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From ethereal cloud forests and splendid coastline to active volcanoes and lush rainforest, Costa Rica’s diversity inspires wonder and a spirit of exploration. Narrowing down the best places in Costa Rica to vacation is a difficult task, so we’ve done our best to condense each into easy-to-digest guides to the sights, sounds and adventures that await. We hope you enjoy this armchair vacation to the best areas of Costa Rica; the only thing better is actually visiting!

  • Papagayo


    Papagayo is a beach town unlike any other; in fact, it’s not a town at all! The area is named for the stunning gulf that borders the beach, but there is no official town. (For gridded streets, shops and other services, head south to...

  • Playas del Coco

    Playas del Coco

    Located less than an hour away from Liberia International Airport, Playas del Coco is one of the most popular beach destinations in Costa Rica. Conformed by several small beaches, the most popular being the one that gives the town its...

  • Conchal


    Conchal get’s its name from the Spanish word for shell: “concha”. The white sand and tiny shell particles arguably make this destination one of the most beautiful beaches in Central America.

  • Tamarindo


    Tamarindo is a great beach to capture cultural experience in the midst of a beautiful surf town. Lots of restaurants, souvenir shops and overall a calm beach great for swimming for all ages.

  • Nosara


    Nosara has a motto: No shoes, no shirt, Nosara. That pretty much sums it up. This Pacific beach town is best known for its roaring surf and relaxed vibe, and strong sun, dark sands, dusty roads and chill beach bars help round out the...

  • Jaco Beach

    Jaco Beach

    Just 2 hrs from San José, Jacó might be the most popular beach in Costa Rica. Both locals and tourists find it to be the perfect weekend getaway.

  • Manuel Antonio

    Manuel Antonio

    Manuel Antonio is the Central Pacific’s go-to destination for all things outdoors: nature hikes, snorkeling, wildlife watching, extreme adventures, and so much more.

  • Drake Bay

    Drake Bay

    Drake Bay, or Bahia Drake is it is also locally known, is located in the northern part of the Osa Peninsula on the Southern Coast of Costa Rica.

  • Arenal


    The Arenal Volcano is located in Costa Rica’s lush interior northern lowlands. In a country known for it’s natural beauty, the Arenal Volcano is stands out for its breathtaking scenery and endless activities.

  • Monteverde


    A long winding dirt road off of the Pan American Highway leads to the lush mountaintop paradise of Monteverde, which is nestled between two primary cloud forest reserves.

  • Tortuguero


    Much like Venice and the Amazon for its navigable canals, the town of Tortuguero is one of Costa Rica’s main treasures. On a sand bar island facing the Caribbean Sea and the Tortuguero River, its name means “place of the turtles”.

  • Puerto Viejo

    Puerto Viejo

    Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is a small coastal town on the Caribbean sea surrounded by the lush tropical rain forest, gorgeous white sand beaches and a huge array of different wildlife. With a mixture of Afro Caribbean, Bri Bri...

  • San Jose

    San Jose

    San José is an oft-ignored stopover for the international airport, but Costa Rica’s capital city is an excellent base for adventures into surrounding mountains, volcanoes and the nation’s famed coffee country.

  • Rincon de la Vieja

    Rincon de la Vieja

    Rincon de la Vieja is one of the less well traveled tourist spots in Costa Rica but those that make the effort are well rewarded. The volcano and national park abound with wonders and wildlife.

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