La Paz Waterfall Gardens: Wildlife Up Close

If you’re coming to Costa Rica to see as much wildlife as possible, there are several ways to do so. Our favorite always has been to trek through as many …

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Manuel Antonio Catamaran Cruise

If you’re visiting Manuel Antonio on your next trip to Costa Rica, you’re no doubt looking forward to spotting wildlife in the national park, doing adventure activities in the nearby …

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The Famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Monteverde has several reserves to take in the area’s abundant nature, but one of the most popular is the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve (Reserva Biologica Bosque Nuboso Monteverde). This reserve …

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Wilson Botanical Garden at Las Cruces Biological Station

Costa Rica is said to hold as much as five percent of the world’s total biodiversity. For such a small country, that means that around every corner you can see …

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Playa Arco: A Secret Beach Near Uvita

One of the best things about visiting Costa Rica’s southern Pacific coast are the many beaches that remain nearly deserted. You can pull off the highway in places between towns …

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Lomas Barbudal Biological Reserve: An Oasis of Green in Guanacaste

As people who love hiking, we are always on the lookout for the next great trek. When considering the possibilities in Guanacaste, the Lomas Barbudal Biological Reserve piqued our interest. …

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Costa Rica’s Botanical Orchid Garden

Not far from Costa Rica’s capital city of San Jose is the Botanical Orchid Garden. This little-known garden in La Garita may not see a ton of visitors, but is …

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Curi-Cancha Reserve: Avoiding the Crowds in Monteverde

Even though Monteverde is a remote destination, hundreds of thousands of tourists still visit each year. In fact, during the height of the dry season, its parks and reserves can …

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Belen Waterfall: A Hidden Swimming Hole Near Samara

Part of Costa Rica’s allure are the many off-the-beaten-path activities that can be found with a little bit of exploring. One such activity is the Belen Waterfall near Samara. This …

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Santa Rosa National Park: Hiking and History in Guanacaste

Drive north from the busy beach towns of Guanacaste and you will find a quiet countryside of fields and shrubby forest. Although this lazy landscape may not seem to offer …

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Samara Trails: Exploring the Tropical Dry Forest

The town of Samara in Costa Rica’s Guanacaste region is probably best known for being a chilled-out beach destination. But in the hills above the sand-sprinkled streets is an amazing …

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Montezuma Waterfalls: Best Ways to Access

If you’re visiting Montezuma on Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, chances are you’ll be heading to the Montezuma Waterfalls at some point during your trip. This set of three waterfalls is …

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Best National Parks in Costa Rica

  One of the things that makes Costa Rica unique is the amount of protected land it holds. Beginning in the 1960s, Costa Rica started putting parcels of land aside …

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A Gold Mining Tour: Hunting for Treasure on the Osa

In a recent post, we let you know about a fantastic rural tourism project in the town of Dos Brazos de Rio Tigre on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula. While the …

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Corcovado’s El Tigre: Hiking and Activities from Puerto Jimenez

On our most recent trip to Puerto Jimenez on Costa Rica’s remote Osa Peninsula, we found ourselves with very few options for day trips, especially hiking. The Herrera Botanical Gardens …

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The Whale Tail at Uvita’s Marino Ballena National Park

Nature works in mysterious ways. And one really interesting oddity of nature is the so called whale tail that juts into the Pacific Ocean on Costa Rica’s Southern Pacific Coast. …

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Viento Fresco Waterfalls: A Refreshing Stop Between La Fortuna and Monteverde

La Fortuna and Monteverde are two of Costa Rica’s top destinations, and many people visiting one will often travel to the other. But those who have driven this beautiful but …

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Arenal 1968 Trail: Hiking Historic Lava Fields

Early one morning in July 1968, an unassuming green mountain in northern Costa Rica suddenly awoke and became the legendary Arenal Volcano. If you are visiting the town of La …

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Los Cusingos Bird Sanctuary: A Living Memorial for a Famous Naturalist

Outside the world of ornithology (the study of birds), the name Alexander Skutch might not be at all familiar. But much of what the world knows today about neotropical birds …

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8 Things to Do in Dominical

Last Updated: October 30, 2019 Dominical is probably best known for its waves, which draw surfers from all around the world. But there’s a lot more to this quirky beach …

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The Painted Oxcarts of Sarchi

Long before eco-tourism vans took to the roads of Costa Rica, there was another much simpler mode of transportation: the oxcart. Brightly painted with intricate designs, these original wagons or …

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Whale Watching in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is probably best known for its wildlife on land. Monkeys, sloths, birds, and butterflies often steal the show and for good reason. But what some forget is that …

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Spotting Costa Rica’s Most Spectacular Wildlife at Sirena Ranger Station

One of the things that Costa Rica is best known for is its spectacular wildlife. Just about everywhere around the country you can see a myriad of neotropical birds and …

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Los Chorros Waterfalls: Grecia’s Natural Jets

Many of Costa Rica’s natural wonders are hidden among remote tangles of jungle or at the end of long dirt roads. But sometimes these magnificent attractions are sitting right in …

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Playa San Josecito: Hiking and Snorkeling near Drake Bay

If you’ve read our destination guide on Drake Bay, you know that it is a nature-lover’s paradise where the jungle meets the sea. And while guided excursions and tours are …

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Tortuguero National Park: A Wildlife Hot Spot

Costa Rica has nearly 30 national parks, but if you’re a wildlife enthusiast, there’s one that stands out against all the rest. Tortuguero National Park, located in the northeastern-most part …

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Birding in Carara National Park

Only a short drive from one of Costa Rica’s most popular and developed beach towns is an oasis of nature. Carara National Park, just north of Jaco, not only has …

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Rincon de la Vieja National Park: Volcanic Vents and Tropical Forest

Costa Rica’s Guanacaste Province in the northwestern part of the country is a popular spot for surfers and beachgoers alike. But many visitors to this relatively flat and dry coastline …

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7 Off-the-Beaten-Path Things to Do Near Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio is one of Costa Rica’s most popular destinations. With a gorgeous beach, lush rainforest, and tons of wildlife, it is no surprise that it’s a favorite among visitors. …

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Braulio Carrillo National Park: Wild Jungle Near San Jose

Just a short drive from the hustle and bustle of San Jose is a vast expanse of pristine primary and secondary rainforest teeming with wildlife. Braulio Carrillo National Park is …

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Cerro Chato Volcano Hike

Most people who visit La Fortuna, Costa Rica go to see Arenal Volcano, the famed cone-shaped giant that put this sleepy agricultural town on the map. But there’s another intriguing …

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Best Waterfalls in Costa Rica

  Over the last 21 months, we’ve been fortunate to see some incredible waterfalls in Costa Rica. At times, it seems there’s one around every corner. Even just a simple …

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Rafting the Sarapiqui River with Outward Bound Costa Rica

We recently had the opportunity to go whitewater rafting down the Sarapiqui River in Costa Rica’s northern lowlands. Most people who make this trip go with one of the country’s …

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San Gerardo Waterfall

Hidden among the quiet forests of San Gerardo de Dota lies a little-known waterfall, the San Gerardo Waterfall. Sometimes called the Rio Savegre Waterfall, this beautiful cascade is just an …

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A Jungle Night Tour with Tracie the Bug Lady

As the sun sets on the jungle of Drake Bay, the forest comes alive. Where only a few hours earlier there were birds and monkeys to see, suddenly a whole …

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Playa Blanca: A White Sand Oasis Near Jaco

When you think of beautiful beaches in Costa Rica, you probably think of the shell-filled Playa Conchal, the pristine Playa Flamingo, and maybe even Playa Punta Uva with its caramel-colored …

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Making Organic Chocolate at La Iguana Chocolate

Among fields of pineapple and palm is a different kind of farm trying to bring back a lost art: the art of making chocolate. La Iguana Chocolate, set in the …

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Rainmaker Conservation Project: Unspoiled Nature Near Manuel Antonio

Last Updated: October 4, 2019 Everyone knows about Manuel Antonio’s famed national park, but if you’re looking for something more off-the-beaten path, there’s another great option. Rainmaker Conservation Project located …

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A Riverboat Adventure on the Tarcoles River

Last Updated: August 21, 2019 The Tárcoles River winds from the mountains of the Central Valley down the Pacific slope and eventually drains into the Gulf of Nicoya. Though spanning …

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Llanos de Cortez Waterfall

Last Updated: October 3, 2019 Visiting a waterfall is on almost every traveler’s wish list. But for those heading to the northwestern part of Costa Rica, especially the beaches of …

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The Big Cats of Las Pumas Rescue Center

Last Updated: October 3, 2019 Costa Rica is home to six different kinds of wild cats. Although thousands of visitors take to the country’s hiking trails each day, the chances …

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Guayabo National Monument: An Ancient Pre-Columbian City

Set on the jungle-rich slopes of the Turrialba Volcano is one of Costa Rica’s most important archaeological sites, the Guayabo National Monument. Thought to have been first inhabited more than …

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Costa Rica Wanderlust: Travel Inspiration for 2015

It’s that time again! Another year is coming to an end and 2015 is upon us. Hopefully 2014 took you to some amazing places around the world and you have …

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A Classic Costa Rican Coffee Tour at Cafe Britt

When our friend Lauren (a.k.a. the Altecocker) was visiting Costa Rica on her 55th home exchange last year, we knew that we had to make the trip to San José …

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Diamante Waterfall and Cave

Costa Rica has many amazing waterfalls but we know of only one with a secret cave where you can stay the night. Located in Costa Rica’s Southern Zone, the Diamante …

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Racing the Clouds at Poas Volcano

Even before moving to Costa Rica, we had wanted to visit Poas volcano. Considered to be the largest active crater in the world at almost a mile (1.5 kilometers) wide …

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Tirimbina: An Eco-Treat in Sarapiqui

As we cover more of Costa Rica, our travel planning has become much more spur of the moment. This was especially true for our most recent road trip. The weekend …

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Catarata del Toro: A Hidden Gem in Costa Rica

If you’re visiting Poas Volcano or the northern lowlands around Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, be sure to take a day trip to the stunning Catarata del Toro. We happened upon …

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The Pure Life Pace: A Horseback Tour in Nosara

Nosara has loads of adrenalin-pumping adventure activities from touring the mountains in a military-grade TOMCAR to flying through the rainforest on one of the world’s longest zip-lines. But, remember, part …

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Hog Heaven at Playa Avellanas

When we recently lived in Playa Grande just north of Tamarindo in Costa Rica’s Guanacaste region, we drove down the coast to check out some of the lesser known beaches. …

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Macaws Flying Free: A Visit to the Ara Project

Since before we moved to Costa Rica, we have been closely following an organization called the Ara Project and their efforts to breed and release endangered Scarlet and Great Green …

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Diria National Park: Hiking Near Guanacaste’s Gold Coast

Costa Rica’s Guanacaste region no doubt hosts some great beach destinations. But for those looking to do some hiking, the terrain, which consists of rolling farm fields and patchwork forests, …

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Visiting the Beautiful Nauyaca Waterfalls

Costa Rica has plenty of stunning waterfalls but probably the most spectacular, in our eyes, are the Nauyaca located in the mountains of the southern zone. With two sets of …

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The Enchanting Rio Celeste

Set in the mountains in rural northwestern Costa Rica, the Rio Celeste (Blue River) and waterfall is a breathtaking natural wonder that one has to see to believe. The brilliant …

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Costa Rica’s Other Cloud Forest: Los Quetzales National Park

If you’re visiting one of Costa Rica’s many beach towns on the Central Pacific Coast, like Manuel Antonio, Uvita, or Dominical, check out Los Quetzales National Park for a chance …

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Hacienda Baru Wildlife Refuge

If you’re visiting Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast, be sure to plan a trip to Hacienda Barú. This wildlife refuge, which encompasses an impressive 330-hectare swath of land along the …

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Corcovado National Park

Known as the largest lowland rainforest remaining on Central America’s Pacific coast, Corcovado National Park is a must see for the dedicated nature enthusiast. The 161-square mile parcel hosts the …

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Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve

“From the southernmost point on the Nicoya Peninsula, we took in the spectacular view of the cove. Haze lifted off the ocean’s cerulean waters. To our backs, steep hills brimmed …

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Help Save the Macaws with Two Weeks in Costa Rica

The ARA Project Must Relocate Their Facility Two Weeks in Costa Rica is donating all book proceeds between December 1st and 7th to this important cause.     For over …

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Hiking in Arenal Volcano National Park

Looming over the town of La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano is one of Costa Rica’s five active volcanoes. Originally thought to be dormant, this volcano unexpectedly sprang to life in 1968. …

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Manuel Antonio National Park: Hiking, Wildlife, and Beautiful Beaches

Last Updated: October 22, 2019 If you’re looking for picturesque beaches, wild jungle, and up-close encounters with wildlife, Manuel Antonio National Park is for you. Our first visit to Manuel …

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A Canopy Zip-line Tour in Costa Rica

Looking for adventure on your trip to Costa Rica? Try a canopy zip-line tour. Canopy or zip-line tours can be found throughout Costa Rica—in the cloud forest, near volcanoes, or …

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