Discover all of the amazing waterfalls in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a great beach destination, but it is also an amazing jungle destination. One thing that we love (and we think you will as well) about the jungle is all of the waterfalls. 

Find out all about the most popular Costa Rica waterfalls and discover some secret ones as well. 😉 

Waterfall Safety

Please keep in mind that many of the Costa Rica waterfalls are not regulated for safety. That means whatever you do at most Costa Rican waterfalls is at your own risk.

There have been multiple deaths and accidents in recent years from people getting too close to the edge of waterfalls and slipping.

Map Of Costa Rica Waterfalls

Just click on any of the waterfalls marked above to find out the name. We explain a little about each one below.

The Most Popular Costa Rica Waterfalls

There are so many amazing waterfalls in Costa Rica that it was hard to narrow down a list. However, these are the most popular falls that we are sure you will love.

Nauyaca Waterfalls

The Nauyaca waterfalls are located in the Southern Pacific region of the country in the town of Dominical.

The hike to these falls can be intense on hot days, but you can reward yourself with a nice swim under the falls when you arrive.

Check out our Nauyaca waterfall guide for all the info. 

catarata del toro

Catarata del Toro

Catarate del Toro is located in a cool and cloudy area about 1.5 hours north of the San Jose airport.

The hike to these falls is very manageable, but to get to the bottom you will have to go down a lot of stairs. 

Check out our guide to Catarata del Toro for more info. 

La Paz Waterfall

The La Paz watefall is located inside the La Paz Waterfall Gardens complex. 

This is a great place to spend a day learning about Costa Rica flora, fauna, and history. Plus, it is located only about one hour from the San Jose airport.

You can find out more in our La Paz Waterfall Gardens guide

la paz waterfall gardens
waterfall in la fortuna

La Fortuna Waterfall

The La Fortuna waterfall (located in La Fortuna) is often considered the highlight of waterfalls in Costa Rica. It is seriously impressive. Plus, if the water level is good you can swim under here!

Find out all the details in our La Fortuna waterfall guide

Rio Celeste Waterfall

Yes, the Rio Celeste waterfall really is that blue. Crazy right?

Rio Celeste is located about 1.5 hours north of La Fortuna in a national park.

This is a great place to spend the dat hiking and admiring the cray blue color of the river.

For more info, check out the Rio Celeste guide

llanos de cortez waterfall

Llanos de Cortez Waterfall

Llanos de Cortez waterfall is located near Liberia airport. In fact, if you are flying into Liberia and then driving to either La Fortuna or Monteverde, this is a great little stop to make along your way.

We love this waterfall because you can swim under it!

Find out all the details in the Llanos de Cortez guide

Fun WAterfall Activities

You can actually swim under many of the waterfalls in this guide. Just be careful because the push from the falls can be strong.

Another fun activity is to repel down the side of a waterfall. You can do this through many tour companies in La Fortuna and Monteverde. It is definitely a thrill!

Secret Waterfalls

Finding secret waterfalls is always cool! We have been rewarded with surprise waterfalls at multiple hotels and on random hikes.

Definitely ask at your hotel if they know of any waterfalls in the area. You might get a nice surprise. 


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