Costa Rica Destinations

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Knowing where to go in Costa Rica is tricky. There are so many tropical destinations to choose from! Costa Rica destinations are full of beautiful scenery and stunning backdrops–from the warmth of a sandy beach to the mystery of the cloud forest.  The presidential constitutional republic of Costa Rica is home to some of friendliest people on the planet. They are proud to share their country with its lucky visitors. A constant problem for vacationers who wish to experience Costa Rica is the incredibly vast number of unique points of interest

The Full Variety of Costa Rica Destinations

From the Costa Rica Caribbean coast to the Pacific coast there are a variety of rainforests, cloud forests, volcanos and beaches to visit. For example, Arenal Volcano National Park offers visitors countless opportunities to enjoy hot springs, hiking, fishing or white water rafting. The fabulous beaches of Tamarindo, Manuel Antonio, Puerto Viejo (just to name a few) attract beach lovers, surfers and outdoor enthusiasts for their natural beauty and tropical atmosphere. The Monteverde Cloud Forest is the perfect place to spend a birding vacation and hike above the canopy on hanging bridges. Between all these gorgeous attractions, 5-star resorts and world-class tours, you have no choice but to just come and enjoy yourself. And My Costa Rica can help! Let us plan a custom  Costa Rica vacation for you and your family.


centralvalleycoffeeCentral Valley

The central valley, characterized by coffee plantations surrounded by lush mountains and volcanoes. Many people spend their first and last nights in the city or use San José as a jumping off point for day trips to the La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Poas Volcano or rafting on the Pacuare river. The airport is just under twenty minutes from the capital city of San José. The Central Valley is steeped in history and culture. Here you will find the biggest population being mainly in the bustling town of San José. Stop at the Poás Volcano or the La Paz Waterfall Gardens, or a day trip to Cartago to see fantastic Ruins. Visit the beautiful and peaceful Orosi Valley and lastly the famous Irazu volcano. Irazu is also considered to be the most active volcano in Costa Rica but is still perfectly safe to visit since every precaution is taken. When traveling through Costa Rica, don’t forget to try the national dishes! San Jose has many local restaurants where you can try Gallo Pinto and Casado, the traditional dishes consisting of rice and beans.


Tamarindo Beach Aerial ViewGuanacaste

In Guanacaste, the flora and fauna and authentic culture are not only magical but also add a lot historical and scientific interest. Guanacaste is sun, sea, and sand, surfing, and swimming; there is no better way to sum things up. Be prepared for the best beaches Costa Rica has the offer when you come here. When you visit, check out the Gulf of Papagayo for great whale watching or even Tamarindo for great surfing waves. Also swim at Playa Conchal, Playa Grande (home to Las Baulas!) or Playa Flamingo. You will be glad you did. The province of Guanacaste is also home to the Costa Rican cowboy culture. You can check into a hotel in Rincon de la Vieja National Park and learn all about the cattle farming in this region. If you walk the streets during the months of February and March, you will even see the occasional cowboy passing by and tipping his hat.


Playa Santa Teresa SurferNicoya

Separated from the mainland by the Tempisque estuary and the Gulf of Nicoya. This region is called home to many of the immaculate and spectacular Beaches of Costa Rica; Santa Teresa, Malpais, and Montezuma are enchanting locations. Here essential beauty and tranquil bliss will always remain together with so much beach fun, swimming, surfing, snorkeling and much more. This region seems to have its own culture and ways; there is a distinctive feel to it as one travel through the exotic little rural towns, their cowboys with their herds. Yet Nicoya also has some of the finest Beach Hotels of Costa Rica.  Here you can also sport the legendary sea turtles nesting and the eggs hatching by visiting Ostional Wildlife Refuge. The Nicoya Peninsula has also been named one of the Blue Zones of the world. Its desire for a long and happy life has marked the destinations by a lifestyle much closer to Pura Vida than anywhere else. Playa Samara is the best example of this zest for life. The community is a rich mix of locals and expats that are united by a certain kind of hippie spirit. The horses used in the horseback riding tours roam the further ends of the beaches freely in-between tours and the small but charming town is alive with color. A further extension of this Pure Life can be found in Nosara. Nosara is the yoga epicenter of Nicoya as well as the whole country.


Drake Bay Osa Peninsula BeachOsa Peninsula

Whether it is raining or the sun is shining, the hypnotic beauty of the Osa will enchant you and give you the most memorable vacation you ever dreamed. So much natural beauty and peace never seemed possible! The Osa is another world. It alone makes up 2.5 percent of the world’s biodiversity. This region has many, many great destinations including Drake Bay, Caño Island or the Golfo Dulce. These areas are all ideal for snorkeling, scuba diving, and Whale watching. Stop by in Corcovado national park and see amazing wildlife life Jaguars or Howler monkeys. Or take a kayak tour through the Sierpe wetlands. Stop by in Corcovado national park and see amazing wildlife life like scarlet macaws, Jaguars or Howler monkeys. Or take a kayak tour through the Sierpe wetlands. Osa Peninsula is best avoided during the rainy season. Even during dry season the roads can sometimes flood and the weather here is a bit more temperamental than further up north.


Puerto ViejoCaribbean

The cultural mix created by the clash of Caribbean culture and Costa Rican Latin flavor produces a unique experience that you won’t find anywhere else in the country. 
Food and drink are a favorite past time of many here. Sit at any local hub and sip your favorite mix. Watch the sunset glide through the sky as you relax at the end of another beautiful day. Time is slow, and the scenery is perfect. Tico time takes on a new meaning here. Visit the Cahuita National Park to see cute monkeys. Cahuita is probably one of the more off the beaten path destinations by the Caribbean Coast. Have a beer at restaurants in Puerto Viejo or fly up to Tortuguero National Park to see the turtles. Manzanillo is also a great place to visit, check out Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. And then finally take a hike to Punta Mona, Monkey Point.


Cloud Forest San Gerardo de DotaSouthern Zone

Costa Rica’s Southern Zone is one of the most beautiful places in Costa Rica! You will find so much diversity in nature climate and personalities of people here. The only way to find out about it is to visit. Why not come and take part in great adventure tours discovery the beauty of this region every step that you take.
Some of the top destinations in the region include, San Gerardo de Dota, The Río Grande de Térraba, Mount Chirripo, the Rio Macho Forest Reserve, and Chirripo National Park. Mount Chirripo is the highest point of Costa Rica at 3820 meters! Hiking up this mountain is a must do activity as you will pass through different climates from the lush jungle to the Tundra close to the top.

 


Arenal VolcanoNorthern Zone

The cloud forests of Monteverde attract nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts hoping to catch a glimpse of the elusive quetzal. This is cowboy country and a great place for visitors to experience “authentic” Costa Rican culture. The top places to visit in the north region are La Fortuna waterfall gardens, Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloud forest, Sarapiquí, and Braulio Carrillo National Park. The Northern Zone is also a great location for an adventure vacation. You can take legendary rafting tours and ride the longest zip line in Latin America in Monteverde.

 


villas nicolas manuel antonioCentral Pacific

The clear waters and sculpted coastline offer the perfect setting for surfing or just a relaxing vacation. Ideal for Surfing that big wave or relaxing on a sandy beach. The Central Pacific is home to an uncountable amount of animals; such variety extends from the dry rainforests of the region. When you visit, make sure to bring your flip flop beach towel and a surfboard. You will have a great time here. The beach towns of Manuel Antonio, Jaco and Dominical, Esterillos, and Playa Hermosa are the real top destinations in this Region.

Costa Rica Regions and Destinations Map

COSTA RICA'S TOP DESTINATIONS

Costa Rica VolcanoesWhere to go in Costa Rica

Where should you go on your upcoming visit to Costa Rica?  For such a small country there is so much to see and do.  To get an understanding of the diversity of the country, we’ve divided the map into distinct geographical and cultural regions so that you can get a better idea of all that is offered in each one.  So whether you are looking to visit some of Costa Rica’s Top Destinations or would rather get off the beaten tourist track and explore – there is something for everyone.  


Top Destinations by Region

Southern Zone

Why Visit?

Costa Rica’s Southern Zone is where you’ll find the tallest mountains, pristine cloud forest areas, and a virtually unexplored paradise. Find a large variety of birds and just an endless array of biodiversity.  


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Central Valley

Why Visit?

Costa Rica’s Central Valley is home to the capital of San José and the Juan Santamaría International Airport. Steeped in History & Culture, many people use the capital as the jumping off point for their vacations.


Things to Do 

Top Destinations

Northern Zone

Why Visit? 

Costa Rica’s Northern Zone is home to the country’s most famous Volcano and Cloud Forest Areas.

You will be amazed at the wildlife and all the biodiversity.


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Osa Peninsula

Why Visit?

The Osa Peninsula is truly an unexplored paradise and a must see for nature lovers. If you are looking to get off the beaten path and explore – this is the spot for you.


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Guanacaste

Why Visit? 

Guanacaste is home to Costa Rica’s most popular beach destinations and all-inclusive resorts. If you are looking for a beach vacation, this is your destination for sun, sand, and surf.


Things to Do

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Nicoya Peninsula

Why Visit?

The Nicoya Peninsula is still largely undeveloped and home to some of Costa Rica’s most beautiful beaches. Known for it’s laid back surfer vibe and boutique beach resorts.


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Central Pacific

Why Visit?

Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast is home to some of the closest beaches from the capital of San José, which are easily accessible from the highway.


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Caribbean

Why Visit?

Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast is a rich cultural area offering a laid back tropical atmosphere. Experience what Tico Time truly is on this Afro-Caribbean influenced area. 


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Nicaragua

Why Visit?

Nicaragua is a unique country full of culture and historical parts. You can see a lot of the old part of the colonial age including the cobblestone streets and old forts. 


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Panama

Why Visit?

Panama is a totally different level of destination. It has so much to offer. You can experience history and modern architecture all in one in Panama City with skyscrapers and the old part of the city. 


Top Destinations

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