The best tips and tricks to help you plan the perfect trip to Costa Rica.

Costa Rica Travel Guide

Costa Rica travel guides, tips and articles to help you plan your trip.

Costa Rica translates as the ‘rich coast’ – an apt name for a country that is rich in landscapes and life.

This eco friendly destination is home to some stunning wildlife and half a million species of animal and insects.

Adventure lovers have been flocking here for the past few decades – desperately trying (but failing) to keep it a secret.

I can see why. Costa Rica is a great place to release your inner adventure and go hiking, swimming, surfing or even horseback riding. Alternatively, if you prefer to keep the adrenaline levels down, there are plenty of stunning beaches to lounge on.

Best Places to Travel in Costa Rica

San Jose

On the outside, San Jose may not entice you, but get a little deeper and you’ll find some real hidden gems.

Museums that have been turned into art galleries, poppin’ bars – time is never allowed to stand still in the Costa Rican capital.

There are museums dedicated to jade, gold, natural history and art for any of you culture vultures. Not to mention plenty of places to shop or party when the city comes to life at night with its clubs and music venues.

Monteverde

Monteverde is a tourist hotspot, this comes as no surprise with all the nature and wildlife to explore.

Don’t miss the Cloud Forest, where you can find thousands of species of insects and plants, jungle cats and the biggest orchid collection in the world.

Take a tour, spend your time birdwatching and a keep a lookout for all the wildlife hiding amongst the ‘Green Mountain’

Manuel Antonio National Park

This biodiverse park is a great place to check out the natural wildlife and greenery of Costa Rica.

Discover lush forests, lagoons, mangroves and stretches of sandy beaches and turquoise seas.

There are plenty of trails you can follow and beaches to relax on. Again, keep an eye out for the many different species of animals and insects that call this park home.

Arenal Volcano

The Arenal Volcano is truly a sight to behold and one that you won’t regret visiting.

This mammoth volcano eclipses the National Parks horizon; this, coupled with its idyllic backdrop makes for some unbeatable scenery.

Try your hand at some white water rafting, hiking, waterfall rappelling or book yourself a tour. When you’re done with the excitement  kick back and relax in the volcanic hot springs – one of my real favourites.

Close by, you’ll find the charming town of La Fortuna.

Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa, once a hidden gem, now attracts plenty of tourists to surf and enjoy the relaxed charm of the sea.

Well known for its thriving restaurant scene, something you’ll definitely appreciate after a day riding the waves.

For your mind, body and soul, there are some great yoga dens that are perfectly located for stunning views of the sea.