10 Best Places to Visit in Costa Rica

Why should I visit Costa Rica?

Costa Rica, a travel-oriented country located in Central America. Sharing a boarder between Nicaragua in north side and Panama in South side. Caribbean sea and Pacific oceans are in the east and west. Popularly famous for its stunning natural beauty, beaches, biodiversity, outdoor activities, national parks and volcanic. Due to its uniqueness, it captivates millions of visitors Costa Rica between December to April months every year. 

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Costa Rica is a land of diverse ecosystems, huge rainforests, pristine beaches, attractive volcanoes, and incredible waterfalls. Its lush green landscapes are home to a number of flora and fauna that are heaven to a number of nature enthusiasts. From the brilliant quetzal to the rare sea turtles, Costa Rica’s biodiversity is really mind-blowing.

We should not forget to make thrilling activities to engage in Costa Rica. Surfing (is the most recommended one), zip lining, white rafting, and hiking in the Arenal volcano are things to do. Calm beaches, hot springs, and pristine beaches are the most common things to observe as a traveler.

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Best Places to Visit in Costa Rica;

Let’s discuss one by one, What are the Top 10 Best Places to visit in Costa Rica;

1. San José

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Better to start your Costa Rica journey from San itself. San Jose is a place full of top-notch gold museums, parks, hotels, ancient buildings and national theatres. Moreover, San Jose still shines from majestic volcanic, green hills, and adventurous landscapes too. The city is known as a most recommended neighborhood for culture and commerce.

Capital city of Costa Rica’ holds Parque La Sabana, San Jose Museum, and central market Tiquicia are other major attractions that grab the attention of travelers. This San José offers a blend of both historical and cultural attractions. September to December is the most recommended month to visit San Jose.

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3. Arenal Volcano

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Situated in the northern part of the country, Arenal Volcano is considered as the 3rd biggest and perfect conical dimensional volcano in this world. It measures around 5,437 sq. km and formed over 7,000 years ago. Never miss seeing its view when you get an opportunity to visit Costa Rica, because its tremendous natural view is an eye-catching one and you can see it anywhere in La Fortuna.

Surprisingly, Arenal volcano is not active in present days, so you can hike around old lava flows. Take a Hike through the Arenal Volcano National Park, soak in the natural hot springs, and don’t miss to enjoy zip-lining and white-water rafting in Arenal Volcano.

3. Corcovado National Park

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Corcovado National Park is labelled as one of the most diverse and unique biodiverse places in the world. Located on Costa Rica’s Southern Pacific coast with a covering area of 161 sq. Km. As per the study, Corcovado National Park holds the world’s 5% (top biodiverse places on Earth) of animal populations and is also an eco-tourism destination. If you are a nature lover and trying to see biodiversity and unique flora and fauna in Costa Rica, most likely this place is yours.

Mammals here that are very rare to see and endangered in present days, such as ocelots, pumas, jaguars and tapirs. Do not miss to enjoy the park’s untouched rainforests, watch various wildlife species and mammals, and hike to picturesque waterfalls.

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4. Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

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This ecological paradise is a mixture of lush green areas along with good numbers of flora and fauna. Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve holds 650 sorts of butterflies, 400 sorts of birds, 120 species of mammals, 100 sorts of reptiles and 60 species of amphibians. Due to cloudy forests and vibrant biodiversity, this forest holds more than 50% of Costa Rica’s biodiversity.

You can also take some travel activities such as taking a canopy tour or seeing the birds to witness them enjoying the cloud forest along with hanging bridges. December to April are the perfect months to enjoy the beauty of Monteverde Cloud Forest’s greenness.

5. Tortuguero National Park

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Situated in the north-eastern region of Costa Rica known for famous sea turtles and biodiversity. Green sea turtles, hawksbill and leatherback are more common turtles you can see in nearby areas. These 77,032 acres of Tortuguero National Park come from a rainforest area on the Caribbean coast. It is a place where you can access by boat or plane, not with other transit modes.

Moreover, Tortuguero also has habitats and biodiversity sections including rainforest, beaches and mangrove forests. The national park was also listed in the Ramsar convention in 1991 due to its unique species or biodiversity and wildlife ecosystem sections. It provides a chance for visitors to explore these impressive natural creatures.

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6. Nicoya Peninsula

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The Nicoya Peninsula comes under the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Spread around 60 km wide and 121 km long, the Nicoya peninsula is considered one of the largest peninsulas in the nation. Here actually you can see 2 main provinces; 1. Puntarenas province in the south and 2. Guanacaste on the north side. Moreover, the Nicoya Peninsula attracts tourists from its incredible beaches and landscapes like Montezuma, Malpais, and Santa Teresa. 

Surfing is an activity which most visitors prefer to do here. Eco tourism, and jaw-dropping, forest, are more things to explore here.  As a traveler, you should enjoy walking along the stunning coastline and atmosphere, surfing in Santa Teresa, relaxing on the pristine beaches of Montezuma, and visiting Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve.

7. Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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It is a coastal town in the Limon province of Costa Rica. Puerto Viejo de Talamanca beaches are getting popular even after the Spanish took control over here.  Playa Negra, Punta Uva, and Playa Chiquita are some of the most visited beaches in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. “Salsa Brava ” a surfing community here in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca known as one of the biggest and most famous.

Snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters is a crazy thing to do for every adventure traveler. Do not miss exploring the Caribbean coast, stunning beaches, reggae vibes, and seeing a mixture of Afro-Caribbean culture. Try to visit nearby Cahuita National Park.

8. Manuel Antonio National Park


Manuel Antonio National Park comes under the Pacific coast, of Costa Rica. One of the smallest national parks is known for its stunning beaches, and lush rainforest along with attractive wildlife such as Capuchin, sloths, iguanas, agoutis, howler and squirrel monkeys.

In this park, only a limited number of people will be allowed to enter. 1200 visitors can enter (per day), so make a perfect plan before going to visit. This park receives more than 1 lakh visitors every year. November to April will be the perfect time to spend your quality time here.

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9. La Fortuna

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Known for its magnificent outdoor activities, incredible hot springs, and impressive Arenal volcano views. Located in the Arenal Volcano National Park, labelled as the “city of adventure” in Costa Rica. Arenal hanging bridge park, hiking (Arenal Volcano), Sloth tour, Whitewater rafting (the most famous one), zipline and horse riding are the most common activities available in La Fortuna.

Apart from that, Kayaking, night tours, mountain bike tours, and relaxing in hot springs are even more activities here to enjoy for adventure seekers. La Fortuna is also called “a small and leisurely town”. December to May are the most recommended months to explore the beauty of La Fortuna.

10. Tamarindo

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Situated in the Guanacaste province on the northeast side of Costa Rica region known for one of the most pleasurable west coast beaches. “Surfing” in Tamarindo is more famous than other activities. Because of the stunning beaches, supportive water waves and weather conditions push you to do more surfing in Tamarindo beach. Golden beaches, attractive sunsets, pristine white sands and lively nightlife are more common activities and things done by the travelers here.

Fishing, Surfing (hotspots), snorkeling and sunbathing are unforgettable activities with it.  Every year approximately, 500 to 4000 (based on season) people are walking in the streets. August to December are the perfect months to explore the beauty of Tamarindo.

My Parting Thoughts

Maybe in Costa Rica, you will get the mixture feeling of Beaches, biodiversity, surfing, national parks, reserve forests, volcanoes and modern cities. Those places are attracting millions of tourists, not even today. I hope the above article gives in-depth details about the best places to visit in Costa Rica. Whether you are an adventure seeker, nature lover or frequent visitor, Costa Rica offers a wide range of travel experiences, which will reflect until your last breath.

Q: Where is Costa Rica?

A: Costa Rica, a travel-oriented country located in Central America. Sharing a boarder between Nicaragua in north side and Panama in South side. Caribbean sea and Pacific oceans are in the east and west.

Q: What are the 10 Best Places in Costa Rica?

Best Places to visit in Cost Rica.

A: 1. San Jose
2. Arenal Volcano
3. Corcovado National Park
4. Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
5. Tortuguero National Park
6. Nicoya Peninsula
7. Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
8. Manuel Antonio National Park
9. La Fortuna
10. Tamarindo.

Q: What is the best time to visit Costa Rica?

A: Due to its uniqueness, it captivates millions of visitors between December to April months every year. 

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