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things to do in
costa rica

Have the time of your life in paradise

There are so many fun things you can do in Costa Rica! The options are (literally) endless!

If you are interested in extreme adventure, Costa Rica has that.

If you are interested in relaxing with cocktail in hand, Costa Rica has that too.

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Costa Rica is filled with amazing hot springs. 

The best place to experience a hot spring is in La Fortuna, but you can actually find hot springs all throughout the country.

When you are in doubt of a fun activity that will please everyone, hot springs are always a good idea!

Here is a guide to the best hot spring in La Fortuna to help you out!

hot springs

Budget Friendly THINGS TO DO IN COSTA RICA

Costa Rica is the most expensive country in South America, but that doesn't mean that you can't visit here while still sticking to a budget. Here are some of our favorite budget friendly activities.

– Go surfing

Go whale watching

– Tour a coffee plantation

Check out a beach bar

– Visit a volcanic crater (Irazu or Poas)

Watch turtles lay their eggs

FREE THINGS TO DO IN COSTA RICA

Did you know that there are even tons of free things you can do in Costa Rica? If you are on a tight budget you'll love these ideas. Here are some of our favorite free activities.

Enjoy a beach day

– Watch the sunrise

Check out a farmers market to buy crazy fruits

– Go snorkeling

– Go birdwatching

– Enjoy a free hot spring

– Find a swimming hole

– Search for secret beaches

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Costa Rica is home to 28 national parks & more protected areas. Not only is it so cool to see the natural diversity (Costa Rica is home to tons of different microclimates) but you can also see amazing wildlife.

Here are some of our favorite hiking spots.

CAHUITA NATIONAL PARK

CORCOVADO NATIONAL PARK

MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK

TORTUGUERO NATIONAL PARK

cahuita national park

The Best Places for Costa Rica Activities

Every location in Costa Rica has its fun things to do. However, there are definitely some locations that stand out as the perfect activity destinations. Here are just a few of our favorite spots (and what you can do there)

Montezuma is the perfect place to take a long beach walk

We love hiking at nearby Curu Refuge and Cabo Blanco Reserve.

La Fortuna, Costa Rica

La Fortuna is the most amazing jungle destination backed up by a volcano view. 

Definitely check out the La Fortuna waterfall while you are here. It’s amazing. If the water level is decent you can even swim under it!

Monteverde is located in a dense cloud forest. 

The #1 activity in Monteverde is zip lining! It is so fun to zip over a dense cloudy forest below.

We also suggest taking a hike through the Santa Elena Reserve and taking a wildlife night walk. If you are lucky you may see a tarantula up close. 

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