1. The Nicoya Peninsula
The Nicoya Peninsula is home to some of the most secluded and gorgeous beaches and one of the most trendy tourist destinations. Here you can find everything from quaint rural towns and seaside villages of Montezuma and Mal País that have flourished into amazing resorts, you can discover world-class hotels, visit a few wonderful nature reserves and witness marvelous sunsets, or catch a wave at some of the best surfing spots.
2. The Papagayo Peninsula
The Papagayo Peninsula is a recently urbanized center of opulence in Costa Rica. This private gated neighborhood contains a beach club, golf course, a marina, private residences and upscale resorts in a seemingly endless expanse of beachside accommodations.
The beaches are safe and generally calm which you can explore in a kayak. The year-round warm waters are perfect for those who adore spending time on a beach. There is a plethora of activities to pursue while having fun in the sand: fishing, paddleboarding, scuba, snorkeling, and so much more.
3. Rio Celeste Catarata
Rio Celeste Catarata is one of the most famous places of Costa Rica. What makes it so unique is the unbelievable light blue hue of the water that seems to be colored artificially. It is important to be in a good physical condition to get here since the hike is approximately 3 hours through the rain forest. It is not possible to swim in the river but getting to see this spectacular phenomenon is utterly satisfying.
Guanacaste’s geographical features are varied and striking; popular white-sand beaches line the coast, and the Guanacaste Mountains to the east are home to a collection of national parks with caldera volcanoes: Parque Nacional Guanacaste, Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja, and Parque Nacional Volcano Tenorio. Separating the coastal land from mountainous terrain along Guanacaste’s border is the Tempisque River. All types of travelers can take pleasure in Guanacaste’s innumerable activities. With an infinity of amusements, there are so many reasons why locals and international visitors come to Guanacaste.
5. La Fortuna Waterfall
La Fortuna Waterfall is just 6 km outside of the town of La Fortuna and at the base of the Cerro Chato volcano. Dropping 75 meters into a bright blue pool, La Fortuna waterfall in Arenal is possibly the most popular waterfall in the country and has attracted travelers from all over the world for many years. The 400 + steps to get there make it a little bit challenging so you should be in good physical condition to take this tour. Once you get to this 200-foot waterfall, you can have a refreshing swim or simply unwind and have a picnic nearby.
6. La Paz Waterfall Gardens
In the La Paz Waterfall Gardens, you are absolutely surrounded by lush vegetation in a protected setting. Hike the easily reached trails a short distance to the dramatic waterfalls and speeding rivers. Get up-close with nature at any of the La Paz exhibits- a butterfly farm, a hummingbird gallery, and a number of wildlife displays are offered on property. With so much available, you may want to stay at the Peace Lodge and take pleasure viewing the misty clouds over the valley and the Poas Volcano from your private balcony.
7. Bajos Del Toro Cloud Forest
Walk around the misty and untouched Bajos Del Toro Cloud Forest while enjoying all of the services of a bona fide but exclusive eco-lodge. A personal Eco-Concierge will direct guests along notable hiking trails, through the jungle to see the hummingbird garden and medicinal plants. El Silencio Lodge & Spa is a well-liked eco lodge to be found on the reserve. The spotlight is wellness and staying in tune with nature, and guarantees that every guest will depart with wonderful recollections of joyful days.
8. The Los Angeles Cloud Forest
The 2,000-acre private reserve in The Los Angeles Cloud Forest protects more than 347 species of birds, many medicinal plants and a variety of amphibians and wildlife. The reserve has hiking trails where professional guides help you understand the unique nature of the Cloud Forest, how the microclimate is influenced by slight changes outside of the forest and assists you in spotting an array of fauna and flora. The Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel is situated within the reserve allowing guests effortless contact with the magic of the area.
9. Venado Caves
Exploration of the Venado Caves revealed an eight-chamber underground labyrinth, a 2700-meter limestone maze engraved over millennia by underground rivers and the changing tectonics near Arenal Volcano. Observe limestone formations and an array of aquatic fossils – trapped from when the Venado Caves were still below the level of the sea.
Thanks to the underground waterfall and river visitors may get a bit wet.
10. Cerro Chirripó
Cerro Chirripó is located in the Chirripó National Park; a wilder of the national parks, but relatively accessible by foot. It is noted for its ecological wealth.
There are miles of trails that wind through more conservation areas than you will find in most countries. Here is your chance to experience five distinct ecosystems, from misty cloud forest to tundra-like páramo, in one day. The views from the highest peak -Cerro Chirripó Grande- are amazing; on a clear day, you can see the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean at once.
Updated: January 27, 2017