Top Things To Do In Costa Rica


Beach at Manual Antonio

  • Osa Peninsula/Corcovado National Park: National Geographic once called this peninsula the most biologically diverse region on earth. It is certainly a phenomenal place for viewing wildlife – thanks to that fact that the ranges of many Central and South American species overlap here. The peninsula is harder to get to and requires more preparation than most other parts of Costa, but for this you are rewarded with fewer other tourists. You can stay in lodges on the Peninsula or go hiking in the National Park and stay in ranger stations.
  • Manual Antonio: Manuel Antonio is home to a fantastic National Park (Manuel Antonio National Park), great for viewing wildlife (especially sloths and monkeys). The park is not large and the park is very popular, so sections can get crowded. This does not detract from the great wildlife on offer though.

Manual Antonio National Park

  • Tamarindo: Tamarindo is one of the most developed tourist destinations in Costa Rica. Plenty of activities to do along the beach and in the surrounding jungle – fishing, surfing, horse riding, jet skiing, scuba diving, gold – it is all available here (and more).
  • Monteverde: Monteverde = Cloudforests. Also the zip-ling in Moteverde is popular.
  • San Jose: The Capital – if you have come to witness the beauty of Costa Rica you won’t want to spend long in San Jose. Most travellers will find few reasons to stick around town when there are better attractions to visit in the rest of the country. That said, the locals are friendly and the city is quite nice compared to other Central American capitals (which is not the biggest compliment a place has ever received).
  • La Fortuna: Is a small town a few hours north of the capital San Jose – popular due to it’s proximity to Arenal Volcano (Volcán Arenal). Also home to some great hikes (including one up to a lake inside the crater of a dormant volcano, zip-lining, waterfalls, large natural hot springs, ATV excursions, horse back riding and day spas (plus more, essentially something for everyone).
Waterfall near the town of La Fortuna

Waterfall near the town of La Fortuna

  • Jaco: One of the most  visited beach towns in Costa Rica, thanks to its proximity to the capital, San Jose. Surrounded by rainforest and breaks for both beginner and top surfers. A whole bunch of restaurants and bar/clubs along the main stretch of town.
  • Irazu Volcano: From the top it is possible to see both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans on a clear day. However, such clear days are rare, and the volcano’s summit is usually cloud-covered.
  • SCUBA Dive with Hammer Head Sharks (via the Cocos Island): Located almost 500km (300 miles) off Costa Rica are the Cocos Islands. Famous for its large schools of hammerhead sharks. These islands can only be accessed via sleep aboard boat trips  (lasting up to 8 days and including many dives). And yes, not cheap.


This is a list of suggestions for the top things to do in Costa Rica, but travel is all about finding something new and unexpected, so go out and do that too!

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Map Of Costa Rica Travel Destinations

Map Of Costa Rica Travel Destinations

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