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Things to do in Costa Rica

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  • Outdoors
    132 places
  • Beaches
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  • Monuments
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  • Walks
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  • Entertainment
    20 places
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Activities in Costa Rica
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The most visited in Costa Rica
Nature Reserves in Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio National Park
(43)
Volcanoes in La Fortuna
Arenal Volcano
(25)
Nature Reserves in Tortuguero
Tortuguero National Park
(23)
Theaters in San Jose
National Theatre of San Jose
(43)
Nature Reserves in San Pedro
Poás Volcano National Park
(23)
Cities in San Jose
San José
(42)
Squares in San Jose
Plaza de La Cultura
(30)
Airports in San José
Juan Santamaria International Airport
(33)
Volcanoes in Alajuela
Poás Volcano
(26)
Nature Reserves in Puerto Jimenez
Corcovado National Park
(6)
Rivers in La Fortuna
Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort
(20)
Markets in San Jose
Central Market (Mercado Central)
(32)
Museums in San Jose
National Museum of Costa Rica
(29)
Rivers in Bijagua
Celeste River
(26)
Waterfalls in La Fortuna
La Fortuna Waterfall
(21)
Flea Markets in San Jose
Mercado Nacional de Artesanías
(26)
Waterfalls in Alajuela
Falls of Peace
(36)
Beaches in Puerto Viejo
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
(16)
Beaches in Puerto Viejo
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
(16)
Beaches in Cahuita
Punta Uva Beach
(11)
Beaches in Sámara
Playa Sámara
(14)
Beaches in Tamarindo
Costa Rica's Pacific Coast
(10)
Beaches in Brasilito
Conchal Beach
(14)
Beaches in Puntarenas
Estero de Puntarenas
(10)
Beaches in Limón
Manzanillo Beach
(12)
Beaches in Santa Cruz
Playa de Tamarindo
(9)
Beaches in Santa Teresa
Santa Teresa Beach
(7)
Beaches in Puerto Jimenez
Corcovado Beache
(4)
Beaches in Carrillo
Coco Beach
(7)
Beaches in Cahuita
(8)
Beaches in Puerto Cortés
Whale Beach
(7)
Beaches in Jacó
Playa Hermosa
(10)
Beaches in Carrillo
Nacasacolo Beach
(4)
Beaches in Carrillo
Hermosa Beach
(2)
Beaches in Quepos
Espadilla Beach or Beach 1
(2)
Beaches in Parrita
Costa Rica Beach
(1)
Nature Reserves in Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio National Park
(43)
Nature Reserves in Tortuguero
Tortuguero National Park
(23)
Nature Reserves in San Pedro
Poás Volcano National Park
(23)
Nature Reserves in Puerto Jimenez
Corcovado National Park
(6)
Nature Reserves in Cahuita
Cahuita Natural Park
(10)
Nature Reserves in Liberia
Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park
(12)
Nature Reserves in San Jose
National Park
(18)
Nature Reserves in San Jose
La Sabana Metropolitan Park
(20)
Nature Reserves in Monteverde
Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve
(7)
Nature Reserves in Tortuguero
The Tortuguero Hill
(5)
Nature Reserves in Sámara
National Life Ostional Wildlife Refuge
Nature Reserves in Uruca
Old Town Ecological Park
(3)
Nature Reserves in Dominical
Hacienda Baru
(2)
Nature Reserves in San Jose
Braulio Carrillo National Park
(3)
Nature Reserves in Grecia
(6)
Nature Reserves in Uvita
(5)
Nature Reserves in Cartago
(7)
Nature Reserves in Cartago
(7)
Nature Reserves in Limón
(6)
Nature Reserves in Palmichal
(4)
Volcanoes in La Fortuna
Arenal Volcano
(25)
Volcanoes in Alajuela
Poás Volcano
(26)
Volcanoes in Cartago
Irazu Volcano
(24)
Volcanoes in Cartago
(20)
Volcanoes in Bagaces
Miravalles Volcano
(5)
Volcanoes in Turrialba
Turrialba Volcano
(5)
Historical Monuments in San Jose
Templo de la Musica
(15)
Historical Monuments in San Jose
Edificio Correos
(17)
Historical Monuments in San Jose
Centro Nacional de la Cultura
(13)
Historical Monuments in San Jose
(14)
Historical Monuments in La Fortuna
Waterfalls in La Fortuna
La Fortuna Waterfall
(21)
Waterfalls in Alajuela
Falls of Peace
(36)
Waterfalls in Bagaces
Llanos de Cortes Waterfall
(15)
Waterfalls in Bijagua
Río Celeste Waterfall
(6)
Waterfalls in Monteverde
San Luis Falls and the Cloud Forest
(4)
Waterfalls in Sarchí Norte
Bajos del Toro Falls
(5)
Waterfalls in San Isidro
Villarevia Waterfall
(1)
Waterfalls in Puntarenas
(8)
Waterfalls in Uvita
(1)
Waterfalls in Montezuma
Waterfalls in Cartago
(2)
Waterfalls in Turrialba
(2)
Waterfalls in Hojancha
Waterfalls in Cachí
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Waterfalls in San Jose
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Waterfalls in Puntarenas
Waterfalls in San Miguel

The top 383 attractions in Costa Rica

Nature Reserves in Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio National Park
(43)
Awesome place. We used Airbnb to find a place to stay for only 68 dollars a night. We found a very comfortable apartment/ studio close to Manuel Antonio National Park, 5 minute walk, the beach and several restaurants. You have to go early in the morning to the park in order to see all the fauna. The park is open from 07:30am till 4:00pm. Tickets as of October 2016 cost 16 dollars for foreign visitors. A guide charges another 20 bucks per person. You really need a guide in order to see all the animals. They have telescopes so you can see them and take pictures.
Volcanoes in La Fortuna
Arenal Volcano
(25)
The way of life in the lush Central American country of Costa Rica is best exemplified by the popular phrase 'Pura Vida!' It is easy to see why, as there is an abundance of natural wonders such as rainforests, beaches, volcanoes, rivers, and wildlife. On top of that, the wonderful people of Costa Rica go out of their way to share with you the best of what their country has to offer. This laid back country is a gem not to be missed.
Nature Reserves in Tortuguero
Tortuguero National Park
(23)
Tortuguero National Park is a fantastic natural park and a must-see if you're in Costa Rica. If something surprises you at this park it'll be the diversity of animals, birds and the famous nesting turtles (tortugas). To get to the park you can only get there by water, there's no way to get to it by land. So the entry took a boat gave us a ride around the park all morning. My recommendation is to stay an extra day to sleep because that way at night you can see the spawning (at about 3:00 in the evening) and can stay in the lodges (if you have budget for it) or the cabins, which are much cheaper.
Theaters in San Jose
National Theatre of San Jose
(43)
Without a doubt, the National Theatre of Costa Rica, located in the capital of San Jose is one of the most important buildings in the capital. Situated in the very heart of the city, the nearby streets enjoy a hectic urban lifestyle not seen in the rest of Costa Rica.
Nature Reserves in San Pedro
Poás Volcano National Park
(23)
The Poás is two-thousand seven hundred and eight meters high. The Poas Volcano National Park has a geyser-like crater which is the largest in the world and which happens to be one of the largest craters in the world. It has been active for around seven thousand and five hundred years. It also has very accessible trails for anyone, information centers, offers medical support for any situation, is in a very safe area and is among the most visited national parks in Costa Rica. It is located in the Central Mountain Range, Poas, Alajuela, Costa Rica ...
Cities in San Jose
San José
(42)
So magnificent !! love every experiencia in there, friendly people everywere, beyond delicious food and the views are outrageous
Squares in San Jose
Plaza de La Cultura
(30)
The Plaza de La Cultura is almost as full of pigeons as the Piazza San Marco in Venice. The Central Market isn't too far from this spot, so you can go and buy a bag of corn and have some fun feeding the birds, which is what a lot of the locals do at the weekend. The square isn't exactly spectacular: it's really just a concrete slab so the best thing to do is feed the pigeons and the continue on your way through the pedestrian streets of San Jose, or head to the Museo de Oro which is located just beside the square. Don't forget to go to the market for your bag of corn before making your way to this square!
Airports in San José
Juan Santamaria International Airport
(33)
This airport has green spaces all around it where you can lie on the lawn and enjoy the planes landing and taking off. You can also go to the fence along the perimeter and to view the aircraft up close. In that area there are mobile ice cream vendors, if the temperatures are hot.
Volcanoes in Alajuela
Poás Volcano
(26)
I loved the care taken of the place, the cool weather, hummingbirds and peace! A wonderful, magical place where you can connect with life! It is easily accessible and minutes from the capital San Jose, on the banks of the street toward the volcano where you can buy many types of fruits, souvenirs and local things.
Nature Reserves in Puerto Jimenez
Corcovado National Park
(6)
On my second day at Corcovado Park, after a day on the beach accompanied by monkeys and birds, I had to cross one of many rivers. And after several days of rain, it was pretty rough and quiet an effort. I had to pair with a companion for safety's sake. We walked through the jungle for about 4 or 5 hours, taking advantage of the fact that we were the only human beings in this preserve. We looked for pumas and jaguars, kings of the park, before realising the truth that we were alone and defenceless! With with the help of the tides we crossed other river and entered the rainforest. It was extremely wet and difficult to put together the tent at night. In the camp we weren't able dry anythin, noor could we prepare hot food being short of electricity and gas, but after awhile the local guards let us boil some water for pasta. Everyone comes on foot too, and with loaded backpacks, enough to spend 15 days! You will be able to point out where animals were last seen, and how best to cross the rivers, as well as how to best to enter and exit the park. If you change your itinerary, as we recomment, you will make friends you never knew before.
Rivers in La Fortuna
Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort
(20)
The Arenal Volcano hot springs are literally in the volcano itself, and heat of the water comes from the lava. It's wonderful to be bathing in the waters as you look up and see the erupting volcano. You even have a restaurant there at which you can dine whilst staying in the water.
Markets in San Jose
Central Market (Mercado Central)
(32)
A visit to San Jose wouldn't be complete without visiting the labyrinthine central market for a spot of shopping. This market is popular with locals, and apart from the odd t-shirt stall, there are hardly any souvenirs on offer. You're bound to get completely lost here, but don't worry - it just means that you'll find some surprises! It's also one of the cheapest places to eat in the city, with bars and taverns scattered around the area.
Museums in San Jose
National Museum of Costa Rica
(29)
Siatued at Fort Good View and next to the Plaza de la Democracia. Formerly a military headquarters, so in a wing of the fortress they preserve the stances of the fort and explain with pictures how it used to be, and you can visit the dungeons, the booths and toilets. The museum traces the history of Costa Rica and its people. I recommend it. The price in 2007 was 4 dollars. Inside is a part of natural history and you can see a butterfly garden next to the craft market.
Rivers in Bijagua
Celeste River
(26)
A beautiful river located in the Tenorio Volcano National Park, its waters are a stunning blue color due to the volcano pouring salt in the river. To get there you must walk about 2 hours, but it is well worth the effort! Along the way you will also find a waterfall about 10m high, with pristine blue waters, it is a beautiful site!
Waterfalls in La Fortuna
La Fortuna Waterfall
(21)
One of the falls on the foot of the Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna where you will find a lot to make excursions to the waterfall. I do recommend one that is riding , it lasts for 3 and a half hours by horse, You rest at the cataract and can throw yourself relaxed in the water . It will cost $ 45 per person
Flea Markets in San Jose
Mercado Nacional de Artesanías
(26)
A prefect place to shop for handicrafts in Costa Rica. It's the cheapest place we saw the entire trip as the last days were spent in San Jose, we stocked up at this market. It is in the Plaza of democracy, outdoors, next to the National Museum. I've attached a link for the National Museum http://www.Minube.Com/rincon/museo-nacional-de-costa-rica-a118831
Waterfalls in Alajuela
Falls of Peace
(36)
The La Paz Waterfall Gardens are a private ecological reserve in Vara Blanca in the province of Alajuela, Costa Rica. It's full of interesting trails for travelers of all ages and is has an amazing array of wildlife like birds, butterflies, snakes, toucans, and hummingbirds (you can actually feed and interact with the toucans!). There is a frog display with a number of colorful species and, if that wasn't enough, a total of five waterfalls along the trail. The complex also has a beautiful hotel, a gift shop, and a restaurant. It's one of my favorite places in Costa Rica and I'd recommend it 100%.
Beaches in Puerto Viejo
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
(16)
Puerto Viejo is a charming village in the South Caribbean part of Costa Rica located in the province of Limón. Its main feature is its people who are Afro-Caribbean. Their reggae music, nightlife and colorful streets are what make this village great. It is small in size but full of good vibrations and a variety of stalls. It´s an ideal place to spend a few days, have fun, eat well and meet the locals. You can visit Cahuita National Park if you have a car or swim in the Caribbean beaches of Punta Uva (very close) and eat lobster in Manzanillo. Recommended 100%!