Costa Rica may be a small country, but it is filled with tons of amazing destinations.
And with so many great things to see, it can be difficult to find the best locations for your trip.
We created this Costa Rica map guide to give you a better idea of your options throughout the country.
With some clarity, you should be able to plan your Costa Rica trip to the best areas in the country based on your specific travel wishes.
Let’s get to planning!
Costa Rica is located in Central America directly south of Nicaragua and north of Panama.
The country borders both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
In fact, it is possible to drive from the Caribbean coast to the Pacific coast in about four hours. You can start your day with the sunrise and end it with the sunset.
There are two international airports in Costa Rica.
These are the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) located in San Jose and the Liberia Guanacaste Airport (LIR) located in Liberia.
The San Jose airport is the most visited airport, but more and more flights are going to Liberia. We suggest flying in to San Jose if visiting the Caribbean or southern Pacific.
Liberia is a great option for the northwest corner of the country.
You can find out more in our guide to Costa Rica airports.
For flights, we suggest checking out Skyscanner. We consistently find the best deals and flight options there.
Here is a map of Costa Rica regions. There are seven regions in the country. Let’s go through each one so you can better understand the vibe of each place.
Note that the Central and South Pacific make up one province called Puntarenas. We like to split them up because there is so much to see in this area!
The San Jose Province is home to the country capital, San Jose, as well as the surrounding Central Valley.
This area is home to beautiful views, dormant and active volcanoes, the major international airport, plenty of coffee farms, and most of the major cities in the country.
The popular towns in this region are…