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Things to do in Costa Rica

Wilson Botanical Gardens

The Wilson Botanical Gardens in Las Cruces prides itself on its huge collection of plants and is surrounded by a vast expanse of natural forestland.

Teatro Nacional

Teatro Nacional is a greatly admired theatre in San José featuring plays, symphony performances, and more.

Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio National Park is the smallest park by size but makes up for it by housing endangered species.

Aventuras Bosquemar Canopy Tour

A Costa Rica vacation would not be complete without the Aventuras Bosquemar Canopy Tour on zip lines.

Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa is a surfer’s paradise, and 2 hours by car from San José.

Introduction

Costa Rica (literally “Rich Coast”) is a treasure trove of flora and fauna that offers both the adventurous tourist and those looking for relaxation an amazing and enriching experience. Despite its small size, it has some remarkable sights to offer, from the Corcovado National Park on the peninsula in the southeast to one of the 300 beaches on either side of the country, kissing the Caribbean on the east or the mighty Pacific on the west.

Monumento Nacional Arqueologico

Monumento Nacional Arqueologico Guayabo is the most important archaeological site in Costa Rica with intact aqueduct systems.

Playa Negra

Playa Negra is a remote beach that offers more private surfing, rafting, or boat tours.

Butterfly Farm

The Butterfly Farm in Selvatura has a beautiful five-hour tour.

Insider tips for Costa Rica travel

Casado

Have the Casado, a traditional home-style meal at El Chicote.

Isla Uvita

In mid-October, you can have a blast at the carnival by singing, dancing and drinking, at Isla Uvita.

Maravilla Restaurant

For an authentic Costa Rican yet cheap dining experience try out Maravilla restaurant in Santa Elena.

Top Rated Hotels for your Costa Rica Vacation

Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica - All Inclusive
Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica - All Inclusive
4.0 out of 5.0 Playa Manzanillo Bahia Culebra, Papagayo
$384
4.1/5 (29 reviews)

The resort was extremely clean and staff was wonderful .. There isn’t much to do in the evening..

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2019
Built in 2018, the brand new Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica - All Inclusive features a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and a children's pool. Free ...
Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo-a concept by Hyatt
Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo-a concept by Hyatt
4.5 out of 5.0 Peninsula Papagayo, Papagayo, Guanacaste
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4.3/5 (10 reviews)

Unfortunately stay was not as expected. While we only stayed 2 nights, multiple amenities were closed for special events ( i.e. adult pool, restuarant, beach house). We stayed at a higher end room, and felt the experience wasn't worth the money. We went to the beach house in the shuttle, only to ...

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2019
Awarded Conde Nast Top 100 List status in 2014, Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo-a concept by Hyatt features a marina, a full-service spa, and 2 ...
Hotel Luisiana
Hotel Luisiana
3.5 out of 5.0 100 west and 400 south from Cruz Roja, Santa Ana, San Jose
$30
4.1/5 (37 reviews)

Nice location next To town, and go mall centre y

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2020
At Hotel Luisiana, guests enjoy features like an outdoor pool, a children's pool, and free WiFi in public areas. You can take advantage of limited parking, along ...

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