The list Costa Rica Waterfalls is in the thousands. As a result, this endless array of waterfalls is world renowned for its beauty, bringing many visitors each year. There is only so many you can visit when you come here, so we have rounded it down to the top ten destinations for waterfalls.
La Paz is Located in the central part of Costa Rica very near to the Poas Volcano and thirty kilometers north of Alajuela. It is known to locals as Catarata de La Paz meaning (The Peace). La Paz is 121 feet tall or 37 meters and is fed from the La Paz River to keep the steady flow of water over the falls. This waterfall is unique in how well it is taken care of, and many trails surround the area for hiking to see this work of natural art.
Rio Celeste well known for it bluish water, the blue water comes from a mix of volcanic rock within the water. Seeing it first hand is the only way to find out how attractive this fall is. The falls drops down 20 meters or (18 feet) before meeting with a vibrant sky blue pool. Too there are trails all throughout Tenorio Volcano National Park that are highly maintained. Located not far from the small town of Katira this area is gorgeous.
Another gorgeous waterfall La Fortuna is located just outside of La Fortuna City very near Arenal Volcano. The falls itself branches from the Arenal river and then has a sudden drop of 75 meters (250 feet). Hiking down La Fortuna is a task in itself but well worth the walk to swimming in the river below.
Nauyaca is astonishing having a 2 level drop, first being 45 meters and then coming to another fall of 20 meters totaling 65 meters or (200 feet). This is by far the best waterfall for swimming with 1000 square feet of a pool at the bottom, 6 meters deep.
This may be one of the smaller Costa Rica Waterfalls on the list but certainly, makes up for in beauty. The Falls is 20m or (60 Feet) tall but has these long divided wisps of water coming down the cliff. Llanos de Cortez has located in the Guanacaste province a short drive from Liberia International Airport.
Located in the small town of Las Tumbas 35 minutes drive from Dominical, the Diamante Falls is a little harder to find. You can Look at the falls on the family owned property, but getting to it is recommended with a guided tour, the hike can be very arduous. In Fact, the biggest part of Diamante is its height. Coming in at 200 meters (600 feet) certainly, it is the tallest of all Costa Rica waterfalls.
Bajos del Toro yet another amazing site is located in the province of Alajuela. The amazing part of this site is the water source, coming right from Poas Volcano. As the water drives over the rock edge, a mist is created that even stings the eyes; you will see plants that are torched because of the volcanic water. Bajos del Toro sits at 90 meters tall (300 feet) one of the taller waterfalls of Costa Rica.
This Fall is just extraordinary, and perfect for those that like to trek through the rainforest. The walk is roughly three hours long but totally worth it, in the end, if the hike doesn’t leave you breathless the falls will. San Luis is shrouded with rainforest and endless amounts of animals not far from Santa Elena. Being 100 meter tall (300 Feet) it leaves you looking up in awe.
Montezuma is another multi-level falls, it consists of three levels, and each was getting bigger as you go down. The first is five meters down and has a beautiful little pool to swim in, to access the second falls you’ll have to swim across the first pool and then come to a 12-meter drop. The last falls are the most amazing having a 25-meter drop, totaling 40 meters or (130 feet). At the bottom, you can see many locals swimming in the big pool. It is located on the Pacific coast near Montezuma City and right beside Golfo de Nicoya.
Indeed, the most accessible of Costa Rica waterfalls, and very close to Juan Santamaria airport. This falls is just north of Grecia and has some very cool activities. Including rappelling down the face of the falls, roughly 45 meters or (150 feet). Just imagine the thrill of climbing down such a tall falls. The literal translation of Los Chorros Is (The Jets), coming from all the small but mighty rivers down the mountain side.
To see just these ten Costa Rica waterfalls is a huge feat, but to see all the waterfalls of Costa Rica, I am sure no one person has done just yet. Also, it is always good to remember safety in and around these waterfalls. Many people have passed away from not practicing Safety First. The best way to contribute to these areas is by visiting, so see these original works of art, and joins us in the country of Pura Vida.