Costa Rica

Things to Do & Attractions in Costa Rica

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Arenal Volcano National Park

4.5 star rating: Recommended 246 Reviews

The most famous national park in Costa Rica, Arenal Volcano National Park protects the still sizzling Arenal Volcano, one of the world’s 10 most active ...  Read more

Poas Volcano National Park

4.5 star rating: Recommended 106 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

San Jose Central Market (Mercado Central)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 76 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

Arenal Hanging Bridges

4.5 star rating: Recommended 43 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 10 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

Cinco Ceibas Rainforest Reserve and Adventure Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 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

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

Lake Arenal

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

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 Negro Hot Springs

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

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

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

Tortuga Island

4.5 star rating: Recommended 32 Reviews

Just off the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, close to beautiful Curu Wildlife Refuge, lies idyllic Isla Tortuga, Costa Rica’s most popular island escape. It ...  Read more

Braulio Carrillo National Park

4.5 star rating: Recommended 102 Reviews

The vast protected forest of Braulio Carrillo National Park may be divided by one of the nation’s busiest highways, but this just means easy access for ...  Read more

Sarchi

4.5 star rating: Recommended 88 Reviews

The capital of Alajuela province, Sarchi is renowned for its arts and crafts, in particular its decorative oxcarts recalling the heyday of Costa Rica’s ...  Read more

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