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Colours Oasis Resort, San José, Costa Rica

by Gaycation Magazine
Colours Oasis Resort

Colours Oasis Resort

San José is the capital and largest city of Costa Rica. Located in the Central Valley, the city is the seat of national government, the focal point of political and economic activity, and the major transportation hub of this Central American nation. Founded in 1738 by order of Cabildo de León, San José is one of the youngest capital cities in Latin America by year of conception, though it was not named capital until 1823. Today it is a modern city with bustling commerce, brisk expressions of art and architecture, and spurred by the country’s improved tourism industry, it is a significant destination and stopover for foreign visitors.

Costa Rica is a great year-round gay-friendly tropical destination. Guests come to Central America to hike up active volcanos and to enjoy some of the hottest gay nightlife in all of Latin America.

Colours Oasis Resort

Colours Oasis Resort

Colours Oasis Resort is the brainchild of James Remes, who decided in 1990 to bring the very successful guest house Colours of Key West to San José, Costa Rica, as a haven and takeoff point for the nascent gay and lesbian travel industry. At the time it was a bold and adventurous step which has since paid off handsomely for founder James, for gay-friendly travel in Costa Rica, and for the many guests of Colours. Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and straight guests alike have enjoyed its openness, hospitality, superb service, and conviviality for more than 20 years.

Lounge Area


Colours opened modestly in the high-end district of Rohmoser, but always within the style of a classic Key West guest house. Beginning with nine rooms and four baths, it now boasts, after several expansions and redecorations, 20 rooms on two stories, each with private bath. The property includes a cozy bar, full restaurant with an inviting and attractively priced lunch and dinner menu, relaxing pool and sun terrace, Jacuzzi and gym/exercise room. Each room is distinctly and individually furnished in good taste and elegance. Several rooms have cooking facilities, and several can be confined into a self-contained two or three-room apartment with private sitting room for groups of up to six and more.

Outdoor Dining

Outdoor dining

Colours Oasis connects all the dots of gay travel in Costa Rica. It has a special affiliation and working relationship with gay and lesbian friendly hotels – many of them gay and lesbian-owned themselves – which have since sprung up in Costa Rica’s most popular tourist destinations. As a trailblazer in opening and expanding gay travel in Costa Rica, Colours and owner James Remes have been an inspiration and respected bastion of support, good advice and and assistance for many of these flourishing hotels and Bed & Breakfasts.

Poolside Sun Deck

Poolside chairs

The guest rooms include simple, elegant doubles, 1 and 2 bedroom suites, and a fully-equipped apartment. Each room is decorated in a clean, modern style, with paddle fans, a CD player/radio, telephone, cable television, VCR, and private bathroom. All rooms also have terraced sun decks with lounge chairs – relax in the sun in your own room. Colours Oasis Resort is a Spanish-style complex, with a large swimming pool, sun deck, gym, hot tub, massage room, cable television, and the Orchid “Rainforest” Bar.

Colours Oasis Resort
Room Type Descriptions:
Budget Saver:

  • Queen Bed with private bath (rooms #27, #20 y #21)

Smart Value:

  • Queen Bed (room #14)
  • King Bed (rooms #19, #23)

Classic Comfort:

  • King Bed (rooms #12, #18, #22, #24)
  • Queen Bed (room #13)
  • Queen Bed with futon sofa bed in living room (room #17)

Colours Oasis Resort

Stylish Suites:

  • 1 Queen bed plus futon sofa bed (room #25)
  • 2 Queen beds —1 in suite, 2nd one in loft & living room + futon sofa bed— (room #31)

Appointed Apartments:

  • Studio: King bed plus futon sofa in living room area and kitchen (room #26)
  • Master: King bedroom plus futon sofa in living room area with separate kitchen (room #29)

They serve a free full tropical breakfast every morning in the Great Room.

Relaxing Spaces

Relaxing sundeck

Costa Rica offers many outdoor and eco-tour options, including white water rafting, nature hiking, tropical rain forests and so much more. The English-speaking staff will be happy to help you plan day trips and tours.

Visit gay-friendly Costa Rica and enjoy a truly gay stay at Colours Oasis Resort.

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