We have spent many years exploring Costa Rica and have complied information about the best Costa Rica vacation destinations to make your vacation planning easier. We can help you decide where to stay 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 Adventure Specialists will help you plan the perfect Costa Rica vacation and you the best places where to stay in Costa Rica!
Monteverde, which means "green mountain" in English, is the ideal name for this peaceful, hilltop community and a very different kind of destination from anywhere else you will visit in Costa Rica.
Monteverde is a great place for families, groups of friends, wandering travelers, or couples in search of a romantic getaway because there is plethora of activities to suit all interests and budgets: Ziplining above the treetops, hikes on the hanging bridges, chocolate and coffee farm tours, horseback riding, birdwatching tours, and visits to the breathtaking waterfalls are some of the many tours available, all with one thing in common: nature, nature and more nature!
Nosara is a well-known region between locals and expats from all over the world. In fact, it is one of the oldest expatriate communities in the country. The town itself is a simple town with basic amenities, but the beach is something to visit. The surrounding communities, Playa Guiones, Playa Pelada, Playa Ostinal are more visited as their beaches are ideal for surfing and their adjoining towns have more to offer.
On the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, with swaying palm trees, white-sand and crystal blue waters, you will find Playa Ocotal. This is a gorgeous beach that provides many opportunities for ocean and land activities and a range of hotel options to stay in.
Named the most biologically diverse place in the world, the
Osa Peninsula is quite possibly the most unique place to visit in Costa Rica, and
the most remote. 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. If you’ve ever been to a Caribbean island
before you’ve had a taste of what Puerto Viejo is like.
A part from the Afro-Caribbean culture, there is an eclectic
mix of tico, indigenous, and gringo culture as well. This makes for a wonderful
assortment of restaurants serving international fare. But 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.
The Rincón de la Vieja area or its loosely-translated English name "Special Place of the Old Lady" has been a protected area since 1973 and has 9 eruptive craters along its ridge and a well-visited volcano, known to be part of Costa Rica's "ring of fire". It is becoming more and more popular to visit as people are discovering the many things to see and do there including its impressive and colorful geothermic activity with bubbling fumarole pools, volcanic geysers and natural hot springs!
Samara is a stunningly beautiful place and it is not only the nature that makes it so. It is the friendly people, the mix of cultures, and the variety of activities that makes this place special.
While there are plenty of new activities that tourism has brought to Samara like Yoga and Stand Up Paddle Boarding from a North American and European influence, there will always be an undying want for the traditional Costa Rican activities like surfing, river kayaking and horseback riding on the beach. Samara is the perfect place to take part in these activities because of the beautiful white sand beaches, crystal clear ocean, rushing rivers, and lush rainforest that surrounds the beach!
San Jose is the main city located near the international airport just 30 minutes from the city's center at Alajuela (SJO.) There are many hotel options near the airport, but you may want to try something closer to the center of San Jose for more nightlife and shopping opportunities. There are interesting day tours you can do with local providers who take you to the more-authentic parts of town, so be sure to ask us how to sign up for these off-the-beaten path tours.