It is the capital of the country and is located in the bosom of the Central Valley. Because it counts with the main International Airport, Juan Santamaría (SJO), most of the visitors come and go out of the country, lodging at least one night in the city. Half a day is sufficient to visit the Plaza de la Cultura, downtown, and make yourself an idea of Costa Rican’s day-to-day. If more time is available, its museums (National, Gold, Jade, Art...) can be visited; get to know some National Parks and Volcanoes (Poás Volcano, Irazú Volcano, Carara N.P...) nearby; take a one day cruise to Tortuga Island; or practice adventure sports such as rafting and the descend of rapid waters with warm temperatures.
This National Park located in the North Caribbean, does not have roads and must be traveled across its canals and rivers. For this reason all hotels offer full board packages with tours included. It is known as the small Amazon, filled with exuberant fauna and flora and its canals offer landscapes and lighting unique in the country. Life-long memories will remain in all its visitors. In the months of July to September it is possible to enjoy during the nights, in a very discreet way, the one-of-a-kind spectacle of the spawning of the sea turtles.
To the south of the Caribbean, this village and its surroundings offer the most informal side of the country. Small hotels, population with Rastafarian ancestry, surf, National Parks (Cahuita and Gandoca-Manzanillo) and numerous small bars and restaurants shape a perfect place for the younger travelers and for those who love the beach, slippers and tranquility during the day, and a delicious Caribbean dinner and good drinks at night. Also you will learn about the ancient traditions of the autochthonous tribes of the Bri-bris.
This National Park to the north of the country is the one most visited by tourists. Its conical volcano with continued small eruptions turns it into one of the principal attractions of the country. Numerous treatments in SPAs can be enjoyed in addition to hot spring waters that take advantage of the health benefits of the underground waters, warmed by the volcano itself. Also, a wide variety of adventure sports is offered, such as rafting, zip-line (system of free moving pulleys suspended on cables to travel across tree tops) or a horseback ride to the Fortuna waterfalls to complete your stay.
This Natural Reserve placed at the other side of the lake Arenal, is a point of transition between the Caribbean slope and the Pacific slope. Numerous birds overfly its exuberant cloud forest; and besides getting to know the flora and fauna of the country from its paths and suspension bridges, you will find impressive zip-line facilities and artisanal cheese factories and products derived from the sugar cane. It is a perfect stop before heading towards the beaches of the Pacific.
This gulf, located to the north of the Pacific, is the zone where big hotel infrastructures are found to satisfy the comfort and gastronomy of the most sybaritic. It is an excellent zone to practice scuba diving, sport fishing, or to enjoy unforgettable ocean voyages at sunset. The town of Coco, with its beach and its Costa Rican life, contributes a local and authentic note for the visitor who wants to share some shopping and restaurants with the autochthonous population of the zone.
A bit more south of Papagayo is located the village of Tamarindo, with numerous beaches of white sand in its surroundings (Conchal, Flamingo, Potrero...). This zone also offers the possibility of practicing skin-diving, sport fishing, surf, ATV races, horseback rides on the beach, half-day cruises during the day and enjoying good restaurants and some bars at night.
Placed in the Central Pacific, this zone offers one of the nicest coastal National Parks of the country. Due to its orography formed by hills opposite to the beach, the small hotels and restaurants are spread along a sinuous road with incredible views and unforgettable sunsets. At night, numerous dinner options will tempt you under a starry sky. Besides the wild beaches inside and outside of the park, in the zone it is also possible to practice rafting, scuba dive, sport fish, and take trips and cruises after the dolphins, among others.
This peninsula located in the Pacific Ocean, to the south of the country, hides the most virgin and least exploited spots of the country. The hotels, organized as small lodges integrated into nature and with a unique charm, offer full board stays and optional tours (Del Caño Island and Corcovado N.P) to their guests. Although the infrastructures are cabin type, some lodges offer a luxury level of comfort and meals suitable for the most demanding palates. From August to November and from January to June numerous hunchbacked whales and dolphins can be seen in the zone. Also it is possible to practice scuba diving, nature treks or rest in its incredible beaches. According to the selected lodge, the access by ship across the Sierpe wetland contributes an additional attraction to the stay in this zone.