Costa Rica Points of Interest and Places to Visit

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Arenal Volcano National Park

4.5 star rating: Recommended 302 Reviews

Although visitors once flocked to Arenal Volcano for its impressive lava shows, the 5,437-foot (1,657-meter) volcano has stayed quiet since its last eruption ...  Read more

San Jose Central Market (Mercado Central)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 108 Reviews

The lively San Jose Central Market was founded in 1880. For free entertainment and a real taste of the local atmosphere, there’s no better place in the ...  Read more

Poas Volcano National Park

4.5 star rating: Recommended 86 Reviews

There aren’t too many places in the world where you can almost touch the rim of an active volcano, but at Poas Volcano National Park you can get up close to ...  Read more

Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park

4.5 star rating: Recommended 51 Reviews

While zip-line tours that take you swishing through the treetops at squeal-inducing speeds certainly have their charm, there are other ways to appreciate Costa ...  Read more

Arenal Observatory Lodge

Far from the epicenter of tourist claptrap that is La Fortuna, the tiny village of El Castillo offers another, rather less accessible, vantage point for seeing ...  Read more

Playa Hermosa

Just a few minutes south of Jaco’s hustle and bustle is the much mellower surf beach of Playa Hermosa. A handful of hotels and restaurants come with a reggae ...  Read more

Pacuare River

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

A river winding through the dense Costa Rican rainforest, the Pacuare flows from the Talamanca Mountains to the Caribbean Sea. Known for its exotic wildlife ...  Read more

Lake Arenal

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Covering almost 86 square kilometers and reaching depths of up to 200 feet (60 meters), Lake Arenal takes the title of Costa Rica’s biggest lake, and it’s ...  Read more

Rio Celeste

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

The dazzling centrepiece of the Tenorio Volcano National Park, the Rio Celeste is most famous for its shockingly bright blue color, the result of a natural ...  Read more

Rio Negro Hot Springs

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 17 Reviews

Costa Rica is known for its incredible natural beauty, laid back vibes and picture-perfect views. Nowhere is this more evident than the Rio Negro Hot Springs. ...  Read more

La Fortuna Waterfall

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

Plunging down the side of Cerro Chato, Volcan Arenal’s dormant and thickly forested twin, is one of the most impressive, and easily accessible, waterfalls in ...  Read more

Kalambu Hot Springs Water Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

What’s the only thing better than visiting hot springs in the uplands of La Fortuna? How about splashing inside of the hot springs after racing top speed down ...  Read more

Palo Verde National Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

If you are visiting the Guanacaste area, spend a day viewing Costa Rican wildlife at Palo Verde National Park (Parque Nacional Palo Verde). Located on the ...  Read more

Tamarindo Beach

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Once the site of a quiet fishing village, Tamarindo Beach has grown in popularity to become one of Costa Rica's best known stretches of golden sand. Perhaps ...  Read more

Cinco Ceibas Rainforest Reserve and Adventure Park

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Even though it’s less than a mile long, the elevated boardwalk at Cinco Ceibas Rainforest Reserve can take an hour to complete. Here, at Central America’s ...  Read more

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