Whether you want to surf, jungle, or city
For travelers, Costa Rica offers a diverse range of natural wonders. It features tropical beaches, beautiful volcanoes and hiking trails in its bright green jungles. Some of the most popular things to do include swimming with dolphins and exploring the refuge reserves. Today, we’ve put together six places to visit while you’re there.
Join the professionals at Playa Puerto Viejo
Established as one of the most popular surfing destinations in Costa Rica, this area is not only known for its aggressive waves but also has a lively scene. Whether you enjoy watching the action from shore or participating yourself, there are many beaches within easy driving distance from Tortugas.
Hit the waves at Tamarindo’s surf camps for a fun, affordable break in Costa Rica
Want to try surfing? The coast of Costa Rica is loaded with surf schools, which offer lessons for all levels. In Tamarindo, you can rent a board and take classes from La Muda Surf School or just watch others brave the waves. Even advanced surfers will benefit from an afternoon here to improve their skills, regardless of how much experience they’ve had. (Browse Tripadvisor for more travel recommendations outside of the country!)
Embrace nature in the Tortuguero National Park
When you want a break from the beach, but still want to visit an amazing destination, head to a nearby national park. Tortuguero National Park has 77,000 acres of complex jungle terrain and contains a long list of fascinating animals like three-toed sloths and poison dart frogs. You can hike to your heart’s content within the park or zipline through the trees for an exhilarating experience.
If you want to take an adventure in Costa Rica, explore Arenal Volcano National Park
Costa Rica offers a rich and diverse landscape that includes, among other things, beaches, jungles, rivers and waterfalls. Explore this island’s volcano scene by heading to Arenal National Park, one of the most impressive active volcanoes on the planet. You can even paddle in its white-water rivers to see hardened lava flows. After adventuring for a day or two, relax at one of the many natural hot springs that dot the small region near Arenal.
Peninsula Papagayo offers world-class traveler amenities
If you’re planning a trip to Costa Rica, you’ll find a mix of luxury and serenity on the country’s north Pacific coast. The Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo is the perfect place for your stay; you can use the resort as a home base during your trip or kick back poolside with some refreshing drinks. There’s so much to do when visiting this region of the country, including snorkeling, ziplining in the nearby jungle, or exploring an area of the ocean with stand-up paddle gear.
Experience San Jose
If you’re a Costa Rican native or at least partial to the country, San Jose is a must-visit. It’s home to several great landmarks, boutique hotels and more. Pass through Mercado Central and don’t pass up a locally made cup of coffee along your visit.