There are so many hidden gems throughout Costa Rica but we have compiled some of the best places to visit in Costa Rica so you can explore the best of everything this country has to offer.
Manuel Antonio has one of the finest beaches in Costa Rica with turquoise waters and white sand beaches. The Manuel Antonio national park is considered to have the most biodiversity in the world. Here you can see Costa Rican wildlife, rainforests, and lagoons. There are countless adventures to take in Manuel Antonio. There are a wide variety of hikes, most of which are very easy or short. If you are looking for a more thrilling adventure, check out the ziplines! You can get a whole new perspective of Costa Rica from the treetops. Another great way to find a private getaway is by horseback.
The most visited beach in Costa Rica is Playa Tamarindo, which is arguably the most developed area to vacation. There are many things to do here. You can swim, surf, snorkel, and take catamaran cruises. There is jet skiing, paddle boarding, and more! The options of activities are really endless. Not to mention the town is very walkable and there are countless shops for you to visit. Most of the accommodation you will find is right in the center of town, which makes it a great location for weddings.
Arenal / La Fortuna
La Fortuna is a small town in Costa Rica located in the rainforest northwest of San José. It is often referred to as “Arenal” because it is home to the famous Arenal Volcano. From here you can see impressive views from almost any vantage point of the Arenal Volcano, a still-active volcano! This town offers many diverse options of attractions to enjoy while still offering a glimpse into local small-town life, resulting in the full Costa Rican experience! There is a wide range of activities including wildlife viewing and adventure activities. Scenic views and wildlife sightings can be enjoyed while walking through the Hanging Bridges, hiking the rainforest trails leading to the La Fortuna Waterfall, or during a bird-watching hike. An adrenaline rush can be achieved while ziplining, whitewater rafting, waterfall canyoning, and rappelling, and more. Relaxation can be found at one of the hot springs along the foot of the volcano on the thermal Tabacón River.
This beachfront town is located on the central south Pacific coast of Costa Rica. What makes Dominical special is its natural beauty that has been relatively untouched by development. This town is well known for its seemingly endless beaches and consistent surf. The small-town and picture-perfect vibes are just a couple of the aspects that make this town so unique.
Located in the Cordillera de Tilarán mountain range, approximately a four-hour drive from the Central Valley, Monteverde is one of the country’s major ecotourism destinations. This is because of the wide range of animals and plants native to its rainforests here. The road to Monteverde can be a bit intimidating but is totally worth the effort. As you wind past a backdrop of the Tilarán Mountain Range, the views of the lush green hills and pristine valley below are phenomenal, and there are plenty of opportunities along the way to pull over and soak it all in.