Best Places to See in Costa Rica

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Best Places to See in Costa Rica

With the highest density of flora and fauna to the most stunning landscapes, it is a nature lover’s paradise. You will love the variety of mountains, valleys, volcanoes, white sand beaches, lakes and rivers that will make you fall in love with the outdoors.

That being said, here are some of the Best Destinations In Costa Rica, that you must include in your itinerary when you are travelling to the area. 


If you want the sunshine and the laidback awesomeness of white sand beaches, then this is the place to be. Tamarindo is a popular destination in Costa Rica because of its proximity to all the national parks and eco-adventures. If you are thinking of an outdoor vacation with friends or family members, then Tamarindo will not disappoint you. You can actually enjoy the best of both worlds here, the closeness to the beach towns and natural parks’ unspoilt nature. 

San Jose

Surrounded by the mountains on all sides and verdant greens, Costa Rica’s capital city San Jose is also the largest. It is a modern city complete with nightlife, shopping, wide range of accommodation options, art, and culture. Since it is located bang in the centre of the country, it makes it the perfect base to explore other parts of Costa Rica. 

Chirripo National Park

No trip to Costa Rica is complete is unless you visit the Chirripo National Park. It borrows its name from the country’s highest mountain, Cerro Chirripó and expands across the three provinces of Limón, San Jose, and Cartago in Southern Costa Rica. It is known for its wide variety of rich habitats and wildlife species. From glacial lakes to lush green rainforests, this national park is the perfect treat for a traveller looking for some time in the nature. 

Rincon de la Vieja 

Located in the country’s north pacific region, the Rincon de la Vieja National Park takes its name from its namesake volcano. It is also its main attraction that offers stunning craters, bubbling mud pits, vapor vents, and hot springs along with rich species of plants and animals, making it one of the best places to visit in Costa Rica. 

Corcovado National Park

Of all the national parks of Costa Rica, and there are many, Corcovado National Park reigns supreme. With stunning landscapes and unique wildlife, it is one of those places where you will most likely end up spotting some rare species. There are also many robust ecosystems including the mangroves and the cloud forest that only adds on to its highlights! 

Tortuguero National Park

Tortuguero National Park is located in the western Caribbean Costa Rica and can only be accessed via plane or a boat. It is also one of the most visited parks of the country. If you want to spot some sea turtles that nest and hatch on the beach, then this national park will give you plenty of opportunities. 

Playa Jaco

Located at a short distance from San Jose, Playa Jaco is a popular destination because you get to explore the best of Costa Rica’s beaches and nature. You can also indulge in some fun outdoor activities or party the night way in the region’s bustling nightlife. Playa Jaco is a small beach town but incredibly lively that is known for its laidback atmosphere and surfing waves. 

Manuel Antonio National Park 

It is the country’s smallest national park but also the most popular one that can be easily reached from San Jose. What makes this place popular is the wide range of ecosystems that include multicoloured coral reefs, white sandy beaches, and dark green forests. 

Arenal Volcano

Arenal is an active volcano in its resting phase that last erupted in 2010, giving the world a massive show of spewing lava. Today you can visit there and expect to see some very interesting sights and scenes complete with outdoor activities including hiking, biking etc. 

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
How do you fancy the thought of sleeping under the clouds? If that sounds like an ideal vacation to you, then you need to check out Montverde Cloud Forest Reserve. The number one destination in Costa Rica offers you lush tropical jungles, towering mountains cloaked beneath white clouds, and the sound of birds as well as insect calls that complete the nature’s beautiful picture. Apart from enjoying its natural beauty, you can also participate in many outdoor activities or simply explore the unspoilt nature. 

So if you are planning a trip to Costa Rica, make sure you check at least some of these destinations off the list!