Costa Rica’s Southern Pacific Coast: Regional Snapshot

If you’re looking for peaceful seclusion and abundant nature, Costa Rica’s southern Pacific coast is the perfect place to find it. With lush rainforest, spectacular biodiversity, and generally little development, …

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Pavones: Surfing and Seclusion on the Southern Pacific

Far down Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, near the border with Panama, you will find the rural beach town of Pavones. Pavones isn’t well known, mostly because it is so hard …

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Costa Rica’s Central Valley: Regional Snapshot

Home to almost three-quarters of the country’s population, the Central Valley is Costa Rica’s cultural and economic center. Long ago, farmers used oxcarts and horses to traverse the surrounding green …

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Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast: Regional Snapshot

While often overlooked, Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast has a lot to offer visitors. It has some of the country’s most scenic beaches, with turquoise water and a wild jungle backing. …

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Central Pacific Coast, Costa Rica: Regional Snapshot

With miles of beach, lush rainforest, and abundant wildlife, Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast is a favorite among visitors. Some come for surfing, which is plentiful up and down the …

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Guanacaste, Costa Rica: Regional Snapshot

Guanacaste is a region in northwestern Costa Rica famous for its beaches and plentiful amenities. Sometimes called the “Gold Coast,” this area has some of the country’s most beautiful beaches. …

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Best Beaches for Families in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is famous for its miles of coastline along both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. While most visitors want to experience the country’s tropical beaches, many don’t realize …

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Esterillos Oeste: Surfing, Serenity, and La Sirena

Last Updated: August 24, 2020 Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast is filled with busy beach towns, but there are still some quiet stretches of sand left to be discovered. One …

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Cahuita: Culture and Calm on the Caribbean

Last Updated: January 13, 2020 Though humble in size, Costa Rica has distinct differences in its culture from one destination to the next. On the country’s east coast, for example, …

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La Fortuna Hotel Guide: Where to Stay Near Arenal Volcano

La Fortuna is a destination for almost every type of traveler. It offers a huge selection of lodging that ranges from budget-friendly hostels to mid-range hotels with volcano views all …

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The Untapped Miravalles Volcano: Hot Springs, Nature, and Zero Crowds

Last Updated: September 22, 2019 If you’ve done some research on Costa Rica, then you have probably read about the country’s famous volcanoes and soothing hot springs. Flocks of visitors …

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Bijagua: A Gateway to the Rio Celeste Waterfall

Last Updated: September 22, 2019 Nestled in a lush valley between two dormant volcanoes is the town of Bijagua. This rural village is probably best known as a stop-over destination …

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Atenas: A Glimpse of Authentic Costa Rica

Last Updated: July 17, 2020 Not far from the bustling city of San Jose you will find the charming town of Atenas. This medium-sized town in the Central Valley offers …

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Playa Hermosa (Guanacaste): Costa Rica’s Northern Beauty

Last Updated: November 1, 2019 One of the best places in Costa Rica’s popular Guanacaste Province to relax and unwind is Playa Hermosa. This small community along the northern Pacific …

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Playa Brasilito: An Authentic Beach Town in Guanacaste

Last Updated: October 1, 2019 Nestled between the popular resort destinations of Playa Flamingo and Playa Conchal is the unassuming Playa Brasilito. This town and beach of the same name …

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Costa Rica Destinations Summary Guide

Last Updated: August 27, 2020 On this website, we give tons of detailed information on Costa Rica’s destinations and attractions. Reading everything takes a lot of time, however. That’s the …

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Samara: Guanacaste’s Most Overlooked Beach Town

Last Updated: October 1, 2019 Many of the beach towns in Costa Rica’s Guanacaste Province have become extremely popular over the years due to their gorgeous sands and turquoise waters. …

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Monteverde Hotel Guide

Monteverde may be a remote destination in Costa Rica, but once you arrive, you’ll find a long list of things to do and places to stay. In this post, we’ll …

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Montezuma: A Bohemian Beach Town

Last Updated: June 16, 2020 Not long ago, Costa Rica was known for its bumpy dirt roads that led only the most determined explorers to pristine beaches and virgin jungle. …

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Puerto Jimenez: An Outpost to the Osa

Situated near the tip of Costa Rica’s remote Osa Peninsula, the town of Puerto Jimenez might not seem like a tourist destination if you were just passing through. On any …

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Best Beach Towns in Costa Rica to Visit Without a Car

We always say that Costa Rica is best explored with your own rental car. That’s because a car gives you the flexibility to explore and move around at your own …

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San Isidro de El General

Filling a wide valley in the peaceful mountains of Costa Rica’s Southern Zone is San Isidro de El General. This small city is bursting with local culture and has an …

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Best Hotels Near SJO Airport

Last Updated: March 5, 2020 With crazy flight schedules and lengthy drive times between most destinations and the airport, sometimes an overnight near Costa Rica’s SJO (Juan Santamaria International) Airport …

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Tortuguero, Costa Rica: Off the Resort

Last Updated: August 22, 2019 In the swampy northeastern corner of Costa Rica is the village of Tortuguero. Named by locals long ago as the place where turtles go, this …

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How to Spend 1 or 2 Days in San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose, the capital city of Costa Rica, is filled with rich history and culture. Not only that, but it has a hip urban vibe and an array of restaurants …

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Drake Bay: Costa Rica Unplugged

Last Updated: August 20, 2019 Set among the largest, most biologically diverse section of lowland rainforest in Central America is the magical destination of Drake Bay, Costa Rica. Here, you’ll …

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Jaco: Costa Rica’s Booming Beach Town

Last Updated: September 3, 2020 Many people come to Costa Rica to turn everything off and just relax. Others are looking to do a lot of activities, get out on …

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Nosara Trip Planning Essentials

At first glance, the town of Nosara might seem like little more than a tangle of dirt roads, some winding their way through lush jungle, others dead-ending or bringing you …

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Playa Conchal: The Allure of Shell Beach

Last Updated: October 24, 2019 The distinct sound of a million tiny seashells gently shuffling with each lapping wave will forever be what we imagine when thinking of Playa Conchal. …

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La Fortuna: What to Expect from Costa Rica’s Most Popular Destination

Last Updated: June 16, 2020 La Fortuna, also known as La Fortuna de San Carlos, is undoubtedly one of Costa Rica’s most talked about destinations. Travel writers love to cover it, …

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San Gerardo de Dota: A Hideaway in the Cloud Forest

Last Updated: August 26, 2019 San Gerardo de Dota is a little known destination in the remote mountains south of Costa Rica’s capital city, San Jose. The village is set …

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Monteverde, Costa Rica: A Forest in the Clouds

Last Updated: August 31, 2019 Located in the country’s northwestern mountains and straddling the Continental Divide is one of Costa Rica’s top ecotourism destinations, Monteverde. Translating to Green Mountain, this …

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Road Trip to Mal Pais

For months we had been meaning to make the trek to the beach towns of Mal Pais and Santa Teresa. Known for consistent surf, pristine jungle, and a chill vibe, …

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The Costa Ballena: Uvita, Dominical, and Ojochal

Last Updated: May 7, 2020 Pick up an old guidebook on Costa Rica, even from just a few years back, and you’ll read that the area known as the Costa …

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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca: Caribbean Cool in Costa Rica

Last Updated: January 13, 2020 Set along the turquoise Caribbean Sea in southeastern Costa Rica, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is a laid back beach town with a distinctly Caribbean feel. …

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Manuel Antonio Trip Planning

Last Updated: September 25, 2019 Just 2.5 hours from Costa Rica’s San Jose international airport lies the popular beach town of Manuel Antonio. Thousands flock to Playa Espadilla and its …

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Tamarindo: Where Paradise Meets Convenience

Last Updated: July 1, 2020 Located in Costa Rica’s northwestern province of Guanacaste, Tamarindo is a bustling tourist town that lures surfers and sunbathers alike. The main draw here as …

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The Whistle That Drew Us In: Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast 

Originally Featured in Travel Culture Magazine, November 5, 2012 Something seems wrong. It’s dark and the bed is swaying from side to side. I think I may be dreaming, but as …

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