We've divided Costa Rica into eight distinctive vacation destinations, plus Panama and Nicaragua. You may have heard of some of the most popular destinations like Osa Peninsula – or the white sand beaches of Montezuma and Santa Teresa. We aim to delve a bit deeper to give you a clear idea of what each destination is all about, when is the best time to visit and what you might expect in each of the diverse regions of this ever-changing, vibrant country.
Costa Rica’s Caribbean region is full of lush nature-filled estuaries, stunning beaches lined with coconut palms, thrilling world-class surf, and exuberant whitewater rivers. In 1502 Christopher Columbus anchored just off the coast here on his fourth and final voyage to the New World.
A cool retreat from the beach, Costa Rica’s Central Valley is home to some of the most unique sites in the country. From the urban, political and commercial center of San Jose to the historic center of Cartago and the surrounding rain forest and volcanic highlands.
The proximity of the Central Pacific beaches to Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose, has led to a mix of nature conservation and a developed tourism industry. The Central Pacific region offers visitors world-class lodging, a hopping nightlife and endless options for fun in the sun.
A fresh, upbeat region, the southern Nicoya has attracted an international population of surf lovers an dyogis to populate its until-recently empty shores. Boutique hotels and restaurants now dot the coastline making for a natural retreat with an electric air.
Sun, surf and a rich saban ero culture combine in the Guanacaste province’s rolling plains and snaking coastlines. From opulent haciena-style lodging to the historic adobe homes of Libera and Santa Cruz, this region pays ode to the traditional Tico lifestyle of days past.
Encompassing some of Costa Rica’s most unique geographic and meteorological features, this inland region flows from the Monteverde Cloud Forest highlands enshrouded in a perma-mist to the active Arenal Volcano up to the marsh lands bordering Nicaragua.
Known as the most biologically intense place on earth, the miles of untouched coastline, marine zones and rain forests of the southern Pacific are a nature lover’s paradise. Here’s your best chance to spot the wildlife that makes Costa Rica famous in its natural habitat.
This Caribbean island destination has a vibe all its own. Boats replace cars. Crystal clear waters key you into the treasures below. and the cuisine is infused with coconut and spices. The friendly, colorful town of Bocas is the perfect paid back beach retreat.
The land of lakes and volcanoes invites visitors to experience the authentic beauty of a region relatively new on the tourist map. Stroll through the colonial lakeside city of Granana or catch some waves in the colorful coastal area of San Juan del Sur.