The Complete Travel Guide – Travel in COSTA RICA
From the tropical jungle to the paradise beaches: Costa Rica is wildlife heaven and a must-visit for nature lovers.
Best places to visit in Costa Rica
- Jaco beach resorts
- Manuel Antonio National Park
- Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
- Monteverde and the Cloud Forests
- Mal Pais and Santa Teresa
- Wildlife Viewing
- Diamante Eco Adventure Park
- Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park
Jaco beach resorts
Jaco is a good choice for anyone looking to get out of San Jose but still wanting the comforts and amenities of a larger town or city. The beach here is spacious, pleasant, and has an active vibe.
The surfing and swimming here are both very good, with smaller waves than other areas along this section of coast. What Jaco does have that sets it apart from the numerous coastal towns along this stretch of the Pacific is modern apartments and stores, a strong selection of good restaurants and hotels, and other modern conveniences that have made it a popular choice with expats and retirees.
Manuel Antonio National Park
Manuel Antonio National Park, on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast, encompasses rugged rainforest, white-sand beaches and coral reefs. It’s renowned for its vast diversity of tropical plants and wildlife, from three-toed sloths and endangered white-faced capuchin monkeys to hundreds of bird species.
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Spanish: Volcán Arenal) is an active andesitic stratovolcano in north-western Costa Rica around 90 km (56 mi) northwest of San José, in the province of Alajuela, canton of San Carlos, and district of La Fortuna.
Monteverde and the Cloud Forests
The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is a Costa Rican reserve located along the Cordillera de Tilarán within the Puntarenas and Alajuela provinces. Named after the nearby town of Monteverde and founded in 1972, the Reserve consists of over 10,500 hectares of cloud forest.
Tamarindo is a town in the Guanacaste Province, on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. It’s known for beaches with strong surf, like Playa Tamarindo and Playa Langosta. To the north, Playa Grande beach is a major nesting site for huge leatherback turtles, and forms part of Las Baulas National Marine Park.
Flanked by the Barú River, Dominical is known for its surfing beach and tropical forest hiking trails. It’s home to accommodations ranging from simple guesthouses to 3-star hotels, along with fast-food restaurants and relaxed bars, many set along riverside Main Street. There’s a yoga retreat, surf schools and a scuba diving shop.
Mal Pais and Santa Teresa
Santa Teresa is a small town in Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica. It is located about 150 kilometres west of the capital city of San José.
Diamante Eco Adventure Park
The #1 Adventure Park In Costa Rica Located in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Diamante’s oceanfront location offers the most exciting zip line course featuring the longest dual-line in the country. Diamante’s Animal Sanctuary is one of the finest Wildlife Education Centers in Costa Rica.
Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park
Corcovado National Park is a reserve on southwest Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula that protects varied tropical ecosystems. Considered one of the world’s most biodiverse regions, its wildlife includes scarlet macaws, tapirs, jaguars and squirrel monkeys. Hiking trails follow coastal and inland routes through habitats ranging from Pacific beaches and mangrove swamps to lowland and montane rainforests.