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Costa Rica Destinations

There is no shortage of places to visit in Costa Rica. In fact, it's bursting at the seams with interesting places to visit and fun towns for tourists. This eco-tourist paradise is home to breathtaking beaches, geological marvels including over two hundred volcanic formations, twelve distinct climate zones, rainforests and cloud forests, as well as waterfalls and rivers of every shape and size.

Choosing the right Costa Rica destinations doesn't have to be difficult. It can actually be fun! Check out our Top 10 recommendations:

Top 10 Places to Visit in Costa Rica

Arenal Volcano

Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna

Located near the small town of La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano is the most popular inland destination for tourists in Costa Rica. This lush and beautiful area is considered by many to be the Adventure Capital of Central America. Gorgeous scenery, thrilling adventures, amazing wildlife and friendly people combine to make Arenal one of the best places in Costa Rica to visit!


Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio

Located along the Central Pacific coast, Manuel Antonio is the most popular beach destination in Costa Rica. The jungle lined hills and national park area are loaded with a plethora of wildlife such as several species of monkeys and sloths, toucans, parrots and much more. The white sand beaches of this tropical paradise are considered to be among the most beautiful in the world. With lush rainforest, amazing wildlife and gorgeous beaches, Manuel Antonio is one of the best beach destinations in Costa Rica!


Monteverde

Monteverde

Located high up in the mountains of the Cordillera de Tilaran, Monteverde is the most famous cloud forest destination in Costa Rica. Birdwatchers come to Monteverde from all over the world in hopes of spotting the elusive Resplendent Quetzal, Emerald Toucanettes or Bellbirds. Adventurers come for the ziplines, which include some of the best in the world. Lush green cloud forest, spectacular birdwatching and thrilling zipline make Monteverde one of the top places to visit in Costa Rica!


Puerto Viejo

Puerto Viejo

Located along the southern Caribbean coast, Puerto Viejo is an off the beaten path paradise! This small village is quickly gaining recognition as one of the coolest little beach towns in Costa Rica. The beaches in this area are simply spectacular and the area surrounding contains some of the least visited wild rainforests in Costa Rica. With long white sand, palm studded beaches, pristine rainforests and the laidback feel, Puerto Viejo is one of the best beach destinations in Costa Rica!


Tamarindo

Tamarindo

Located along the northwest Pacific coast, Tamarindo is one of the most popular beach towns in Costa Rica. The town is positioned along one of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the country and has plenty of shops, restaurants, bars and night life. The beaches here are varied with some being great for swimming and boogie boarding and others for surfing. Beautiful beaches, fun atmosphere and great weather nearly year round make Tamarindo one of the most popular Costa Rica destinations!


Rincon de la Vieja

Rincon de la Vieja

Located in the northwest corner of the country, Rincon de la Vieja is one of the more active volcanoes in Costa Rica. The park of the same namesake protects one of the rarest habitats in the world, the tropical dry forest. Visitors come to Rincon de la Vieja for thrilling adventures, volcano hikes and hot springs. The majority of hotels in the area are adventure ranches offering activities such as tubing, ziplining, rappelling, rafting, horseback riding and more. The awesome adventures and convenient location to the Liberia airport and beaches make Rincon de la Vieja one of the most popular adventure destinations in Costa Rica.


Samara

Samara

Located in southern Guanacaste, Samara is one of the most beautiful off the beaten path beach destinations in Costa Rica. The town is located on a gorgeous beach in a protected bay and has plenty of shops, restaurants, bars and even nightlife. The thing that really makes Samara stand out is its proximity to Carrillo Beach, which is arguably the most beautiful beach on the Pacific coast. The combination of two spectacular beaches within 5 minutes of one another, fun atmosphere and laid back feel makes Samara one of our top places to visit in Costa Rica.


Tortuguero

Tortuguero

Located along the northern shores of the Caribbean coast, Tortuguero is a premiere destination for wildlife observation. To reach this location one has to either fly or take a boat through the canals. This isolation has helped to protect the biological diversity of the area and national park that surrounds it. Tortuguero National Park protects endangered sea turtles, jaguars, ocelots, monkeys, sloths and even manatees. The eco system in this area is simply amazing making Tortuguero one of the top wildlife destinations in Costa Rica.


Drake Bay

Drake Bay

Located in the wilds of the Osa Peninsula, Drake Bay is one of the most remote destinations in Costa Rica. Similar to Tortuguero, visitors must either fly or take a boat to access the area. Drake Bay is considered by many to be the best base to visit the wilds of Corcovado National Park, which was described by a National Geographic writer as the most biologically intense place on the planet. With beautiful isolated beaches and easy access to one of the wildest parks in the world, Drake Bay is among the most incredible places in Costa Rica!


Mal Pais

Mal Pais

Located on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, Mal Pais is an off the beaten path dream destination for surfers. The Mal Pais area is located along a one road strip that runs for several miles along the beautiful coast, which includes several beaches. The most notable of which is Playa Santa Teresa, which is regarded as one of the most beautiful surfing beaches in in the country. Gorgeous beaches, world class yoga resorts and some of the best surfing in the country make Mal Pais one of the best surfing destinations in Costa Rica.

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