Costa Rica Regions and Destinations Map
Southern Zone Trogon Lodge

Southern Zone

Quetzal in the southern ZoneWhy 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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Mirador Cartago

Central Valley

Why Visit?

Cartago Costa RicaCosta 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.


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Arenal Volcano

Northern Zone

National Parks of Costa RicaWhy 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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Drake Bay

Osa Peninsula

Jaguar of Costa RicaWhy 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

Guanacaste

Costa Rica BeachesWhy 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.


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Mal Pais Surfing

Nicoya Peninsula

Beachfront HotelsWhy 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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Los Altos Pool

Central Pacific

Manuel Antonio National ParkWhy 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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Tortuguero Canals

Caribbean

Costa Rica's CaribbeanWhy 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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Granada Nicaragua

Nicaragua

Granada 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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Bocas del Toro

Panama

Panama CanalWhy 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. 


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Costa Rica’s Caribbean

Explore Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast - Tortuguero, Puerto Viejo, Cahuita & Punta Uva

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. Have a beer at restaurants in Puerto Viejo or fly up to Tortuguero to see baby turtle beeing hatched. 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.


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Caribbean Costa Rica - Something Different 

With the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, a mecca for tourists, the beaches of the Caribbean Costa Rica is overlooked. It also offers many different types of vacation destinations. The most popular being the beach cabin; a cute surfer’s bungalow where you can walk straight out onto the beach and hang out with the sloths, monkeys, and crabs. Also, the easy-going atmosphere has also attracted many yoga resorts for the ultimate in relaxing vacation destinations. 

Surf’s up in Puerto Viejo

The main tourist town of the Costa Rican Caribbean is Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Due to the mix of open-air bars and laid back surfer attitudes, this one of the most chilled places to hang out in Costa Rica. At night, the exotic fusion restaurants, markets and discos start-up creating a bustling atmosphere in this sleepy village. If you are looking to stay in Puerto Viejo, there are many bungalow options. One option is Azania Bungalows. For somewhere more luxurious, head just outside the center for Le Cameleon, one of the most impressively modern hotels on the Caribbean coast.

Chilling in Cahuita

Cahuita is an excellent option for a chilled beach weekend even if it is a little smaller than Puerto Viejo. It attracts many people looking for a relaxed vacation. The good news is that it has not been commercialized by the tourist boom as other Costa Rican destinations. The area boasts beautiful sandy beaches and lush vegetation as the Costa Rican rainforest meets the Caribbean sea. Hire a bicycle and check out the surrounding areas or go hiking in the world-famous Cahuita National Park. You can stay in the luxurious Suizo Loco resort or become one with nature in the Cuidad Perdida eco-lodge. It was designed to specifically blend in with the traditions and natural state of the area.

Become One with Nature in Manzanillo

While Puerto Viejo and Cahuita are the two main tourist destinations on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, you will also find other interesting places to explore in between these places. Just past Puerto Viejo, you will find the small fishing village of Manzanillo, home to the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. Hike to Punta Mona (Monkey Point) and spend some time with the locals. Also, the area is filled with amazing seafood restaurants and local sodas. Therefore it is perfect for satisfying an appetite after a long hike or even a scuba diving session to check out the Caribbean coral reefs. Also for the perfect place to lay your head, try Almonds and Corals bungalows. 


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Relaxing hammock at Punta Uva

1 Punta Uva

Punta Uva is an untouched beach area of Costa Rica's southern Caribbean not far from the Panamanian boarder. Come and explore!

Port Limon from Above

2 Limón Costa Rica

Limon Costa Rica is both a province and a city. Established in 1854 you will find a large English and Creole Population here.

Tortuguero Costa Rica

3 Tortuguero

Witness some of the world’s most exotic and rare wildlife in the wilds of remote Tortuguero including splendid tropical birds, mischievous monkeys, and magnificent giant sea turtles who come ashore after to lay their eggs on Tortuguero's isolated beaches.

Cahuita Fishing Boat

4 Cahuita

Discover the magic and natural beauty with this Caribbean beauty. The Cahuita National Park is an example of the bio diversity and natural beauty of Costa Rica, its ambiance, atmosphere and local cuisine: A real paradise for a perfectly relaxed vacation.

Puerto Viejo Costa Rica Beach

5 Puerto Viejo

The mix of open-air bars and laid back surfer attitudes make Puerto Viejo one of the most chilled places to hang out in Costa Rica.

Beutiful Beach Views In Gandoca

6 Gandoca Manzanillo

The Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge is situated on one of the most wild and remote areas of Costa Rica, a few kilometers away from the Border with Panama on the Caribbean Coast, in the Province of Limon.

Playa Cocles Sunset

7 Cocles Beach

Playa Cocles is considered a perfect destination for all level of surfers. Many are looking for an uncrowded surf location with nearly perfect waves and long runs!

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Costa Rica's Caribbean

Caribbean Hotels

The hotels and lodges of the Caribbean are really different from the rest of the country. Here you will find so much more than just your average hotels because of the atmosphere. Here you will experience the true Pura Vida Atmosphere. Life is just a little more laid back than the rest of the country and you will love experiencing a new way to relax in paradise. 

Hotel Manatus Restaurant

Manatus Hotel

 Tortuguero

Laguna Lodge Tortuguero Restaurant

Laguna Lodge

 Tortuguero

Hotel Le Cameleon Living Room

Hotel Le Cameleon

 Puerto Viejo

Almonds and Corals Master Suite

Almonds and Corals

 Manzanillo

Activities

Caribbean-Sloth

Caribbean Tours and Activities

Enjoy some amazing Caribbean tour in Costa Rica. They will give you either the opportunity to relax or have the adventure of your life. Have tons of fun with friend and family you are sure to be stunned.

Tortuguero Costa Rica

Canal Tour

The Tortuguero Canals are unique to this area of Costa Rica. People traverse these waters using boats as the main form of transportation.

Cahuita LionFish Snorkelling

Coral Reef Snorkeling

The Coral Reef in the Caribbean is the perfect spot to learn snorkeling, it isn’t extremely hard to do but once you know how you will love seeing all the marine wildlife. 

Ostional Turtles

Nesting Sea Turtles

This amazing site doesn’t happen all the time but when it does make sure you are here to watch it. 

Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica sloth eating

Sloth Sanctuary

The Sloth Sanctuary in Puerto Viejo is full of sloths. They care of hurt or injured sloths and nurse them back to health why not come support it by taking a tour. 

Map of Costa Rica’s Caribbean

Costa Rica Caribbean Map

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