Costa Rica

Travel Guide
Guanacaste - North Pacific Coast showing general coastal views, a coastal town and landscape views

Climb a volcano, go bird watching, or just sit back and relax at beaches along the Pacific and Caribbean coasts.

Costa Rica enjoys a staggering diversity of ecosystems, some of the world’s best beaches, and good weather year-round. It has coastlines on two major oceans, active volcanoes and five different types of forest. It has been a hot spot for eco and adventure tourism for decades.

Costa Rica is in Central America, sandwiched between Nicaragua and Panama, but has managed to escape much of the political turmoil of the region. It has a strong environmental track record with nearly 25 percent of the country set aside as national parks or conservation areas.

Hike up an active volcano, find pristine lagoons, and see all kinds of exotic flora and fauna. Adventurers can go mountain bike riding, zip-lining, and white water rafting. Nature lovers will feel right at home in Costa Rica, with several distinct topographical regions and highly varied weather patterns yielding a biodiversity found in few other places on the planet.

Visit many different types of forest, including cloud forests, which have frequent low-level cloud cover, and rain forests, known for high rainfall and moist vegetation. Spot monkeys, sloths and any of the several hundred species of birds and reptiles that live in the area.

Hit the beach to relax in the sun or go for a surf. You’ll find a laid-back atmosphere at Montezuma, fine-dining restaurants at Tamarindo, and oceanfront night clubs, bars and restaurants in Jaco and Dominical. San José, the capital city, is more developed and urban. Surfers should paddle out into the waters of the Central Pacific Coast and Guanacaste. Take a trip over to the country’s Caribbean side to find secluded and seemingly untouched beaches. You’ll see where the forest meets the sand and get the chance to see all kinds of animals.

The name Costa Rica translates as Rich Coast. As one of the greenest, safest and most relaxed destinations in Central America, it lives up to its name.

Popular cities in Costa Rica

San Jose featuring general coastal views
San Jose
Known for Shopping, Museums and Entertainment
Immerse yourself in Spanish language, culture and food and European architecture in this inviting Central American capital city.

Reasons to visit

  • Central Park
  • La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio
Known for Beach view, Nature and Wildlife
Manuel Antonio is calling! Discover its natural setting, beaches, hiking, and more.

Reasons to visit

  • Manuel Antonio Beach
La Fortuna
La Fortuna
Known for Volcano, Hot springs and Bird watching
Get away to tropical La Fortuna! Enjoy the volcanoes, hot springs, and zip-lining.
Monteverde
Monteverde
Known for Forests, Hiking and Bird watching
Get away to Monteverde! Enjoy the forests, zip-lining, and hiking.
Limon
Limon
Known for Excursions, Natural parks and Churches
Limon is calling! Discover its rafting, parks, cathedral, and more.
Papagayo
Papagayo
Known for Dining, Beach view and Relaxing
Romantic Papagayo is calling! Discover its beaches, food, zip-lining, and more.

Costa Rica

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