We have spent many years at Desafio Adventure Company exploring Costa Rica and have complied comprehensive information about the best Costa Rica vacation destinations to make your vacation planning easier. We can help you decide where to stay and what to do in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is a beautifully-diverse country with so much to see and do. We can also suggest the best places to visit in Costa Rica. In fact, many people decide to travel throughout the country, choosing 2 -3 destinations for a 7 to 10 day-long Costa Rica vacation. Others decide to stay in one place to get to know the area and culture. The choice is up to you! Once you know where you want to go, we can help you choose activities, hotels and transport. Our well-traveled and friendly Adventure Specialists will help you plan the perfect Costa Rica vacation and you the best deals on places to stay in Costa Rica!
A short drive south of Playa Samara, Playa Carillo is a small typical Costa Rica town that remains somewhat untouched by tourism. While the town itself does not have much to offer, the beach at Carillo is a long half-moon of tranquility, without a single hotel or shop in sight. This is a favorite of those looking for beachside peace. For those looking for a more action packed vacation, we recommend staying in Samara and visiting this gorgeous beach on day trips.
Dominical Beach is located on the southern end of the Costa Rican Pacific coast, south of Jaco in the region of Puntarenas. The laid-back atmosphere and year-round surf make Dominical a quintessential surf town. The areas surrounding the small town of Dominical are lush forests and estuaries that are favorites to the birdwatching community. Also, Dominical Beach is the perfect take-off point for a hike to the Naucaya waterfall, a sight not to be missed if you’re in the area.
Flamingo Beach is a gorgeous mile-long crescent shaped beach of white sand and beautiful pacific ocean views. The adjacent town provides a wide selection of hotels and restaurants to cater to every taste and budget. A whole range of oceanside adventures including SCUBA and sport-fishing are available, and this area attracts fishermen and nautical enthusiasts from all over the country. Flamingo Beach was one of the first locations to become a hotspot for international travelers, and one stroll down the sand and you’ll see why.
Costa Rica has some of the most-amazing coastlines in the world, and the province of Guanacaste is home to many of the jewels of the Pacific Coast. You'll hear yourself saying: "Ahhhh... Life's a Beach" while staying in Guanacaste. Every beach you go to along this golden coast is famous for some of the best sunsets in the world. The climate in this region of Costa Rican coast is like Southern California - very arid and sunny almost all year long.
We can tell you that “hermosa” translates to “beautiful” but take one look at a photo of Playa Hermosa and we won’t need to tell you why it garners that name. Its dark sand and calm waters make this an ideal place for relaxing on the beach or care-free swimming; plus the sunsets are stunning!
Although it is the closest beach town to San Jose, Jaco has a much more relaxing vibe than the hustle and bustle of the city, but don’t let that fool you. After spending the day at legendary surfing beaches and watching the sun set on this beautiful pacific coastline, you can enjoy Jaco’s electric nightlife and dance the night away.
La Fortuna is a tourism hub located in the foothills of the Arenal Volcano. The La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano area is surrounded by lush rainforest, wild rivers, deep canyons, a large freshwater lake, natural hot springs, secret swimming holes, waterfalls and a robust hospitality sector on par with any top-tourist destination around the world. Stay in one of the most-comfortable, beautiful hotel rooms with amazing views of the iconic and majestic Arenal Volcano right from your secluded balcony!
Langosta Beach is a close drive from the larger Tamarindo Beach in the province of Guanacaste. This beach has white sand and deep blue waters, perfect for beach volleyball, swimming, body-surfing, and magnificent photos of your time with the pacific ocean.
Manuel Antonio is located a short two-and-a-half hours South-West of the San Jose airport and covers a serene peninsula jutting into the Pacific Ocean. The town borders a beautiful white sandy beach, and has numerous restaurants for you to choose from. The only difficult choice: do you want to eat overlooking the beach from a balcony, or at one of the restaurants right on the sand itself? At the southern end of town is the entrance to Manuel Antonio National park, one of the most famous in the country.
Monteverde, which translates to "green mountain", is a peaceful mountaintop community unlike any other destination in Costa Rica. Located on the crest of the mountain-range overlooking the Pacific Coast, the altitude creates a natural phenomenon completely unique: in the morning and evening the "cloud forests" on the edge of town are filled with a fog-like mist that engulfs the foliage as clouds literally move through the trees. Here you can also go birdwatching for the elusive Quetzal, and take on many more adventures.