Here is your ultimate tropical vacation, where you can surf to your heart's content, taking on some of the best surfs in the region.


Five minutes away from surfing hot spot Playa Guiones you find a modern surf hotel. The Gilded Iguana was originally built in 1988, has almost been around since the birth of Costa Rica’s rising surf culture and due to a recent remodel, this charming surf hotel has never been better. Local award-winning architect Benjamin Saxe designed the hotel us such to create open breezy spaces with sleek modern touches, relaxed vibes, and lush landscaping. With an in-house restaurant and bar, multiple pools, hot tub, surf lessons, and their Surf Club, guests will have access to everything they need for a pampered surf trip in paradise. The hotel provides surf lessons for those who wish to learn. But for other who wish for a different type of adventure Mountain biking rentals, lessons, and excursions such as fishing, ziplining, snorkeling, and more, are also available.

The Gilded Iguana’s Surf Club is a luxe setup located along a path on the way to the beach and offers surf lessons, video coaching, photography, and guided surf excursions. Services can be booked a la carte, or you can become a Surf Club member for discounts on services, personal air-conditioned board storage, and access to all surf equipment. After a whole day riding the surf, head back over to the hotel and enjoy some well-earned relaxation with the in-house spa treatment.

The hotel is family friendly and even has a kid’s pool for toddlers and babysitting services available at an extra charge. If you would like a crib, just ask when booking. Daily breakfast is included with your booking, and the on-site restaurant and bar is open all day serving exquisite Mediterranean cuisines and Costa Rican favorites. From fresh seafood and pasta to ceviche and mojitos, the hotel gives you plenty of delicious options to choose from.

Quick facts about the hotel

  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Gym
  • Room Deposit
  • Spa
  • Air Condition
  • Free Wifi
  • Hot Water
  • Free Breakfast
  • Number of Rooms: 29
  • Number of Floors: 2
  • Reception
  • Parking
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Safe
  • Private Patio
  • Concierge Service
  • Fitness Centre
  • Towels, Beach Towels, Robes

Standard Surf Rooms


Located to the north of the pool, and are the best value options. This room contains two full beds, a spacious desk, side tables, closet and storage, a private bathroom with a glass wall, and private garden space. The room also includes a surfboard storage area and rack.
Handicap Accessible - Standard Surf Room comes with one double full-size bed. Otherwise the same as above.

Premium Room


This room features one king ore two queen-size beds, side tables, table and wall lamps, mini bar and fridge, coffee and tea maker. It comes with an outdoor terrace with an outdoor shower and a balcony with vaulted ceilings. All the rooms include either a surfboard locker or storage rack.

Premium Plus Room


Located on the upper level and overlooking the pool, these rooms feature one king ore two queen-size beds with side-tables, vaulted ceilings, outdoor balcony, and extra-large bathroom. Rooms include either a surfboard locker or storage rack.

Surfer Suite


Perfect for surf families or groups from 1-6 people, this suite is a two-room unit designed for surfing families or traveling groups. The main room has a single queen-size bed, two sets of bunk beds with two single beds each, closets, and a storage area. The second room has a living area, a table, and chairs. There is a large outdoor terrace included in the room. The bathroom features two toilet rooms, double sinks, and a large shower. With quick access to the jacuzzi, pool, and restaurant, the Surfer Suite is our most popular room for good reason. The also includes a surfboard locker or storage rack.