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!
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.
Alajuela is a small city located just outside of Costa Rica's capital city, San Jose. It is home to Costa Rica's largest airport, Juan Santamaría International, and the starting point of many people's vacations. While there are many nice hotels and restaurants to visit, most visitors choose to explore them on their arrival or departure days, and choose to spend a majority of their time in Costa Rica enjoying more natural locations outside of the metropolitan area.
San Jose is the capital city and largest metropolitan area in Costa Rica. In the city center, there are a variety of museums and city tours offered, and also many hotels and restaurants to enjoy. One important thing to note: while called the San Jose airport, SJO is actually located 30 minutes from the city-center in the adjacent city of Alajuela. If you are just looking for somewhere to stay on your way into or out of the country, try looking in Alajuela for a hotel that is closer to the airport.
Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui holds a special place in our hearts, as it is where we were first going out on rafting excursions thirty years ago before we started this company. Sarapiqui offers incredible class II-IV rapids, and whether you are an experienced rafter or have always wanted to try, come to Saraqpiqui and see the region that made us first fall in love with this country. Beyond rafting, Sarapiqui offers many amazing hikes through the forest, perfect for birdwatching and wildlife spotting.
This is one of the most popular beaches to visit in Costa Rica, especially for the yoga and surf culture created by locals and visitors from all over the world. The nightlife is fantastic as well, as Tamarindo is home to many bars and discos. This is the ideal place for groups of friends, couples, or families who like to get in on the action of a lively town.
Tenorio is a region of Costa Rica off the beaten path, located at the base of the Tenorio Volcano and skirted by the Tenorio and Corobici Rivers in the Guanacaste province. Many tourists stop by our Tenorio Adventures Route 1 Restaurant right on the Pan-American Highway outside of the town of Canas for some delicious home-cookin’. You can also stop in during your travels to take advantage of the Tenorio River, famous for whitewater rafting and safari floats.
The meeting of freshwater canals and the Caribbean sea has created an immense amount of biodiversity in Tortuguero, Costa Rica. There are over 300 species of birds, 60 species of mammals, 100 species of reptiles, 57 species of amphibians and two different types of monkeys. Rent a kayak or canoe and paddle through the canals to see these crocodiles, tropical birds, white faced monkeys, iguanas, poison dart frogs, two toed sloths and more up close and personal.