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!
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!
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!
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.
The Osa Peninsula proudly holds the title of the most biologically diverse place in the world, and is one of the most unique and remote destinations to visit in Costa Rica. The dense tropical rainforest and flowing rivers are untouched by tourism or industry, which is why it's nature is so robust. People even still pan for gold and cash in their treasures or trade it for food!
Puerto Viejo is located on the south-eastern part of Costa Rica and sits on the Caribbean Ocean. This eclectic town is a melting-pot where typical Tico culture melds with Afro-Caribbean influences. After a day on the wide sandy beaches and calm blue seas known throughout the Caribbean, explore town to dine at one of many international restaurants. Pro-tip: You can’t leave this town without trying the traditional Caribbean-Tico fare: coconut milk “rice and beans”, jerk chicken, Caribbean stew, and fresh fish.
Rincón de la Vieja has been a protected since 1973 and has 9 active craters and a well-visited volcano along the ridge of Costa Rica's "ring of fire". It is becoming more and more popular to visit as people are discovering its impressive geothermic activity with bubbling fumarole pools, volcanic geysers and natural hot springs! Pro-tip: DON’T take the lava rocks! We’ve heard tales of terrible luck that follows rock thieves, and these areas have piles of stolen rocks returned via-post to try and escape the curse!
Samara is a laid-back bohemian beachside community, known for the friendly people, mix of cultures, and variety of activities that make this place so special. Samara offers new activities like yoga and stand-up paddle boarding as well as Costa Rican favorites like surfing, river kayaking and horseback riding. After adventuring, enjoy an assortment of hotels and restaurants right on the beach. We're still dreaming about the fish tacos we ate with our toes in the sand.