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Things To Do in Costa Rica

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Below is our collection of fun things to do in Costa Rica including day trips, beaches, hikes and more.

Manuel Antonio National Park

A monkey sits on top of a building in Manuel Antonio National Park.

Manuel Antonio National Park is an amazing adventure.  Hiking trails through the jungle and to the beach while viewing all types of wildlife on the way.  But you can't just show up and there is a lot of things that you need to know before you go.  Read more.

Bijagua Ranas

Bijagua Ranas is a open and natural wildlife sanctuary that is a great place to see sloths, toucans and other Costa Rica creatures without having to hike into the rain forest.  Read more.

This painting at the entrance to Bijagua Ranas accurately depicts the wildlife there.


Lounge chairs lined up along the beach in Samara.

At the end of a 25 mile road is the cute beach town of Samara, perfect for a day trip or to spend a week.  Read more.

Llanos de Cortes Waterfall

Water drops down 70 feet at the Llanos de Cortes falls.

Plunge into the cool waters of the Llanos de Cortes waterfall.  This is a great day trip to get out of the heat and relax.  Read more.

Playa Conchal

Swimmers enjoy the calm waters at the north end of Playa Conchal.

Voted one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.  Playa Conchal is very unique beach made up of mostly ground up sea shells.  Read more.

Most Fascinating Things To Do in Costa Rica - See the Olive Ridley Turtles

Baby turtles hatch and come out of the sand to start their journey to the ocean.

Going to see the Olive Ridley turtles lay eggs and hatch is one of the most amazing things to experience in Costa Rica.  Read more.

Playa Flamingo

The beautiful white sand beach at Playa Flamingo.

Just up the road from Playa Conchal is Playa Flamingo,  one of the few white sand beach in Costa Rica,  It gets its name from when the sunsets with vibrant red, orange and purple colors that casts a pink tint on the sand.  Read more.

Guaitil Pottery

A few of the beautiful handmade pots from Guaitil Costa Rica.

Travel back 1000 years to the tiny town of Guaitil and experience how beautiful Chorotega pottery is crafted by hand.  Read more.

Playa Zapotillal

View of Playa Zapotillal from under the shade trees.

Not as easy to find, or get to, makes this secluded beach very special.  Read more.

La Fortuna Falls

View of the lower pool at La Fortuna falls as water crashes down from 200 feet above.

At the end of 500 steps that decline into the valley, is the La Fortuna waterfall.  At over 200 feet high it is an amazing sight.  Read more.

Playa Grande

The expansive beach area at Playa Grande.

Beautiful Playa Grande, a surfers and beach lovers paradise.  Also a great sunset beach.  Read more.

Reina's Chocolate

One of several Chocolate bars from Reina's.

If you love chocolate, then a tasting trip to Reina's Chocolate is a must.  Made from 100% natural ingredients from Costa Rica, it is the best that I have ever tasted.  Read more.

Playa Penca

Small waves break on the sand at Playa Penca.

Playa Penca is a less crowded and smaller beach as compared to Playa Conchal and Playa Flamingo and is only minutes away.  If you want a beach that is more secluded without having to drive a long distance, Playa Penca is for you.  Read more.

Most Popular Things To Do in Costa Rica - Fishing

Beautiful multi-colored dorado with Rapala still hanging from its mouth.

Some of the best fishing in the world is here, both offshore and inshore.  Follow me in my Hobie kayak as I learn how to catch dozens of different species.  Read more.

Puerto Viejo Beach

A few trees provide some cooling shade next to the calm waters of Puerto Viejo beach in Costa Rica.

If you are looking for a family friendly beach with small waves, gentle sloping shoreline and crystal clear Caribbean like water, then look no further.  Read more.

Playa Panama

Playa Panama's calm waters at low tide.

Rarely does Playa Panama get any large waves or strong currents making this a great beach for kids.  Read more.

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