What’s In Costa Rica?

Are you taking a vacation in Costa Rica, and wondering about some of the activities and attractions you can visit? This guide will walk you through some of our favorites.

Beaches

Of course, Costa Rica is well known for its amazing beaches. The best part is that depending on which type of beach you enjoy, you’ll be able to find it.

Along the Pacific Coast, there’s a spectrum of style of beaches you can check out. If you’re into surfing, places like Jaco are perfect. All along the Puntarenas Pacific coast, you’ll find tons of beaches for different surfing skill levels. 

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Check the video below for what the water looks like in Jaco. If Jaco’s beach is too easy, you can drive 10 minutes south to find some bigger waves at Playa Hermosa. If you head even farther down the Pacific Coast you’ll find even more advanced beaches.

If you’re taking your vacation further north in Guancaste, be sure to check out Tamarindo for its surfing. It has various skill levels, from beginner and up. Kids can practice surfing for the first time on this beach.

If you’re more advanced, there’s a beach called Playa Grande which tends to have bigger waves.

Waterfalls

Costa Rica isn’t just coastline and beaches, it also has huge differences in terrain and climate. These differences produce really great river features which connect the mountains to the ocean. You’ll find countless water features all throughout the hills, with some very impressive and notable waterfalls. 

For example, Cataratas Llanos de Cortes is a massive waterfall which is located in Guanacaste, just south of Liberia. If you’re visiting Costa Rica, you may be flying directly into Liberia International Airport (LIR). This waterfall is about half an hour south. 

The video linked below was taken during rainy season, so the flow of water is much heavier. Due to the rain falling on fields, the water is also murkier than you can expect during the dry season (December-April). Either way, the water is incredibly refreshing and the location is pristine.

You can also find lots of rivers that converge to create amazing caverns. For example, the river at Poza Los Coyotes has areas for swimming and diving, but then chiseled out a cave as it descends the mountain. You can swim in floatation tubes at the bottom, right into the cave system to check it out.

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Protect your gear with a waterproof fanny pack. These are great as you can be confident that nothing will get wet as you tour Costa Rica. You definitely don't want to leave important items on the beach, so with these packs you can explore the water without constantly watching your stuff!

Tour Of Towns

When you visit Costa Rica, there’s a wide variety of towns to visit. If you start in San Jose, you’ll find a built up urban center which is very busy and may not be much of an escape from your home towns.

As you head further out towards the coasts, you’ll find different sizes of towns. In Guanacaste, you’ll find lots of shopping options in Nicoya and Liberia. In Puntarenas, towns like Jaco and Punta Arenas are more built up with big box stores, car repair and specialty shops.

On the coasts, there’s an array of towns ranging from those with just a few hotels and some houses, to more built up areas with shops. 

For example, Playas del Coco is a well known tourist destination. It’s not very busy and built up, but it has an assortment of restaurants and shops. You’ll be able to spend an entire vacation just in Coco. If you drive 10 minutes away from Coco you’ll reach much quieter and less built up beaches which are very enjoyable.

Check out a tour of Playas del Coco in the video below to give you an idea of what you can expect when visiting. 

We hope you enjoyed this post about some activities and things to consider on your trip to Costa Rica.

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