Costa Rica Waterfalls

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.

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belen waterfall
la fortuna waterfall
rio celeste

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.

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


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

Catarate del Toro waterfall 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. 

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la paz waterfall

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 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

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rio celeste

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 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

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montezuma waterfall

Montezuma Waterfall

The Montezuma waterfall is located in the cute bohemian seaside town of Montezuma. This is not just one waterfall, but actually three in a row along a river. 

People do tend to jump off of the highest two waterfalls, but we suggest that you don’t attempt these jumps for safety reasons. 

For more information, check out the Montezuma Waterfall guide

Uvita Waterfall

During the rainy season it is possible to slide down the Uvita waterfall. So cool, right?

This waterfall is located near downtown Uvita and only costa a few dollars per person to enter.

It is always best to just check when you buy your ticket and ask if the water level is good for sliding down. 

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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!

We also recently went zip lining over the La Fortuna waterfall. This can be done through the company Arenal Mundo Aventura

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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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Montezuma beach waterfall
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san gerardo waterfall

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, jumping from the top and hitting rocks on the way down, as well as from people swimming under powerful waterfalls which suck them under.

Please, just be cautious!

What to Wear to Waterfalls

We suggest wearing shorts and a tshirt with your bathing suit underneath. That way, yu can easily swim if you want to. 

For shoes, we swear by shoes that can get wet and also have great grip. Our personal favorites are Keens and Chacos.

What to Bring to Waterfalls

It is always a good idea to bring a waterproof bag, water to drink, snacks, bug spray, sunscreen, and a towel for after your swim. 

la paz waterfall garden

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