Collected by Sylvia Christie
Sky Trek Sky Tram Entrance, Alajuela Province, La Fortuna, 21007, Costa Rica
One of the more popular activities near the Arenal Volcano in central Costa Rica is the Sky Trek zipline and for good reason. Your adventure is a series of 8 ziplines with the highest being 700' above the ground and the longest ride being nearly...
Calle 470, Provincia de Alajuela, La Fortuna, 21007, Costa Rica
La Fortuna is a great town for all sorts of activities in the cloud forest of central Costa Rica. The Catarata La Fortuna is one of many highlights. The waterfall is a short cab ride from town and offers a cool pool for relaxing and enjoying the...
Noreste de Centro de la Fortuna de San Carlos 13 Km, Provincia de Alajuela, Arenal, Costa Rica
A luxury hotel in the shadow of Arenal Volcano features a series of pools—one equipped with slides—and waterfalls set amid tropical gardens. Lava streaming from the volcano may provide an after-dark show. Tabacón Thermal Resort...
Av 6, Provincia de Alajuela, Atenas, Costa Rica
Every Friday from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m., the Farmers' Market is in full swing in downtown Atenas. Featuring choice eats and treats from all the surrounding farms, it doesn't get any more 'natural' than the selections here. You'll be able to find...
Av 3, Provincia de Alajuela, Atenas, Costa Rica
We came upon this wonderful breakfast and lunch spot while visiting Costa Rica. Located in the quaint town of Atenas, and new to the scene, Natural opened in May of 2013. Their menu is pretty extensive, comes in both Spanish and English, and...
Puntarenas Province, Monteverde, Costa Rica
The Hanging Bridges at Monteverde Cloud Forest was an AMAZING way to experience the Cloud Forest. You literally have a bird's eye view of the entire forest. I went later in the day so I basically had the entire trail to myself which was nice...
Alajuela Province, El Castillo, Costa Rica
What an incredible project! I remember geodesic domes from the 1970's in Boulder, CO. So it was amazing to be a part of the building of one in this day--how they are still important & useful structures. Plus it looks so cool!
Cinchona, Provincia de Alajuela, Alajuela, Costa Rica
A trip to Poas Volcano in Costa Rica took us through what looked like a new development of homes on the top of a mountain. Our guide encouraged us to step out and walk around the neighborhood. Turns out, this was the town christened "Nueva"...
Alajuela Province, Alajuela, Costa Rica
If you happen to be in the area of the Poas Volcano and need to eat, El Sabor del la Montana has you covered. With lofty timber ceilings and huge picture windows, El Sabor has a rustic lodge-like feel that will make you feel like a true mountain...
Playa Guiones, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
After a morning surf session on perfect 2-3 ft. curlers, the wind picks up and turns the break into something else. That's when it is time to stretch the legs and take a stroll along the peaceful Playa Guiones. Each day here starts this way, and...
"You get to the end of the road . . . make sure you lock your car. Follow the beach down to a bunch of white tents. You can’t miss it.” We’d heard those words before, and we’d proved our inalienable right to, indeed, miss what could not be missed....
Guanacaste Province, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
North of Santa Teresa, in Playa Hermosa, you’ll find sushi master Koji Hyodo carving yellowfin tuna, red snapper, and sea bass at his tinkling, tin-roofed restaurant, Koji’s. His signature Koji Roll wraps spicy tuna around fresh shrimp paste and...
Playa Santa Teresa, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica
This eclectic cafe offers delicious fresh food, great people watching, an up close look at Canadian artist Margriet Zwart's studio (owner of the studio / cafe), and a fun community of locals and travelers soaking up the "pura vida" lifestyle. If...
Guanacaste Province, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
While Tamarindo in Costa Rica is no longer a sleepy beach town known only to a lucky few, we can still settle ourselves onto the sand and feel like we have the vast skyline to ourselves. Staying in Playa Langosta, the beach just south of...
Apartotel Conchita en Jacó Beach a tan solo 45 minutos de San José, Calle Mora, Provincia de Puntarenas, Jacó, Costa Rica
fly into San Jose, costa rica and jump on a bus from main bus station to pacific coast town of jaco. only couple hours ride on scenic road, and you'll be getting surf in no time. jaco is a good starting point to get your bearings, before jumping...
Guanacaste Province, Coco, Costa Rica
Costa Rica's Pacific coast sunsets, like this one at Playas del Coco, are truly spectacular. There are many local tours that offer half day sunset cruises with open bars and snacks included—our family particularly enjoyed our cruise with Seabird...
Provincia de Puntarenas, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
Some experiences in life immediately have that once-in-a-lifetime quality. For years, my birdwatching boyfriend spoke of the elusive Scarlet Macaws. How desperately he wanted to see them in the wild (they're quite limited in their range). Last...
Playa Conchal, Provincia de Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Playa Conchal makes every list of Costa Rica's most beautiful beaches, and once you see it, you'll know why: sand made up of crushed shells; water that has somehow taken on a more turquoise hue than the rest of the coast; gentle, lapping waves; a...
Agujitas de Drake, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica
If you're anything like me, the word "tourist" annoys you. Instead of conforming, you plan your travels to avoid the tourist traps. You strive to feel like a local, even if you're there for only 5 days. That's when I discovered Drake Bay, or Bahía...
Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica
This is the best taco stand in the world. Period. It's located on the main road in the dusty beach town of Playa Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, near Malpais. You have to get into the hot sauce at this joint. On offer was chipotle mayo and some sort of...
Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica
The Nicoya Peninsula, on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, is lined by some of the country’s loveliest golden-sand beaches. Surfers love them for their gnarly offshore waves, but wilder species converge here, too—including several endangered sea turtle...
Provincia de Guanacaste, Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica
The latest craze to hit Costa Rican waters is Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP). After a simple lesson, you can be sliding across the waves, over coral reefs and fish, and into sea coves, all while standing on a large surf board! One of the best SUP...
9 Km al sur de Playa Dominical Puntarenas, Puertocito, 60403, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica
There used to be a road here. There used to be a parking lot. Rains, as is the custom on the jungle-laden Southern Pacific side of Costa Rica, have washed out the old paths to this slice of tropical paradise. This spot is called Playa Ventanas for...
Playa El Coco, Nicaragua
If you are looking to travel to Costa Rica and touch the southern beaches on Nica's Pacific coast, Coco Beach is ideal for adventurers and wildlife lovers, surfers and fishermen; and everybody looking for a relaxing timeout. From San Juan del Sur,...
Main road to Tamarindo, 500m SW from Auto Mercado, in front of El Tesoro, Provincia de Guanacaste, Tamarindo, 50309, Costa Rica
Located on the warm sands of Tamarindo Beach, Pangas Beach Club is the perfect place to enjoy fresh, gourmet cuisine just feet from the surf. Great for lunch or a romantic candle lit dinner, Pangas has great food and a wonderful, relaxed tropical...
Playa Punta Uva, Costa Rica
Punta Uva was my second favorite beach in Costa Rica (Manuel Antonio will always be #1 in my heart). There aren't too many tourists so it's a perfect place to quietly relax with a book or magazine. There's also a restaurant right on the beach...
Flamingo Beach Road, Guanacaste Province, Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica
On the white-sand beach of Playa Flamingo, Coco Loco has everything you need to set your afternoon or evening on the right note. Enjoy fresh food and delicious cocktails in a fun, laid-back environment. Make sure to try their signature drink, the...
Playa Avellana, Beach front, Guanacaste, Playa Avellana, 50303, Costa Rica
Served under palm trees on the beach, Lola's specializes in healthy, organic food with lots of vegetarian options. Here, on Playa Avellana, you can enjoy a wholesome meal while you watch the sunset with soft sand underfoot. Don't leave without...
Provincia de Puntarenas, Cantón de Aguirre, Costa Rica
This beautiful park is the second most visited park in Costa Rica so it can get a bit crowded, especially during the high season. I read in a guide book that Playa Gemelas was a smaller, more secluded beach that attracted fewer crowds. Perhaps...
Calle Central, Provincia de Guanacaste, Tamarindo, 50309, Costa Rica
Twilight on Tamarindo Beach just in front of the El Diria Hotel. Of all of the places I've been in Costa Rica, I would have to say that the Guanacaste Coast seemed to have the better beaches (keep in mind that this is relative to Costa Rica as...
500 m SO de la Escuela de Playa Grande, 933 Playa Grande, Guanacaste, Santa Cruz, 50308, Costa Rica
Marino Las Baulas National Park is a protected area compising Playa Grande, Ventana and Langosta. Together they are the stage for one of the most magical occurrences in the animal kingdom: the nesting of the gigantic baula (leatherback turtle),...
Provincia de Guanacaste, Huacas, Costa Rica
Café Conchal's chef Brad Lloyd serves up fresh, delicious international cuisine. Pair your dish with wine from the restaurant's extensive list, and enjoy it on the beautiful terrace—where you can dine under the Guanacastecan sky full of stars.
Arenal Volcano Main Road 3 Blocks West From Centra, Alajuela Province, La Fortuna, 68241000, Costa Rica
Arenal Backpacker's Hostel beats most five star hotels in Costa Rica. You can purchase a private room, dormitory, or tent for less than 30 dollars. (Don't assume the tents are the worst option simply because they are the cheapest: they include...
Pension Santa Elena, Contiguo de Banco Nacional, Provincia de Puntarenas, Monteverde, 5655, Costa Rica
Pension Santa Elena is a clean, friendly little hostel in Monteverde. The majority of their rooms are private (1-2 people) and incredibly clean. Their bathrooms have hot showers and are rarely busy. The staff is amazing, too- fluent in English and...
10m south of Bahia Azul on the beach, Puntarenas Province, Jaco, 61101, Costa Rica
I've stayed in a lot of hostels, but Room2Board beats the rest. It may be even better than most hotels. With floor to ceiling wrap around windows and a view of the ocean, the private rooms are backpacking luxury. The hostel has two bars, a...
Puntarenas Province, Punta Arenas, Costa Rica
Asian culture is popular in Costa Rica. This Thai-inspired guest house in Santa Teresa was a gem: the rooms were cheap, the Thai food was delicious, and the bar area attracted friendly locals and travelers. Readers will appreciate the copious...
Calle Bejuco, Puntarenas Province, Uvita, Costa Rica
This waterfall is such a rush! The rocks block the water most of the way across the top, so that there is a huge divet where all the water rushes, and you just position yourself there and let it launch you off! It is crazy and soo fun! We went to...
San José Province, San José, Costa Rica
One of the great highlights of traveling through Costa Rica, is meandering through the streets of the capital city San Jose. Yes, everyone wants to hit the beaches and rain forests, but a day or two spent in the capital gives a little foundation...
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Dense jungles and white-sand beaches have turned a 30-mile stretch of Pacific shoreline into a hot spot among in-the-know wellness seekers. Located north of the beach town San Juan del Sur, the Emerald Coast began attracting yogis with resorts...
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