishment. If not, they are sometimes offered by Costa Rican doctors and dentists. Specially for those patients who have traveled in from other countries.
- No worrying about being appropriately dressed. Just go out for a meal at the hotel’s restaurant, you can have breakfast in your nightclothes if you choose.
- Healthy, delicious meals are often prepared for guests who are unable to get around easily. When staying at a vacation rental, it’s easy to book a private chef and daily maid service.
- Transportation services are often provided for those who need to get safely back and forth for surgery and for follow-up.
The areas around San Jose central are full of great hotels, retreat centers and vacation rentals for Medical Tourism:
Escazú, sometimes referred to as “Gringo Gulch” has a number of family owned and operated inns, as well as hotels. It’s about 15 minutes from downtown San José. Escazu has a number of high-end shopping centers, restaurants and entertainment.
Alajuela (downtown) is 30 minutes from San José and 45 minutes from Escazú. It’s a nice place to get a better understanding of Costa Rican life. In its more rural setting (one hour from San José and one hour and a quarter from Escazú), you won’t find the perks of modern city life. But certainly the views and the weather can’t be beat.
The Retreat, in Atenas emphasizes holistic wellness through scheduled daily activities, yoga and organic meals. Is located at 30 minutes from Escazú and 59 minutes from San Jose through 27th road and “Próspero Fernández” Highway. An upscale escape: this is an adult’s only boutique hotel. Wich includes breath taking views and just the right ambiance for rest, relaxation and recovery.
Heredia, with its mountain tops and cooler climate is a hour from San José or Escazú. Home to the National University, it is known as the City of Flowers. Heredia is home to some lovely boutique hotels. But medical tourists may want to opt for a vacation rental in this area.
It’s not hard to find vacation rentals or recovery centers close to your medical provider; they usually have a list of recommendations they supply to patients.
It’s not hard to find vacation rentals or recovery centers close to your medical provider; they usually have a list of recommendations they supply to patients. You can also check Airbnb or Stay in Costa Rica for accommodation that fits your budget.
If you’re looking for vacation rentals and all-inclusive resort hotels at the beach, the Central Pacific Coast could fit the bill. Located less than 90- minutes from San José. Los Sueños Resort and Marina has quite an inventory of condos and villas available for rent. To find the perfect one, check in with HRG Vacations & Rentals.
Looking for all-inclusive and privacy? Croc’s Resort & Casino has suites and family units, which include a private, fully- equipped kitchen.
Other central Pacific coastal towns near San Jose or Escazú include Esterillos and Playa Hermosa. At those beaches vacation rentals and comfortable hotels are plentiful and often right on the beach.
If you’re visiting Costa Rica for medical or dental treatment and are looking for a comfortable place to stay in the San José area or on the Central Pacific Coast, you’ll have plenty of wonderful options.