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Costa Rica Best Places to Visit

Did you know Costa Rica is home to several micro-climates?

With all those micro-climates comes tons of different vibes in each Costa Rica destination.

We love every part of this beautiful paradise and are sure you will as well!

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San Jose & The Central Valley

san jose

San Jose is the capital city in Costa Rica. It is not the most beautiful city in the world, but it is home to many nice parks, museums, restaurants, and nightlife.

coffee alajuela

This is actually where the San Jose international airport is located. This town is great for volcanos, touring coffee plantations, and more!


Cartago is home to Irazu volcano. We love this area for the beautiful views, coffee plantations, and some strenuous hiking opportunities.

san gerardo del dota

San Gerardo is moody cloud forest town located about two hours south of San Jose. It is a bird lovers paradise.

The Central and South Pacific


Jaco is the closest beach town from the San Jose airport (only a 1.5 hour drive). It is a great jumping off point for tons of fun adventures.

manuel antonio

Manuel Antonio is home to the most popular national park in Costa Rica. This is a nice area for seeing wildlife and enjoying beautiful beaches.


Dominical is a quiet hippie beach town. We live this area for surfing, fishing, and hiking to Nauyaca waterfall.


Uvita is home to nice beaches and several waterfalls. In the fall, this is a great place for taking a whale watching tour.

Puerto Jimenez is a good place to stay if you plan on exploring Corcovado National Park. The beaches here are insanely pretty

The Caribbean Coast


Cahuita is home to one of our favorite national parks in the country. You can frequently see sloths hanging out in the trees here while you enjoy the unique Rasta vibe.

puerto viejo

Puerto Viejo is a great spot to visit if you are into the whole backpacker/ party vibe. There are some beautiful beaches nearby and it is super close to the Panama border.


Tortuguero is a unique town on a strip of land in the ocean. There are no cars here. The whole town is walkable in about 30 minutes. We love this area for seeing sea turtles and taking wildlife canoe rides.

Manzanillo is about as chilled out of a destination as you can get. It is great for straight-up relaxation on beautiful beaches.

Limon is the main port city on the Caribbean coast. If you’ve ever eaten a Costa Rican banana or pineapple; it likely was exported from here. 

bocas del toro

Bocas del Toro, Panama is a series of Caribbean islands that is a literal paradise. Enjoy fun day tours, snorkeling, beach bar hopping, and more!

The Nicoya Peninsula


Montezuma is very remote, but that just makes it all the more charming. This beach town has a relaxed hippie vibe and tons of things to do nearby.

santa teresa

Santa Teresa is popular with surfers. This town takes laid back to the max! If you are looking for a backpacker town, this would be our suggestion. 

samara sunset

Samara is a small hippie town. It is great for beginner surfers and other water activities. 


Nosara is a cute little seaside town that is perfect for experienced surfers. It is also sometimes possible to see sea turtles at nearby beaches.

Guanacaste Province


Tamarindo feels like a mini Miami with tasty restaurants and cute shops. This is a great spot for surfing.

playa flamingo

Playa Flamingo is home to many beautiful resorts and amazing white sand beaches. 

playas del coco

Playas del Coco is great because of its proximity to the Liberia airport and Nicaragua border. The beaches here are beautiful.

The Northern Mountains

la fortuna costa rica

La Fortuna is a popular jungle destination that is made for adventure. Here you can zip line, go white water rafting, swim under a waterfall, and more!

monteverde zip lining

Monteverde is the perfect place for a unique cloud forest adventure. We love this spot for moody days, hiking, and zip lining!

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