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Nicaragua Day Tour from Guanacaste

Tour to Granada in Neighboring Nicaragua

Nicaragua, Costa Rica’s northern neighbor, is extremely close to Guanacaste. A beautiful country with a rich culture and full history, Nicaragua offers travelers a unique contrast to Costa Rica.


Region Guanacaste

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Nicaragua Day Tour from Guanacaste

Nicaragua Day Tour from Guanacaste. Visit Granada, one of the most beautiful cities of Nicaragua

Nicaragua Travel tours, this is one of the most popular day tours to Nicaragua. A perfect addition to your vacation in Costa Rica as you will see some of the highlights of another beautiful country. The tour starts early in the morning with pick up from hotels in Guanacaste, to make most of the day. You will have the opportunity to visit Granada. Indeed a beautiful city in the country of Nicaragua. As well as walk on the edge of an active volcano. Finish off the tour by doing some local shopping before returning to Costa Rica.

Admire colonial and historical landmarks

Granada considered one of the most beautiful and historically interesting destinations in Nicaragua. The city was founded in 1524 and has a colorful history.  Over the years, it has been held hostage by pirates, bombarded during civil wars. Also, set on fire by the despotic American privateer William Walker. You will have the opportunity to tour Granada and admire its colonial and historical landmarks and its beautiful architecture. The city is lively and friendly, with nice shops, cafes, restaurants and bars to explore and sample local delicacies.

Nicaragua Travel, Look into the Santiago crater

In the afternoon of the Nicaragua Day Tour, you will visit Masaya Volcano National Park. The grounds of this national park include the basaltic volcano itself, an interpretation museum exploring the park’s natural phenomena, and the famous Santiago crater. You will have the opportunity to walk to the very edge of the volcano and look all the way down to the bottom. You will also have time to do some shopping at the Masaya Indian Market. There you can look for wonderful Nicaragua souvenirs before returning to Costa Rica.

Bahia Salinas, Costa Rica

Bahia Salinas Wind and Kite Surfing Capital of Costa Rica!

Bahia Salinas, blessed with nearly constant winds from November to May. Making this the premier Wind and Kite Surfing location in Costa Rica!  A reef contributes to the mostly flat-water conditions. Partnered with the steady 25 mph winds make Bahia Salinas one of the top Wind and Kite Surfing locations in the world. Bahia Salinas, located in the northernmost bay on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. It’s in the province of Guanacaste the top side of the bay is actually in Nicaragua. The waters in this area are teeming with sea life. For example, turtles, dolphins and a multitude of different types of fish. That makes this the perfect place to get away and enjoy the remote beaches and rural feel of Bahia Salinas!

So much, to Do!

Guanacaste has many exciting activities and adventures that will appeal to every person in your party. Daily trips to Bolanos and Despensa Island for snorkeling and hiking tours are popular with visitors. Some of the very best snorkeling in Costa Rica can be found here! Because of the proximity to Nicaragua, there are a variety of great day and overnight trips to the colonial city of Granada. Also, surf town of San Juan del Sur from the Bahia Salinas area. Local providers offer mountain ATV tours. Too, horseback riding thru the tropical forest, zip line excursions and if you venture a bit further there are excellent adventures to be found at Palo Verde National Park, Rio Celeste, and Rincon de la Vieja to name a few!

Bolanos Island National Wildlife Reserve

Bolanos Island National Wildlife Refuge is a beautiful tropical island in Bahia Salinas. A unique bird sanctuary that can only be accessed by boat, Bolanos Island National Wildlife Reserve is home to many spectacular seabirds including Brown Pelicans and Frigatebirds. This fragile ecosystem receives less then 2 inches of rain a year. Only available to visitors from April thru November. The rocky terrain of the island makes for some exciting hiking. Also includes a lovely white sand beached habituated by lizards, crabs and a multitude of other marine life. During the offseason birders circle this small paradise by boat with a guide and observe the magnificent seabird species as they feed and nest. The protection of this little gem of a reserve began in 1981. It continued to provide much-needed protection to many spectacular bird species!

Miles of Untouched Beaches!

Bahia Salinas is famous for the miles of spectacular unpopulated beaches! Since this area’s still largely undeveloped, you can avoid the crowds. Enjoy the relatively calm waters and dry, sunny weather that Guanacaste is famous for.  Among one of the favorite beaches in the area is El Jobo. This white sand paradise is surrounded by rolling hills and spectacular Pacific Ocean views. The perfect spot to spend a day playing in the beautiful blue water and sunning on the sand. Another favorite beach area is Despensa Island, which offers some of the best snorkeling in Costa Rica! The crystal clear water that surrounds the island offers snorkelers the chance to see much marine life. For example, Angel and Parrot Fish and many other colorful and exotic species.

By all means, enjoy yourself in the beauty of Bahia Salinas Costa Rica.

Bahia Salinas, Costa Rica

Bajos del Toro Costa Rica

Spectacular Scenery, waterfalls and great hiking and adventure!

Bajos del Toro Costa Rica – Nature Immersion!

Bajos del Toro Costa Rica is in the Central Highland area next to the Juan Castro Blanco National Park. Also, located between Poas and Viejo volcanoes, only 90 minutes from San Jose. This area offers visitors a chance to explore a relatively unknown part of Costa Rica. Discover spectacular scenery and some great hiking and adventures!  This part of Costa Rica is known for its lush plant life and variety of animals. 

Also, this tropical rainforest area is also famous for its beautiful rivers, pools, and waterfalls. This area has unique and intriguing eco-systems distinct from other parts of Costa Rica. This secret gem of an area is close to the capital and fairly easy to get to! 

Poas Volcano –Bajos del Toro Costa Rica Poas Volcano One of the Largest Volcano Craters in the World!

Bordering Bajos del Toro is the spectacular Poas Volcano – one of the largest volcano craters in the world!  Poas is a very active volcano with regular geyser activity.  Visitors have a chance to look down into the crater’s 1000 feet deep abyss. The air is heavy with the smell of sulfur and surrounding plant life. This is a result of the acid rain that is caused by the volcanic activity. The area surrounding the actual crater is full of unique and plentiful animals and plant life! Almost eighty different species of birds live in the area! It’s truly a hummingbird paradise!

Juan Castro National Park and Bosque de Paz Biological Reserve

Juan Castro National Park borders the Bajos del Tor area is a bird watching paradise!   Quetzals, hawks and many other varieties of unique and beautiful birds seen here. In addition to birds, you can see jungle cats, monkeys, and coatis!  The extensive trail system offered by the National Park is another helpful resource. This makes exploring this rugged area much easier! The park is covered in dense vegetation and foliage. Some species include exotic hardwoods, cypress, and oaks, as well as many different plants – including wild orchids!  Local history suggests that this might have been an ancient meeting place for traveling tribes.  At an elevation of over 7000 feet, the hiking can be challenging, but well worth the effort!

Bajos del Toro Costa Rica Juan Castro Blanco National ParkOne of Costa Rica’s Most Spectacular Waterfalls!

In the Bajos del Toro area you will find one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Costa Rica – the Catarata del Toro. This amazing waterfall offers numerous opportunities for great hiking and exploring!   The largest waterfall in Costa Rica, the water spills nearly three hundred feet into an extinct volcanic crater.   There are trails that offer you high vantage points. You can also take a more challenging hike down to the bottom of this beautiful waterfall.  Along the way you will be able to spot many of the beautiful butterflies, tropical birds and lush plants of the area. Another attraction, the unique rock formations that were formed by the volcano. In addition to the the great trails there is a famous waterfall rappel that runs alongside the falling water. This is perfect for those who like a little extra adrenaline rush!

Bajos del Toro Costa Rica Tesoro EscondidoCatarata Tesoro Escondido (Hidden Treasure Waterfall) 

Another attraction is the Catarata Tesoro Escondido.This waterfall is a well-kept secret in Costa Rica. Not many by foreigners know about it! Only recently was this area discovered as a favorite spot for locals. In fact, it recently opened to the public. Tesoro Escondido Waterfall has one of the most stunning waterfalls you can imagine! This waterfall has a unique, brilliant blue color, similar to Rio Celeste River. The water is simply magical! Take a trip here to explore the nature, beautiful mountains and amazing scenery. This area is perfect for those who want an off the beaten path adventure!  

Bajos del Toro Costa Rica

Barra del Colorado

A truly rustic area

Natural Wonderland 

Barra del Colorado is located in the northernmost corner of Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast bordering with Nicaragua. This area is known for its hot, humid climate, as well as its remote beauty and peaceful isolation. A truly rustic area, visitors to the region will find few amenities like large resorts, etc. It more than makes up for that with miles of natural landscapes. Also, unique ecosystems teeming with plant and animal life. Barra del Colorado, located just over twenty miles north of the tourism destination of Tortuguero. Sports fisherman have been coming to this area for decades. Incredible fishing opportunities found in the gorgeous lagoons and coastal waters. This is the perfect destination for those looking for a remote destination immersed in the natural beauty of Costa Rica!

Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Barra del Colorado

The Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Barra del Colorado is the largest wilderness refuge in Costa Rica. Too, it covers over 30 miles of lagoons, rivers, and wetlands. Getting around the refuge, often it is best accomplished by canoe or kayak. An extensive canal system exists making getting around on the water the most efficient transportation method between the lodges and other attractions. The wildlife and lush plant life of the refuge are crucial in bringing eco-tourists to the area.  Birders will also appreciate the plethora of migratory birds and water bird species found in the Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Barra del Colorado. As well as the numerous animals and reptiles that make this area their home!

World Class Sports Fishing

Barra del Colorado has long been famous for the world-class sports fishing that has been attracting anglers to the area for decades. It is not uncommon for anglers to reel in enormous tarpon and spectacular snook. Presently, fishing is the primary source of income for the local population. Many qualified guides will provide their services to help you find that perfect fishing spot. The Rio San Juan is the boundary not only for the northern part of the area but also with Nicaragua and provides additional opportunities for great tarpon fishing on the river’s calm waters. There are also options for fishing for Rainbow Bass, Machaca, and Tiger Bass among many others!   This is truly a dream destination fro fishers of all ages!

Eco Tourism at its Best

The remote nature of the Barro del Colorado area also makes it the perfect place to enjoy the best of Costa Rica’s ecotourism. Sparsely inhabited by people, this area’s the perfect place to relax and envelope in the beauties of nature and to enjoy the peaceful surroundings! With few public services and little to distract you from your full appreciation of your surroundings. Barro del Colorado offers guests a truly unique experience in beautiful Costa Rica! This is one of the few places where you can see the endangered West Indian Manatee, as well as caimans, crocodiles, several species of monkeys, toucans, parrots and many unique reptiles All in all, Barra del Colorado is an animal lover’s paradise!

Barra del Colorado

Cabo Matapalo Costa Rica

Osa Peninsula Playground!

Cabo Matapalo Costa Rica, or more commonly referred to Matapalo. A small beach community located on the tip of the Osa Peninsula.  Approximately and an hour south of Puerto Jimenez. Rough terrain makes Matapalo best reached by four wheel drive or local bus as the. Especially in the rainy season! This area is recognized for its sustainability initiatives. Also, most of the lodges and cabins rely on solar energy. The beaches in the Matapalo area have received the highly coveted Blue Ecological Flag. All for their emphasis on maintaining the natural beauty of the area and minimizing the carbon footprint of those living and visiting the area. Visitors to the Cabo Matapalo area are sure to find secluded, untouched beaches. Too, with abundant plant life and animal activity. A gem in the southern Pacific region of Costa Rica!

Corcovado National Park

Universally considered the gem of the Costa Rican National Park system. Corcovado National Park borders Matapalo and offers access to some of the best nature experiences available in Costa Rica. Miles of great trails exist for avid hikers to explore. Also, you are very likely to see some of the exotic animals the park is famous for including, Scarlet Macaws, many monkeys, sloths, and tapirs, etc. Sea turtles of several varieties return to this area allowing visitors to observe their nesting and hatching. Too, over three hundred species of birds spotted in the area.

Surfing Mecca!

Cabo Matapalo Costa Rica consists of a series of three beaches extending over a five-mile stretch. Surfers will love the uncrowded beaches and the spectacular surf breaks! The waves at Matapalo are not always consistent but are large and perfect for experienced surfers.The Pan Dulce is the most famous of the surf beaches with its long swell, which regularly produces a 500-yard tube with plenty of fast sections! The third beach referred to as Backwater and more famous for long boarding on its steep waves. Several local surf instructors and guides can be found in the area, and there are places to rent and repair equipment if needed, but visitors take note this is a remote surfing paradise, both equipment and guides can be difficult to find.

Unique Adventures in Matapalo Costa Rica

There is so much to do in Matapalo Costa Rica that it is difficult to list everything. Birding and hiking are at their best here in the Matapalo area. Corcovado National Park is the perfect place for both! The King Louis Waterfall a short hike from Cabo Matapalo, done with or without a guide. The Waterfalls offer rappelling adventures down the 90-foot elevation as well as swimming in the pool at the bottom. Also, at the waterfall is a unique tree climbing adventure where thrill seekers can attempt to climb a 100-foot Strangler Fig with the help of helmets and harnesses! And ring a bell at the top. Horseback riding along the beaches is also available along the secluded beaches, and fishing excursions can be arranged with local guides – truly something for everyone to do in the Cabo Matapalo area!

Cabo Matapalo Costa Rica

Playa Grande

Surfing and Nature Destination!

Playa Grande Costa RicaPlaya Grande Costa Rica – Surfing and Nature Destination!

Located just north of Tamarindo on the other side of the Rio Matapalo is the charming beach community of Playa Grande Costa Rica. Also, part of the Marino Las Baulas National Park. Playa Grande offers a laid back, smaller beach experience. Much different than many other locations in this area. Because of its protected beach status, you won’t find as much active nightlife or a multitude of hotels. Famous too, amongst surfers and others looking for a more nature-based adventure. Playa Grande has seen growth as more luxury homes and condos erect in the area.

Marino Las Baulas National Park

For longer then anyone can remember giant leatherback turtles have been making their way ashore. Right in the Marino Las Baulas National Park to lay their eggs. These enormous turtles are not only one of the largest marine reptiles. Also, one of the most endangered. Over the years the local and international market for turtle eggs as an aphrodisiac and food source has significantly impacted the numbers. The area was named a National Park in 1990. Since then serious conservation efforts began to change the turtle’s numbers. Much more positive now and reported that the figures are returning to a healthier place. Because of the protected nature of the giant Leatherback turtles, guided night excursions are recommended. It lessens the impact on the area. A small museum is at the main entrance of the park. They offer even more, information about these majestic sea creatures!

Surfing Paradise

There are multiple surf breaks along Playa Grande Costa Rica. That makes it very popular with surfers from all over the world. The breaks are consistent and moderate to high making Playa Grande the perfect spot for surfers of all abilities. Surf schools and local instructors can be found in town or along the beach. All great for you to enhance your skills or maybe learn some new tricks. International surf competitions are regularly held in the area as a testament to the spectacular waves and steady wave conditions. A popular area for surfers is the La Casita right-hand break. It brings people over from Tamarindo. Also, farther south because of its good sized waves and less crowded conditions.

Playa Grande Costa Rica sunsetSo much to do in Playa Grande Costa Rica!

On days when you are looking for something else to do besides enjoying the remarkable surf. There is so much for you to do in the Playa Grande area. Plenty of nature excursions, for example, great kayaking found in the Rio Matapalo estuary that borders the area. You will see tons of monkeys, tropical birds, and other animals. Zip line and hiking tours are readily available from Playa Grande. There are also many longer day trips to colonial Nicaragua. Too, National Parks at Rincon de la Vieja and Rio Celeste, etc. They will be fun for everyone you are traveling with. There is always something for everyone to do in the Playa Grande. A great area of Guanacaste, you’ll spoil yourself with choices of adventures!

Playa Grande

Playa Herradura

The place to be

Central Pacific Paradise!

Playa Herradura Costa Rica can be found in the Central Pacific zone. It is about an hour from San Jose and just a few miles north of Jaco. Originally a small fishing village. This area has transformed itself into a desirable tourist destination mostly because of the construction of the Marriott Los Suenos Resort and adjoining marina. With its beautiful black sand beaches and amazing ocean vistas. Herradura Costa Rica has become not just a local secret. Also a favorite amongst the expat community, and visitors to Costa Rica. This influx of high-end construction has also made Herradura an option for great shopping. So many, well-stocked art galleries and boutiques offer just about any treasure that you might be looking for!

Sports Fishing Capital of Costa Rica

The Marina at Los Suenos has helped transform the Herradura Costa Rica area into a mecca for world-class sports fishing. The Marina boasts the largest number of fishing captains and fully equipped boats in Costa Rica. Also, home to major sports fishing competitions every year. Famous for the record Dorado and Tuna caught in the nearby waters. Avid anglers are likely to find almost anything off the shores of the beaches of Herradura. The full-service facilities at the marina make it the perfect place to book your ocean adventure or dock your boat while exploring the Central Pacific coast!

Los Suenos Resort

The Los Suenos Resort occupied over 1100 acres in Herradura. It was the catalyst that changed this area from sleepy village to luxury destination. With a series of high-end homes and hotel rooms, this planned community has transformed this area into a much-visited area on the Central Pacific coast. The property boasts a large rainforest reserve. A championship golf course, pools, and recreational facilities. As well as the world famous marina!  A series of islands, bridges, canals and bars and restaurants make the unique pool area a must see during your visit to this resort! Additionally, the Resort boasts one of the country’s premiere championship golf courses. There is something for everyone to see and do at Los Suenos!

So Much to Do in Herradura Costa Rica

Herradura Costa Rica is ideally located in the Central Pacific area of Costa Rica. And convenient to any number of great activities. There will be something for everyone that you are traveling with to do in this area. Water sports are very popular – with sports fishing, surfing, parasailing, jet ski excursions and so many others among the most requested. Plenty of other adventures is also nearby including great zip lines, trails for hiking, kayaking and so much more! The Carrara National Park borders Herradura and offers visitors an opportunity to experience some great birding and experience a plethora of wildlife and plant life. The mangroves provide a unique habitat fro crocodiles and many water birds, as well as macaws, toucans and many other species!

What are you waiting for come visit Herradura Costa Rica

Playa Herradura

Quepos Costa Rica

The gateway to Manuel Antonio National Park

Quepos Costa Rica 

Quepos Costa Rica is a moderately sized harbor town located in the province of Puntarenas in the Central Pacific Zone.  Named after the indigenous people of the area, the Quepos natives. Quepos also is well known for its proximity to the most visited National Park in Costa Rica.  The town of Quepos is very tourist friendly. It has a wide variety of restaurants, clubs, bars, a marina, banks, post office, and shopping. Also, a fully functioning, world-class marina adds to the appeal of this charming beach community.

Quepos Costa Rica MarinaBeautiful Beaches and Abundant Nature

There are some different and uniquely beautiful beaches in the Quepos Costa Rica area. Also, Playa Espadilla, which runs from near downtown Quepos to the entrance of Manuel Antonio National Park.  Playa Espadilla Sur, Manuel Antonio, and Puerto Escondido are also in the immediate area.  Manuel Antonio’s Biesanz Bay is considered one of the most beautiful ocean views on the Pacific Coast. The rainforest comes right down to the sand in most instances making it easy to spot all three types of monkeys that live in this area. As well as toucans, parrots and macaws and of course, sloths!   The Quepos/Manuel Antonio area is one of the top destinations in the country for nature and beach relaxation!

Something for Everyone to Do in Quepos Costa Rica

The Quepos/Manuel Antonio is a natural playground – something for everyone to do and experience. The guided Manuel Antonio National Park tour is a must do. Described as an “outdoor zoo” by visitors, it’s amazing the number of animals and birds. This makes it the most popular national park in Costa Rica.  There are also great zip lining options in this area as well as rafting and tubing adventures for all ages.  So many fantastic water sports experiences here, For example, you can kayak the beautiful coast, take a catamaran out to see dolphins, jet ski, boat, or parasailing excursions for adventure, or maybe a surf lesson. The Quepos/Manuel Antonio area has them all!  You can also enjoy world-class birding. Why not the intriguing guided night hikes in the rainforest for something a little different!

Marina Pez Vela – Sports Fishing Mecca!

The opening of the Marina Pez Vela in Quepos Costa Rica has dramatically changed the town and local area. With the biggest marine travel lift in Central America. Pez Vela too has over a hundred wet slips comfortably accommodating boats up to 200 feet in length. In addition, the Marina has become the hub for many activities including International Fishing Tournaments, music, restaurants and bars, Jet Ski and boat rentals, fishing charters, stand up paddle boarding and catamaran tours, to name just a few. The Marina Pez Vela has brought a new energy and focus to Quepos.  A commercial boardwalk area is slowly growing on the edge of the marina, and a small amphitheater makes for the perfect place to enjoy the spectacular sea views and enjoy some local music!

Quepos Costa Rica

Uvita, Costa Rica

Enjoy the endless fun of Uvita

Southern Pacific Coast Paradise!

Looking for a quieter off the beaten path beach vacation? The small, uncrowded beach town of Uvita Costa Rica may be just what you are looking for. Situated in the Southern Pacific of Costa Rica south of Dominical, Uvita borders the Marina Ballena National Park. In the Uvita area, you will find miles of tropical beaches with hardly another person in sight. The beautiful golden sand for miles with swaying palm trees and tropical rain forest right up to the sand. Uvita may be the perfect location for a quiet beach getaway with exclusive luxury boutique hotels. Including  Oxygen Jungle Villas and Kura Design Villas. Also, charming cabins and adventures sure to satisfy everyone in your traveling party!

An Adventure in Uvita Costa Rica

Uvita Costa Rica has so much to offer regarding things to do and see. Listing them all would be difficult. As tempted as you might be just to enjoy the fantastic beaches your entire stay, there are so many things to do in this region that you should get out and explore the area. Famous whale and dolphin watching tours and sea kayaking are among the favorite activities operating out of Uvita. Easy access to Cano Island for snorkeling or scuba diving. Also, Corcovado National Park provides additional opportunities to explore the beautiful Southern Pacific Zone of Costa Rica. Delve into the mangroves, discover the rainforest and beaches on horseback, ATV. Enjoy too, some of the best sports fishing in Costa Rica so much to do in amazing Uvita!

Beautiful Whale’s Tail and Coral Reefs

The Whale’s Tale is a naturally formed sand and rock spit extending over a mile and a half of the beach in Uvita.  During low tide, many visitors walk out on the Whale’s Tail. They enjoy the fantastic views and unique Pacific Ocean perspective. The Uvita area also includes a large stretch of coral reef perfect for snorkeling and scuba adventures. You certainly will be amazed at the large quantity of brightly colored tropical fish. Also, other sea life that you can see in this natural wonderland. Several small islands including Las Tres Hermanas and Isla Ballena add to the amazing landscape.

Marino Ballena National Park

Marino Ballena National Park encompasses nearly nine miles from Rio Morete to Punta Pinuela. And includes over 5000 sea hectares of protected area. It is famous for abundant sea life especially the impressive humpback whale. Uvita Costa Rica offers one of the longest whale-watching seasons of any place in the world. From December to March and then again from mid-July thru October. The giant humpback whales make their way from their mating and feeding areas in the northern and southern hemispheres. All the way to the warm, tropical waters of Costa Rica. The diverse nature of Marino Ballena National Park includes over seventy-five species of fish. Including sharks and dolphins and large populations of Olive Ridley, Leatherback and Green turtles.

Uvita, Costa Rica

Playa Biesanz

Manuel Antonio's Secret Hide-Out

Playa Biesanz in Costa Rica’s Centric Wilderness

What makes Playa Biesanz in Costa Rica so special? It’s a beautiful unknown quiet corner between Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park. Biesanz Beach a secret, solitary location covered by dense green wilderness. It’s alive with monkeys, sloths, lizards, snakes and ocean bird formations flying overhead.


Expect Wildlife at Playa Biesanz Costa Rica

Biesanz Beach is at the end of a jungle trail that starts by the side ofPlaya Biesanz Costa Rica the road. It goes through a small opening in a fence and goes down a steep hill with loose pebbles.

Signs on the way to the beach are scarce as if those who are fortunate to know where Biesanz Beach doesn’t want others to find out. The 10-minute walking the trail down the hill is slippery so be careful; many naturalists tend to walk with their sights up in the trees and not down on the ground.

The trail down to Biesanz Beach is a great place to test your senses while spotting wildlife; the trail has a few clearings between hillsides that allow for high fidelity noise dispersion and great visibility for animals to make their appearance.

Favorites

Among the favorites to appear along the trail include the Central American Squirrel Monkey. An endangered species whose jungles have been clear cut, with the small exception of Manuel Antonio National Park and its peripheral areas.

The C.A. Squirrel Monkeys are cute tiny fuzzy bundles of wonder that display quick balancing acts along thin branches and cables, with single file nimble leaps included, in pursuit of food and shelter.

Playa Biesanz MonkeyThe tiny fuzzy quick squirrel monkeys travel in large packs of around 20 to 75 members. Their short, squeaky kissing sounds usually give them away up in the trees, where larger territorial white-faced capuchin monkeys (Cebus capucinus a.k.a. Marcel from Friends) that also travel in large packs tend to give them chase in competition for the area with the fruit.

When the chase between species occur, it’s impossible not to know where the monkeys are and an interesting display of loud behavior between the packs of monkeys unfolds.

Howlers

On a decibel chart, the mantled howler monkeys that hang around the jungles of Playa Biesanz win first place. The howler monkeys usually stay up high and unseen in the canopy; their loud howls give away their location, but the other monkey species do not mess with them. These black monkeys are less social towards humans than the squirrel monkeys and capuchin monkeys. Capuchin monkeys approach, touch, confront and even steal from their fellow two-legged primates.

Clearings in the jungle along the Playa Biesanz trail are a good place to look for three-toed sloths. They latched from skinny branched big leaf Cecropia trees.

The tropical almond trees (Terminalia catappa) on the beach attract slow mossy two-toed sloths. On a good day at Biesanz, you’ll spot both of them. Get your feet wet on the end of the trail and walk along the soft sands of Biesanz Beach. Mid tide is the best time be at the beach. Biesanz Beach had calm waters and considered a good place for snorkeling and ocean kayaks.


Travel Tips to Biesanz Beach

The best time for animals at Biesanz Beach is in the morning or around 4:01 pm., There are no shelters or stores at Biesanz Beach if it rains, you and anything else you bring will get wet. Comfort level zero so comes prepared for afternoon showers if you travel during green season months.

The best way to get to this beach is to be dropped off and picked up from your Manuel Antonio hotel. If you drive there, your vehicle will remain parked and unattended along a desolate road. During the high tourist season in Manuel Antonio Costa Rica, the beaches can be overwhelmingly crowded, and the roads turn into real danger zones. Also, consider bringing snorkeling gear and hiking shoes for the short trail; it is a jungle out there.

Playa Biesanz

Cabuya Costa Rica

A Forgotten Beach Outpost

The Authentic Coastal Pace of Cabuya Costa Rica

Cabuya Costa Rica is a quaint tiny beach town close to Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve. Some describe it as what this country’s rural beach communities must have looked like before the tourist boom of the 1990’s.

The Rural Beach town of Cabuya, Costa Rica

There’s a dusty rural road that takes you to this beach enclave on the most southern corner of the Nicoya Peninsula. The scenic rural road leads directly to the ocean shores of  Cabuya Costa Rica. The road also travels through grazing fields and colorful Costa Rican homes speckled through the landscape. It’s a scenic drive that gives you a peek of Costa Rican rural life!

The quaint Cabuya Island Cemetery

The low tide at Cabuya Costa Rica reveals a natural pathway of reefs that connect the beach with an island in the ocean. Cabuya Island cemetery is only accessible during low tide! It takes about ten minutes to walk over the flat reef from the Cabuya shore to the island cemetery. This island is a resting spot for the local deceased people. An interesting cultural note is during local funerals there is a procession that walks across the sand bar during low tide to carry their deceased loved ones to the island cemetery. 

Cabuya’s Giant Shortleaf Fig Tree

The Shortleaf Fig tree (Ficus centifolia) has inhabited the town of Cabuya for centuries. The Shortleaf Fig is a keystone species, which means its contribution to the environment is out of proportion to the small remaining number of trees left in the ecosystem.  The famous Cabuya Costa Rica Shortleaf Fig tree is 40 meters tall (130 ft) and 80 meters (260 ft). In fact, it won the Costa Rica’s Exceptional Tree Award for 2007 as recognition for its important role in its environment!

The life of a Shortleaf Fig tree begins as an epiphyte. This is a plant whose roots latch on to another plant only for support, as it gathers nutrients from the air and water. As the fig epiphyte grows, its aerial root system drops to the nutrient-rich ground. There it finds the energy to grapple onto another nearby tree. Eventually, the fig will kill its host, draining it of its resources. Fig trees that are hollow in the middle because they kill off the host tree that originally occupied that space.

The hollow center of Cabuya’s Shortleaf Fig tree is home to a healthy colony of bats. This is because its offshoots are favorite hangouts for a pack of 10 Mantled Howler Monkeys (Alouatta palliata). Several black iguanas (Ctenosaura similar) also live among its warm branches.

Travel Destinations Near Cabuya Costa Rica

Cabuya Costa Rica may seem almost forgotten in time, but it’s rather a great destination for excellent beaches and wildlife in this part of the Nicoya Peninsula:

  • Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve
  • Montezuma Beach
  • Santa Teresa and Mal Pais
  • Curu Wildlife Refuge
  • Tortuga Island

Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve

The Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve is one of Costa Rica’s first protected land areas. It features a coastal ecosystem made of riparian jungles that transition into tropical dry forests. Also, a hiking trail that ends in a white pebbled beach home to an incredible amount of brown pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) and ocean beauty.

Montezuma Beach

Montezuma Beach too is a small laid back beach at the base of an ocean cliff covered in tropical forest vegetation. Travelers that stay in Montezuma’s beach hotels are close to beautiful sands, plunging waterfalls and jungle trails

Santa Teresa and Mal Pais

Santa Teresa Beach and Mal Pais are well-known surfing beaches. These two beach towns have melded into one long stretch of road with hotels and restaurants parallel to the ocean.

Curu Wildlife Refuge

Curu Wildlife Refuge is a mixed project that integrates sustainable farming and forest cover protection with the regeneration of ecozones along a coastal front.

Tortuga Island

Tortuga Island is a favored destination for catamaran cruises to a unique snorkeling spot in Costa Rica sandwiched between a pair of islands and white sand beaches.

There are many things to do around Cabuya Costa Rica, but the most favorite activities seem to involve relaxing!

 

Cabuya Costa Rica

La Fortuna, Costa Rica

La Fortuna - A Town in the Shadow of the Arenal Volcano

La Fortuna Costa Rica is Living on the Edge

Arenal Volcano stands over the pleasant green country town of La Fortuna Costa Rica. No doubt making it a prime tourist destination ever since tourism became important to Costa Rica.  For more than forty years residents of La Fortuna have been aware they are living next to volcanic annihilation. Though instead of becoming a ghost town, it’s grown to about five thousand residents. Instead of living in fear, look for it and live from it.  

La Fortuna is considered the adventure capital of Costa Rica. Visitors there will find many adrenaline charged activities.  For example rappelling down waterfalls and narrow canyons in the jungle. Where else can you zip line high in the air over an impressive waterfall as you observe some of Costa Rica’s volcanoes in the distance. Whitewater rafting tour operators in La Fortuna offer every class of whitewater rafting.  From river floats to the thrilling class 4+, La Fortuna offers them all.

Authentic Travel in La Fortuna Costa Rica

It’s very rewarding and nothing complicated to visit Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna natural hang outs. You know, those special authentic marvelous natural locations locals know about and visit on their off time. These places play a major role in sustainable tourism as authentic contemporary cultural leisure sites for the Costa Ricans and their followers.

La Fortuna Costa Rica locals don’t need to be advertised on what activities and natural destinations around Arenal Volcano are paramount for their enjoyment. They know, they live there.  Follow the locals to their spots, natural locations that do not require reservations or high fees to enter. These are not resorts or hotels near Arenal Volcano, these are authentic local destinations in Costa Rica that might require visitors to walk under a bridge or a gap in a fence to get to them.

The main stream tour agency and resort has an antithesis. Its grassroots knowledge passed along the locals of the best Costa Rican natural hang outs. La Fortuna has some very exciting natural hang outs and hidden wonders that will melt your soul.

Top 3 La Fortuna Costa Rica Natural Hang Outs

  • La Fortuna Waterfall
  • El Salto Waterhole
  • Tabacon River Natural Hot Springs

La Fortuna Costa Rica Waterfall: How Costa Rica looks like in the Movies

la fortuna costa ricaThis Waterfall is the metamorphosis of a calm mountain creek. Well known as La Fortuna River, turning into a fierce, plunging, rock-carving torrent of white water that again stabilizes into shades of green jade depth and light gray sands making this location an ideal La Fortuna natural hang out.

In fact, there is more than one way of admiring this Waterfall. Visitors either horseback, drive, or walk up the river canyon and then enter the jungle on foot. You walk down a marked path with steps leading to the waterfall.  Visitors can also contemplate La Fortuna Waterfall from an elevated distance to include a panoramic background in their pictures. The third way of admiring La Fortuna Waterfall is by zip lining over it, a truly breathtaking experience.


El Salto Waterhole and Rope Swing

la fortuna costa ricaEl Salto Waterhole uses the same La Fortuna River, just a little further downstream from the waterfall, to cushion swinging valiant leaps from a rope swing tied to a Sabana Oak on the river bank. This natural hang out is a favorite among the young at heart testing their bravery as they fly through the air in many motions from a rope swing to finally sink in El Salto’s deep waterhole in the jungle.  El Salto rope swing is next to road, besides a bridge that serves as shelter when it rains, and walking distance from La Fortuna, about a mile.


Tabacon River Natural Hot Springs

la fortuna costa ricaLocal Costa Ricans and anybody smart enough to follow them there, find complete relaxation and mystical beauty nested away in the currents of natural hot springs adorned by jungles that are alive with toucans, dart frogs, crested guans, basilisks and hummingbirds enjoying the steamy nectar from Earth’s most impressive volcanic garden. The best time frame for these three activities is after lunch, on a full stomach, and in the given order.

Firstly, El Salto Waterhole and Tabacon River natural hot springs are completely in the wild; in fact, you won’t find any lockers or fancy sidewalks. Just the best excitement and relaxation mother nature can provide.Too, with the right timing, travelers can fit in a morning adventure activity like rappelling or whitewater rafting Balsa River.  It’s also important not to be more than 30 minutes at a time in the warm waters of any natural hot springs, luckily, Tabacon River has a small cool stream next to it so visitors can cool off.

La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Playa Carate Costa Rica

Where the road literally ends

Carate Costa Rica shoreline

The Rich Coast

Playa Carate Costa Rica located near the most southern tip of the Osa Peninsula. Don’t be mistaken this is an extremely secluded beach. The Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica, one of the last areas explored by local ranchers and farmers during the agricultural expansion years. Half of Osa was practically left untouched, and its wildlife remains protected mainly through Corcovado National Park and other legally protected areas. Carate is a tiny populace in Osa where the road ends, and civilization is a vestige. Carate Beach overflows with vibrant nature, and abundant wildlife for Corcovado National Park just steps away.

Facts about Carate Costa Rica

Things you’ll hear in and about the Osa Peninsula and Corcovado:

-The most biologically intense place on Earth. Here is the only place in Costa Rica to have all four local monkey species, in one tree. It’s amazing to see the diversity of this area not just monkeys but for all the local wildlife. For example the number of Scarlet Macaws that you find truly amazing.

-In Corcovado National Park you will find the tallest tree in Costa Rica. Named the giant Silk Cotton tree (Ceiba pentandra). This tree is amazing standing 77 meters tall or 250 feet.

-They call it the rich coast for a reason, and that’s because of the gold. Located in the park are many deposits of gold chunks, and much of it has been mined out over the years. Mass gold mining efforts took place some 50 years ago but have been stopped ever since the park’s establishment.

-You have to go to Corcovado! Make sure to make your way down to Playa Carate Costa Rica. And if not here at least come to some part of the Osa. You are sure to love to peace and quite. 

-Where’s the next gas station? Is this the right way? One drawback to being so secluded is well it’s secluded. You won’t find any Walmart or Mcdonalds here. 

Where to Stay in Carate Costa Rica

If you are looking for sustainability, two of most sustainable eco lodges in Costa Rica are in Carate; La Leona and Luna Lodge. These two hotels are at the end of the road, and then some more. Sustainability is practically your only option when you are so far away and enjoying off the beaten path Costa Rica; speaking of which, the road to Carate’s intended for four by four vehicles. On your way there you can stop to enjoy lonely beautiful beaches and giant trees. Carate Costa Rica also has a landing strip for those who wish to avoid such a long drive. If you do drive there, be sure to go on a full tank and fill it up every chance you get.

Playa Carate Costa Rica

Golfito Costa Rica

Come where the Wild Things are.

Golfito Costa Rica Whale tale

The town of Golfito Costa Rica

Golfito as a city is tiny but beautiful. Full of locals that are ready to welcome you. Golfito Costa Rica is an up and coming tourist town, only within the past few years has it seen more tourist traffic. In fact, this little port town is located just a boat ride away from the Osa Peninsula. Also not far from many gorgeous and peaceful beaches. It’s a common sight to see crews ships stopping by weekly. 

What to do In Golfito Costa Rica

You might ask if it’s such a small place, what is there to do? Well, don’t worry there are plenty of things to do here. For example birding, scuba diving, sportfishing, surfing, and swimming. And let’s not forget Whale Watching, this by far is one of the best tours of Golfito. So many locals rave about seeing Whales and Dolphins all year long. 

Surrounding Golfito are some of Costa Rica’s best beaches!  Just south of the town is Pavones Beach famous for it’s long left break.   Visitors to the area are also encouraged to explore the magical mangroves that are habitats for the abundant bird and animal life that are in this area.  Golfito is the perfect jumping off point to explore some of the great nature opportunities of the Gulfo Dulce area of Costa Rica! Another great water adventure is Cavernitas Falls – a series of twenty waterfalls and beautiful exotic plant life – a must see for all tourists to the area!   Kayaking tours have also become increasingly popular among eco-tourists to the area – the perfect way to observe the local abundance of bird and animal life while slowly paddling thru the serene waters surrounding Golfito.

Top Destinations in Golfito Costa Rica

The top destinations of Golfito Costa Rica are all over the map. Probably the most sot after is Corcovado National Park. Here is where the wild things are. Unlike the book “Where the Wild Things are” you will see wildlife. Such diversity in this region, it is breathtaking.

Secondly, another great place to see is Caño Island. Caño is famous for scuba Diving. Here you will see a vast array of marine wildlife. For example Manta Rays, Dolphins, Whales, Sharks, and a huge variety of fish. The Golfito Marina is an up and coming destination. It started construction late 2016 and is set to be finished by 2018. Finally, if you’re looking for some time out on the water, the Golfo Dulce is what you’re searching for. This Golf drops 600 feet before reaching the see floor.

Hotels in Golfito Costa Rica 

If you’re looking to stay right in town Casa Roland Resort is a great place try out. This charming resort features a pool, cozy rooms and plenty of space. Also if you’re looking for something a little more rugged, check out Tiskita Jungle Lodge. The lodge was designed with inspiration from the Star Wars Ewok huts. But you won’t find any lightsaber battles here. It’s actually very secluded and a great place to connect with nature. Saladero Ecolodge also secluded and peaceful has some interesting mangrove tours. Come here if you want to try your hand at kayaking. For a full list of Hotels and Lodges Check out where to stay in Costa Rica.

Duty-Free Paradise!

To boost economic conditions in the area after the departure of United Fruit Company, the government of Costa Rica established a duty-free zone in the city of Golfito.  This has not only provided employment for the local population, but also an outlet for Costa Ricans to find reasonably priced goods.  The establishment of the Duty-Free Zone has also enhanced the overall stability and healthy economy of the Golfito area.  This makes the area even more attractive for visitors as the increase in prosperity is reflected in dedication to ecotourism and the preservation of the natural beauty which surrounds the city.  Definitely a spot to include on your Costa Rica vacation – Golfito has something for everyone!

Golfito Costa Rica Water TaxiWhy Golfito 

Have we wet your appetite for adventure or relaxation. Thats just the beginning for what Golfito Costa Rica has to offer you. The weather is simply lovely here. And for most of the year you can experience a dryer forecast. Also the rainy season or green season is nothing to bock at. During that time you will see the rainforest lighten up with a whole new shade of color and life. What about the remoteness? It really isn’t that far from civilization. Golfito has a great airport for going to and from Juan Santa Maria. Too its a great base for stemming out on your travels of Southern Puntarenas Costa Rica. We can’t focus enough on the beauty of this region from its beaches to the national parks and animals.

Come experience the Pura Vida of Golfito Costa Rica.

 

Golfito Costa Rica

Isla Tortuga Costa Rica

The Deserted Island you were looking for

Turtle Island

Isla Tortuga is a top destination in Puntarenas Costa Rica. Located only an hour and a half boat ride from shore. Isla Tortuga is ideal for day trips and small family excursions. The Turtle Island is your perfect sandy beach and with palm trees and clear waters. But it offers so much more. The island itself has a few small indigenous villages. Also, it has a few wildlife reserves. Be sure when you visit its exclusive for relaxation and exploration. You will find a variety of wildlife on the island including Peccaries, Scarlet Macaws, Iguanas, and beach Crabs. 

What to do on Isla Tortuga

While Visiting makes sure to bring your beach towels, flip-flops, and lots of sunscreens. This is the perfect place to bask in the sun. Sit in the cool sand as the warm Pacific breeze blows away your worries.  Also, why not try your hand at some snorkeling. Offshore of the Island, you can find great spots for snorkeling, guided tours take you to where the fish are. And the waters are perfect. The clear waters let you see all types of marine life, like Manta Rays, Dolphins, and much colorful fish. Tortuga Island is also awsome for hiking up through the hilly trails and exploring all over the island. 

Where to Stay

Since the island doesn’t have hotels or resorts on it, you do have to stay on the mainland. But don’t worry, very near to Isla Tortuga you will find top class accommodations. At Playa Tambor very near the island, Barceló Tambor and Hotel Tambor Tropical are very classy beachfront hotels. Not far down the road we also have Tango Mar Resort. Staying at these and many other hotels, resorts, and lodges your sure to be treated with luxury and be able to relax on your vacation.

Isla Tortuga Sun settingIsla Tortuga Tours  

Now that you know where to stay, How do you arrive at the Turtle Island? By far the best way is to take a small exclusive cruise. Calypso Tours offer such a delight. Starting off the Cruise, they give you a hot breakfast and then you board the world class yacht catamaran Manta Raya. On the ride there, enjoy the relaxed view of the Costa Rican coast and still waters. Once at the Island Calypso provides a four-course meal and guarantees five hours to do whatever you like within the island. 

Secondly is Bay Island Cruises, they offer a very similar experience. Lunch and transportation are included, you will have an excellent time. Both tours have bilingual, experienced guides to provide you assistance in any way. Also included is bar service both on Catamaran and the beach. 

All you need to do now is come to Costa Rica. Experience a whole other view of life, Pura Vida.

Isla Tortuga Costa Rica

Bocas del Toro

Amazing Island Getaway on the Caribbean Coast!

Bocas del Toro Islands

Bocas del Toro, an archipelago in a bay named Chiriqui, is Panama’s Caribbean heaven. The bay has an array of coral reefs, mangroves, lush trees and white sands with abundant marine life. Bocas has vital nesting beaches for Green, Leatherback, Hawksbill and Loggerhead Marine turtles. Poison dart frogs have also made Bocas del Toro islands their habitat; each island has their color of frogs. There’s a mix of indigenous and Antillean cultures bestowing Bocas del Toro with diverse ethnic food and music. Accommodations in Bocas del Toro fit all budgets, but big resorts with high prices are absent. Many hotels, restaurants, and water taxis are found the walking distance from Bocas Town airstrip. Those who access by land from Costa Rica are suggested to take a water taxi from Changuinola to get here.

Colon Island 

Bocas Town is on an Island named Colon, in regards to Christopher Columbus’s 1502 landing. Colonial houses lining the coast and open streets manifest this rural town’s Caribbean charm. People leave Bocas Town smiling with memories of reggae and the taste of rice and beans cooked in coconut milk. Boca del Drago, on the far side of Colon Island, flaunts a stunning beach with clear water sprinkled by starfish. Bluff Beach, a surfing and sunbathing spot north of Bocas Town, has turtles nesting over golden sands. Some surfers warn of Bluff Beach waves breaking near coral close to shore, so surf with care. Swan Cay, a small islet Off Colon Island’s northern shores, is a bird nesting area with more coral reefs.

Bastimentos Island 

Home to a Marine Park with praised beaches and cays sharing Chiriqui Bay. The Zapatillas Cays, mangroves and a significant portion of Bastimentos Island make up Bastimentos Marine Park. Red Frog Beach, the most sought after Bocas del Toro beach, is beset by small red poison dart frogs and green flora. Crawl Cay, famous for snorkeling and dining near thatch-roofed huts over piers in the water, is southeast of Bastimentos Island.

Zapatilla Keys 

Zapatillia keys, located in the Parque Nacional Marino Isla Bastimentos. Established in 1988 to protect coral reefs and mangrove swamps. The park covers 51 sq miles, or 132 sq. km, including the Isla Bastimentos, surrounding waters, and keys. There are two Zapatillia keys, named for the Zapatilla fruit. The twin islands rest atop a coral plateau, and nurse sharks call the coral around Zapatilla home.

What makes Zapatilla famous? The beaches, the water, and the coral reef. This is an ideal place to take a stroll on the beach or go snorkeling. The islands can only be reached by using a water taxi from the other major islands. First, arrival on the island you won’t believe your eyes. It’s fun walking along the beach seeing the breathtaking views of the island and hearing the birds in the treetops. The highlight is being able to swim in the marvelous water. It is the perfect temperature and so transparent allowing perfect visibility of the coral reef.

Bocas Activities

Diving and snorkeling through coral reefs like those near Hospital Point and eating fresh fish in town are obvious reasons for being at Bocas del Toro. Bocas Town traffic is scarce making scooters and mountain bikes an excellent means to explore. On foot, hikers will find wildlife on trails along beaches, lagoons, jungles and mangroves.

Before leaving Bocas del Toro highly recommended going to these three different locations. The first location is an area where you can see dolphins. It’s so much fun watching the pods of dolphins jumping out of the water right by the boat! Then continue to Cayo Zapatilla, the most beautiful beach. After Cayo Zapatilla travels to Cayo Crawl where there is snorkeling. It’s  amazing to see all the fish and coral, indeed an incredible ecosystem.

A highlight of visiting Bocas is Playa Estrella, Starfish Beach. The water is so clear you can swim and see the starfish on the ocean floor many feet below. Also, interesting is how varied the colors of the starfish are. Everything from a bright red to a pale tan. If you decide to go to this beach just remember not to touch or pick up the starfish as you could hurt them. 

Bocas del Toro truly a magical experience. To see such amazing and pristine beaches and to experience the abundant wildlife. 

Bocas del Toro

Panama City

Gateway to Panama

A city of History

Panama City has historically been an international crossroads. Founded in 1517, Panama City was the first European city built on the Pacific Coast of the New World. The Spaniards needed a location with which to load up all of the riches that they were plundering from the local cultures. Panama City was also the starting point for the expeditions that conquered and looted the Inca Empire in Peru in the mid part of the 16th century. The abundance of valuable goods led to the 1671 siege and eventual burning of the city by English pirate Henry Morgan. Centuries later the building of the Panama Canal in the early part of the twentieth century, reaffirmed the importance of Panama City as an important gateway between the Pacific and Atlantic.

 Three Cities in one

Panama City has three distinct sectors or “cities” all within the city limits! Firstly, is Panama La Vieja (the old town). Also, known as Casco Antiguo- is full of picturesque ruins and a fascinating museum chock full of archaeological excavation items. There not only the time of the Spanish settlement but also from the indigenous people that inhabited this area. Now a fascinating mix of many styles of architecture. All in all, truly a visual history of all of the important eras of Panama City. Beautiful Art Deco, Colonial and Caribbean building styles are found right next to the ruins of the original Spaniard colony.

The Casco Viejo

The Casco Viejo sector of the city that dates from the 17th-century Spanish occupation of the area. This area also is a visual reminder of how long it has been a crossroads between the Americas and the rest of the world! Seventeenth-century convents, churches, and other historic buildings are all part of this sector of the city. Some now converted to trendy restaurants! Even the headquarters of the French company that attempted the first Panama Canal is available for touring. Lastly, the biggest sector of the city is right on the spectacular Panama Bay. All with a busy and prosperous business district and modern skyscrapers, many restaurants, and nightclubs!

Gateway to Panama

Panama City has a well-developed infrastructure system that makes it a hub for all travel throughout Panama and the world! Domestic flights and many other forms of transportation are available to get you anywhere that you might want to go to Panama. Come to the incredible archipelago of Bocas del Toro, the spectacular National Parks or miles of beautiful beach on both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts.

RuinsPanama Viejo

A settlement in the oldest district of Panama, Founded in 1519  by Pedro Arias Dávila. Also, the first European settlement to be permanent on the Pacific side. Panama Viejo was a starting point for exporting gold from the rest of the area. Being right on the water it was the perfect base of operations. Within 150 years the settlement grew from 100 to 10,000 inhabitants. It also went through many problems over the years from some attacks by pirates and Indigenous people to large earthquakes and fires. Pirate Henry Morgan Gave one final blow to the city by setting most of it on fire, many peoples were killed, and Panama City moved several kilometers west of the original site.

By all means, whatever it is you like to do, Panama City has a little bit of everything for you. From Beautiful Historic tours to many five star hotels.

Panama City

Panama Canal

The historical masterpiece of Panama

An Endeavour worth talking about 

Most people think of the Panama Canal as a modern endeavor. Although, the history goes all of the ways back to the 16th century. After unbelievable riches discovered in Asia, Peru, and Ecuador by the Spanish. It was suggested to Charles V of Spain in approximately 1524 that a shorter route back to Europe was a necessity.

Plans were drawn up in 1529 that suggested cutting out a piece of land out of Panama. This was to lessen the travel time back to Europe. History shows that these plans were put on the shelf by wars throughout Europe. At that time they carved crude roads through the treacherous terrain. Even settlements on both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts to speed the journeys of travelers headed back to Europe. Most notable of these settlements is the Scottish New Edinburgh and Caledonia. Both abandoned for good by 1700. Wiped out by disease and fighting with the Spanish.

The Panama Railway

In the early 1800’s European interest revived in a canal project. In 1819 the Spanish government officially authorized the construction of the canal. Then the establishment of the company that would oversee the construction. The California Gold Rush in 1848 also increased the interest of all the parties involved. As well as stimulated the Americans to join the canal effort. Two sites were determined to be the most practical- one in what is now Panama and the other in Nicaragua.

Several international organizational companies were formed to headline the construction. Most failed within a few years. It became imperative that a shorter method of travel was found immediately. From 1850 to 1855 the Panama Railroad was built. Now crossing the isthmus in approximately the same location as the Canal would someday. The Railroad was an engineering miracle in its time. Built under horrendous conditions in difficult terrain; claiming somewhere between 6,000 and 12,000 workers. Mostly from cholera or malaria. Until the Canal opened, the Panama Railroad boasted the highest volume of freight of any railroad in the world. The existence of the railroad solidified Panama as the natural choice once Canal plans began again.

Panama Canal, Initial Failures

In 1880 a French company formed and headed by Ferdinand de Lesseps. The builder of the Suez Canal. He suggested that a sea-level canal, built thru Panama. Not unlike the Suez Canal, completed nearly a decade earlier. But Panama was much different from the terrain that de Lesseps was familiar with in the Middle East. His lack of engineering skills, coupled with his inexperience at delegating the work to qualified personnel, made the French efforts wildly unsuccessful. Nearly 22,000 workers lost their lives in the effort, and the canal was once again on the back burner.

Although the French effort failed – they made significant achievement in the initial efforts to remove large quantities of earth and rock. In 1899 the United States formed a congressional committee to examine all of the proposed canal routes. Initially, the decision of the committee was to go through Nicaragua. Later changed to the route we know now. Panama Canal Construction The Lesseps Company offered to sell its remaining assets to the Americans. The United States and the newly formed government of Panama entered into a treaty that provided a perpetual lease of a ten-mile strip of land, now known as the Canal Zone. This treaty guaranteed independence to Panama and a well-needed influx of cash.

Construction and Inauguration

The building of the 48 mile Panama Canal became one of the primary focuses of Teddy Roosevelt. He saw the Canal as imperative to national security. The sinking of the USS Maine off the shores of Cuba in 1898 only brought home his point. A replacement ship took nearly 67 days to travel from San Francisco. As compared to the three weeks it would have taken had there been a canal. The purchase of the Lesseps Company and active participation in the formation of the new country of Panama sealed the deal for the United States. Construction once again began in earnest in 1904 and completed in 1914.

The construction was fraught with problems including serious disease epidemics. For example, small pox, malaria, and yellow fever- and labor and engineering disasters of every type. Estimated that by the time the canal completion, nearly 30,000 people died in the American and French efforts. In November 1906, Roosevelt visited Panama to inspect the canal’s progress. The first trip outside the United States by a sitting President. A grand opening celebration planned in 1914 when the canal finally completed but never occurred because World War 1 had started and any celebration seen as inappropriate. A local event held with a first official trip thru the canal on August 15th, 1914.

Engineering Marvel to this Day

Since the Panama Canal opened in 1914, it has been enormously successful. The canal can handle everything from private yachts to large commercial ships. Typically it takes nine hours for a ship to make it through the complicated series of locks. So much more acceptable than the alternative. An average of over 40 ships a day traveled through the canal in 2005 with a total of nearly 280 million tons aboard.

The canal has continued to be of enormous strategic and economic importance to the United States. The military significance of the canal proved well during World War 2 when the United States fought in both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. The canal made this much easier and safer than ever before. The running of the Panama Canal handed over to the Panamanian Government on January 1st of 2000. This transition made many very apprehensive but has been seamless, and the canal continues to operate as well as ever. The Panama Canal’s an engineering marvel that truly appreciated by anyone that travels thru Panama.

Panama Canal

The San Blas Islands

A region of unparalleled in beauty

The Beauty of San Blas Islands

The San Blas Islands are a group of over 350 islands. Located in the Caribbean off the eastern coast of Panama. With only about 50 of the islands inhabited. The area is also known as Kuna Yala after the indigenous people that have existed there for centuries. A region of unparalleled beauty, with spectacular coral reefs and magnificent virgin rainforest. This area is often called the “Pearl of the Caribbean.”

 The Kuna Yala People

In 1925 the Kuna Yala People won their sovereignty from Panama. Presently, there is a population of approximately 50,000 Kuna living in the area. Of the 100’s of beautiful islands in the archipelago, only about 50 are occupied. Primarily, hunters also fishers, the Kuna Yasla people represent a merging of people that migrated from Central America and the Chibcha culture of Columbia. Gracious hosts and proud preservers of their fascinating 1000 years old culture. The Kuna Yala people resisted nearly all Western influence until the late 20th Century. A population with a propensity for song and dance. As well as the production of intricately detailed textiles. The Kuna Yala is a matriarchal society that lives a peaceful life in this beautiful part of Panama.

Pearl of the Carribean 

This region of Panama is an area of spectacular beauty! Miles of pristine, uninhabited beaches, clear unpolluted waters. Also, coral reefs that are home to schools of colorful tropical fish and lots of unique flora and fauna. So much to see, all just part of your experience in San Blas! For example, on the mainland, you can see breathtaking waterfalls, rushing rivers and virgin rain forests! Add to that the unique Kuna Yala people and their gracious culture and you have a part of Panama that cannot be missed!

 

The San Blas Islands

Boquete and Baru

Endless springtime all year

Experience Boquete and Baru

Boquete and Baru Volcano have long been a favorite destination. Both Panamanians and international visitors love it because of the beautiful scenery also the flora and fauna. Located about 75 miles from the Costa Rican border in the Panamanian Highlands. Boquete is a relaxing place to enjoy nature and discover the beauty of rural Panama! With two dormant volcanoes and spectacular National Parks nearby, Boquete also has lots for visitors to see and explore.

Points of Interest

David, Panama is the third largest city in Panama and is a center for the thriving farming business that can be found in fertile Chiriqui Province. A coastal plain city, David serves as a jumping off point for visitors headed to Bocos del Toro or the beautiful mountain towns of Boquete or Cerro Punta. An important transportation hub, David has a bustling regional airport, as well as numerous bus companies and tour outfits that will help you get to nearly anywhere in this part of Panama or in neighboring Costa Rica!

El Sendero de Loz Quetzales

Considered one of the most beautiful trails in Panama, the El Sendero de Los Quetzals begins in Boquete. Famous for the beautiful scenery and plentiful animals are seen along the trail. The entire trail is approximately 6 miles and skirts the beautiful Baru volcano. It connects the towns of Boquete on the east and Guadalupe on the west. One of the best places in Panama to see the Resplendent Quetzal. The trail offers hikers an opportunity to see a large number of the amazing Quetzal, as well as many other fascinating bird species.

Haven For Nature Lovers

Boquete has become a popular place for both Europeans and North Americans looking for a friendly place to retire. Also, just explore a slower paced lifestyle in beautiful Panama! Nearly 15% of the population of Boquete is foreigners. They appreciate the wonderfully mild climate, peaceful surroundings and the relatively low cost of living that can be found in this part of Panama. Boquete has all modern conveniences, charming restaurants with many different cuisines, world-renowned coffee plantations. Too, they have nearby golf courses and spas that make this the perfect place to live or visit!

Highest Point in Panama

Barú Volcano is the highest point in Panama; it measures 11,398 feet or 3,474 meters. At the summit, you can see views of both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. There are seven craters located on this volcano. The last major eruption of Barú Volcano happened approximately 1,500 years ago with a minor eruption happening 500 years ago. Geologists have researched the volcano and have concluded that it has erupted several times in the last 10,000 years and from a cluster of seismic activity in the last century, most recently in 2006, they have determined that Barú Volcano is still an active volcano.

Getting There is Part of The Fun

Located on the eastern slope of the Barú Volcano is Boquete, a perfect place to stay for those wanting to visit the volcano. Getting to the summit of the volcano’s an adventure in itself when you arrive, you’re rewarded with a stunning view. The most common way of going to the summit is by hiking. It is a physically taxing four to six-hour hike. The hike will take you over a series of steep and gentle inclines. From Boquete, you also have the option to take an ATV or jeep tour to the summit.

Hike to The Summit

The best time to begin your hike is very early in the morning to get the best visibility. Your hike starts at the ranger station of Barú Volcano National Park, from here it is approximately 13km or 8 miles to the summit. Before reaching the summit, you will start seeing some of the craters and once reaching the top if the visibility is clear you will be able to see the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean. Be advised this is a hard hike, and the weather can be, highly unpredictable. Also on the summit, it can be freezing, during the dry season there have been reports of ice and snow.

Boquete and Baru

Granada Nicaragua

Come to Granada

A city of Wonder

Granada Nicaragua considered one of the most important cities in Nicaragua for many reasons. Most specifically from a historical perspective. Founded in 1524 by Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba, the city has a long and interesting colonial history. It is evident in its architecture and city planning. Many of the streets are narrow and paved in cobblestones reflecting a long and interesting history. Granada has always been one of Nicaragua’s most influential cities from both a political and economic perspective. The name Granada refers to both the state located on the northwestern shore of Lake Nicaragua and the city that is the capital of that state. The fourth largest city in Nicaragua. Granada is known for both its fertile agricultural lands and its history as a colonial outpost.

A Rich and Colorful History

During the colonial period, Granada was important as a port city. It has access to the Atlantic thru the San Juan River and the Pacific via Lake Nicaragua. This position made it valuable to many looking to expand their base in the New World. English, Dutch and French pirates attacked the area on many occasions. They all tried to gain control of the valuable position that Granada held in the New World. Granada later became the staging area for William Walker, the American filibuster who had plans to take over Central America.

Over the years there has been a great disagreement between the cities of Granada and Leon over which was the capital of Nicaragua. This dispute, often punctuated by violence between the leading families of each faction. Finally, it settled by a compromise reached in the mid-1800’s that named Managua capital primarily because of its location directly between the two battling entities.

Granada Nicaragua A Tourism Centerpiece 

Granada has enjoyed an important place in Nicaragua’s economy, as it has long been a center of commerce. Gold, silver and other natural resources such as timber have been just as important as agricultural products in the prosperity of the region. Granada has also enjoyed the increasing growth of tourism, as it is home to some of the most spectacular examples of colonial architecture in this part of the world, as well as its proximity to some of the most amazing beaches, volcanoes and other natural wonders that are in Nicaragua! A great place to visit on your trip to Central America- you will long remember the beauty that is colonial Granada!

 

Granada Nicaragua

San Juan Del Sur

Made up of many small fishing villages

Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast

San Juan Del Sur is one of the most popular travel destinations on Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast! Not long ago this area of Nicaragua, primarily made up of just small fishing villages. Now it has slowly been recognized as a hidden paradise. Truly an area to discover unbelievable natural resources. As well as world-class sports fisheries and surfing and above all- RELAXATION!

Bay of San Juan Del Sur

With a local population of approximately 20,000 Nicaraguans and a growing ex-patriot community. San Juan del Sur is the perfect merging of cultures. All of this adds extensive charm to this once quaint fishing village. The crescent shaped bay of San Juan del Sur is home to a plethora of different vessels. All ranging from colorful local fishing boats, sports fishing and recreational boats and the occasional cruise ship. Small restaurants and bars line the sand and evenings, often filled with local children playing soccer on the beach. While locals and visitors enjoy cold drinks, fresh seafood, and Nicaraguan delicacies.

Local Colour And Flavour

San Juan de Sur has the charm of a traditional Nicaraguan village mixed with some International flavor! The sounds of church bells fill the mornings and the town bustles with a lively town market where local produce and handicrafts are available. Also, avariety of tourism services and transportation options can be contracted easily from the center of the city- find scuba and snorkeling trips, Spanish schools, local handicraft vendors, Internet cafes, a plethora of hotel options and almost anything else that you could want!

History of San Juan Del Sur

Formerly a sleepy fishing village, San Juan del Sur suddenly transformed in 1851 by the California Gold Rush. Suddenly this quiet area of Nicaragua became a stop on the transit route between east and west coasts of the US. Later it retained its reputation as a port for the export of local products and import of items ranging from autos and appliances to farm equipment and other items not indigenous to Nicaragua. Since the late 90’s the local investment in tourism services and foreign cash influx in real estate and other ventures, have allowed for many improvements in the immediate area- a new sports center, improved parks and beachfront areas. Having celebrated its 150th anniversary as a city in 2002, the port of San Juan del Sur has transformed itself into an incredible travel destination, as well as retaining its original charm as a fishing village!

San Juan Del Sur

Corn Islands

Come see the Caribbean side

Corn Islands a Caribbean Paradise

Located 70 kilometers off of Nicaragua’s Caribbean Coast are the Corn Islands. These two islands in the Caribbean offer an excellent opportunity to see the Caribbean side of Nicaragua. Beautiful blue water, white sand beaches, amazing reefs and marine life surround the Corn Islands. It should be noted that the islands have a small tourism sector that is still growing. There are not the same amenities that you would find in a more developed place; convenience, however, is quite good with daily flights from Managua and a longer boat ride from Bluefields.

Big Corn Island

The more developed of the two islands is Big Corn Island. It is 10 square kilometers with spectacular beaches where you enjoy swimming. The reef located nearby offers great diving and snorkeling with striking coral structures, located on the island are dive operators. Also while staying on the island you could take a boat tour or go sports fishing. Other activities on Big Corn Island would be horseback riding or explore the island on foot or by bike. The island does have roads and one 12-kilometer road goes around the whole island, this makes a unique way to see the island.

Little Corn Island

From Big Corn Island it is only 15 kilometers to Little Corn Island. This little island is only about 3 square kilometers with no roads or cars; it’s just a tropical paradise. Located on Little Corn Island there are several hotels and restaurants. With the white beaches and turquoise water, you will find nothing but tranquility here. Little Corn Island offers excellent opportunities to go swimming, diving, and snorkeling. Like on Big Corn Island, Little Corn Island has several diving operators so you can go out and enjoy the magnificent Caribbean Sea.

Corn Islands

Managua Nicaragua

The largest city in Nicaragua

The Capital of Nicaragua

Located on the southwestern shores of Lake Nicaragua, Managua has been the capital of Nicaragua since the 1800’s. The largest city in Nicaragua regarding both population and size. Managua originally a sleepy rural fishing community. It gained its current prominence primarily because of its position between the bickering communities of Leon and Granada. Currently, Managua’s economy’s based primarily on trade and the business of government. Managua also serves an important cultural center and sets the tone and pace for much of what happens throughout Nicaragua.

The History 

The area where Managua is located was home to Paleo-Indians as far back as 6000 years ago. Human footprints dating more than 2100 years old were discovered preserved in the volcanic mud that surrounds the area, as well as many other remnants of a past society- statues, ceramics, and ancient tools. More recently Managua was home to the American filibuster William Walker and his mercenary army in 1857. From that time until the 1930’s, Managua went thru rapid growth and urbanization. Located directly on a major fault line, Managua suffered several devastating earthquakes and has rebuilt several times literally from the ground up!

Cultural landmarks

Home to several really beautiful and important national treasures. Among one of the most notable is the Plaza of the Revolution. That is the central focus of Managua’s Historic Center.

Several notable buildings that remained undamaged by the earthquake of 1972, including the Cathedral of Santiago, the Ruben Dario National Theater and the Palace of Culture. There are also many notable tributes in the form of statues and monuments to important figures in Nicaraguan history.

Another important spot in the city, the Tiscapa Lagoon found just south of the cities historic district. The site of many important pre-Columbian findings, the lagoon’s now also lined with popular restaurants and clubs, as well as lots of new construction- apartment buildings; government and office buildings have sprung up in recent years making this a popular part of the rebuilt city of Managua.

Managua Nicaragua

Leon Nicaragua

Close proximity to beautiful beaches and cheap accommodations

The second Largest city of Nicaragua

Leon Nicaragua as the second largest city in Nicaragua, after Managua. Home to the Universidad Centro Americana, Leon has a large student population and lots of restaurants, bars and activities for people of all ages! Located just ninety minutes for Managua. Leon was established in 1524 by Spanish explorers and the original location was abandoned approximately a hundred years later after an eruption of the nearby volcano Momotombo. With many excellent examples of colonial Spanish architecture and some of Nicaragua’s most famous cathedrals. Leon rivals Granada as a destination for those looking for beautiful examples of the best in colonialism. More colonial cathedrals and churches per capita exist in Leon than in any other city in Nicaragua!

Leon Nicaragua The Intellectual hub

Leon has been the intellectual center of Nicaragua for many years. Much of the population is students, and one of the first Universities in Nicaragua was established here in 1813. Leon has long been popular with international students because of its proximity to beautiful beaches and cheap accommodations. The population of Leon drops sharply during school holidays as many residents disappear to the beaches or return home.

Located along the fertile Chiquito River, Leon has long been an important agricultural hub in Nicaragua. With sugar cane, peanuts and plantains, as well as cattle being vital to the economy of Leon, this area are critical to the overall economic well-being of Nicaragua.

Off the Beaten path

Leon is much less visited than Managua and Granada, but is certainly worth a visit! Also, with the biggest Cathedral in Central America, fantastic examples of colonial architecture, proximity to fabulous beaches and smoldering volcanoes are all right here in the vicinity of the beautiful city. With strong Catholic roots and an intellectual enthusiasm and curiosity, Leon is a fascinating stop on your Nicaragua Adventure. From here you can visit the famous Cerro Negro Volcano!

Leon Nicaragua

Ometepe Island

Volcano Concepcion and Volcano Maderas

Ometepe Island is the largest island located on Lake Nicaragua with an area of 276 square kilometers. Located on the island are two volcanoes, Volcano Concepcion and Volcano Maderas. Ometepe’s name derived from the Natuatl meaning two mountains. In fact, the island’s economy is based on agriculture, livestock, and increasingly tourism. Over the years Ometepe has grown in the tourism industry. So many more travelers are now going to this majestic land to see and experience the natural beauty.

Pre-Colombian Artifacts

Ometepe has also had inhabitants for centuries first by pre-Colombian Nahuatl and Mayans, Spanish conquistadors, and pirates. Located all over the island you will find many pre-Colombian artifacts. Too, there are many petroglyphs and stone idols; the oldest date is from 300 BCE. By the 16th century, the island was settled by Spain, and they built ports on the island. After being conquered by the Spanish Empire, pirates began using the San Juan River from the Caribbean Sea to raid and attack Ometepe Island.

Volcanoes Conception and Maderas 

The two volcanoes on Ometepe, Volcano Concepcion, and Volcano Maderas separated by a small isthmus.  Volcano Maderas located in the southern part of the island and is a dormant volcano. It rises 1,394 meters and is covered in the tropical rain forest; the crater is now a large lagoon. Volcano Concepcion rises 1,610 meters and is still considered to be an active volcano. The most recent eruption occurred in 2010. The volcano’s considered the most perfectly formed volcano in Central America with its cone shape.

Volcanic Wildlife

While on the Island the volcanoes are visible from everywhere and life on Ometepe revolves around them. The volcanic also ash has made the island incredibly fertile allowing for excellent agriculture. Presently, many travelers go to the isle to see the volcanoes, which helps support the tourism industry on Ometepe Island.

Ometepe Island

Lake Nicaragua

The largest lake of Central America

A Big Lake

Lake Nicaragua is the largest lake in Central America, Also, the 19th largest (by area) in the world and 9th largest in the Americas. With an area of just over 3000 square miles and an elevation just over 100 feet above sea level. It reaches depths of over eighty feet! Lake Nicaragua links to the Caribbean via outflow by the San Juan River. This makes the lakeside city of Granada an important Atlantic shipping port. Even though it is geographically closer to the Pacific. 

Lake of Many Names

Known by several names- indigenous peoples referred to it as Cocibolca. The Spanish Conquistadors referred to it as La Me Dulce (the Sweet Sea). People from Granada refer to it as Lake Granada. This oval-shaped body of water is located in the Southern portion of Nicaragua and remains.

When the Spanish first saw Lake Nicaragua, they were convinced that it was a sea and it does exhibit many of the characteristics- an inability to see the other side, large waves and the dangerous storms that are most often associated with a different kind of body of water. Lake Nicaragua is also home to a species of freshwater shark and sawfish and tarpon- all usually associated with a saltwater habitat!

Great Natural Resources 

A volcanic mountain chain runs directly thru the middle of Lake Nicaragua forming a chain of beautiful islands and groups of islets. The islands form a haven for wildlife and dense vegetation in the primary form of tropical dry forest. The most well known are the Ometepe Island where you find two volcanoes and also on the lake is the Solentiname Islands. The area of Lake Nicaragua is home to thousands of animal and bird species.

Large flocks of herons, and egrets and other water based birds including cormorants make their home in this environment. Birds of prey like hawks and kites also can regularly be seen feeding on the vast resources of the lake. Birding is very popular in the islets, and several of the different archipelagos have bird sanctuaries. They are relevant to the conservation of different species, as well as attracting specific groups of tourists. The most famous of all of the “inhabitants” of Lake Nicaragua is the freshwater shark!

Lake Nicaragua

Masaya Volcano

An important cultural destination

A Cultural Destination

Masaya is an attractive town that should be visited by those traveling in Nicaragua. Masaya, a picturesque city filled with heritage, folklore, and natural destinations. This town’s an important cultural destination where you can see traditional dance and music. The city is a big industrial center, but you can also find lodging, restaurants, bars, and shops. Located only 19km from Managua and a short 16km from Granada making it easily accessible.

Masaya Volcano

The two major natural destinations near Masaya are the Masaya Lagoon also the Masaya Volcano National Park. The latter is a favorite tourist spot and has a small museum and a tourist information center. Masaya is still an active volcano and lava is still visible in one of the volcano’s crater. Guided tours of the Masaya Volcano taken where you will trek inside caves containing bats; these caves were created by lava flows from past eruptions. Presently, the Masaya Volcano has recently become active again with ash clouds, lava, the whole bit. The night tours are an amazing experience and a great way to light up the night. 

Artisan Market

The Mercado Artesanias, or Artisan Market, in Masaya, offers visitors the chance to walk through booths showing crafts made by Nicaraguans. Presently, located in a distinctive 1900s building near the center of the city. This market is the heart for Nicaraguan handicrafts; here you can buy crafts from Masaya and other areas in Nicaragua. It is a favorite tourist spot because you can see and buy traditional Nicaraguan wares. Also, in Masaya, every Thursday night there are traditional Nicaraguan dances presented near the market.

Masaya Volcano

Cano Island

A Haven for Life

A beautiful biological Reserve

Isla de Caño or Cano Island. Set roughly 16 kilometers or 10 miles west of Punta Llorona coast from the Osa Peninsula, (Península de Osa). This Beautiful island is a biological reserve since 1978. A permanent ranger station is located on the island. It oversees the natural habitats of both land and marine life. 

The Spheres on Cano Island

We are not kidding when we say there are perfectly round stone spheres all over the island. It is an amazing site to see. Evidence of early civilizations on the island gives, even more, a mystery to the hand carved stones. During the pre-Columbian time, the island was a native cemetery. Artifacts such as carvings, pottery as well as the stone spheres are found there. 

Popular Activities

There are many things to do within and around Cano island itself but by far the best is Scuba diving. The crystal clear waters make it one of the best places for this thrilling adventure. Right from the start when you throw your mask on you will enjoy every bit of the tour. Also, try out other things to do. For example, snorkeling, and Boating. Or take a land tour of the island and walk on the many trails looking for birds and wildlife. The beaches are beautifully kept clean for a safe nesting ground of the olive ridley turtle and leather backs.  

Coral Reefs and Wildlife

Cano Island is surrounded by coral reef and is a hotspot to see marine life. For example, you will see under the water, Manta Rays, Whale sharks, Dolphins, Sea Turtles, and several different types of sharks. The reefs where the action is at. Fish like puffers, whole schools of tangs and so many other types with colors we haven’t seen on the spectrum before.  The amount of life is amazing it gives hope that planet earth still has a chance.

Where to Stay?

Within the island, you will not find any hotels but only a few camp sights if you are feeling adventurous. Also, nearby on the coast of the Osa Peninsula is Drake Bay. That is by far the best place to stay. You can stay at the Copa De Arbor, a beautiful little retreat. The Hotel Rancho Corcovado nestled close by Corcovado National Park or even La Paloma Lodge. 

All in all, from the cool tour you can take, the expansiveness of Flora and Fauna, or the historic presence. You will have a blast exploring each and every crevice of this island. 

Cano Island

Tarcoles Bridge

Where the Crocodiles are!

The Crocodile Bridge

Driving towards the Pacific coast is the amazing Tarcoles Bridge over the Tarcoles river. From the bridge, you will see so many crocodiles. Possibly the largest collection of the leathery beasts in all Central America. The river is situated running toward the Pacific coast. It spans 111 kilometers before reaching the final destination. 

The Rivers Inhabitants

Firstly, you might think that this is a nasty river full of pollutants and probably doesn’t have any life. But that is exactly, the opposite. The River is teaming with Crocodiles some reaching sizes of three to four meters long or (12 feet). These beasts are not to be messed with and for good reasons of loosing appendages. But visiting the bridge is a great way to see them. Other animals in the river include a variety of different birds, Caiman, Basilisk and large iguanas. Close by in the Carara Biological Reserve you will find a much larger amount of wildlife. For example, Monkeys Sloths, Scarlet Macaws, and more. 

Crocodile Man Tours Tarcoles BridgeSeeing the Crocs of Tarcoles Bridge

Seeing the crocodiles from the bridge is nice, but if you want to get in on the action, it is worthwhile taking a boat tour. There are a few tour operators including the Crocodile Man Tour. Be careful to keep your hands and feet inside the boat at all times which should be self-explanatory. Very few brave locals will go up to the Crocs and feed them which isn’t much allowed anymore because of provocation. Although, seeing the animals in their semi-natural habitat is more than enough action for one day. 

Tarcoles Bridge Things to do 

Besides watching the crocodiles from the bridge or taking a tour, you can also explore the Carara Biological Reserve. Carara is a great place for birders. You will spot a large variety of different species. For example, Collared Aracari, American Egret, Great Tinamou, Keel-billed Toucans, Boat-billed Herons and more. Of course, to it is a great place for hiking and exploring the sights of a jungle. The park is very popular because of it’s proximity to San Jose and is recommended for morning or day trips. 

Where to Stay

Because of the close proximity to San Jose and the Central Pacific, this makes it easy to find a place to stay. The Central Pacific is beautiful and has so many beaches to kick back and just relax. Choose, one of the many beachfront hotels located in Manuel Antonio or Jaco. Also, if you’re looking for something closer to San Jose, there are awesome mountain lodges that offer hot springs, Yoga, and impressive birding options. 

All in all, the Tarcoles Bridge is such a cool place to visit especially because of how quick of a visit it is. Stopping and taking a few picture of the monsters, meters below doesn’t mean having a full day tour. So if you’re in the area of Trarcoles stop and see the sights. If you want an up-close look at the Crocodiles, a boat tour is more than worth your while. Have fun on your trip to Costa Rica.

 

 

Tarcoles Bridge

Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

The Volcano and Town of La Fortuna

 

Arenal Costa RicaA Must See 

The world-famous Arenal Volcano is an iconic volcano. Notably the classic conic shape towers above La Fortuna in the Northwest of Costa Rica. Arenal erupted in 1968 after years of being dormant. Currently, it’s one of the most visited National Parks in Costa Rica.

It was dormant for hundreds of years until it erupted in 1968. That same year it was declared a National Park, and It has been active ever since. It measures at least 5,300 ft (over 1.600meters). Also, it is cone shaped with a crater spanning 460 ft (around 140 meters), and it’s over 7.000 years old. The volcano and national park are located some 90 km northwest of San Jose. 

An Eruption Shakes the Country!

This tragic day will always be remembered in Costa Rica for the death of 87 peasants and three villages. One community East of the crater escaped the furious mountain unscathed. So its inhabitants decided to rename their small town to La Fortuna, which means Fortune, as in their good fortune.  Rivers turned hot, and loud jet engine noises came from the mountain just days before the deadly eruption of 1968.

This mountain had a perfect cone and a large round depression at its peak riddled with fumaroles. Unfortunately, these warning signs did not draw the attention of the small communities living on the slopes of Arenal. The Volcano does not have a perfect cone anymore. From a certain angle, it appears to be a structure of twin volcanoes. A new crater and cone have formed from 40+ years of eruptions and lava flows.  Since then, the volcano erupted about half a cubic kilometer of volcanic material around its flanks. That’s enough to build a highway that stretches around our planet four times.

 

arenal toursSo Much to See 

Volcanoes also are exciting and mysterious, and this Volcano offers a wide array of exciting activities and tours; waterfall rappelling, hiking, canopy tours and relaxing in thermal hot springs.  Being only  2 1/2 hours from San Jose, this makes it easy to include in your vacation plans. As one of the most majestic volcanoes in the country, you can be sure that there are tons of Volcano Tours and so much on offer at Arenal.

People from all over the world flock to Arenal National Park. Therefore, many come to catch a glimpse of the volcano and take advantage of the many activities in the area. Costa Rica Volcanoes are renowned for their beauty, sulfurous lakes, and thermal springs that are a result of the volcanic activity. Don’t miss the many opportunities to enjoy all that is exciting in the area. Other activities of interest include windsurfing, horseback riding, caving, rafting, hot air balloon rides, and fishing. Take advantage of at least a few of these great tours while enjoying your stay in paradise!

Hot Springs and Waterfalls

The hot magma below Arenal Volcano make it a perfect destination to experience thermal hot springs, and there are many spa treatments and activities to enjoy these mineral-enriched waters. This area also has some of the most breath-taking waterfalls in Costa Rica.  For Example the thunderous La Fortuna Waterfall.  Activities and tours available are numerous and vary from easy, gentle exploration to thrilling, spine-tingling adventures. Whether you enjoy a gentle trek on mountain trails or wild rappel down a giant waterfall, walking over hanging bridges and zip-lining through the rain forest canopy or soaking in the soothing waters of the hot springs before a gourmet meal.  Arenal has something magical to offer everyone.

Area Hotels & Accommodations 

Now in their third decade as a favorite destination in Costa Rica, The Volcano views have attracted a large number of hotels. They too, take advantage of its presence from miles and miles away. Add a beautiful lake to the picture and the green mountains of Monteverde in the background, and you get fertile soil to yield vast amounts of Volcano hotels and resorts for all likes and budgets. La Fortuna residents also have lost fear towards the high mountain having been spared of Arenal’s fury in 1968. Three other villages were not as fortunate and are not around to tell the story.

In regards to hotels, Costa Ricans try to keep a safe distance from the Volcano. Still, there’s a correlation between higher accommodation prices and proximity with the volcano’s crater. The Volcanos Hotels either include or are near volcanic hot springs and green jungles.  Volcanic views are a part of every room. These are breathtaking, to say the least unless it’s cloudy.  The finer hotels have impressive gardens and natural settings; add some local green iguanas into the equation, and the outcome is a near-perfect tropical Jurassic scene.

Arenal Lake

lake arenal costa rica aquatic adventures at the feet of giants lake arenal  The largest human-made lake in Costa Rica is Lake Arenal.  Providing a perfect mirror for the volcano and sheer natural Costa Rican beauty. Since its human-made creation in 1979 for hydroelectric and irrigation purposes, it was just a matter of time before Lake Arenal tours began. Now it takes its place among giant volcanoes providing aquatic adventures.

The blue hues of Costa Rica’s largest body of water are astonishing. The shores have poignant lush greens covering rolling hills. One exception is the dark rocky grays on volcano’s lake-facing side. The beauty from the majestic Arenal Volcano’s hard to assimilate during Lake tours. And it’s harder to believe that Lake Arenal provides fun, scenic recreation above two submerged towns, complete with their buildings, roads, cemeteries, and farmland, under 50 meters of deep dark blue waters.

Above all, you are sure to be amazed at the site of this Volcano.

Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio Costa Rica

Home to Costa Rica's Most Beautiful Beaches!

Welcome To Manuel Antonio Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio Costa Rica is both home to the fantastic Manuel Antonio National Park and a great tourist destination located on the Central Pacific Coast. It has some of the best Beaches of Costa Rica. The breathtaking the beauty of this area’s unique landscape attracts hundreds of people every day! The perfectly shaped beaches are also wonderful for swimming and diving. While there are also many trails within the park to explore its hidden treasures.

Diverse Flora And Fauna And Unequaled Beautyjump into adventure with tours in manuel antonio dolphins

Visiting the park of Manuel Antonio Costa Rica promises wonderful surprises and awesome scenery. It was declared a National Park in 1972 when the people of Costa Rica decided to preserve it for the future generations. After all, it is one of the wonders of the world with the most incredible bio-diverse areas. Despite its small size the diversity of its wildlife is unparalleled anywhere else in Costa Rica, and it is home to some of a gorgeous Beaches of Costa Rica.

The magical combination of rainforest, beaches, hills, and coral reefs is almost surreal and is teeming with wildlife. You can find Titi monkeys, white faced monkeys, squirrel monkeys, sloths, iguanas, toucans, hummingbirds and scarlet macaws here. Just a few of the 108 species of mammals and 184 species of birds. See the millions of tiny little-colored crabs that seem to come from everywhere and the bright butterfly that seems to gently follow the wind.

Best Beaches Of Costa Rica And More Adventure

Cathedral point was once a little island and is now one of a favorite spot of Manuel Antonio. From there the views are magnificent, while the trails are not without their surprises. The little bridge that joins the Catedral is like a spine separating two of the parks’ beaches, Playa Espadilla Sur and Playa Manuel Antonio. Playa Manuel Antonio is probably the most famous Costa Rican Beach. It’s perfect horseshoe shape and contrasting shades are amazing. You’ll also see dark green foliage, white sand, and deep blue water. Really out of this world, pristine, untouched and ever so precious.

There is, however, more to do than just admire the fantastic scenery in Manuel Antonio Costa Rica. Its four beaches, North Espadilla Beach, South Espadilla Beach, Manuel Antonio Beach and Playa are all great for swimming and snorkeling. Manuel Antonio is also sometimes home to surf tournaments. Also home to many bars, lounges, and restaurants. Manuel Antonio has the notorious El Avion, the Plane in Spanish! An old Fairchild C-123 that was a part of one of the biggest scandals in the mid-1980’s. Somehow it finished in Manuel Antonio refurbished as a very good bar and restaurant!

Manuel Antonio Costa Rica birdsManuel Antonio Is For Beauty, Best Beaches, And Serenity

There are many hotels in Manuel Antonio to choose from, so you are sure to find the perfect accommodations for a visit to this beautiful area. They range from the super luxurious with the Gaia Hotel and Reserve, the Hotel Arenas del Mar Resort and the Makanda by the Sea Hotel, to the High-End Hotels with La Mansion Inn, the Hotel El Parador, or the Hotel Si Como No, and to the Mid-Range Hotels with the Hotel Costa Verde, the Falls Resort, the Hotel Karahe Manuel Antonio, to name just a few! They all offer excellent standards and views, great service and food and are all rated as being some of the finest Hotels in Costa Rica. Let yourself be taken on a marvelous ride and enjoy the ever so tranquil and soothing atmosphere of Manuel Antonio.

 

Things to Do In Manuel Antonio

Hotel El Parador Manuel Antonio PoolManuel Antonio has its airport, and you find all amenities in town. Therefore, it is just as suitable for a self-catering Costa Rica beach holiday as a relaxing all-inclusive vacation. You can sign up for world-class Manuel Antonio tours, from white water rafting to canopy tours. Diving is one of the most popular activities, more importantly, these towns offer an unparalleled opportunity for adventure in world-class white water rafting. Also, horseback riding, canopy tours, diving, biking, boating, fishing and a myriad of other activities on Manuel Antonio vacations. The open ocean will allow you to explore the nearby islands. Or watch birds and enjoy the stunning views around Manuel Antonio. You can visit many natural reserves, local tribes and get deep inside the tropical rainforests.

Stay in Manuel Antonio 

Staying here is one of the best decisions on your trip. From the stunning beaches to the national parks wildlife. You will find all kinds of activities and thing to keep yourself preoccupied. Also, find great lodges and resorts all over the place. Hotels in Manuel Antonio Offer you a great time to relax and enjoy a bit of adventure whatever it is that you like to do your next trip should definately include Manuel Antonio.

Manuel Antonio Costa Rica

Monteverde, Costa Rica

Visit the Monteverde Cloud Forest in Costa Rica and explore the National Park & Reserves!

Monteverde Costa Rica – Enjoy The Rainforest

Monteverde is one of the best destinations in Costa Rica to experience a rainforest. It is also one of the best places to see the splendid Quetzal, there beautifully colorful bird that is so hard to see. In 1951, Quakers settled in Monteverde where they established a dairy farm. As a result, today Monteverde Cheese is one of the best of Costa Rica. Conservationists are doing their best to protect the 25,000 acres of this fantastic area. In fact, Monteverde Costa Rica has 2000 species of plants, 100 species of mammals and 400 species of birds.

Activities In And Around Monteverde

There are some amazing Monteverde Tours. The Canopy Tours offers incredible views over the canopy of the Cloud Forest. Indeed, you fee as though you are swinging through the trees! The canopy tour is zip line a few hundreds of feet in the air. There is also an infinite number of hikes for those afraid of heights. An option for those who wish to see things from above aren’t sure about the zip lines; there are the skywalks. The skywalks are on suspension bridges built a few hundred feet above the ground, perfect for bird and monkey watching. There’s also a tour of the forest by the horse. On the horse, you can cross rivers and see awesome waterfalls! Another tour is the Dairy Farm Tour, La Lecheria. Here you can learn about the cheese making procedures, and buy cheese and ice cream.

Where To Stay In Monteverde

It may be in the middle of the cloud forest, but Monteverde has many very nice and comfortable hotels to choose from. Of all the Hotels of Monteverde, the El Establo Lodge Monteverde is one the best. Luxurious hospitality, world class service and excellent amenities/facilities in the middle of a cloud forest are definitely worth the trip! Other notable accommodations are the Trapp Family Hotel or Hotel Poco a Poco, and the Hotel Fonda Vela. These forest lodges are as comfortable as they are stylish with top notch service. There are also quite some restaurants in Monteverde. Restaurant Lucia is at the top of our list, with its sophisticated gourmet cuisine, followed by El Bosque and Johnny’s Pizza. Morpho’s café is one of Monteverde’s well-kept secret, excellent for travelers on a lower budget.

See Monteverde, A Real Cloud ForestMonteverde Costa Rica-Coati

Monteverde is truly a gem of Costa Rica and one of its main attractions! If you are lucky enough to come face to face with the mythical Quetzal, you will certainly feel blessed! This was the sacred bird of the Mayan, Tolbec and Aztec kings. It is so incredibly beautiful and rare that at first it was believed to be only a legend! Indeed Monteverde seems to be the setting of some enchanted dream. As you walk through the trails, if you listen carefully, you can hear the sound of nature whispering to you. You will see tapirs, agoutis, blue morpho butterflies, myriads of birds and tree frogs. 

 

Monteverde Costa Rica and the Korean War Draft

In 1948, The United States of America called on young men to serve their country in a war 7000 miles away for a battle on the Korean Peninsula. Four of these young men, farmers from Fairhope Alabama, declined to participate due to their moral and religious principles. They were members of the Religious Society of Friends. They were Quakers that refused to support a massive and worldwide military endeavor.

On April 19th, 1951, these four men were released from jail. They decided to journey with their loved ones and other pacifist families and established themselves on a patch of green cloud forests.  They made their home in Monteverde, alongside welcoming, hardworking, and peace loving Costa Ricans. 

Monteverde’s Zip Lines are Costa Rica’s Best

Monteverde Costa Rica - canopyMonteverde Costa Rica is most well-known for its Canopy Zip Lining. This is because its cloud forests are by far the best place in the country to partake in such fun activity. There are too many zip lining tour operators in Monteverde to name them all, but there are options for every adrenaline junkies’ taste.

Ziplining in Monteverde can come with optional bungee cords, fig tree rappelling, Tarzan swings and cables that can be one kilometer long! The various canopy companies in Monteverde offer it all! However, one of the most established companies isSelvatura Park. Selvatura boasts 15 zip line cables circling the cloud forest. There’s something about flying high over the green cloud forest jungles that set the Selvatura zip line experience above the rest.

 

Monteverde Costa RicaAnother excellent Selvatura activity is taking a stroll along their eight canopy suspension walking bridges reaching 180 feet. Their three-kilometer jungle trail with canopy walkways offers relaxing nature exploration. They also have an impressive open air hummingbird garden, a butterfly farm, an herbarium and the world’s third largest insect museum.

Selvatura Park Activities

  • Zip Lines
  • Canopy Bridges
  • Hummingbird Garden
  • Butterfly Garden
  • Herpetarium
  • Insect Museum

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Monteverde Costa Rica is for Sustainability Devotees

The three main reserves that protect the sustainability of the cloud forest covered mountains in this part of Costa Rica are the Monteverde Reserve, the Santa Elena Reserve, and the Children’s Eternal Rainforest. A quarter of a million tourists from all over the world come here to explore these highlands.

There’s an interesting fact about Monteverde’s impressive biodiversity. There’s a total of 755 tree species there, which means, that one square mile in Monteverde can have more species of trees than the entire Unites States of America. Monteverde’s trees are home to this planet’s greatest orchid diversity, with more than five hundred species of orchids in the area.

Bird watchers from all over the world flock to Monteverde in hopes of witnessing a Resplendent Quetzal, a Three Wattle Bell Bird, a Mot Mot or many other of the 400 known bird species that live in Monteverde or periodically pay a visit.

Monteverde Costa Rica birdsMore Monteverde Tours than you can Shake a Stick Insect At

As mentioned before, zip lines and canopy bridges are huge in Monteverde, but there are much more Monteverde tours and activities for all ages. Horseback riding is very special here with green mountain fields and incredible views of the Pacific ocean, the clouds, and the sunset. Other favorite tours include night walks, serpentariums, scenic ATV’s, a Cloud Forest Train, and cultural tours.

Activities and Tours in Monteverde

  • World Class Zip Lines
  • Canopy Bridges
  • Bird Watching
  • Cloudforest Walks
  • Coffee and Chocolate Tours
  • Night Walks
  • Cloudforest Train
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic ATV’s
  • Ranariums
  • Serpentariums
  • Sustainability

 

Costa Rica’s Finest Food is in Monteverde Costa RicaMonteverde Costa Rica treehouse

The Monteverde culinary experience should also be taken into account as one of Monteverde’s highlights. Costa Rica’s local ingredients are specially blended into mouthwatering food delights in places like the Tree House Restaurant or Trio Restaurant, just to name two around the town square. The local ice cream is another item every visitor should indulge in when visiting Monteverde. And yes, don’t leave without trying fresh Monteverde cheese.

Monteverde, Costa Rica

Tortuguero Costa Rica

Explore the Canals & View Nesting Sea Turtles

Tortuguero Costa Rica National Park – How to Get There

Tortuguero Costa RicaTortuguero Costa Rica National Park located on the northeast Caribbean coast. The stunning National Park protects one of the largest remaining areas of tropical rainforest in Central America. The park offers vast, protected beaches from which you can enjoy endless ocean vistas. Regarding places to stay there is something for everyone. Including tropical eco-lodges in bio-reserves to luxury hotel resorts. Although ultimately only accessible by boat, the area is well served by public and private transport. Public buses or charters can easily get you to where you can catch a boat taxi or ferry to the wilds of Tortuguero. If you prefer, the area is also served by the Tortuguero Airport, which has connecting flights to and from San Jose.

The Land of Gentle Giants – Sea Turtles

This area provides you with one of the best places in the world to witness the nesting of giant sea turtles and the flurry of their babies on the beach. The Tortuguero National Park is truly a magical place.  Having the opportunity to watch these gentle giants come up to lay their eggs is breathtaking. The turtle are quick before they make their treacherous trek back to sea.

The national park’s name Tortuguero originates from the Spanish word Tortuga meaning turtle.  From June to October every year, thousands of Giant Green Sea Turtles come to the beaches to lay their eggs.  The Caribbean Conservation Corporation (CCC) has studied and protected these animals for the last forty years.  Female Green Sea Turtles weigh up to 300 pounds, and each will lay about 80-100 eggs in a nesting.  During these months, night tours can be arranged to see the turtles as they nest on the beach.

At One with Nature

Tortuguero National Park is home to an incredible abundance of exotic wildlife.  This protected area is home to sixteen of Costa Rica’s endangered animal species. Such as ocelots, tapirs, and manatees.  Commonly seen along the jungle canals and inland waterways are three species of monkeys. Including the spider, white-faced and howler, also winsome three-toed sloths, and playful river otters.  Organized boat tours along the canals are the best way to see and enjoy the abundant wildlife at Tortuguero National Park.  Also seen in the area are the caiman, iguanas, poison dart frogs, river turtles, Basilisk Lizards. And more than three hundred and twenty species of birds, including eight species of rare jungle parrots,  three species of colorful toucans, and six species of spectacular kingfishers.

Things to Do In Tortuguero National Park

There are many other exciting and fun things to do at Tortuguero Costa Rica National Park.  If you like to hike through the unspoiled jungle, you may want to explore the El Gavilan Trail. Also, if you would prefer, you can go with an experienced naturalist guide on one of many guided tours.  Immerse yourself in the unparalleled natural beauty of Tortuguero National Park by enjoying any number of varied tours and activities: including taking a river safari or canoeing down jungle waterways, beachcombing the miles of pristine beaches, or hiking through a verdant rainforest.  However you choose to explore it, the wonders of Tortuguero National Park are sure to amaze and inspire!

Where to Stay

Tortuguero is a great place to stay if you want luxury and nature all mixed in one. Here you can find just that places like Laguna Lodge, Manatus, Mawamba Lodge and much more. Find only the best hotels and tours in this region and maybe even book a package with Tortuguero on the itinerary. Your sure to have an awsome trip to Costa Rica.

Tortuguero Costa Rica

Tamarindo Costa Rica

A Lively Town with a Famous Popular Beach

Tamarindo Costa Rica, a Popular Vacation Spot

Tamarindo takes its name from the tamarind trees that line its coastline around the beach. What was once a sleepy fishing village, Tamarindo Costa Rica is now one of the most popular beach areas in Guanacaste. With lots of shops, luxury hotels, and restaurants. Surfers love the laid-back vibe of the place. And beach lovers can soak up the rays on this beautiful part of the Pacific coast. The ocean is warm, and the sun is hot year-round ensuring an excellent atmosphere for relaxation and tanning. With temperatures ranging from about 80 degrees to 95, the weather is perfect for creating some beautiful sunsets and excellent surfing climates.

How to get there

It is a four-hour drive or a very short flight from San Jose, as the area is also served by its airstrip. Local air companies such as Nature Air and Sansa are available for the quick hop. Liberia airport is also a short forty minute drive away and serves many international destinations. Many local companies offer reasonable shuttles, and there is also a frequent bus service from San Jose and other areas for just a few dollars per person.

Sun, Sea, and SurfTamarindo costa rica

Tamarindo Costa Rica is a mecca for surfing and sports fishing and one of Costa Rica’s best beaches. Fishermen come from all over the world to experience the amazing sports fishing here. People have caught record marlin, giant tuna, and sailfish in Tamarindo and many come back from more action every year. The surfer lifestyle is very much alive in this bustling beach town. Surfers of all levels can enjoy the waves. The town is home to the first ever surf school in Costa Rica. 

Where to Stay and What to do

There are many great places to stay in Tamarindo, Guanacaste. from luxurious all-inclusive international hotels to small family run establishments. You can even rent a villa for a more home-away-from-home experience. The Tamarindo Diria boasts a golf course for golf enthusiasts, and Costa Rica’s first ever surf school is right on the main beach, so why not check out the waves? There’s no better place to try it out! The rainy season is usually from late April to October, but rain rarely falls until evenings, meaning you still get your beach time and you can keep dry in a cozy restaurant at night.

Tamarindo Beach, Costa RicaTamarindo costa rica

The Northern region of Guanacaste, Costa Rica is one of the most popular beach holiday destinations. The clear waters and perfect weather provide loads of activities for a perfect Tamarindo vacation, let it be a honeymoon or a family retreat. The perfectly shaped coastline framed by magnificent palm trees is picture perfect The North Pacific coast is famous for surfing and water skiing, and there is a large selection of accommodations in the town to suit every budget.

 

Perfect Tamarindo Beach Vacations

From boutique hotels to bungalows and exclusive resorts, there are plenty of places offering rooms for your perfect beach vacations. If you would like to be close to the sea, there are perfect family cabins at low prices you can rent by the week. You can be assured that you will not get bored on your Tamarindo vacation. Friendly locals will always have a story or joke to share. The relaxed atmosphere will allow you to forget about your problems and get away from it all.

What to Do On Your Tamarindo Beach Vacation

Whether you are visitingTamarindo costa rica Costa Rica for the first time, or are an experienced Costa Rica traveler, you will like the activities offered in Tamarindo. The stunning beaches are suitable for windsurfing, diving and water skiing.  Kids are going to like boogie boarding and kayaking. Don’t miss visiting the Marino Las Baulas National Park and the wildlife refuge during your Tamarindo beach vacation. In the summer, you may even see the leatherback turtles nesting.  Nearby Hacienda Pinilla is home to one of the best golf clubs in Central America.

Family Vacation Deals in Tamarindo

For families, there are plenty of budget-friendly options. You can either rent a family bungalow with up to three bedrooms or take advantage of one of the Costa Rica family vacation deals offered by the hotels and resorts. All-inclusive hotels offer kids’ clubs and babysitting services, in case you would like to have a romantic night out.

Tropical Dry Forest Beauty at Tamarindo Costa Rica

Tamarindo National Wildlife Refuge offers beautiful forest scenery with 1000 acres of protected mangrove forest. If you would like to see more, check out the Parque Nacional Barra Honda Refugio.  Also, Nacional de Vida Silvestre Ostional will offer even more exotic species.

Tamarindo Costa Rica

Corcovado National Park

National Park in the Osa Peninsula

Corcovado National Park of the Osa Peninsula

Corcovado, located in Costa Rica’s South Pacific region. The Bio Diversity found in Corcovado, and the Osa Peninsula surpasses any other similar region on Earth. The forests of Corcovado are very exuberant. Some claim that they are the most valuable forests of the planet. Indeed they are so typical of what a tropical rain forest should be. A great diversity of species, very tall trees, long strong wooden lianas and a wild abundance of vines. Furthermore, according to a biologist who studied the area. Corcovado contains the complete ecosystem of tropical insects that can be found from Mexico all the way to Panama. Corcovado National Park is the explorers, nature lovers and backpackers dream. Even beach lovers will never have seen beaches more beautiful than in Corcovado.

Attractions And Activities Of Corcovado National Park

Have imagined yourself diving in turquoise blue waters of a deserted beach? This Place is for you. Including flying red macaws above you and howler monkeys in the nearby trees. It counts with 13 major ecosystems, coastal marine, and beach habitats. This too is where you may be lucky to spot even the shiest inhabitants of Costa Rica’s forests. For example Jaguars, Tapirs, White-Lipped Peccaries, and Squirrel Monkeys. There are many National Park Tours available here. These stations aCorcovado National Parkre responsible for specific regions with a choice of trails; the trails are relatively good!

The entrance to the Park is by the ranger’s stations; San Pedrillo in the Northwest and Los Patos in the northeast. Camping is a great past time here. Accommodations are at the park’s headquarters and research center, La Sirena, on the Pacific Coast. Each Station has trails that are excellent even though it may be wet sometimes! Corcovado is also where you can go Whale and Dolphin watching. Also birdwatching, scuba diving, sportfishing, surfing, swimming, running on the beach, or taking a stroll at sunset. Or just be a beach addict and get a great skin color under the tropical sun of the Pacific, on some white sand deserted beach. 

Where To Stay In Corcovado

The Hotels in the area are the most eco-touristic, beautiful, in harmony with their natural surroundings. They maintain an individual style and elegance. In fact, most of them are located close to the beaches as the National Park is a protected area, and no hotels can be built there thankfully! Of the best hotels, you can choose between the Casa Corcovado Lodge, the Hotel Aguila de Osa, and the Paloma as the top of the range. And the Hotel Jinetes de Osa or Drake Bay Resort as a middle range. They all offer the best views of the ocean and the forests. Surrounded by nature and tropical birds and monkeys, and beautiful colorful butterflies and flowers. Corcovado Hotels will offer you a wonderful stay in comfort and harmony with nature, perfect for relaxing as well as living the adventure of your life!

Corcovado National Park Tour

The best Tours in Costa Rica’s Southern Pacific are in Corcovado National Park. Corcovado, a wonder of the world acclaimed to be one of the most diverse and beautiful primary forests of the whole planet. One of the last areas of coastal rainforest found in the world as well. It covers a third of the Osa Peninsula and contains species of animals and plants, unique and found nowhere else since Osa used to be an island thousands of years ago.

Because it is not the easiest place to get to, many who come to Costa Rica overlook this paradise, something that is obviously beneficial for its conservation. Indeed the best way to go to Corcovado is to fly from San Jose. Driving takes a long time and sometimes the roads are quite inaccessible. Once you are there, however, you care little about how you are going to leave. Indeed, you may never want to leave, as all your worries seem to have vanished, and you had never felt so happy relaxed and in harmony with nature.

Corcovado National Park

Dominical Beach Costa Rica – Surf & Travel Guide

There are so many things to do in this surfer's paradise

Dominical Costa Rica, The Place For Surfing, Exploring And More

Dominical Costa Rica is a friendly surfer community on the Central Pacific Coastline, 28 miles south of Quepos. This 4km long beach is rated as one of the best Surfing Beaches of Costa Rica. No doubt, beasuse people come here from all over the world! Dominical is a quiet little fishing village that has slowly transformed itself over the years. Now its an international surf community and many expats live here seeking a new life. 

More Than Just A Great Surfing BeachDominical Costa Rica

Dominical is not just one of the most popular Costa Rican Beaches for surfers. There is much to do and explore in this area. The beach, with its amazing backdrop of lush tropical jungle and palm trees, is a wonderful place for bird watching. You can also come and whale pr dolphin watching in the Marino Ballena National Park, and there are many Tours and activities to do such as zip line canopy tours. Also it includes visits to Manuel Antonio, Corcovado, Uvita, horseback riding, hiking, etc. Swimming in Dominical can be a little dangerous because of the currents, so use caution and common sense. Try horseback riding to the nearby Nauyaca Waterfalls and day trips to the enchanting Caño Island just off the coast. This island is one of the most exciting dive spots in the world where you can see incredible underwater marine life.

Dominical Has A Great Choice Of Hotels

The little expat town has all necessary amenities and facilities. As well as hotels, lodges, resorts and restaurants, shops and entertainment makes it a very nice place to live or visit. Indeed some of the first surfers who discovered Dominical loved it so much that they decided to stay and started running businesses. The Hotel Cuna del Angel is a lovely boutique/hotel that is German owned, and the Hotel Villa del Rio Mar, by the river Baru, are two examples of fine lodging in the jungle. Very close to nature yet surrounded by style, elegance and comfort!

A Place Of Choice In Paradise

Dominical is not only a good place to visit because it has one of the best Surfing Beaches. The amazing flora and fauna, and the proximity of such fantastic destinations as Corcovado in the Osa Peninsula and Manuel Antonio. Its lovely climate, friendly community and great weather all year along make it a great destination. Also easy to get to by car or by bus. If you are driving, you can either follow the road to the Central Pacific Coast and carry on South in Manuel Antonio or go through the Central Valley. Just follow the Talamanca Mountains through San Isidro el General. Dominical is a good place to get to know the wonderful nature of Costa Rica.

 

Dominical Costa Rica

 

Dominical Costa Rica

Some of the best waves of Central America are found at Dominical Beach. Surfers have reported 10 foot waves. There are waves for every level, and if you would like to advance your skills, there are plenty of surfing schools operating in Dominical. The unique landscape of the Playa Dominical fringed by lush rain forests will allow you to relax after an active day at the beach. The village only has about 700 permanent residents, but many people spend an extended Costa Rica beach holiday here, to enjoy the surfing facilities and training.

Beach Vacations for Surfers

Costa Rica is the ideal destination for surfing and beach vacations. Dominical is located on the Central Pacific coast, and with a stunning beach it offers everything you would expect for a perfect beach holiday. It is not only a surfers’ paradise, but also a truly amazing village with all-year perfect weather. 

Family Vacation at Dominical BeachDominical Costa Rica

If you want to get out into the wilderness on your Costa Rica family holiday. there is no better place than Dominical Costa Rica. The beach is usually deserted, and the ocean is great for snorkeling. Also scuba diving and fishing tours. Local fishermen will be happy to take you out with them to see the many species living in the rich waters of Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coast. You will also like the remote location with its romantic log cabins and the quiet beachfront bungalows.

Explore Costa Rica

Dominical Costa RicaBe sure to visit the nearby National Parks. Del Cano Island National Preserve offers not only lush vegetation and wildlife, but has an archaeological site, a Pre-Columbian cemetery. El Mirador is a fantastic lookout spot, and the trails on the island are well marked. The Manuel Antonio National Park consists of both a tropical rainforest and a marine life reserve. You can use one of the easy trekking trails or take advantage of one of the rafting tours. The Corcovado National Park offers great tours, and you can see some of the oldest primary wet forests in Central America. Look out for Tapirs, Harpy Eagles and squirrel monkeys in the wild.

Active Beach Vacations

If you like surfing, trekking or cycling, the amazing shoreline of Dominical Costa Rica will provide you with plenty of outdoor activities. Although dominical Beach is not the best for swimming, it is great for surfing and diving. You might be interested in signing up for canopy tours around the shoreline or go horseback riding in the surrounding area. You can explore the mountains or visit the Marine National Park, Marino Ballena, with its unique coral reefs and tropical species. Truly, the Central American coastline of Costa Rica is a fantastic option for an active beach holiday.

Dominical Beach Costa Rica – Surf & Travel Guide

Liberia Costa Rica – Capital of Guanacaste

Home of Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport

Liberia Costa Rica – Capital of Guanacaste

Founded in 1769, Liberia Costa Rica is the charming historic capital of Guanacaste. In fact, once considered little more than a dusty cattle town, Liberia is now a hub for the many travelers. It is famous for white adobe houses with terracotta roofs, nicknamed “the white city.” Many charming colonial-era homes can still be found in the city. With the architectural details making it unique to the area. Including corner double doors called “Puerta del Sol”.  An excellent example of this picturesque building style has been converted into the fascinating Museo de Sabanero- Cowboy Museum. 

Home to the International Airport

Liberia has grown considerably since the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport opened. The airport saves many visitors almost half a day of travel. Also, has saved many travelers many hours driving from San Jose. With a population of just about 40,000 people, the city of Liberia offers travelers access to all of the services.Whatever you might need- including modern banking, a variety of shopping facilities, and convenient hotels. Liberia has become the busy gateway to the beaches of Guanacaste. As well as to many national parks including the beautiful Rincon de la Vieja and Santa Rosa

Liberia Costa RicaLiberia is at a “Cultural Crossroad.”

Even with all of the trappings of modern convenience, it is not uncommon to see an occasional habanero (cowboy) on horseback right in the center of town. The city is home to a weekly Saturday night rodeo, where cowboys come from all over Guanacaste.  They compete in bull riding, bronco busting and all sorts of other traditional activities.  Liberia Costa Rica is a city at the crossroads- both geographically and socially. It is at the intersection of the major highways Highway 1 and Highway 21. This provides access to visitors from all over the country. Indeed, Liberia is finding a balance between its past as the capital of Costa Rica’s “Old West” and its future- as the jumping off point for many visitors to the area.

Liberia Costa Rica – Capital of Guanacaste

San Jose Costa Rica

Capital City & International Airport

Capital Of Costa Rica

San Jose Costa Rica, the capital of the country and found in the Central Valley.  The city was founded in 1738, but not until 1823 that it was given the name after Joseph of Nazareth.  It has become a modern, cosmopolitan city and is presently home a third of the country’s entire population. This Latin American city is a pleasant place to live, and many foreigners have settled in the neighboring areas and suburbs. For example the Western areas of town in Escazu and Santa Ana. Also in Heredia located in the mountains where it is evidently cooler and with more rainfall.

What To Do In San Jose Costa RicaSuburbs

San Jose provides a surprisingly good assortment of museums, theaters, and different types of interests. Such as the Lankester Botanical Garden, the Central Market, Cloud Forest and a couple of nearby volcanoes.  This only adds to interesting day trips and Tours of San Jose Costa Rica.  

This Latin American city grew around its main plaza, La Plaza de la Cultura. This is where you can find the Gold Museum and the National Theater which is a mini replica of the Opera de Paris.  Nearby you will find Avenida Central which is a pedestrian shopping street that eventually leads to the Central Market. Here you can buy unique indigenous herbs and remedies, souvenirs, and typical food.  The nightlife in San Jose consists of amazing restaurants of international cuisines, bars, and casinos.

Where To Stay In San Jose

San Jose is relatively quite small compared to many other capital cities. However, the whole region is home to over a million people. Upon arriving in San Jose, you can find different airport hotels to stay at. Throughout the city, you have the option to choose between an apart hotel, an all-inclusive, a small boutique hotel, short or long-term rentals, or even one of the finest hotels in Costa Rica.  

The western suburbs of Santa Ana and Belen are where you can find some of the most luxurious hotels such as the Marriot, Real InterContinental, and Hotel Doubletree Cariari.  If you prefer to stay in the center of town, you have many options. For Example the Holiday Inn Aurola Hotel and the Barcelo San Jose Palacio. They are of the all-inclusive type of hotels, and you have the Hotel Grano de Oro, the Hotel Don Carlos, or the Hotel Alta in Santa Ana. Small distinctive hotels that are a bit more intimate and offer more privacy to their guests.

San Jose Costa Rica downtownSecrets Of San Jose

Don’t skip out on passing through San Jose!  Many tourists have been flying directly to Liberia, without seeing what the capital has to offer.  For example, Barrio Amon has beautiful first-class neoclassical architecture, and some of these residences have turned into small hotels.  Take some time to visit some of San Jose’s museums such as the Gold Museum, the National Museum, and the Jade Museum.  Elegant orchids can be found on the eastern side at the Lankester Botanical Garden.  If you have the chance to travel to San Jose, you will find out that this capital city is filled with life and color.

 

San Jose Costa Rica

Drake Bay, Costa Rica

Gateway to the Corcovado National Park and Caño Island

Drake Bay – Gateway to Costa Rica’sdrake bay a sustainable relationship with natural wonders beach Osa Peninsula!

Drake Bay, located on the Northern end of the Osa Peninsula, in the province of Puntarenas. While it is a popular destination, it is a difficult place to get to in Costa Rica. Its name, often a topic of conversation, comes from the one who discovered it in 1579, Sir Francis Drake. This is a small community where nothing much happens, also recognized as one of the most beautiful regions of the world! Corcovado and Osa undeniably have the most beautiful Beaches of Costa Rica. To reach Drake Bay, you need to take a boat trip.

Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park

The Osa Peninsula and the Corcovado National Park are the most treasured region of Costa Rica. This area has more concentration of flora and fauna than anywhere else in Costa Rica and is one of the world’s wonders. Because it used to be an island, many species developed independently thus making them unique. Corcovado is the tallest rainforest in the world with many rare and endangered species of animals, and plants. It is a real treat to be able to visit this region, a wonder of the South Pacific Coast of Costa Rica.

drake bay a sustainable relationship with natural wonders lizardTours And Activities In Drake Bay

There are tons of Tours and activities to do in this magnificent place. Its gorgeous landscape looks almost too beautiful to be real. This is where you can swim alongside dolphins and go on a whale-watching trip. Horseback riding, sports fishing, and mesmerizing hiking are all on the agenda. While the forest and beaches of the Corcovado National Park offer unlimited beauty, the marine life is no less fascinating.  Snorkeling and scuba diving are great, and you can experience the joy of swimming amongst beautiful colorful fish. Because of its remote location, the communication in Drake Bay is very limited, and you must take this into account; the signal for cell phones is often poor, and many people communicate via radiophones or shortwave.

A Lost Paradise On Earth

You will take strolls along the most beautiful Beaches of Costa Rica, amongst the highest density of wildlife. This is a place where nothing has changed for eons, and you will feel privileged to witness nature’s spectacle! There are a wide variety of picturesque Hotels in Drake Bay Costa Rica to choose from, most of which offer “all-inclusive packages” since accommodations, tours, meals and some transportation included.   They offer packages with pick up services by boat from one of the neighboring towns. All magnificently located with views over the ocean, surrounded by lush vegetation and wild animals and brightly colored birds.

Drake Bay: A Gateway to Corcovado National Park

As a destination, drake bay a sustainable relationship with natural wonders birdDrake Bay is off the beaten path where naturalist explorers and marine life lovers find their ideals as they indulge into Costa Rica’s finest natural wonders. Getting to this remote corner of Costa Rica to reach Corcovado and the Osa Peninsula is an adventure in itself. The most practical way of reaching this area is by flight. Although the way mostly used is by catching a boat in Sierpe that will drift down some impressive coastal wetlands and spill into the ocean neighboring Drake Bay. 

Walking trails in the jungles of Corcovado National Park can take up many hours, even whole days. As a result, Drake Bay is fortunate to be on the side of Corcovado with rivers that facilitate easy navigation into its pristine green depths. Wildlife sightings in the park can include all four Costa Rican monkey species. Possibly, half of Costa Rica’s flora and fauna species may live there.

Great Diving and Whale Watching at Del Caño Islanddrake bay a sustainable relationship with natural wonders buteogallus

A prominent island named Del Caño protrudes over the open ocean horizon. It lures guests towards her gorgeous underwater habitats sought out by scuba divers and snorkelers. Scuba divers will find plenty of coral species around the island. Also, eleven different species of octocoral with mackerel shoals, tuna, manta rays, Pan-tropical spotted dolphins, white tip reef sharks and more marine diversity than one can count.

Closer to shore, snorkeling along Del Caño’s beach is fun. There’s also a quiet trail leading to an incredible viewpoint and one of Costa Rica’s world famous pre-Columbian spheres neatly tucked away in the jungle. The best months for humpback whale sightings are September and October, and December through April.

Sustainable Lodges

Drake Bay also serves as a hub for Costa Rica’s best in regards to sustainable lodging and off the beaten path hotels scattered through the jungle.

The Best Drake Bay Tours and Activities

  • Jungle Hikes
  • River Floats
  • Dolphin and Whale Watching
  • Bird watching
  • Sea Kayaks
  • Horseback Riding
  • Sun Bathing
  • Swimming

 

Drake Bay, Costa Rica

Jaco Beach Costa Rica!

Famous Beach Destination for World Class Surf, Adventure and Nightlife

Jaco Costa Rica, The Capital Of The Pacific Coast

Jaco Costa Rica has been the focal point of the Central Pacific Coast for a couple of decades; it lures surfers, beach lovers, party goers and those who seek a swim/surf/shopping/nightlife combination. Jaco Beach is located in the province of Puntarenas, less than an hour away from San Jose, making it the closest beach of the capital. It has an incredible choice of restaurants, hotels, restaurants, lounges and clubs, and some of the greatest waves of the country. 

So Much To Do In Jaco Beach

Jaco Beach, Costa Rica is a surfer’s beach by excellence; its breaks never disappoint avid surfers! Surfers can ride their adrenaline rush to the town of Jaco, with an abundance of nightlife and restaurants. Jaco is also close to other famous surf beaches like Playa Hermosa just 6 miles north of Jaco Beach, renowned for its world-class surfing. Hermosa hosts a yearly surfing convention. South of Jaco Beach is Playa Herradura, home of Los Suenos and also kJaco Costa Rica surfnown for its fantastic breaks. Jaco offers a lot more than just great waves! You can also see crocodiles in the Tarcoles River, and visit the Carara Biological Reserve, an incredible nesting ground for the beautiful Scarlet Macaws. You will also enjoy other activities such as horseback riding, hiking, river kayaking and canopy tours.

Where To Stay In Jaco Beach

Jaco Costa Rica is one of the beaches in Costa Rica with the most choices of hotels and restaurants! This means that everyone can find what they are looking for! Whether you seek an all inclusive, a secluded boutique hotel, or a 5-star resort, Jaco Beach has it all! The Hotel Club del Mar is certainly one of the finest, located in a more secluded part of the beach. The Hotel Amapola and the Hotel Fuego del Sol are also very charming. If you are looking for luxury, the Villas Caletas is just a few miles up the road before you reach Jaco.

Jaco Beach Has Something For Everyone

With its proximity to San Jose, its fantastic waves, national parks and an incredible array of hotels, restaurants, and shopping, Jaco Beach has something to offer for everyone. Whether you are a party animal or a lover of natural beauty, Jaco Beach does not disappoint. While surfing is outstanding, swimmers will find that it’s safer at the southern or northern points of the beach. There are fewer riptides and currents in these areas. These spots are also a lot more scenic! Jaco Beach is also a good starting point when on your way to the southern region of the country, or on your way to discover some other Beaches of Costa Rica! Jaco Costa Rica is great for single surfers, avid travelers and families alike.

Jaco Beach Costa Rica!

Mal Pais Costa Rica

Beaches on the Nicoya Peninsula

A sought-after tourist location, Mal Pais Costa Rica

Mal Pais was once a small beachfront village, but now is becoming one of Costa Rica’s most sought-after tourist attractions. the area of Mal Pais Costa Rica, is located on the tip of the beautiful Nicoya Peninsula, on the Pacific side of the country. It is a great place to take up surfing, visit a yoga center or just take in the relaxed, laid-back atmosphere. Looking for a simple beach holiday in the heart of Costa Rican nature? Than Mal Pais is a great beach to visit in Costa Rica. Getting there is part of the adventure. Firstly, you can take a ferry from Puntarenas. Or take an hour’s drive from the international airport to Paquera or Playa Naranjo. Laslty you could fly from San Jose to Tambor and catch a cab.

Mal by Name but not by Nature

The area may be named ‘bad land’, but is certainly not that by nature. Mal Pais Costa Rica boasts fabulous weather all year round and as a result has become a surfer’s paradise. With a long beach break, consistent waves and great swells, who wouldn’t want to surf here? The coast is dotted with with cool bars and restaurants as well as a variety of places to stay for all budgets.

Despite being one of the trendiest places to visit in Costa Rica, Playa Mal Pais Costa Rica is often uncrowded. Therefore its a peaceful spot to spend the day taking in the wonderful surroundings and relaxing in the sun. The beach itself is mainly rocky but with good stretches of sand and surrounded by lush vegetation. Just a few miles north of Mal Pais beach is Playa Santa Teresa. That area holds one of Costa Rica’s most renowned beaches, famous for its beauty as well as its amazing surf.

Something for everyone

From luxury accommodations to more affordable hotels, Mal Pais, Nicoya Peninsula has something for everyone when it comes to places to stay in Costa Rica. The area has recently become very popular with celebrities. So much so that many have purchased property in the area, a sign of it’s tranquil haven quality. For a fun place to stay try Frank’s Place.  Or for a more exotic stay at Surf The Place Boutique Hotel, They offer separate rooms, villas and bungalows all with different themes from Africa to Mexico. For fun after the sun has gone down round Mal Pais Costa Rica there is lots of fun nightlife with bars, restaurants and frequent parties organised in the area.

Mal Pais Costa RicaA Haven for Surfers and Nature-Lovers Alike

Whilst surfing rates highly in this Pacific coast area of Costa Rica, there is still plenty to do if you aren’t one for riding the waves. Fishing tours are popular, as is scuba diving, kite-surfing and even snorkeling. Out of the water, you will find canopy tours, quad biking, mountain biking and horseback riding as well as many opportunities to hike around the area and explore. For birdwatchers, the area is an aviary paradise, with the Cabo Blanco National Park just a few kilometers away. The Park also offers magical sightings of whales and dolphins at their celebrated marine sanctuary.

 

Mal Pais Costa Rica

Playa Santa Teresa Costa Rica

A Beach lover's Paradise

Santa Teresa Costa Rica, An Eclectic Melting Pot

Playa Santa Teresa Costa Rica is a tiny beach village on the Nicoya Peninsula. Just north of Playa Mal Pais. But what this little town lacks in size, it makes up for in culture and individuality. What was once a small surf town is now an eclectic melting pot. Everyone from here is surfers and artists, and the wealthy and famous have found a place to call home. Located around 150km east of San Jose, reachable by plane to Tambor airport or ferry from Puntarenas. The journey is half of the fun of your trip to Santa Teresa Costa Rica. Also, well worth it upon arrival when you are met with the beauty and nature of this area.

The Hawaii of Costa Rica

Santa Teresa Costa Rica SurfWith fantastic swells all year round, the beautiful Santa Teresa Beach is one of Costa Rica’s best beaches for waves and consistent surf. Forbes Magazine has voted this area of Santa Teresa and nearby Mal Pais as some of the beautiful beaches of the world. What drama, jutting out volcanic rocks combined with soft green natural surroundings. The pure white sandy beaches make this not only a haven for surfers and artists trying to capture the stunning views on canvas. Also for those looking for a peaceful vacation in Costa Rica.

Something Tropical for Every Budget in Santa Teresa Beach

From the super-luxurious Hotel Flor Blanca to the super cool Frank’s Place. Santa Teresa Beach offers something tropical for every budget. Whether you are looking a great yoga center to do your sun salutations at sunrise. Prop up your surfboard and look for the best sunset in Costa Rica. For the perfect beach honeymoon in Costa Rica, Santa Teresa Costa Rica is the ideal place. You can find both serenity and privacy but also a very good time.  Most hotels boast or border a fabulous restaurant, and a fantastic spa is never too far away to rest your weary feet after a long day of exploring.

Santa Teresa Beach is Small but Certainly not Sleepy

Take in the scenery on a scenic horseback ride, or float through the rainforest on a thrilling canopy tour. And get your adrenaline fix riding the waves on one of the surfing hotspots. Hike around, bird-watch and explore the nearby Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve or just spend a day relaxing on the beach and lapping up the waves of the Pacific ocean. You can even take a boat out on a fishing tour. Santa Teresa Costa Rica may be a small town, but it is certainly not sleepy. End your day in one of the many bars and restaurants along the seafront and actually enjoy a vacation in the middle of this little paradise.

Playa Santa Teresa Costa Rica

Playa Samara Costa Rica, in Nicoya Peninsula

A Pristine Tropical Beach in Costa Rica's Northern Province of Guanacaste

Samara Costa Rica: Laid Back and Relaxing Beach Destination

Samara Costa Rica is located on the Nicoya Peninsula in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica. This tranquil beach area has long been a favorite with Ticos. As well as those looking for a laid-back beach experience surrounded by the best of extraordinary Costa Rica!  Samara has been increasing in popularity with visitors. All seeking relaxation and a more authentic beach vacation. Samara also maintains its reputation as one of the best places in Costa Rica for snorkeling, scuba, and sports fishing, but also for being one of the cleanest and safest beaches in all of Costa Rica!

Tranquil Beach Paradise!

Samara is particularly well known for its long white sandy beach with gentle waves, and gradual slope makes for shallow water levels. Samara Costa Rica boasts one of the few coral reefs in Costa Rica providing great snorkeling opportunities. Just a short walk down the beach to the small town of Matapalo, there is also a prime snorkeling spot perfect for visitors of all ages. Another unique feature of the Samara area is the existence of a tree-covered island. Playa that offers unique and popular swimming and wind surfing opportunities.The island is also popular with birdwatchers and kayakers that use the natural surroundings as a background to their exploration and adventures!

One of the Top Five Beaches in Central America!Samara Costa Rica

In 2013 Samara Beach was chosen as the second most beautiful beach in Central America and had maintained its reputation as a very special and picturesque location for a family beach vacation!  The beautiful beaches will give you the perfect spot to indulge in the perfect getaway – far away from crowds and big cities – just you, the beach and amazing natural landscape that will surround you. With shimmering blue water and jungle that comes right down to the sand – the beauty that is part of the Costa Rican experience will surround you!  With a charming small town feel, Samara has great little shops, restaurants, and bars for after your beach day.  Samara is the perfect place for your beach portion of your vacation here to paradise!

 

So Much to Do in Sunny Samara Costa Rica!

Samara Costa Rica offers a myriad of activities for visitors of all ages to enjoy. Water sports are famous in the area. For example, fishing, kayaking in the mangroves, snorkeling, surf lessons and dolphin watching!  Mountain biking and hiking are also popular pastimes in the Samara area. As well as stand-up paddle boarding.  When you are not relaxing on the spectacular beach, there are nearby National Parks to explore. Including the amazing Palo Verde National Park. The area is also a paradise for birders. They can see many of the over two hundred species that have been cataloged in the area. Or even enjoy the seasonable turtle migration – lots of things to do in Samara!

A Hidden Gem: Samara Beach Costa Rica

samara beach costa rica a fun for all beach escape beachWhen looking for beaches to visit on your Costa Rica vacation, come to Playa Samara. There are many reasons why you should visit Samara beach. This small, and yet, culturally rich beach located on the Pacific coast of Guanacaste, is perfect for all types of vacationers. The honeymooners will find beautiful white beaches and beautiful sunsets, while the adventure seeker can get their adrenaline rush surfing or ocean kayaking to the small island Chora.

Deemed the safest and friendliest Costa Rica Beach

Not a seasoned traveler?  A little nervous about traveling to Latin America?  Want to relax with no worries? Samara is just the place.  Over the past decade, a once sleepy town was transformed into a tourist haven.  While you will find many Ex-pats, vacationers and students studying at the local Spanish Language School, Intercultural, Samara has somehow maintained it’s charm and culture.  Rent a bicycle and travel down the dirt paths from your hotel, straight to the beach.  Or, better yet, stay right on the beach! Enjoy the sun, take a siesta, dine at one of the amazing restaurants and watch a beautiful sunset. 

Adventure Seeking – Activities Abound

If just taking a leisurely romantic stroll along the long, white beach front lined with beautiful palm trees isn’t going to fulfill the adrenaline junkie in you, Samara offers plenty of adventure. Top 3 activities in Samara:

1. Ocean Kayaking – There are several companies lined along the beach where you can rent a kayak. Hop over the waves and push against the tide to the island about 30-45 minutes offshore.  This is truly challenging and requires good physical condition.

2. Snorkeling – Samara has an amazing coral reef about 300 meters off shore, which makes it great for surfing, but also great for snorkeling.  Boats will take you out there, give you all the gear you need, and you can leisurely swim around taking in numerous types of tropical fish.  As always, be careful not to let the tide push you into the coral!

3. Surf  It is Costa Rica, after all. Samara is great for experienced surfers as well as novices, and there are plenty of surf schools who will rent you the proper equipment.  

Samara Beach Costa Rica – A Romantic Paradise!

Call to all romantics, lovers – this is a perfect destination for a getaway with a loved one or Honeymoon in Costa Rica!  Samara is love! Hold your lover’s hand, take a stroll down the beach while looking for beautiful coral washed up on the shore. Other ideas for romantics in Samara include:

1. Horseback riding – This might be a traditional interpretation of romance, but taking a horseback ride along the beach, during the sunset, watching the waves pound the beach is just a beautiful setting.  Afterward, bring wine, and have a picnic on the beach while watching the birds dive into the ocean to feast on fish during the low tide. 

2. Dine – here you’ll find great dining.  Sip on wine, or a traditional Imperial beer while eating the local service (a wonderful dish of chopped fish in lime juice with spices). Many restaurants overlook the beach.

3. Enjoy fantastic hotels – Honeymooners!  Want that extra privacy and luxurious feeling?  Stay at Hotel Villas Samara, sip on Pina Coladas and swim up to the pool bar. 

Family Vacation on Samara Beach

Another reason why Samara beach is great is that it is family friendly. Bars are relatively small, and partying is not a way of life in this town.  Visit the small jewelry stands, enjoy local pizzerias, stay at family-friendly hotels and include the kids in surf lessons.  Immerse the children in a different culture, while still feeling safe and secure. Whether you want to sit and read a book under the shade of one of the many coconut or palm trees, you want a bit of adventure or a romantic getaway, Playa Samara won’t disappoint.  

Playa Samara Costa Rica, in Nicoya Peninsula

The Poas Volcano in Costa Rica

Poas Volcano National Park & Travel Destination

One of the Largest CrPoas Volcano crateraters in the World

Poas Volcano is one of the most popular volcanoes in Costa Rica. Mostly because of the proximity to San Jose (approximately an hour and a half). Also, the amazingly dense forest park that surrounds the two craters- making it an oasis close to the city!  Poas is the largest active craters in the world. It measures over a mile wide and over 900 feet deep. There are two crater lakes near the summit of Poas.

The National Park consists of nearly 15,000 acres that encompass at least four different habitats. This is another testament to Costa Rica’s amazing biodiversity.  One of Costa Rica’s most thrilling attractions, Costa Rica’s Poas Volcano dazzles with its bubbling crater lagoon. The lagoon varies from aquamarine to green. Situated less than two hours from San Jose, the active volcano is one Costa Rica’s most popular Central Valley day trips. It features easy access to beautiful trails, awe-inspiring lookout points and an interactive museum that details the history of Poas Volcano National Park. Scenic hiking paths wind through cloud forest landscapes. 

Biodiversity of Poas National Park

Few volcanoes anywhere in the world allow you to drive right up to the rim. Although Poas allows you to get within 300 ft of the edge.  At over 8000 feet above sea level, it offers amazing views of the surrounding countryside and the beautiful crater lakes. The Volcano is a powerful symbol of the geothermal forces that formed Costa Rica. The dwarf or stunted forest is particularly spectacular. Including Bonsai sized trees and resilient ferns whose growth is thwarted by the acid rain. There is a long history of eruptions- nearly forty since 1828. Poas has maintained the activity that gives it the reputation as having the world’s highest geyser.

Wildlife and Park History

It has eighty different species of birds. For example, the resplendent Quetzal. It is in the area surrounding the volcano. Because of the acidity in the crater lakes, there is little marine life.  But the animal species are numerous. The Poas green-yellow squirrel only found here the National Park.  The history of conservation Poas National Park has a unique tie to the United States. In the 1960’s, a student named Mario Boza was visiting Poas. He was so impressed with its natural beauty that he wrote a conservation management plan for the area as his master’s thesis. His thesis is the backbone of the National Park system in Costa Rica.

Visiting the Poas Volcano

The park has no accommodations and camping’s not permitted in the National Park.  There are some charming places to stay in the area – such as the Poas Volcano Lodge for example. This is one of the most visited and developed of the National Parks in Costa Rica. So there is ample access to all sorts of abilities. The visitor’s center and museum offer informative materials on the geography and history of the area.  And there is a nice restaurant and plenty of comfort facilities. A well-developed system of trails is available for visitors, but the combination of humidity and cool temperatures make dressing correctly especially important.

There are trails to each of the three crater lakes. They offer uniquely different environments. One of these crater lakes is over 1000 feet deep, making it the largest volcanic lagoon in the world. Keep in mind that September and October are the region’s rainiest months. Poas Volcano tours make for terrific day trips from the San Jose area. Depending on the excursion, it may include visits to other attractions including waterfall parks. Or even coffee plantations and the lowland rainforest of Sarapiqui. Without a doubt, Poas Volcano earns its reputation as one of Costa Rica’s most spectacular natural attractions.

 

Hiking the Trails

One of the best aspects of Poas is its accessibility. The park features a paved road that goes all the way to the crater’s edge. Now the national park is one of the few in Costa Rica that is almost entirely wheelchair friendly. This allows for thousands of tourists to explore its sights each year. The park has three main hiking trails, which are ideal for travelers of all ages and abilities.  The popular Botos Lake Trail leads to a stunning lagoon in the dormant Botos crater and is an easy half hour trek from the main lookout point.

Local Habitat & Wildlife.  

poas volcano costa ricaVerdant foliage covers most of the park and is primarily made up of cloud forest and humid low mountain forest. While the lower slopes of the volcano are covered with coffee plantations and ornamental plant farms. Then we see the crater vicinity is mostly barren with windswept shrubs. Hundreds of epiphytes dangle from moss-laden trees, and the park is dotted with tons of poor man’s umbrella plants. Also known for their gigantic leaves. Birders will adore the variety of species in the area. Hummingbirds, toucans, sooty robins, black Guans, and Tanagers all frequently sighted. We shall not forget the resplendent quetzal also makes its home in the region.

 

 

The Poas Volcano in Costa Rica

Cahuita Costa Rica

Incredible Beaches, Snorkeling & Culture!

Cahuita Costa Rica, National Park 

Cahuita Costa Rica is a National Park on the Caribbean Coast. It’s located south of the city of Limon and on the road to Puerto Viejo. Although the little town of Cahuita National ParkCahuita has changed over the last two decades, the beach and National Park remain the same! As a result, the park’s conservation efforts have maintained its pristine beauty. The Cahuita National Park is fairly large consisting of about 1076 hectares. Cahuita is known for its untouched coral reef, one of the best and largest reefs of Costa Rica. Indeed, it’s one of the world’s best reef with a great variety of marine life. The list includes turtles, parrot fish, lobsters, small sharks, sea urchins and an abundance of sea anemones.

What To Do And See In Cahuita

Snorkeling is an excellent way to experience the beauty of Cahuita’s coral reef and underwater life. Amidst the multicolored coral, you will more than 500 different species of fish. Another attraction is the two sunken ships, an excellent place to explore if you want a little more adventure! If you want to take a Tour of Cahuita National Park, there is great hiking on the trail between Kelly Creek in the center of the village to Puerto Vargas.

This trail is great for spotting yellow crowned herons, Swainson’s toucans; keel-billed toucans and Central American curassows and rufous kingfishers. While walking along the shore, you may come across a few sloths, agoutis, coatis, pacas and tamanduas. Small wild cats like the ocelots are present in the area but very hard to spot. If you like boats, try a trip through the mangroves, and see huge blue crabs, pelicans, green ibises, and blue herons. Boat trips on the sea can be arranged, make sure you have a professional guide with you as the currents and reefs can be treacherous.

Where To Stay In Cahuita

If you want to take a trip to experience the Caribbean coast, Cahuita is the perfect place.There are plenty of hotels and lodges to choose from in Cahuita, that all blend in Cahuita Costa Rica Slothmarvelously with their surroundings. The Hotel Azania Bungalows, just a few steps from the sea with a tropical garden, offer spacious and beautifully decorated rooms, with privacy and peace. The Hotel Ciudad Perdida Ecolodge has a privileged location along the National Park offering a memorable vacation amidst wild, lush green vegetation and beautiful tropical birds. There is also a great choice of restaurants in Cahuita! With the famous Caribbean coconut rice and beans is on the menu, you will find excellent international cuisine in Cahuita. This selection is not limited to only Caribbean food; it also includes French and Italian specialties.

Family Vacations

There are fantastic restaurants and bars in Cahuita. You will like the atmosphere and laid-back attitude the Caribbean locals. The cuisine is the traditional coconut rice and beans and chicken curries. Seafood is also a part of the local menu.

This safe village is a good option for convenient Costa Rica family vacations, and although you will not find any shopping centers around, the small restaurants and cafes will allow you to make the most out of your time on your Costa Rica Beach holiday. Small romantic Cahuita beach bars will provide reggae music and all-night entertainment for a romantic vacation. Many hotels offer kids’ entertainment programs.

Cahuita Costa Rica, The Caribbean

The Caribbean atmosphere of Cahuita is very distinct from the rest of Costa Rica. It’s complete with Bob Marley, Alpha Blondy, Rum and Coke, dreadlocks and jerked chicken, is simply irresistible. The motto of Cahuita enjoys you, relax, and have a good time. The lazy, laid-back atmosphere along with the vast array of wildlife is the perfect recipe for a splendid holiday in paradise. Cahuita is the perfect choice for a holiday in the Province of Limon. It’s another example of the magnificent diversity one can only find in Costa Rica. In contrast with the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, the exuberance of the Caribbean will win you over!

Cahuita Costa Rica

Flamingo Beach Costa Rica

One of the Most Famous and Iconic White Sandy Beaches in Costa Rica

Sophisticated Flamingo Beach Costa Rica

Flamingo Beach Costa Rica, located on the Pacific Coast, North of the famous Tamarindo Beach. Also, considered to be one of a gorgeous Beaches of Costa Rica! Indeed it has an air of sophisticated class about it, as the brilliant white sand beach is picture perfect. This beach is very good for swimming, sports fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving. Flamingo has a lovely little marina, one of the few of Costa Rica. Rental boats are great for short excursions or sports fishing.

Tours And Activities In And Around Flamingo Beach

Flamingo Beach is conveniently located close to some of the most visited Beaches of Costa Rica. For example Tamarindo, a great surf beach with many wonderful restaurants, bars, and hotels. Also, Playa Grande, home of the Las Baulas Marina Park where the giant Leatherbacks Turtles come to nest and the popular Playas del Coco. Finally the enchanting Playa Potrero and Sugar Beach, not to mention the heavenly white Playa Conchal. flamingo beach costa ricaFlamingo Beach is close to many National Parks too. You can enjoy Tours to the Rincon de la Vieja National Park, or to the Santa Rosa National Park, Africa Mia, and more.

The Catalina Islands, located in the bay in front of Flamingo Beach. This is an excellent spot for scuba diving the home to the White Tipped Reef Shark. Widely visited by the expats who live in town and who enjoy coming to the quieter atmosphere of Flamingo Beach to kick back. Sailing excursions are popular from this perfect white sand beach. Or hop on a catamaran for some great snorkeling followed by a sunset cruise and cocktail.  Sports fishing is world-class in Flamingo. In fact, the season starts in January through April.  Commonly caught are the mighty Marlin, Roosterfish, Yellow Fin Tuna, Snapper and Sailfish.  

Hotels And Lodges Of Flamingo Beach Costa Rica

Flamingo Beach is home to some of the most beautiful Hotels in Costa Rica, such as the Bahia del Sol, set on a long stretch of beach, perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and flamboyant sunsets or the Flamingo Beach Resort famous for its incredible location and its eco-tourism ethos. Flamingo Beach has an excellent choice of restaurants, clubs, bars and discos; it is also very close to Tamarindo with its vast arrays of shops and restaurants. This part of Guanacaste is truly glorious, with a lively fusion of cultural charm and modern entertainments.

The Wonderful Flamingo Beach Costa Rica

The wonderful beach of Flamingo is famous for its fine white sand, calm water, marina and surrounding beach towns making it the tropical vacation destination of your dreams. It has an idyllic atmosphere that is relaxing and friendly. It is conveniently close to Liberia and the Daniel Oduber International airport, and easy to get to by car; once you get to Liberia just follow the signs!At any rate, it is a perfect holiday spot for families with children or couples or single travelers looking for romance!

Flamingo Beach Costa Rica

Gulf of Papagayo in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

The country's best hotels including the spectacular Four Seasons.

Costa Rica’s Riviera – The Gulf of Papagayo in Guanacaste!

The area is easily accessible, located just a half an hour from the Liberia International Airport. Here you’ll find some of the country’s best hotels including the spectacular Four Seasons. The area is also home to several all-inclusive properties such as the Westin Playa Conchal and Occidental Grand Papagayo. Come here see Costa Rica’s most beautiful beaches and experience the country’s best hotels and resorts. 

 The Golfo de Papagayo is on the northern shoreline of Guanacaste. In fact, it consists of some of the most sought after beaches and real estate. The gulf is unspoiled, filled with wildlife and beautiful scenery. You too can enjoy it in a myriad of ways: boating, fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, cruising and swimming. All in all, the beaches are of incredible beauty, perfect for any beach lover to enjoy.

Visit Costa Rica’s Gulf of Papagayo

It’s located a mere thirty minutes from the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia. The Gulf of Papagayo also is an area that has amazing beauty and natural diversity. This beautiful location in the northern Pacific part of Costa Rica has been a favorite with visitors for decades.  With the constant warm weather, mild waters and spectacular scenery- Gulf of Papagayo is a must.  The area has also been a haven for those looking for relaxation and great beaches. Some of Costa Rica’s best All Inclusive Resorts found in the area. It brings many new people to enjoy the area’s unsurpassed beauty.

A National Treasure

The Gulf of Papagayo consists a pair of jagged peninsulas. The area consists of over fifteen miles of coastline, and thirty separate and distinctive beaches. The beaches of this area range from pure white, gray, coral to black sands.  Visitors to this region can find nearly every activity imaginable on the shore or in the water. 

Costa Rica is committed to protecting its natural resources, and the Gulf of  PapagayoGulf of Papagayo Sunset is no exception.  Even today with all of the new tourist interest, over 70% of the area remains open, undeveloped space. Here you’ll have a chance to see over 400 species of animals. For example, squirrel monkeys, howler monkeys, and blue morpho butterflies

Unsurpassed Beauty & Nature

Traditionally the area of Gulf Papagayo known as a paradise for birders and a special place for those looking to enjoy life. The Costa Rican government has maintained its strict standards on building and development. Also, the abundance of natural beauty to be enjoyed and seen. This dedication to sustainable progress is monitored by the Costa Rican government and the Papagayo Tourism Project. The increased popularity and development of Gulf Papagayo coupled with the convenience of the International Airport at Liberia. This offers visitors a quick way to immerse themselves in the beauty that is this part of Guanacaste without extensive traveling from other parts of Costa Rica.

Luxurious Gulf Papagayo

The Gulf Papagayo now has, even more, to be proud of! Not only are there spectacular sunsets. There are now world-class 5-star resorts, extraordinary golf courses and a plethora of other activities to fill your days. The stunning views, the beautiful beaches and the proximity to many of the best National Parks in Costa Rica- including those at Santa Rosa, Marino Las Baulas, Guanacaste, and Rincón de la Vieja, allows visitors to experience and explore the Costa Rica’s natural beauty! Make this an amazing destination on your future trip to Costa Rica!

Exemplary Culebra Bay in Papagayo Costa Rica

hilton papagayo costa ricaCulebra Bay in Guanacaste, a body of serene ocean water, protected by the Peninsula of Nacascolo, chosen to be the optimal location to start the Papagayo Project in Costa Rica. Firstly, an international airport built in the nearby city of Liberia. A golf course too built on Nacascolo Peninsula. The whole plan took its slow course in stages throughout the nineties, and the 00’s to what we have today, a prime destination for high end and five-star resorts.  

In conclusion, Culebra Bay is famous for its stunning sunsets and steep hillsides that seem to float above the calm ocean. The most popular beach destinations in this part Guanacaste are Panama Beach and Hermosa Beach. Virador and Blanca beaches on the tip of Nacascolo Peninsula are now a pleasure retreat. Especially for five-star patrons staying at the Five Seasons. Papagayo visitors can enjoy leisure away with its number of beaches and geological features with unusual names. For example, like Poor Man’s Underwear Beach, Bad Point, Good Point, Hat Beach, Small Iguana Beach, Egg Bay and Egg Point, and a personal favorite, Lousy Doctor Point.

Gulf of Papagayo in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Rincon de la Vieja Costa Rica

Volcano & National Park

Rincon de la Vieja – A Nature Lover’s Paradise

The Rincon de la Vieja Volcano is located in Costa Rica’s northern province of Guanacaste. Only an hour from the international airport of Liberia. There is so much to see and do up near the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano that you may want to stay a couple of nights get the most out of your time here.  Rincon de la Vieja is the largest volcano in the northwest of Costa Rica. It stands 1895 meters tall with various craters surrounding it. Just outside Liberia, you can hike various trails around the park and to the summit. Also, you can wildlife watch, go camping and there are many haciendas inside the national park that offers combo tours.

Activities Abound near the Volcano!

The horseback riding trails in the area are among the best in the country. ChRincon de la Vieja Crateroose to explore the countryside by horse or an ATV tour. And take a hike through the Rincon de la Vieja National Park. This is also an area well-known for its white water tubing and awesome canopy tours. At nearly 1700 feet above sea level, Rincon de la Vieja offers spectacular vistas. Many are surrounding landscapes and the amazing coastline. This area is famous for its abundantly varied flora and fauna, which include an amazing amount of protected orchids including the national flower of Costa Rica; the Guaria Morada.

Wildlife & Scenery at Rincon de la Vieja

The area around Rincon volcano is also an excellent spot to view many monkey species, such as howlers, spiders and white-faced and a variety of phenomenal birds. Including the Great Curassow and Aracari Toucans. Exploring the magnificent parks that surround the Rincon de la Vieja should be on every Costa Rican visitor’s list. Now, with the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia, getting to this beautiful area is easier than ever before.  This is truly an amazing addition to your Costa Rican vacation!

A Unique & Fascinating Volcano

Hidden in the Costa Rica’s northern province of Guanacaste, is the Rincon de la Vieja. This is a combination of four major volcanoes. Also the Santa Maria, Orosi and Miravalles. The area surrounding these volcanoes is an adventure lover’s paradise consisting of four of Costa Rica’s most amazing national parks. Rincon de la Vieja is considered one of a fascinating volcano in Costa Rica because of its unusual characteristics. The churning sulfurous lagoons, relaxing mud springs and fascinating fumaroles, as well as the main active crater. The entire volcanic structure of Rincon de la Vieja consists of nine volcanic points and is spread over a nearly 250 square mile area.

Rugged Adventures in Rincón de la Vieja

Home to a 35,000-acre national park, the region is renowned for its working cattle ranches and incredibly scenic terrain featuring thermal springs. Also Immense waterfalls, bubbly mud pools and smoking volcanoes. Travelers seeking an action-packed vacation will not be disappointed. Adventure tours include everything from whitewater tubing to full-day horseback excursions. Furthermore get ready to celebrate the region’s cowboy traditions on your visit to the wild and wonderful Rincon de la Vieja.

Rincón de la Vieja National Park

The area’s star attraction, Rincón de la Vieja National Park, encompasses two volcanoes – the Santa Maria and the gently active Rincón de la Vieja, which boasts a steaming caldera that is nearly 10 miles wide.

Tours through the park, either on foot or via horseback, explore the various volcanic formations that make this region so unique. You’ll visit fumaroles, mud pools (the volcanic mud is believed to be very therapeutic). Also, waterfalls and stop for a relaxing soak in one of the several natural volcanic hot springs. In fact park’s dramatic fluxes in elevation create several distinct microclimates within the various ecosystems, which include arid savannahs and dry tropical forest.

Cowboy Heritage

Guanacaste province has a long history of cattle ranching, and the area surrounding the national park is dotted with several working ranches. A handful of these cattle ranches has opened eco-lodges that invite travelers to experience their cowboy heritage first-hand. You’ll ride ranch horses, learn about cattle farming, and of course, explore the park’s most popular attractions. Located 16 miles from Liberia – the capital of Guanacaste – Rincon de la Vieja has a nice selection of accommodations ranging from rustic to luxurious. And since the town sits on the outskirts of Liberia, most hotels and lodges are all-inclusive, providing their guests all meals and activities.

Thrilling Adventure Tours in Rincón de la Vieja

Adventure enthusiasts are in for a treat with all of the tours to choose from. Zoom above the treetops on a zip-line canopy tour, swing like Tarzan through the trees. Finally, test your strength on an exhilarating waterfall rappelling tour.

Besides the phenomenal horseback riding, another favorite is a tubing adventure down the Rio Negro. For something on the tamer side, consider a guided hike to the pristine waterfalls of Rincon de la Vieja National Park. You’ll likely catch glimpses of local wildlife. The howler and white-faced monkeys, coatimundis and tons of avian species.

Hot Springs & Spa Relaxation

In addition to the natural thermal springs within the park, some of the upscale lodges feature posh on-site spas. They offer healing mud baths, steam rooms, saunas and an array of massages and treatments. After a long day of adventures, unwind with a delicious chocolate body wrap or treat yourself to an indulgent facial and neck massage. In conclusion the perfect ending to an already ideal day!

Rincon de la Vieja Costa Rica

San Gerardo de Dota – Costa Rica

Explore the pristine Cloud Forests and spot the elusive Quetzal in San Gerardo de Dota!

San Gerardo de Dota is a little jewel hidden away in the rainforest of the Talamanca Mountain Range, in the Province of San Jose. With an altitude of 2200 meters, San Gerardo de Dota QuetzalSan Gerardo de Dota has a fresh and clean air, plush green rain forest and an incredible biodiversity. Nestled in the valley of the Savegre River, this Marvel has managed to stay quite a secret, and thus visitors are still scarce; little do they know that this is the place to be to see the Resplendent Quetzals National Park. This is a true little paradise that will hopefully stay untouched for many more years to come; luckily there are many organizations and private owners that are contributing towards the preservation of this magical region. 

The Resplendent Quetzals

Quetzals are amongst the most awesome birds of the world, with a plumage that has been admired by many. It is a shy bird, and it may be hard to spot them. The Quetzals nest in this region and are present all year round. However, it is easier to see them between April and May, which is their breeding season. There are many other birds to admire such as the woodpeckers, the tanagers and myriads of hummingbirds. This is truly a haven for birdwatchers. Be sure to bring the correct clothing as it may sound chilly and rainy. Good hiking shoes and binoculars are highly recommended. Don’t forget a camera for this unique shot to bring back home, proof that you did indeed see a resplendent Quetzal and took a hike in one of the most beautiful cloud forests of Costa Rica.

San Gerardo de Dota, A Typical Little Town

The little town of San Gerardo de Dota sometimes called Shangri-La by the locals of Talamanca. It is one of the most picturesque of Costa Rica, and it has a good choice of Hotels and Lodges to choose from. While in San Gerardo de Dota be sure to see, and taste, the wonderful plums, apples, and peaches. Here the first settlers planted coffee and Cuban beans; they soon started to plant a variety of fruit trees. Trout Fishers will finSan Gerardo De Dotad much joy here, as there is a farming community in the Savegre River Valley and the fly fishing season goes on between May and June. Also, lure fishing starts in December and finishes at the end of March.

In and around San Gerardo de Dota are a nice choice of explorations and Tours. It is a true paradise for nature lovers who seek a close contact with nature, in peace and harmony. Included here are over 200 bird species, peccaries, coyotes and monkeys, and an unaccountable number of tropical insects, trees, plants, and flowers. San Gerardo de Dota is a real little paradise on earth. With an impressive ecosystem waiting for you, and the most exciting holiday of a lifetime!

San Gerardo de Dota – Costa Rica

Playa Conchal Costa Rica

A Beautiful Beach in Guanacaste

Exotic Playa Conchal Costa Rica

Playa Conchal is considered by many to be one of the most exotic Beaches of Costa Rica. It is a shining white beach made of small broken shells and coral. It gives the sea a rare clarity and an attractive turquoise blue color. This beach is totally pristine and untouched, as peaceful as it was twenty years ago. It is located just 2 km from Playa Brasilito, and very close to Flamingo, and Tamarindo.

It is also very easy to reach, either by car, bus, whether you come from San Jose or the Daniel Oduber International Aiport. This is one of the most popular and impressive beaches in Guanacaste due to its unique characteristics. This beach has clear turquoise water. Also instead of sand, the shore is made up of million tiny pieces of white shells. Playa Conchal is a rare beach in Costa Rica that you won’t find anywhere else.

What To Do Around Playa Conchal

Many people come to Playa Conchal simply to relax. The little almond trees provide the necessary shade and tiPlaya Conchalme flies while you lay under the sun on this idyllic beach. Due to the clarity of the gentle water, swimming there is fantastic. Don’t forget to bring your snorkeling gear with you. You will swim amongst myriads of colorful tropical fish. Scuba diving and deep-sea fishing are also available.

If you are interested in Golfing in Costa Rica,  the Garra de Leon’ Golf Course is around the corner. Also, You are close to Las Baulas National Marine Park in Playa Grande and from Ostional. It’s both nesting grounds for the Giant Leatherbacks and Olive Ridely Turtles respectively. Rincon de La Vieja, Santa Rosa, Monteverde are some of the other Tours available in the area. Conchal is one of the very few Beaches of Costa Rica where it is possible to camp outside, under the protection of the Milky Way!

Impressive Places To Stay In Conchal

The Westin Playa Conchal Resort is the most exclusive and luxurious of Costa Rica. Included are huge rooms, beautiful swimming pool, and its eight restaurants. Also a spa, casino, pool bar and Jacuzzi, and golf course. Those who seek a less pricey accommodation will find that there are many other places to stay as well as many restaurants to choose from in Brasilito, north of Conchal.

The Exotic Tropical Beach By Excellence

Playa Conchal is a truly wonderful beach to visit and to spend some relaxing time, it is pure bliss to be there where time seems to stand still and everyday life disappears. Gone are the hassles and worries of the city life; Playa Conchal is all about happiness, pleasures, serenity and peace. It has the clearest waters of the Gold Coast of Guanacaste, with gentles waves, and almost always a clear blue sky. The soft beach made of pulverized bits of shells and coral is irresistible, ever so soft and brilliant white, and the shade offered by the trees means you never have to leave. 

Playa Conchal Costa Rica

The Beaches of Puerto Viejo Costa Rica

Caribbean Flavor

Getting to Puerto Viejo Costa Rica

Located on the Southern Caribbean coast of the country, Puerto Viejo Costa Rica is one of the most popular tourist spots in the country. The drive from capital San Jose is beautiful. If you are up for a road trip in Costa Rica, this route takes you right through the center of the rainforest. You’ll come through the Braulio Carillo National Park, with its lush greenery and natural waterfalls. As you approach Limon, the natural beauty fades slightly in this old shipping town. As you turn for the drive to Puerto Viejo, through Cahuita, you are once again greeted with stunning views all along the Caribbean coast.

A Caribbean Chill-out Zone

The main tourist town of the Costa Rican Caribbean is Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Puerto Viejo remains laid back embracing the easy going Caribbean way of life. It is unlike anywhere else in the country. People live on bicycles and cars need to watch out, as crabs take the opportunity to cross the road on their way to and from the beach. At night, the exotic fusion restaurants, markets, and discos start-up creating a bustling atmosphere in this sleepy village.

Puerto Viejo Costa Rica TreesThings to See and Do

Many people visit Puerto Viejo for the surfing. The legendary reef break Salsa Brava explodes from December to April. It can also be good around June and July. It’s perfect for professionals and experienced surfers. Novices are not advised to attempt it. At other times of the year, it is a quiet ocean, perfect for gentle dips and snorkeling. The beauty of the area can also be seen in Cahuita National Park, perfect for a gentle hike, as well as in the Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge where all manner of tropical species can be found. For relaxed days, spend time enjoying the wide variety of amazingly pristine undeveloped sandy beaches with their warm, inviting waters.

Where to Stay in Puerto Viejo Costa Rica

If you are looking to stay in Puerto Viejo, there are many bungalow options, including Azania Bungalows. For somewhere more luxurious, head just outside the center for Le Cameleon, one of the most impressively modern hotels on the East coast. While Puerto Viejo is really where it all happens; the quieter surrounding areas also boast amazing places to spend the night. Cahuita, being the furthest away, is a smaller option with its many bungalows and eco-friendly hotels. Cabinas and bungalows are the most popular choice, and guests hire bicycles for a simpler existence in this lovely town.

The Beaches of Puerto Viejo Costa Rica

Rio Celeste Costa Rica

An Amazing Blue River!

Ethereal Beauty of the Rio Celeste Costa Rica

Endowed with spectacular natural beauty and plenty of wildlife, Rio Celeste Costa Rica is off the typical tourist trail. Created in 1995, Tenorio Volcano National Park is perhaps most famous for its magnificent Rio Celeste (Blue River). A river of turquoise blue waters which winds through the park, culminating in an extraordinary waterfall that takes your breath away. Rio Celeste owes its celestial hue to the combination of sulfur and calcium carbonate. Some months of the year the waterfall also glows a brilliant cerulean blue.  If that weren’t dazzling enough, the park’s natural hot springs offer healing, mineral-rich waters. Bring along your swimsuit for a restorative dip in the thermal springs.

Explore the Biodiversity of Tenorio VolcanoRio Celeste Costa Rica

The entire park is shrouded in the primary cloud forest and virgin rainforest. It’s home to an abundance of flora and fauna.  You can explore the reserve’s rugged trails, which range from easy to downright challenging. Come either by foot or on horseback. Tours often follow a five-hour circuit that stops at picturesque vistas, thermal springs and boiling mud pots. Including, of course, the stunning Rio Celeste waterfall. During the months of May through November, be sure to pack rain gear and always wear sturdy hiking boots – the paths can get very muddy!

Monkeys, Tapirs and Coatis, Oh My!

This isolated region is teeming with wildlife, ensuring thrilling animal encounters at every turn. And without the crowds, you’d find in the more visited tourist areas. You’ll enjoy some of the country’s last untouched forests. In addition to three of Costa Rica’s monkey species – howler, white-faced and spider, you’re likely to spot sloths, anteaters, collared peccaries, and coatis. While more elusive, endangered species such as Baird’s tapir and jaguar have also been observed within the park boundaries.  Be sure to bring a camera, to capture the Rio Celeste as your local naturalist guide reveals the rainforest’s myriad camouflaged creatures.

A Tropical Escape in the Heart of Nature

This light tread region in Rio Celeste Costa Rica offers the perfect escape in the heart of nature. Recommended accommodations near Tenorio include the Rio Celeste Mountain Lodge and Hideaway, both of which feature a secluded setting amid lush jungle with a host of exciting tours including horseback rides and whitewater rafting. Guests can expect the company of toucans, monkeys and colorful butterflies while enjoying breathtaking views of the Rio Celeste and surrounding scenery. And both lodges keep the environment in mind with in-house recycling programs and other sustainable practices.

Rio Celeste Costa Rica

Puntarenas Costa Rica

An Important Port City

This long province called Puntarenas Costa Rica offers a variety of interests. Including surfing, scuba diving, swimming, and hiking in cloud forests. It is teeming with wildlife and exotic plants and is a paradise for nature’s lovers.

Puntarenas Costa Rica is the largest province

Puntarenas is the largest province and one of the most important tourist destinations of Costa Rica. It stretches from Guanacaste in the Nicoya Peninsula right down to the Panamian border and the Osa Peninsula. Indeed it has many little islands, inlets, and fabulous National Parks and natural treasures to discover. Its capital of the same name was once a very important port. This is where you catch the ferry to Nicoya and to the little islands of located in the Gulf of Nicoya. The main commercial port was recently moved to Calderas, and it is also an important cruising destination.

Other tourist destinations of Puntarenas Costa Rica includes Cobano, beaches of Montezuma, Malpais and Santa Teresa, Cabo Blanco, Jaco. Also Hermosa, Esterillos, Bejuco, Manuel Antonio National Park, Domincal, Uvita, Corcovado National Park, Pavones and Tivives. Monteverde Cloud Forest reserve, Cano Island, and even the famous Coco Island, 500 kilometers off the Pacific coast, belongs to this awesome province.

What To Do In PuntarenasPuntarenas Costa Rica sunset

With so many incredible beaches and National Parks, Puntarenas is truly an exciting place to visit and explore.  With its miles of coastline and beaches, Puntarenas is very much a surfer’s paradise and counts with some of the best surfing Beaches of Costa Rica. Jaco, Hermosa, Esterillos, Dominical and Pavones being the best ones.

The province of Puntarenas also has many protected areas, National Parks and Reserves that can be visited. From Hiking, Horseback Riding, Canopy Tours, Kayaking, and Volcano. Also Cloud Forests, Lake, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Buggy Jumping, Turtle, Whale and Dolphin Watching, Bird Watching, and Mammals. There is so much to do it is as if the world is at your doorstep when you are in Puntarenas.

Where To Stay In Puntarenas

There is an endless list of Hotels of Puntarenas Costa Rica, along the coast by the beaches, or in the Cloud Forests. The Beaches of Nicoya have fabulous Hotels like the Ylang Ylang, and as you make your way South, passing through Jaco and Manuel Antonio. The choices are extraordinary, whether you are a single surfer or are traveling with a group or with your family. The Hotel Villas Caletas of Jaco, the Gaia Hotel and Reserve of Manuel Antonio. Also The Lapas Rios Ecologde of Osa are just a few examples.  There are lodgings to suit every tastes and budgets. While there are plenty of seafood restaurants in this province,.The food is varied and you will find a wide choice of international and national cuisine.

Puntarenas Is The Real Costa Rica

Puntarenas is paradise for sea and beach lovers, with its miles, lovers of nature and those interested in some of the culture of Costa Rica. Indeed during Pre-Columbian times, the Chorotega Indigenous group we living around the Nicoya Peninsula, while the Burrucas lived further south around the Central Pacific. Puntarenas enjoys many different mini climates; hot to cool and humid in the south and drier in the north.

While tourism is its main source of revenue, it also lives of agriculture. And it is home to the mayor fishing industries and some cattle farming. Puntarenas is without a doubt a very exciting and interesting destination for its variety.There so much culture and so many fun activities to do. It is after all home to one of the most sought after place on Earth, the Osa Peninsula and Corcovado. It was declared to be one of the most biologically intense places on earth by National Geographic!

Puntarenas Costa Rica

Ostional Beach in Guancaste Costa Rica

Nesting Sea Turtles!

Ostional Beach

The magic of Ostional Beach rests in the Olive Ridley Turtles that come to nest on this beach. Also accompanied by their relative the Kemp Sea Turtles. This is a sight one should see at least once in their lifetime. It is so unique and very emotional. We are faced with these old and wise sea creatures who have been on this planet for far longer that we have.

Ostional Beach is also one of the most incredible Beaches of Costa Rica known for the nesting turtles who migrate here by the thousands.  The Ostional Wildlife Refuge was created to protect the Olive Ridley sea turtles and during the rainy season.  You can see thousands of turtles coming up to shore to lay their eggs and baby turtles hatching all hours of the day. Playa Ostional is also a surfing beach, and the town is a typical small Costa Rican town for a nice getaway from the bustling seaside town.

The Ostional Wildlife Refuge

What makes Ostional Beach extra special is the size of the arribadas, name given to the nesting of the turtles. They are truly massive, and at some point, there are so many turtles it is almost impossible to walk on Ostional Beach. The first eggs often end up being trampled over by the following turtles. For this reason, it is legal to collect these; in the past, turtle eggs were collected to the point of near extinction. Today, the number of turtles is on the rise, and those who stole the eggs are now working as guides.

However, for the sake of culture, these first eggs can still be collected. The park  created in 1984, and the situation was then critical. It was in the Baulas National Marine Park, further north in Tamarindo, Guanacaste where the giant Leatherback goes nesting. Use precaution when visiting a turtle nesting ground, and it is wise to listen to the guides’ instructions. The refuge also includes the beaches of Nosara. However, the arribadas only take place in Ostional Beach.

When to Go to Ostional Beach

Turtles come to nest to Ostional Beach all year round. However, the periods of the huge arribadas take place during the rainy season from August to December. How the arribadas start is a bit of a mystery. The turtles seem to get together close to the shore, and at a given signal, they all come on shore at the same time. The arribadas can go on for a week or longer.

The actual nesting can occur up to three times per month. Also, estimated that the number of turtles reaches the hundreds of thousands during peak season, while during the dry season, it is in the range of tens of thousand, and they can leave up to 10,000 eggs in just a few days. These numbers are difficult to comprehend fully. Up to 500,000 thousand turtles estimated in 1995! It is possible to go on special Tours complete with lodging and guide for these arribadas. Best time to watch is 4 pm to dawn the following morning.

Hatching of the Egg in Ostional BeachOstional Turtles

Once the eggs have been laid, they need to stay hidden in the sand for about 50 days before they are ready to hatch. Usually, the babies hatch during the night, another inspiring and magical sight! The temperature of the incubation is what determines the sex of the babies. Once they are out of their eggs shells, they only have one objective; get into the ocean. This is a hazardous journey as all sorts of birds and animals are waiting for them! The babies are born almost blind; it is the smell of the sea that tells them in which direction to go. Local people are seen on the beach during this period as they do their best to chase away the dogs, the iguanas and the birds that try and eat them.

How can you Help

You can help them too. However, it is important to let them run. They need this to open up their lungs before they reach the sea. The Ostional Beach is the ideal place to be for such moving experiences, stunning sunsets, gorgeous sea and amazing wildlife. There are some lodgings along and near the beach in Ostional Beach. But most people choose to stay in one of the hotels in Nosara, Also, located close by and offers better infrastructure.  It is highly recommended to stay at least a couple of nights in the area of Nosara and Ostional Beach to make the most out of this magical place; you may, however, want to stay even longer!

Ostional Beach in Guancaste Costa Rica

Bahia Ballena Costa Rica

Gateway to the Osa Peninsula

Bahia Ballena Costa Rica – An Unexplored Paradise!  

The Marino Ballena National Park, created in 1990 for the protection of the coral reefs found around the Isla Ballena. It is also an important sanctuary for seabirds that use it for nesting and green iguanas and basilisk lizards. It is the ideal place to stay when visiting the Marino Ballena National Park; from the Bahia Ballena, it is possible to see humpback whales that visit this area from December to March, while bottlenose dolphins are present all year along.

What to do in Bahia Ballena?

There are Tours offered in the area of the Corcovado National Park,  Marino Ballena National Park for whale watching and in Manuel Antonio National Park. Ballena Beach is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, scuba diving, surfing, hiking, kayaking, and horseback riding. Look out for sports fishing and canopy zip line. There is never a dull moment, whether you just look for a relaxing holiday or like to keep yourself busy.

Where to stay at Bahia Ballena – Hotels & Jungle Lodges

Ballena Beach cannot be described as a village but rather as a beach destination with some lodges and some of the most beautiful Hotels of Puntarenas. The Oxygen Jungle Villas is a small exclusive boutique hotel resort a short distance away from Ballena Beach in Uvita. It has a maximum capacity of 24 guests offering charming one bedroom luxurious villas; a place of great peace and natural beauty.  The Hotel Cristal Ballena also, strategically located on a hillside offering a stunning 180-degree view of Bahia Ballena, and La Cusinga Lodge, set within a private nature reserve, provides sustainable lodging with stunning views over the Ballena Island. These too are just a few of the magical hotels of this magnificent region.

Ballena Beach and Whale Watching!

Most and foremost people visit the Ballena Beach to visit the Marino Ballena National Park and go whale watching. This is truly a soul-searching experience as these gentle giants show such grandeur, beauty, and kindness. Also, set within a region called Costa Ballena that stretches from Dominical to Ojochal, encompassing a gorgeous and rich shoreline and some of the most stunning beaches in Costa Rica. The Southern Pacific Coast is unspoiled and pristine, full of natural charm and beauty. Nothing has changed there, and one has not seen Costa Rica until they have explored this incredible region. Above all, Its beauty and serenity is a must see.

Bahia Ballena Costa Rica

Tambor Costa Rica

A Serene & Beautiful Beach on the Nicoya Peninsula

Great Connections in Tambor Costa Rica

The Nicoya Peninsula is full of pretty little beach towns, all with the same laid-back vibes and amazing surf. Surrounded by luscious greenery with a beautiful long sandy beach, Playa Tambor Costa Rica is no different. Given that Playa Tambor has its own domestic airport serving the entire area, it makes sense to fly directly from San Jose’s international airport. However, if you fancy an adventure, or are travelling on more of a budget then you can head to Puntarenas. You can catch the ferry to Paquera and drive the remaining distance to Playa Tambor. The roads may not be perfectly smooth, but the scenery en route along the coast more than makes up the road itself.

Breathtaking Beaches and Aquamarine WatersTambor Costa Rica sunset

Chosen as the location for the Fox TV series Temptation Island 2, Tambor Beach is quickly becoming a a hugely attractive vacation destination in Costa Rica. Playa Tambor is actually one of the more developed towns in the areas with more places to stay and explore. It is the ideal base to stay whilst you check out the area. Renowned for its breathtaking beaches with aquamarine waters, Playa Tambor is the perfect place to a peaceful getaway. The beach lies in Ballena or Whale Bay, taking its name from the migration of whales. Chiefly they come to mate and reproduce in the warm waters of the area. As a result, marine life is in abundance here.

Find Hotels & Accommodations on this beautiful beach! 

The great thing about staying in Playa Tambor Costa Rica is the diversity. For the area it has many restaurants and hotels to enjoy. You can be in the middle of the rainforest in a national park one minute and then soaking up the sun on a fabulously luxurious private beach the next. Costa Rica’s first all inclusive resort, the Barcelo Playa Tambor Beach Resort is a fantastic place to spend Some time. Its a beuatiful hotel to stay without going over budget. Hotel Tango Mar is also highly attractive for its location on its own private beach and boasts its own golf course if you fancy a game.

Activities Abound in Tambor Costa Rica!

From hiking and birdwatching to strolling along the beautiful mile-long beach, there is plenty to do in Playa Tambor, Costa Rica. Don’t let the size of this quaint town fool you. Playa Tambor Costa Rica also offers fabulous opportunities for swimming, sunbathing and even fishing in a tropical paradise. Well protected from ocean swells by two rocky platforms to the north and south, the weather is very relaxed. Keen golfers will enjoy the several golf courses in the area. For the more adventurous amongst you, Tortuga Island, Curu Wildlife Refuge and the Cabo Blanco National Park are wonderfully diverse areas to visit and explore.

Tambor Costa Rica

Playa Hermosa Near Jaco Costa Rica

Playa Hermosa Near Jaco is a surfer's paradise!

Playa Hermosa Costa Rica Near Jaco – A Beautiful Beach!

Considered one of the best surf breaks, Playa Hermosa Costa Rica on the Central Pacific is a great destination for surfers!  This beach is not to be confused with other Playa Hermosa in Costa Rica as there are 4 of them! In Spanish, Hermosa means beautiful, and there is not much about Costa Rica that isn’t beautiful. Surfing in Playa Hermosa Costa Rica is one of the best surf spots in the country. The Pacific coast has four popular destinations named Hermosa:

From North to South these Hermosa Beaches are:

  • Firstly, Hermosa Beach Costa Rica in Guanacaste
  • Secondly, Hermosa Beach Costa Rica in Cobano
  • Thirdly, Hermosa Beach Costa Rica near Jaco Beach
  • Lastly, Hermosa Beach Costa Rica next to Uvita Beach

 

Playa Hermosa Costa RicaSurfing at Playa Hermosa Costa Rica

 

 

Playa Hermosa near Jaco Beach on the Central Pacific coast is known as a surfer’s destination.  It is located in front of a large tree called ‘El Almendro’ or the ‘Almond Tree.’  While surfing is great in Hermosa Beach swimming is potentially dangerous due to the high currents that are always present.  Apprentice surfers should also be careful. Most beginners are usually directed to Jaco beach where the waves are more manageable.

What to do in Playa Hermosa

Most people who go to Hermosa Beach are surfers looking for a great wave, but there is not much more there. As you drive down the road from Jaco, the first time you see Hermosa Beach is truly breathtaking. The mist caused by the waves gives the beach a mysterious look that is unique. The little pueblo at Hermosa Beach mainly consists of hotels, cabins, and restaurants. The real nightlife and shopping take place in Jaco. While in the area, you will find that there are a lot of tours to do.

Don’t miss the crocodiles lounging in the river Tarcoles! People often stop at the bridge before you getPlaya Hermosa Costa Rica near Jaco into Jaco, from there you can see many of the huge beasts basking on the river bank. The nearby Carara National Park is excellent for bird watching. It’s located in a transition zone between the tropical dry forests and the tropical rain forests, creating a unique habitat. You can also visit the Playa Hermosa Wildlife Refuge, a sanctuary for the Olive Ridley Sea Turtle that nests on Hermosa Beach.

Where to stay in Hermosa Beach

There is no shortage of places to stay in and around Hermosa Beach. You will find that this region, known as Garabito, has some of the finest Hotels. In Hermosa Beach, there is the amazing Hotel del Fuego. It offers a good choice of rooms, fully equipped with kitchen, TV, air conditioning and balconies overlooking the fantastic forest. Its restaurant offers a good choice of international and national cuisine. In addition to this place, there are many restaurant choices at Jaco Beach ranging from Italian, French, Asian. Jaco also has some of the best shopping of Costa Rica, for souvenirs or clothes. This is the best choice for a holiday with all the modern conveniences, close to the wild jungle and calming ocean. 

The most convenient beach of Costa Rica

Whether you are an avid surfer or a lover of the mighty ocean, Hermosa Beach is a great choice for spending a few days, whether it is for a weekend away or because you are traveling along the coast. Further south is Esterillos Beach, Bejuco, and Manuel Antonio with its fantastic National Park. As you carry on South, you hit Dominical, and you eventually reach Golfito and Corcovado National Park. To the North, there is Jaco and Punta Leona, and further up Puntarenas, you can take the ferry on your way to Nicoya. What makes Hermosa Beach ideal is its proximity to San Jose. Indeed, less than an hour you are at the beach, with a total change of atmosphere and climate! A great place to spend a few days relaxing, or of course surfing!

Playa Hermosa Costa Rica near Jaco

playa hermosa costa rica near jaco sunset dog walkThe perfect spot for a relaxing Costa Rica beach holiday: Playa Hermosa near Jaco is close to the airport in San Jose and all the amenities you need. Whether you plan for family or romantic beach vacations or an active adventure holiday, you are at the right place. The region is not only famous for the stunning beach of Playa Hermosa near Jaco but for the great activities offered. 

Stay Fit and Active at Playa Hermosa

Playa Hermosa near Jaco offers the most stunning scenery and a perfect location. The waves are suitable for surfers, while water skiing jet skiing and rafting are popular in the region, as well. The beach is just a few minutes away from Jaco Beach, where plenty of snorkeling tours, fishing trips, and natural park visits are organized. The view of the stunning jungle around will make you want to explore more of Playa Hermosa and its environments. You can do this on foot, bike or even while taking a horseback riding tour.

The Heart of Central America

The mountain ranges surrounding this Costa Rica beauty spot will allow you to explore more of the country. The hidden jungles and breathtaking scenery offer plenty of options to create the perfect Playa Hermosa beach holiday. From trekking to taking tours deep within the rain forests to meet some of the most exotic animals; there are unlimited options. The nearby Jaco Beach will introduce you to the real “Pura Vida,” when you visit some of the most authentic restaurants or bars in the Central America region.playa hermosa costa rica near jaco surfing

What Makes a Beach Holiday Perfect

The location of Playa Hermosa near Jaco is perfect for a romantic getaway and an active family vacation as well. The stunning beach will have plenty of activities for kids, and the National Park will open their eyes to the beauty of nature. There are also some romantic accommodation offers in Costa Rica, and eco-tourism is one of the most popular options. You can stay in a log cabin with all the comfort and facilities you need, close to Playa Hermosa near Jaco. You can wake up to the sound of nature, have a relaxing lay back in your hammocks and simply enjoy your Playa Hermosa beach holiday.

Playa Hermosa Costa Rica near Jaco

What Costa Rica Beach Vacations Offer

There is a perfect Costa Rica Beach vacations package for everyone. You will find all-inclusive beach vacation packages, as well as romantic bed and breakfast services. Surfing is one of the most popular attractions on Costa Rica beaches, but you can go snorkeling and trekking with an experienced guide. Visiting the nearby attractions, like Jaco Beach and canopy tours will offer both excitement and pleasure. You can take a day of your Costa Rica beach holiday to go deep into the jungle. You can explore the surrounding mountain ranges and wildlife, and if you feel like going shopping, Jaco is just 15 minutes away from Hermosa Beach.

Playa Hermosa Near Jaco Costa Rica

Nosara Costa Rica

Surf and Sun at Nosara Beach

Nosara Costa Rica And Its International Community

Nosara Costa Rica, located on the sunny Gold Coast of Nicoya Peninsula. It is a compilation of beaches, and there is one there that is just right for you! The international community of Nosara counts with people from Switzerland, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, UK, the US and probably more! Why so has it attracted so many people? The answer is because it is a magical place that has something to offer for everyone. It has a great ambiance, great restaurants, and wonderful hotels, and lovely villas to rent or to buy Also a fantastic choice of shops and activities and it all blends in marvelously in the scenery. The area also has an exciting variety of activities to choose from in this beautiful aside from surfing, such as fishing, yoga, canopy tours and more.  

Tours And Activities In And Around NosaraNosara Costa Rica sunset

Nosara is, most and foremost, a residential little town in Costa Rica. The sense of community is addictive. People are helping each other and working on making it a better place to live. They have built schools and clinics while keeping their community as intact as possible. The abundant flora and fauna of Nosara are outstanding. There are many Tours and explorations on offer where you will see howler monkeys, spider monkeys, toucans, Iguanas without even searching. The beaches are beautiful and clean, and the atmosphere is friendly and easygoing. No wonder so many who come to visit never want to leave! Surfing is the number one activity in Nosara Costa Rica Also sports fishing, boat trips, swimming, sunbathing, horseback riding, snorkeling and mountain biking.

Playa Guiones in Nicoya Peninsula

Playa Guiones is known to be one of the best places in the world to watch a stunning sunset and is the best surfing Beach of Nicoya Peninsula. For best results, bring your drink on the beach, wait, and enjoy the show. Guiones is loved by surfers however swimming is great too. There are some currents, and little caution has advised the sea, however, there is wonderful. The Yoga Institute of Nosara Costa Rica has been giving retreats and classes for many years now.  And it is growing in popularity as it is now recognized on a worldwide basis.  The fabulous, Hotel Harmony in Nosara offer direct beach access. Including organic farm to table restaurant, juice bar, and healing center with yoga. There are no better places to practice your Asanas and to meditate to the sound of the waves!

Playa Garza Near Nosara

South of Playa Guiones is Playa Garza. This beach is very similar in size and shape to Guiones but it is not a surfing beach, and neither is it touristy! An offshore reef protects the beach from the waves and the currents thus it is calm and has small soft waves, and with its white sand and clear water, it has a very sleepy, idealistic air, and it is ideal for snorkeling, playing and swimming. Garza is also the place to be if you like Sports Fishing where enthusiasts will find what they are looking for; there are various tour operators offering different deals, more information is available in Guiones or Nosara.

Playa Pelada in Nicoya PeninsulaNosara Costa Rica landscape

North of Guiones is the picturesque beach of Playa Pelada. Local fishers still use it, giving it its authentic air. The sea there is very calm, and it is excellent for swimming and snorkeling between the rocks; a truly charming place. If you keep going north, you get to Playa Nosara. Possibly the least attractive yet it gives you a good glimpse at the real Costa Rican life locals brings their family there for the weekend. Nosara is simply a perfect destination for a successful vacation in Nicoya Peninsula, perfect beach, surf, and sunset, nice people, incredible flora and fauna and it is the proud owner of the Blue Flag, the symbol of a clean and ecologically friendly beach.

Where to Stay

With the Beauty of Nosara region, why would you want to stay anywhere else it truly awesome beach area and has many beaches near by for you to enjoy? On top of this is the luxury resorts Aswome lodges and beachfront hotels that will offer you accomodation on your next trip to Costa Rica. Check them out here Nosara Hotels.

Nosara Costa Rica

Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

A range of activities for everyone!

Playa Hermosa Costa Rica – Hermosa Means Beautiful In Spanish

Playa Hermosa Costa Rica lives up to its name in Spanish, “beautiful beach. This gray sand beach is one of the most popular beaches of Costa Rica. It is located in Guanacaste, near Playas del Coco and Playa Panama. Despite its popularity, this beach is seldom crowded. It’s also a good destination for those who seek a peaceful spot, away from the crowds. Additionally, Playa Hermosa is wonderful for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and sports fishing. The climate there is fantastic, and the surrounding countryside is breathtaking.

What To Do

Playa Hermosa of Guanacaste must not be confused with Playa Hermosa of the Central Pacific Coast in Puntarenas. This is one of the best Surfing Beaches of Costa Rica. Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste has gentle waves and is great for swimming and snorkeling. Also horseback riding, mountain biking, and hiking. There are many tours available and national parks to visit while in Playa Hermosa. These parks include Palo Verde National Park, Rincon de la Vieja National Park, and Santa Rosa National Park. You can explore these areas in just one day where you experience the amazing bio-diversity of Costa Rica. The surrounding Beaches of Costa Rica are also well worth a visit. In fact, Playa Hermosa is located at the entrance of the Papagayo Golf, which is famous for its gorgeous beaches.

Playa HermosaWhere To Stay 

Playa Hermosa is the perfect place to relax, to enjoy the beach and the sea. It has a laid-back atmosphere and easy-going pace, yet it has grown quite a bit over this last decade. The little town of Hermosa runs along the beach, and although small it has the necessities. There is a decent choice of restaurants, bars, sodas, and shops. Hermosa is also home to some of the finest beach Hotels of Costa Rica of which the Hotel Villa del Sueno. This intimate small distinctive hotel offers many activities. Guanacaste is a great place to bring the family, but also a favorite amongst couples, honeymooners or single travelers.

 It’s so Beautiful!

Playa Hermosa, like many of Costa Rica’s Beaches, is a little paradise on earth! Perfect for getting away and enjoying the beach, swimming, and the glorious weather.  It is a great example of Costa Rica’s Beaches and their natural beauty. By large, Playa Hermosa Guanacaste is one of the Costa Rica Beaches awarded the Blue Flag for its care of the environment. Welcome to Beautiful Beach!

Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Pacuare River Costa Rica

The Best White Water Rafting!

The Pacuare River offers a full day of Class III/IV rafting in some of the most beautiful scenery and countryside that Costa Rica has to offer! This full day adventure includes breakfast and lunch and transportation to and from some of Costa Rica’s major destinations. Located on the Atlantic slope of the country, the Pacuare borders the Talamanca Mountains.

Rafting Adventure of a Lifetime

Pacuare river raftingFor those who possess an adventurous spirit, there’s no greater thrill than the tumultuous rapids of the beautiful Rio Pacuare. Depending on when you visit, the rapids can range from moderately difficult to the extreme. In fact, the 16-mile “upper upper” stretch – the section most commonly rafted – is known for its steady Class II to IV rapids. More expert rafters may prefer the more technically demanding 10-mile upper stretch. Safety is critical in any river rafting tour, and reputable tour companies only use seasoned river guides. Keep in mind that the river levels may be higher than usual during the peak rainy season months (September and October).

No Experience Needed

Rest assured, you don’t need to be a pro to enjoy the fun of rafting on the Pacuare. Expert river guides have been leading trips for nearly two decades. This ensures guests receive proper instruction, safety gear and are fully prepared for the adventure of a lifetime. Most trips last anywhere from five to seven hours, and rafters are encouraged to wear their swimsuits and quick-dry clothing. And most tour operators provide their professional photographer, who will take plenty of action-packed photos that make excellent souvenirs.

Pacuare Wildlife Sightings

The Pacuare’s pristine rainforest and various micro-climates are Pacuare river rafting adventurehosts to an impressive selection of wildlife. Because most of the river canyon has not been developed, visitors may notice a dense population of animals that are rarely observed in other parts of Costa Rica. Some of the more elusive species include river otters, jaguars, and ocelots. More common sightings are of howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys, sloths, iguanas, coatis, and raccoons. Birders will delight in the colorful avian life, with chestnut mandibled toucans, macaws, motmots, egrets, kingfishers, and herons making daily appearances.

Eco-Lodging on the River

If you’re ready to immerse yourself in nature entirely, consider a single or multi-day whitewater rafting package with one of Pacuare’s leading eco lodges. Both Rios Tropicales and the Pacuare River Lodge feature two to four-day rafting trips. These trips are complete with transport, meals, bilingual guides and comfortably accommodations. Whether you’re looking for a romantic escape or an adventurous family getaway you’ll never forget, the Pacuare River offers something for everyone. When you’re not rafting or simply enjoying the scenery, your lodge can arrange indigenous village excursions or even a zip-line canopy tour.

Pacuare River – So off the beaten path there’s only one way out

off the beaten path destinations costa ricas hidden treasures raftingEvery Costa Rica adventure vacation package should include whitewater rapids down Pacuare River. All in all, rafting down the Pacuare River is truly a privilege. A constant flow of birds flies across the jungle covered canyons with waterfalls and indigenous homes speckled throughout the jungle. Overnight options to raft the Pacuare allow for a stay in an eco-lodge in the jungle. For example, Pacuare Lodge or a more rustic accommodation with Rios Tropicales. It’s also easier to list why you should feel privileged to raft down the secluded Pacuare River Rapids:  

  • Over three hours of NONSTOP rapids
  • Continuous scenic waterfalls
  • It’s not glacier melt (the water is not cold)
  • World Rafting Championship site
  • Breathtaking landscape
Pacuare River Costa Rica

Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge

Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge – One of the most ecologically diverse sites in Costa Rica

Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, composed of 25,100 acres (102 km2) of wetlands. It’s roughly a two-hour drive from La Fortuna and the Arenal Volcano area. Governed by the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC), and situated in the North-Central area of Costa Rica nearby to the border with Nicaragua. Most notably, also world-renowned for the over 307 species of birds found on the reserve. During the dry season, the wetlands turn into small lagoons, but the wildlife remains diverse. It is impossible to visit Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge without being in awe of Costa Rica’s untouched beauty.

Cano Negro Wildlife RefugeNature-Oriented ecotourism activities

A peaceful, relaxing, floating tour on the river is the best way to view the abundance of local wildlife at Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge. There are many companies that specialize is boat tours. Including the Caño Negro Wildlife Tour, which proves to be a truly natural experience. Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge is also a great educational experience as it emphasizes nature-oriented ecotourism. Some hotels in Caño Negro also provide tours of the area.

A nature lovers and birdwatchers dream

Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge in Costa Rica, a refuge of untouched beauty, teeming with biodiversity and wildlife. The forests and marshlands are critical to wildlife sustainability, as they provide shelter to many endangered species. During the dry season, very highly recommended for birding. The river reduces to small lagoons that provide homes for thousands of birds. For example, the storks, spoonbills, ibis, and ducks.

An unforgettable experience

Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge is one of the best areas in Costa Rica to view wildlife and is designated by the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance to be of worldwide importance for wetlands conservation. This habitat shelters a wide variety of plant and wildlife species. Above all, the wildlife will surround you- no binoculars needed!

Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge

Montezuma Costa Rica

A Beautiful Beach Destination on the Nicoya Peninsula

Montezuma Costa Rica – Half of the Adventure is Getting There

Nestled at the bottom of a plateau on the eastern shore of the Nicoya Peninsula, Montezuma Costa Rica is a charming village full of art and individuality. To get there, you can catch the ferry from Puntarenas to Paquera. Then continue your journey by road from there through Tambor and Cobano. Another option is to get a boat taxi from Jaco to Playa Montezuma. The journey is part of the adventure! There are also local air companies such as Nature Air and Sansa Airlines which can fly you to Tambor in around 30 mins.

Perfect Beach Vacations

Until the 1980’s Montezuma Costa Rica was a quiet fishing town.  Since then, it has become one of the most popular locations for a beach vacation. The beaches at Montezuma offer many activities and a relaxing atmosphere. You will find many waterfront hotels and romantic bungalows. There are many things to do on your Montezuma vacation, surfing and hiking being the most popular. The clear and warm waters are suitable for swimming most of the time. Some people come here for the great sports fishing; others come here to surf.

A Family Vacation You Will Remember

Montezuma Costa RicaIf you are traveling with children, they are going to love the scenery, water, and sunshine.  Be sure to visit the nearby Cabo Blanco National Park and the Curu Wildlife Reserve as well.   You can also sign up for a snorkeling tour to the Tortuga Islands, or take the easy hike to the Montezuma Waterfalls. You could try sports fishing, yoga, surf lessons or scuba diving.  If you travel with kids, you might want to consider an all-inclusive accommodation. This way you will not only get babysitting service and children’s activities but everything you need for the room as well.

How to Plan a Montezuma Vacation

The area attracts alternative thinkers, from dreadlocked Rastafarians and surf bums to artists and tattooed bohemian dreamers. The whole town screams creative individuality. It is the essence of ‘Pura Vida’ itself. You will find a wide variety of locals artisan shops as well as a mix of restaurants and bars.

Before you start your Montezuma vacation, you need to know that during the main tourist season the little town can be a little busy and noisy. If you don’t want to be close to the nightlife in the village, you should look for a more isolated hotel.  But you like to party,  you will find many fun bars both on the seaside and in the center.  It is best to book a hotel room in advance, as many accommodation providers apply early booking discounts in Costa Rica.

Beach Holiday Packages at Montezuma

Montezuma Costa RicaSome Montezuma hotels and resorts offer discounted beach holiday packages for early booking. You can always expect a lower rate if you stay longer than a few days. For those who are looking to spend their honeymoon at the stunning beaches of Montezuma, Costa Rica, there are special prices for newlywed couples at most resorts. If you are on a budget, you can hide away from it all in a log cabin, equipped with all the necessary things you will need for your stay. Make sure you ask for air conditioning.

Montezuma Activities

There is plenty to do in Montezuma for adventurous tourists. Tortuga Island is a wonderful day trip when looking for activities. You can find everything form kayaking and snorkeling to zip-lining through the rainforest. The wild and untouched Montezuma beaches like the nearby Cabo Blanco Wildlife Refuge are the perfect place to spend the day. Horseback riding and bicycling are also a fun way to join the locals in a little down time.

Somewhere for Everyone

There is something for everyone looking for a place to stay in Montezuma Costa Rica.  Surrounding areas such as Mal País and Santa Teresa aren’t hard places to find accommodation either. From yoga retreats and surf lodges to villas and five-star hotels, you can find anything that you need for a great stay on the Nicoya Peninsula. The Anamaya Yoga Center hosts a variety of guests every year from celebrities to travelers looking for peace. For a tropical honeymoon in the heart of Costa Rica just steps from the Pacific Ocean, Hotel Flor Blanca in Santa Teresa boasts the ultimate mix of pure unadulterated five-star luxury and elegance in the midst of splendid nature.

Montezuma Costa Rica

Playa Ocotal, Costa Rica

Diving & Snorkeling in Guanacaste

Playa Ocotal Costa Rica is the perfect destination for a memorable holiday under the tropical sun of Guanacaste. Ocotal Beach is located in the Province of Guanacaste, at the entrance of the beautiful Gulf of Papagayo. Also, this is one of the most precious Beaches of Costa Rica. The surrounding forest is full of howler monkeys, iguanas, agoutis and an array of tropical birds are easily spotted. Out in the bay, the yachts and fishing boats of the Ocotal Beach Resort are moored, adding a little flair to this pristine and serene little beach.

What To Do In Playa Ocotal Costa Rica

Playa Ocotal is a small beach located within the exclusive gated community of Ocotal Beach Resort. There are a lively sports bar and a good restaurant right on the beach. It’s commonly used as a meeting spot where locals and foreigners alike gather for drinks, food and socializing. Ocotal itself consists mainly of private villas and homes. It is geared towards the protection of the environment and eco-tourism. There are many activities and Tours to do around this area.

It is custom for the residents to take long strolls on the beach, and it fabulous for swimming and snorkeling. Sports fishing is certainly one of the favorite occupations of this area, and there are even fishing charters in Ocotal Beach! For the more adventurous kind, a trip to the Catalina Island provides excellent diving and is the best place to see the giant Manta Ray. There are a couple of great golf courses, one at the Papagayo Country Club, in the town of Sardinal, and another in the Hacienda Pinilla.


Where To Stay In Ocotal BeachPlaya Ocotal Costa Rica

This area of Guanacaste is home to some of the finest Hotels of Guanacaste. The Ocotal Papagayo Beach Resort is a four-star beach hotel offering extreme comfort and elegance in enchanting surroundings. Also outstanding are the Hotel Bahia del Sol and the Hotel Allegro Papagayo, while the Four Seasons, one of the most distinctive and luxurious of Costa Rica, is also a stone throw away. While these hotels have their restaurants offering superb cuisine, Playas del Coco has an extensive choice of restaurants offering national and international cuisine.


The Most Charming Beach

Playa Ocotal is by far one of the most pristine Beaches of Costa Rica. It is great for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving in its inviting, warm blue sea. The ocean mist of the air is said to be rich in negative ions, and healers believe this area is beneficial for people, animals, and plants! It is ideal for those who seek direct contact with nature together with the comfort of a luxurious hotel. Playas del Coco is just round the corner, should one need more serious fun with its great choice of restaurants offering national and international cuisine, bars and discos. Furthermore, the Daniel Oduber International Airport of Liberia is only 25 minutes away, making it an excellent destination for a stress-free vacation in the sun!


Playa Ocotal, Costa Rica

Playa-Ocotal-BoatPlaya Ocotal lies on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. It offers perfect beach vacations for families and couples alike. With plenty to do and see on the beach and around the village, you can make sure that every member of the family will enjoy every minute of your Central America beach holiday. Playa Ocotal, known as one of the best snorkeling spots, with plenty of wildlife and natural beauty around. It is also one of the cleanest beaches in the area. The beach is about 40 miles from Liberia airport.


Snorkeling 

beach vacations at playa ocotal scuba divingKnown as one of the most spectacular places for snorkeling, the whole family can have fun.  Expert instructors and guides will allow you to make the most out of your tours and see the most interesting species.  The beach is small and friendly, but there is plenty to see. You can visit some of the rocky islands around the beach. The nearby Playas del Coco fishing village will offer fishing tours as well.


Scuba diving

Ocotal Beach Resort Pool By NightScuba diving training and tours are available at every level. The best scuba diving spot in this area of Costa Rica is the nearby Catalina Island, where you can see plenty of rays. You can also admire the amazing rock formations around the islands and beach formed some 80 million years ago. Various tours are available on foot, horseback; you can even sign up for a canopy tour on your beach vacation.


What to Do On Your Costa Rica Beach Holiday

Ocotal Beach Resort PoolApart from swimming and diving, there are many things to explore in and around Playa Ocotal. The Esmeralda Animal Rescue is just a few minutes’ drive from the beach. Also,  you can see some of the endangered animals that live in the area. You can even enjoy the buzzing nightlife at Playa Ocotal, with great cuisine and drinks. The Golfo de Papagayo also has plenty of activities on offer, just North of the beach.


Sports and Activities 

Playa-Ocotal-ViewApart from mountain biking and trekking, you can enjoy snorkeling and diving. Playa Ocotal offers an array of water sports activities in addition to training. If you choose an exclusive all-inclusive hotel, these hotels offer plenty of tours like sports-fishing.

In conclusion, If fishing is your passion, this is one of the best places in Costa Rica to try your luck. 

Playa Ocotal, Costa Rica

Pavones Beach Costa Rica

Second Longest Left Wave in the World!

Pavones Beach – Top surf destination!

Pavones Costa Rica beach is located in Golfo Dulce. A unique location as it is one of the only tropical canyons of the world. It is also a great spot to be if you like to get back in touch with nature and away from the busy cities. The lodgings in Pavones Beach used to be a little bit basic. However lately some nicer hotels have emerged and you can now pamper yourself in a plusher accommodation. Enjoy the wild and adventurous life in peace and harmony.

There is a lot to do in Pavones Costa Rica

The best surf beach in Costa Rica as well as all of Central and South America. There is a lot more to do in this mesmerizing region than surf, as you will soon find out! There are Canopy Tours, or kite surfing, a nice alternative. People like to go horseback riding on the magnificent beach too. There is a lot of hiking to do as well as bird and animal watching. And of course swimming and sunbathing, once you have tried everything else! If you like to explore the region a bit further, there are some very interesting beach at the north of Pavones Costa Rica Beach. Far away from the crowd and noisy surfers.

One of the most biological intense areas of the planet!Pavones Costa Rica

In Pavones Costa Rica Beach, there is deep water going 185 meters down; humpback whales are frequently seen as they are on their annual migrating voyage. Across the golf is the Osa Peninsula and Corcovado that are known to hold one of the most amazing and unique concentration of flora and fauna of the world. It is not without any reason that its prime forest has been declared to be one of the most biological intensive areas of the planet! The peninsula of Osa was once upon a time an island thus species there evolved separately.

Many cultures gathered in such a small place

The local people of Pavones Beach are very international and diverse, They come from US and Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and more, giving the place an interesting and feel to it with so many cultures gathered in such a small place, isolated from the rest of the country.  From Yoga teachers to biologists, researches, naturalists, retired people and avid surfers, it seems to have attracted everyone! The little town has now all the necessary amenities with a good array of shops, restaurants, schools, clinics and an excellent hotels, such as Tiskita Jungle Lodge

Pavones Beach Costa Rica

Golfo Dulce Costa Rica

Osa Peninsula

Golfo Dulce, Osa Peninsula

 With over 600 foot deep waters in the center, the Gulf is home to schools of humpback whales and is a haven for sports fishermen. The bay separates the Osa Peninsula from the mainland of Costa Rica. Golfo Dulce possess many large secluded beaches and an amazing tropical rain forest. Visitors may encounter up to four species of monkey, including spider, howler, and white-faced. As well as, Poison Dart frogs, jaguars and anteaters and a big amount of other amazing animals and birds. Nowhere else in Costa Rica will you find such diverse flora and fauna! Also, the beautiful birds are plentiful. For example toucans, scarlet macaws, and hummingbirds.

Golfo Dulce Nature

Golfo Dulce – A place of Costa Rican Culture

This area of Costa Rica was once the center of the pre-Columbian Diquis culture. Rumors of the gold found here sent many Spanish explorers in search hidden gold mines. Gold panners (orders) still sift for gold in the rivers of the Oso Peninsula. Although the Gold Rush in this region was short-lived. In the 1930’s the United Fruit Company set up in this area, building an elegant home for its American managers. Many of which restored to their original elegance.

Golfito, the major port in the Gulf was a major port for banana export for several decades. When United Fruit shut down in the mid-80’s, primarily because of worker unrest and rising export taxes, the area fell economically but bolstered up again by the Costa Rican governments decision to make the area a tax-free zone. African palm oil plantations have replaced many of the old banana plantations, and lots more land is devoted to growing this palm oil. Sports fishing have become a famous tourist attraction in recent years.

Separated from the open Pacific Coast by the wild and pristine Osa Peninsula, lies the beautiful Golfito Bay. There are frequent ferryboats cross the Golfo Dulce from Golfito to Puerto Jimenez, which is the entrance point for the Osa Peninsula and the remote and exotic Corcovado National Park. The beaches south of Golfito offer amazing surfing and still relatively undiscovered. The beaches too are some of the most beautiful in the country!

Golfo Dulce Costa Rica

Sarapiqui Costa Rica

Rainforests, Rivers & More!

Rainforest Adventures 

There are several rivers flowing in all directions of the region: Rio Pacuare, Tortuguero Canal and of course the Rio Sarapiqui. Guided hikes through the rainforest, canopy tours, aerial trams and butterfly gardens await the milder explorer at heart.  Also, if you’re seeking a unique adventure vacation off the beaten path – truly the place for you!

Ecolodges and Rainforest Resorts

A hidden treasure of rainforest sanctuaries that flow between the Sarapiqui and Pacuare rivers. Here you’ll find several quality eco-lodges such as Selva Verde LodgeSueño Azul, and the Ara Ambigua. You’ll enjoy paradise sprawled upSarapiqui Riveron mountain tops and next to pristine rivers.  Additionally, this is some of the most amazing scenery found anywhere in the country. Spend the day white water rafting, hiking. Also, learn about the ecosystems discovered in the rainforest at La Selva Biological Station. This is often a stopping off point for those heading to the Caribbean Coast. Well worth a visit for a couple of days. Then from here head to the rainforest canals of Tortuguero or the stunning beaches south of Puerto Viejo – there is so much to see and discover!

Going Green! Eco Tourism in Sarapiqui Costa Rica

If you’re eager to understand the diverse lowlands of the Costa Rican Rainforest better, you’re in the right place. Mainly, this home is surrounded by consistent efforts to understand the delicate nature of the tropical wildlife better. The Neotropic Center is the perfect place to dive deep into the rich education it has to offer the world.  Located West of Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui there is a museum, archaeological park, botanical garden and an eco-lodge for you to lounge and recuperate.  The bonus is a mid-elevation premontane rainforest for you to experience and explore.  What more can you ask for?  All in all lodging, natural wonder and adventure are at your footsteps.

What kind of Wildlife can you possibly see?

Besides the volcanoes, rivers and natural reserves of Sarapiqui, Costa Rica there is so much wildlife to experience.  One of the hot spots of this lowland area of the rainforest is Tapiria Wildlife Reserve.  Stretching over 129 hectares (318 acres) which extend from the border of Nicaragua all the way to Sarapiqui.  The corridor is the migration route of hundreds of birds such as the green macaw “Ara ambiguous,” which is endangered.  Among the protection of macaw, there have been sitings of over 146 other wild birds.  As well, including the red frog “Oophaga pumilio” and the green frog “Dendrobates auratus,” species affected by changes in the ground.  There is so much to primal beauty to observe in this beautiful area!

Sarapiqui Costa Rica

Cocos Island Costa Rica

A World Heritage Site full of biodiversity

Cocos Island, The Galapagos Of Central America

Cocos Island NatureCartographers and Mariners already knew about Cocos Island at the beginning of the sixteenth century; it holds the name Isle des Cocques on an ancient map by Nicholas Desliens made in 1541! The Cocos Island became a National Park in 1978 and were declared a World Heritage Site in 1997 thanks to the UNESCO. The Isla del Coco has located about 550 km away from the Pacific Coast, and it takes at least 36 hours to reach it. This is not a trip for amateurs; the crossing is tough, and once you get there, there are of course no hotels or accommodations of any kind; those traveling to the island stay on the boat. The island itself, square in shape, measures 23.85 square meters.

What To See In Cocos Island 

The Isla del Coco is one of Costa Rica’s top destinations for lovers of nature, scientists, biologists and scuba divers. Its large population of Giant Manta Rays, Whale Sharks, Dolphins and other marine species is truly out of this world. Indeed this is one of the very few places in the world where hammerhead sharks assemble by the thousands; many scientists believe today that they are coming to the region to breed.

Typically diving takes place from boats like Zodiacs or other small aluminum boats. With up to 20 divers per boat and a maximum of 3 dives per day. Some divers are sometimes offered night dive; this is according to their experience and specialties. There are no less than fifty-nine species of fish. Also, ninety-seven mollusks and fifty-seven crustaceans in the waters of the island, and two species of lizards, and seven species of land bird, while up to seventy-four species of visiting marine birds including the endemic Isla del Coco Finch, Isla del Coco Cuckoo, and the Cocos Island Flycatcher. The most stunning of them all must be the Espiritu Santo, or White Tern. A beautiful small white bird that does not seem to mind flying right above people’s heads, apparently fearless.

On The Island

Because of its wet and oceanic climate, Isla del Coco has the biological variety that is to be found nowhere else. When going on a Tour of the Isla del Coco through the thick green tropical foliage, it is easy to let yourself be carried away by your wildest fantasies. True to its old pirate’s island past, it is full of old caves that seem such ideal hiding places for treasures of precious jewels and gold. There are carved messages on Cocos Island National Parkrocks left by explorers and seafarers, Cousteau being one of them.

Worth seeing are some incredible waterfalls 60 meters high that are incredibly refreshing if you are brave enough to dive in. The Isla del Coco has fresh water in abundance. It is rich in fish and is inhabited by pigs that were introduced in 1793. Thus it was a favorite spot for pirates and whaling vessels. Like all pirates’ islands, Isla del Coco has its tales and secrets. It is said that there was an old German of the name of Gissler who lived on the island in 1900 with his American wife. They searched the island during 20 years for gold. Only until they were forced to go back to the mainland. Gissler eventually died penniless in New York.

The Present Reality Of Isla del Coco

The future of the Isla del Coco as an unmarked and pristine natural habitat is however in danger. There is a lot of illegal fishing going on in the area, as seen in the “ Sharkwater” documentary. Another problem is a number of damages caused by the introduced species such as the pigs. Also the cats and rats. Because of its isolation, the island proves difficult to protect, added to the fact that of course resources are scarce.

The Isla del Coco are not part of the Tourist trails; it is, however, important to be aware of them and of what once can do to help protect this little wonder of the world. Indeed, the island was nominated for the Seven Wonders of the World in 2010! The Amigos de la Isla del Coco Foundation together with Wall Mart Corporation has launched a campaign to raise $100,000 for the protection of the Island! Let’s hope that all this care and protection all have a positive effect so that future generation can continue to enjoy the Isla del Coco!

Cocos Island Costa Rica

Playa Potrero in Guanacaste

Perfect For Relaxation

Playa Potrero Costa Rica

Located in Guanacaste, on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, just south of Playa Flamingo and Marina. Playa Potrero Costa Rica used to be a small fishing village. Today it is home to a friendly community of Ticos and Ex-pats who enjoy the serene atmosphere and beautiful location of this adorable little town. The town offers everything you need including shops, restaurants, and bars. Other towns like Tamarindo, Brasilito and Flamingo, are just around the corner.

What To Do Here

There is more to do than just enjoying swimming and the sun on this gorgeous beach. Many exciting tours and activities are waiting for you. Playa Potrero is close to some of the best National Parks. For example the Baulas National Marine Park, and the Santa Rosa National Park. Enjoy tours to the Caves of Barra Honda, the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, and the TPlaya Potrero Costa Ricaenorio Volcano with its astonishing electric blue waters of Rio Celeste! The Palo Verde National Park is also a must, as well as a Tour of the Guiatil Potteries.

The neighboring beaches of Flamingo, Brasilito, Conchal and Playas de Coco are some of the most famous Beaches of Costa Rica. Enjoy an incredible array of wildlife with Howler Monkeys, Iguanas, Toucans, Agoutis and more. You will have the holiday of your lifetime, in one of the most beautiful Beaches of Costa Rica.

True Beauty of Central America

Potrero Beach Costa Rica SandYou need to visit both Palo Verde Natural Reserve and the Santa Rosa National Park. These places are home to some of the rarest and most amazing species on the earth. There are plenty of exotic plants and animals found near the beach. You can either choose to explore the surrounding area by foot, on the back of a horse, or take a canopy tour with an experienced local guide.

 

Where To Stay in Playa Potrero Costa Rica

There is no shortage of beautiful places to stay in and around Playa Potrero. The Hotel Bahia del Sol includes breakfast and is ideal for family vacations. The Westin Playa Conchal Resort and the Flamingo Beach Resort are apart of the many incredible Hotels in Costa Rica. There are many eco-tourism accommodation options at Playa Potrero. Including luxury eco-hotels to sustainable log cabins for the whole family with outdoor showers and beach views.  Everything is close to Playa Potrero, and there is also a great choice of restaurants. They offer international cuisine from all over the world. Potrero and Flamingo are amongst the beaches that give the best amenities and facilities. Truly a lovely family getaway that you will simply love!

Playa Potrero Costa Rica a Family Beach Vacations

Playa Potrero Costa RicaThere are plenty of activities offered on your Costa Rica beach vacations, despite the remote location. You can hire a boat for a few hours, join locals for fishing trips or just enjoy some great horseback riding. Swimming and snorkeling are available throughout the year. Diving and kayaking are also popular. Kids will enjoy the stunning views, and the natural setting of the tours offered at Playa Potrero.

Welcome To Playa Potrero

The charm and beauty of Playa Potrero will win you over, with its lovely beach and enchanting landscape. Exotic wildlife is everywhere, and it is truly like being lost in paradise. Do not forget to visit the Catalina Islands just off the shore.  A choice destination for snorkeling and scuba diving as the coral reefs are perfect whether you are a beginner or an experienced diver. From January to May, you can see Manta Rays, Cow Nosed and Devil Rays, and Dolphins frequently. The friendly and relaxing ambiance of Playa Potrero and its spectacular sunsets are just what one needs for a memorable holiday. Playa Potrero is just 45 minutes away from the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia but four and half hours away from San Jose.

 

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Playa Potrero Costa Rica A Unique Beach

beach vacations at playa potrero sunsetIf you have heard that Costa Rica beaches are full of tourists, Playa Potrero will quickly change your opinion. You can enjoy bright summer days on the shore, taste the authentic fish dishes in the small village or just relax in on an evening hammock. The volcanic mountain ranges also provide great opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and explore the country’s natural beauty.

Playa Potrero in Guanacaste

Braulio Carrillo National Park

One of Costa Rica's Largest National Parks

Braulio Carrillo National Park in Heredia, Costa RicaBraulio Carrillo National Park Monkey

The protected area covers over 108,000 acres of rolling hills covered with amazingly dense vegetation and beautiful scenery. Braulio Carrillo National Park, located only about eleven miles from San Jose and includes Barva Volcan, an inactive volcano. The highest peak in the park is 9,534 feet.

There are many other challenging climbs. For example, Cacho Negro, Cherro Chompipe, and Cherro Turo. Also, the dramatic, San Fernando waterfall. Braulio Carrillo National Park, named after the third president of Costa Rica. He was active in the conservation movement and helped develop Costa Rica into a coffee production powerhouse. Indeed, Braulio Carrillo National Park is a testament to amalgamating environmental concerns with the growth of tourism and the need for modern transportation.

Activities in Braulio Carrillo National Park

Braulio Carrillo National Park expands over 110,000 acres. Including the greatest altitudinal range of any Costa Rican park. It spans at least five different habitat zones and is home to over six thousand different types of plant life. The park is also home to several rapidly vanishing tree species, such as the palmito, valued for its heart and the unofficial park mascot, the tepezcuintle, nicknamed the poor man’s umbrella because of its enormous leaves. The park also contains over five hundred species of birds and nearly 150 different species of mammals. Because of the high diversity found in Braulio Carrillo National Park, it is hard to give an average for any weather condition. Annual rainfall can vary from 400 to 800 centimeters, and temperatures range between 15 and 30 C depending on elevation.

The Braulio Carrillo National Park is a testament to when governments and environmentalists work in concert. Established as a concession to environmental protesters, it has earned an honored and prominent place in the Costa Rica National Park system.

Type: Tropical Rain Forest
Area: 475 km2
Location: San Jose

 

Braulio Carrillo National Park

Playa Langosta

A beautiful beach located just south of Tamarindo in Guanacaste, Costa Rica - Playa Langosta

Playa LangostaPlaya Langosta, Guanacaste

Located in the northern Pacific province of Guanacaste just south of Tamarindo.  Easy to access from the Liberia International Airport (LIR – Daniel Oduber Quiros). Playa Langosta is one of the premiere surf beaches in this part of the country.   A much quieter option than its larger neighbor, Tamarindo, Playa Langosta offers a more laid-back alternative for experienced surfers and visitors looking for less crowded beaches.   A domestic airport in Tamarindo and a decent road system provide easy access to Playa Langosta.  This smaller community overall will offer you a more peaceful, relaxing beach. There are fewer crowds and commercial influence then just up the coast.


Unbelievable Surf Options!

The beach at Playa Langosta, well known for its spectacular surfing breaks!  With both a left and right-hand break, the perfect place for experienced surfers.  Though there are coral and rock outcroppings to be aware of, surfing at Playa Langosta is the best in Costa Rica!  The waves can be both short and fast making them perfect for surfers looking for a challenge.  Surf shops and instructors are available all up and down the beach. Just in case you need equipment or want a friendly instructor/guide to show you the local ropes!   This is Costa Rica surfing at its finest!


Playa LangostaSo Much to Do in the Playa Langosta Area!

Playa Langosta has easy access to all of the fantastic tours and adventures available in the dynamic Guanacaste area!   Spectacular National Parks are close by offering everything. Ideal for hiking and volcano exploration and a chance to see giant Leatherback Turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs!  There are also opportunities to horseback ride, take ATVs up in the hills, mountain bike, kayak the local mangroves and experience a local zip line as well as many other adventures!  Birders will be amazed at the plethora of local species and will also be close to some of the famous wetlands where birding is at a premium.  There are also longer day trips available – to the famous Hot Springs at the Arenal Volcano or to Colonial Granada in neighboring Nicaragua – whatever you are looking to do; it is almost definitely going to be possible for Playa Langosta!

Playa Langosta

Irazu Volcano Costa Rica

National Park & Travel Destination

The name Irazu, derived from the language of the indigenous people and means: thunder” or “place that shakes,” which has been certainly true in the past! It is known by Costa Ricans as “Colossus” because of its 23 recorded eruptions since 1723. Irazu Volcano is now considered stable and dormant and has become the leading location for strawberry cultivation and other farming and dairy pursuits. 

Irazu National Park

Less than a sixty mile trip from San Jose, Irazu is a very popular destination for visitors. The summit has several interesting craters including one that includes Diego de la Hoya. This is a fascinating deep crater lake with beautiful green water. At almost 6000 acres, the park is chock-full of interesting animal and plant species. The facilities include places to get food and drinks and locations for hiking and picnics. Worth visiting on your trip to Costa Rica, Irazu Volcano is a fascinating chance to see a volcano up close and personal!

The Irazu Volcano – an amazing day trip from San José!

It was such an amazing drive up to Irazu! So very beautiful- the clouds floated above the forest, and the temperature dropped about 15 degrees from the city. There was almost no traffic, and it was an easy drive- the roads were good all of the ways up. Every turn provided a new vista with an even more breathtaking view of the lush forest and fields or the beautiful city of Cartago.

The side of the road had dense foliage of large “elephant ear” type plants and tall pine trees.  The name Irazu comes from the local Indian village I start, which meant a hill of trembling and thunder. We were grateful this wasn’t the case while traveling there! The whole area had an only moonscape feel to it- large “beaches” of a fine, black dusty sand and scarred rock walls where the blast ripped out the center of the mountain.  This was a great day trip while you are in San Jose. Close to the city and a beautiful drive- well worth the time!

Beautiful Drive and Scenery!

Local farmers had set up on the roadside selling potatoes, onions, calla lilies, goat cheese and a variety of locally produced products. We finally arrived at the entrance to Irazu Volcano.  Then we paid the entry fee only $10 for nonresidents and drove up to the parking lot.  Instantly a group of friendly Pizote greeted us, also called the Coati which is a raccoon-like an animal. They amused all of the visitors with their antics and wIrazu Volcano Craterere very friendly. The Coati looks just like a raccoon except has a longer snout.  Also, it is longer and thinner than the animals that I am familiar with. They were enjoying the crowds and rummaging through the trash cans.

Irazu was awesome! And hard to imagine the force required to create such an enormous hole. Though chilly at the summit, it was invigorating to walk up to the edge of the Irazu Volcano. So cool to peer down to the small lake at the bottom- yellow/green with sulfur. This active volcano is the tallest in Costa Rica at nearly 3500 meters and provides amazing views.

The Thunder of Irazu

The Irazu Volcano is one of the most impressive natural wonders in the Orosi Valley. In 1723 a major eruption destroyed Cartago, which was the capital of Costa Rica at the time. San Hose too, was completely covered in ash and heavy soot after an eruption in 1993. Costa Ricans call this sleeping giant “Colossus” due to the 23 eruptions recorded since 1723. However today, the volcano at Irazu is considered dormant, and activity here has stabilized. The area has become a prime location for agriculture due to its fertile soils. Here you’ll find many farms dedicated to strawberry cultivation, exotic flowers and dairy pursuits.

Irazu is a very popular destination for visitors as it is located less than sixty miles from San Jose. At the summit, you’ll find several interesting craters such as “Diego de la Hoya,” which features a fascinating deep crater lake filled with beautiful green water. The Irazu Volcano is a national park that protects nearly 6000 acres, preserving a multitude of interesting animal and plant species. The facilities include places to get food and drinks and locations for hiking and picnics. The Irazu Volcano is worth visiting on your trip to Costa Rica and is truly one of the highlights of the Orosi Valley.

Irazu Volcano Costa Rica

Esterillos Costa Rica – Surf & Travel Destination

It offers many activities for the ones who love adventure and also relaxation.

Esterillos Costa Rica

Esterillos Costa Rica, is a beach that has an exotic tropical air that is very pleasant. With its chocolate-brown sandy beach, turquoise blue sea, and the almond and coconut trees teeming with Scarlet Macaws. The long stretch consists of Esterillos Oeste, Centro and Esterillos Este. Esterillos Beach is a very typical destination in Costa Rica and is popular with locals and foreigners alike. It has plenty of places to stay, from luxurious hotels including the charming Alma del Pacifico and Hotel Monterey del Mar.

Esterillos Costa Rica surfWhat to do in Esterillos beach

There is an exciting array of activities and explorations to do in Esterillos Beach, surfing being of course number one! When it is low tide, the beach is dramatically bigger and allows for long walks. When in Esterillos, look for Canopy Tours, kayaking, canoeing, white water rafting and Tours of Manuel Antonio National Park.

It is ideal for horseback riding, or even riding your bike. In Esterillos Oeste there are rocky patches that form lovely rock pools. All great for relaxing and watching miniature wildlife. There you will see the famous Sirena, a formidable statue of a mermaid that seems to guard the coast. Esterillos Oeste is where you have most hotels and restaurants. The center part is a lot more wild and deserted and Esterillos Este has an airstrip that is not for the faint hearted, indeed it is no longer in use.

Where to stay in Esterillos Beach

Esterillos Beach is home to some fabulous places to stay. Places like Alma del Pacifico offers the combination of nature, sun and sea and with the proximity of Jaco there is a lot of shopping, dinning and drinking a stone throw away. The Alma del Pacifico is truly a wonderful place to stay on the Pacific Coast; the spacious villas, all tastefully decorated, will take your breath away. This hotel comes at your disposition with two swimming pools, a restaurant, a bar, a spa and a Jacuzzi. It is the perfect place for relaxing and enjoying what the province of Puntarenas has to offer in terms of flora and fauna in total luxury and comfort.

Esterillos Beach, a small paradise close to San Jose

Esterillos Beach is a beautiful Costa Rica beach without the crowds and is known for its chocolate-colored sand, great surf and green lush foliage. It transports you in a world apart, far away from the maddening crowd and the chaos of civilization. It seems that the elements met there to create a lost beautiful heaven, where nothing has changed for a very long time. Enjoy the soft heat of the evenings while watching a magnificent sunset. 

Esterillos Costa Rica – Surf & Travel Destination

Playa Junquillal in Guanacaste Costa Rica, a deserted paradise!

Enjoy this tranquil beach in the south of Tamarindo

Playa Junquillal  in Guanacaste

About twenty kilometers south of Tamarindo you will find the tranquil Playa Junquillal. This beach is less developed, with three km long stretch of white sand and coconut trees, and grasslands. Playa Junquillal is one of the most deserted and pristine Beaches of Guanacaste Costa Rica. Too only a few hotels and restaurants to choose from. Junquillal Beach is a small paradise hidden on the Pacific Coast of Guanacaste. Every night is a treat as you watch the gorgeous sunsets in the horizon!

What to Do and See in Playa Junquillal 

This in an ideal beach for a tranquil stroll along the shore, followed with a quiet sunset drink at the end of the day! While in Junquillal Beach, take advantage of the fascinating tours, there are many! A nearby attraction is Parque National Las Baulas, in Playa Grande, next to Tamarindo. The giant Leatherback Turtles frequent this area, as well as the Olive Ridley Turtle,  that comes to shore to lay their eggs. If you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of baby turtles hatching and running to the sea. Although, it’s important to note that Playa Junquillal is not the best place to swim because of the strong current. However, it’s perfect for surfers! Snorkeling and deep-sea fishing tours are also available.

Where to Stay in Junquillal

Playa JunquillalJunquillal is also home to some of the nicest Hotels of Guanacaste such as the Beach Hotel Iguanazul and the Hotel Tatanka. The Junquillal offer scenic views over the ocean with splendid sunsets; it is a quiet hotel set over a cliff, which into six colonial style buildings all with double beds, huge bathrooms and all the comfort and elegance you may wish for. They also have seven condos, three studio apartments and a beautiful house for rent and a lovely large pool. It has an all-inclusive pan including gourmet meals prepared as you order.  The Hotel Tatanka an oasis set in paradise, with comfortable, spacious lodgings, a restaurant well known in the area, and a large pool perfect for a peaceful and relaxing holiday.

Junquillal is the Perfect Escape

Those who are seeking a remote, beautiful white sand beach should visit Junquillal! It’s the best beach for natural beauty and serenity on the Gold Coast. Junquillal is also close to other beautiful beaches than you can easily reach, such a Playa Negra, Playa Avellanas, Playa Conchal, and Tamarindo. Also, discover the friendliness of the local people in Playa Junquillal! The culture is a mixture of Ticos and foreigners from Europe, US, and South America who are all very welcoming and will help you if you need directions!  Junquilllal is the easy-going beach, with no fuss or complications, where you can take a well-needed relaxing vacation.

Playa Junquillal in Guanacaste Costa Rica, a deserted paradise!

Palo Verde National Park in Costa Rica

One of the best parks for bird watching and seeing wildlife!

Palo Verde National ParkPalo Verde Sunset

Palo Verde National Park is located on the banks of the Tempisque River, in the Nicoya Peninsula. It is one of the best parks for Bird Watching and observing a whole array of wildlife and tropical fauna. It is the meeting area of the largest concentration of aquatic and migratory birds of the Central American Pacific Coast. The lowlands are covered by hills and rivers and the whole area is transformed into huge wetlands during the rainy season. There are so many birds that at times it is almost overwhelming! This is the birdwatchers’ paradise.

When to go to Palo Verde National Park

The best time to go is during the dry season from January to April. There is little water at this time of year in Guanacaste and the birds all gather by the marshes and waterholes. During the dry season there is less vegetation, making it easier to spot the birds. Palo Verde National Park gets very full during the rainy season with at least 250,000 congregating there, which is actually quite astonishing, thus many people think that it’s the best time to go, however it is definitely better to go during the months of the dry season. There are multiple tours that can be organized for your trip and arrangements for lodgings too.

The Flora and Fauna of Palo Verde National Park

Palo Verde National Park is not only a magnificent bird sanctuary; it is also an important refuge for one of the last remainders of the deciduous dry forests of the Neotropics. Once upon a time, the tropical dry forests covered most of the Pacific side of Central America, today, little remains. This is the driest part of Costa Rica and with little rain water, the bushes shed their leaves to save water and the photosynthesis takes place on the trunks of the tree thus they are green due to the coloration of the chlorophyll. During the dry season many trees are in bloom and boast brilliant yellow, pink and red flowers, this is truly enchanting!

Palo Verde is part of the Tempisque Conservation Area. This area includes the Caballero Wildlife Refuge, Barra Honda National Park, and the Lomas Barbudal Biological Reserve. These protected areas surpass 73,000 hectares and over fifteen different habitats making it one of Costa Rica’s most diverse areas; see 55 species of reptiles and amphibians, 75 species of mammals of which armadillos, monkeys, deer, coatis and peccaries. Tempisque river has the largest concentration of crocodiles in the country.

Palo Verde National Park is famous as the home to the largest population of the rare and fascinating Jaguarundi, a tiny  wild cat, that is often smaller than the familiar domestic cat. Don’t let their small stature fool you, these wild wild animals and can be ferocious! Look, but don’t touch! The incredible abundance of fauna is home to myriads of insects too; it is estimated that it is home to no less than 250 species of bees and that makes out a quarter of the world’s bees! You will see many colorful butterflies too, amongst the flowers and the many birds. Palo Verde National Park is not only the best place for Bird Watching; it is a haven of wildlife and vegetation.

How to Get to Palo Verde National Park

If you are driving, take the road to Liberia, then on to Bagaces that is actually 26 km South of Liberia. You will pass a dry forest and rice and sugar cane fields, until you reach the entrance of the Palo Verde National Park. The entrance of the Barbudal Reserve is about 5 km before the Palo Verde National Park entrance. Palo Verde National ParkBy bus, take the Rosaria bus in Nicoya, get off in Puerto Humo and from there the locals take you on the Tempisque River to the Chamorro dock. If you wish to take a Tour to Isla de Pajaros or on the Bebedero River. There are boats at the Tempisque bridge that can take you there. Palo Verde’s ranger station has a camping site equipped with showers and bathrooms. There are also cabins equipped with bunk beds.

What to See

Over 250,00 species of birds, plus mammals, amphibians and reptiles

How to Get There and Where to Stay

By car or by bus The station Ranger has camping facilities and some equipped cabins.

When to Go

In the dry season, Between December and April, is best to visit Palo Verde National Park .

Palo Verde National Park in Costa Rica

Barra Honda National Park Costa Rica

Explore the Caves

Barra Honda National Park – Amazing limestone caves and caverns

Barra Honda National Park, located in Nicoya Peninsula Costa Rica. It is home to amazing limestone caves and caverns, as well as world-class stalagmites and stalactites. These limestone monuments date back over 70 million years. Only recently discovered. Presently Barra Honda, possess forty-two caverns in the National Park. And much more to discover. Skeletons, ornaments and other artifacts have were found in the caves dating back to 300 B.C.

Barra Honda National Park CavesBreathtaking stalagmites and stalactites

The deepest of the discovered caves of Barra Honda National Park, Santa Ana also thought to be nearly 800 feet deep. One of the primary features of this cave is the amazing Hall of Pearls. There it features a display of stalagmites and stalactites that are truly breathtaking. Another cavern of interest in Barra Honda National Park the Terciopelo named for an enormous snake found dead at the bottom during the first exploration. There’s a cave access with a thrilling 100-foot steep descent to a sloping plane.

Large formations resembling lion’s heads

Also, a column in the cave called the Organ produces musical chimes and causes large numbers of bats to scurry away into the dark. Other caves of interest, the large Mushroom Hall named for its calcareous formations. Also the Hall of Caverns with its large structures resembling lion’s heads. The caves at Barra Honda National Park are not readily available. Except, with proper equipment and permission must be received from the National Parks offices. And only done during the dry season.

Beautiful trails and amazing caves to discover

The extensive trails above the caves are often muddy and require four-wheel drive to reach at some times. The hilly forest terrain surrounding the caves is a refuge for many rare species. For example, howler monkeys, scarlet Macaws, anteaters and many others. The unique geography of the caverns has also lent themselves to the development of adaptive species, such as the blind salamander. Barra Honda National Park is not the most accessible of the National Parks of Costa Rica, but has beautiful trails and amazing case to discover- an out of the way gem to explore!

Type: Caves
Area: 23 km2
Location: Nicoya

Barra Honda National Park Costa Rica

Gandoca Manzanillo – Wildlife Refuge

In this refuge are protected some of the most endangered species of the region.

Gandoca Manzanillo SlothThe Gandoca Manzanillo – Wildlife Refuge

The Gandoca Manzanillo – Wildlife Refuge protects some of the most endangered species of the region. Including the Manatee, the Ocelot and the Jaguar and an exotic variety of birds. Classified as a humid tropical rainforest. It also protects some fantastic mangrove oyster beds that are resting on the coral reef along the pristine white sand beach. The wetlands hide the only Jolillo and Orey and palm swamps of Costa Rica. Furthermore, the wildlife also serves as a nesting ground for several species of marine turtles. Also manatees, caimans, dolphins, and tarpons; the nesting season of the turtles takes place between March and May.

What to do in Gandoca Manzanillo

The quiet waters of Gandoca Manzanillo are perfect for swimming and snorkeling in the coral reefs.  Nothing is more exotic than the exploration of mangroves and swamps, kayaking or rowing, surrounded by the most exotic wilderness. Once you have explored and swam, you will have time to turn your attention to the little village of Gandoca Manzanillo.

Up to only a couple of decades ago, this was just a fishing village, and it received very little visitors. It is still today an excellent place to visit for relaxing. Get away from it all and enjoy the beauty of nature to its fullest. While in Gandoca Manzanillo make sure to visit all the beaches along the coast up to Puerto Viejo. Also, Punta Uva, Playa Chiquita, Punta Cocles, and Beach Break. The exuberant vegetation and rich wildlife of this part of the country are so reminiscent of the landscape of jungle adventures we remembered as children! Go on kayak and dive tours as well as additional excursions. Hiking to the Talamanca Mountains, excursions to Bocas del Toro and dolphin-watching trips.

Hotels Near and around Gandoca Manzanillo

This part of the country enjoys a choice of the most beautiful distinctive Hotels. All in harmony with the pristine beauty of nature. The Almonds and Corals if a nice hotel located right in the heart of the refuge. This is a relaxing place, ideal for close contact with nature. The Hotel Azania Bungalows is set very close to the sea. And surrounded by the exotic jungle. Very close to birds and butterflies softly flying by, howler monkeys and sloth in the trees above watching. The sea will transport you to a lost paradise far from the maddening crowd. These are examples of Beach accommodations by excellence, in exquisite flamboyant surrounding, and elegant luxury.

Gandoca Manzanillo. Experience the jungle in Costa RicaGandoca Manzanillo Monkey

The brilliant sand of Gandoca Manzanillo, its calm blue waters, exotic lush green vegetation, and its little exotic village amidst trees and monkeys is too charming for words. While the refuge is one of the world’s wonders, home to many endangered species. To get to Gandoca Manzanillo, you will first need to get to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. Indeed the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica is captivating and mysterious, flamboyant and relaxing, exuberant and magical. This is a must see for true lovers of nature and those seeking a vacation with a difference. In Gandoca Manzanillo it seems as if as if nothing has changed for a very long time. While Puerto Viejo offers a great choice of restaurants and vibrant Caribbean nightlife.

Gandoca Manzanillo – Wildlife Refuge

La Amistad International Park: Symbol of Friendship

Friendship Represented in an International Park and Preserve

La-Amistad-EntranceLa Amistad International Park Costa Rica

La Amistad International Park is a joint effort between Costa Rica and Panama. This is why it is also called La Amistad (“Amistad” means “Friendship”) International Park. It borders reach throughout Cordillera de Talamanca, a mountain range over 3800 meters of altitude! This territory too varies in climate, altitude and soil type. La Amistad should be included on the must-see list. Those who want to explore Costa Rica’s nature will find La Amistad International Park to be one of the most diverse places to visit.

Awesome variety of Flora and Fauna of La Amistad International Park

This park contains an incredible variety of biodiversity. For example, it includes jaguars, peccaries, howler and white-faced monkeys, sloths, tapirs, anteaters, armadillos, agouties, pacas and dealers, and hundreds of species of birds! La Amistad International Park is the largest and the most remote National Park in Costa Rica. Amistad is surrounded by other parks and reserves, like Chirripo. La Amistad consists of diverse habitats from the tropical lowland rainforest to the tundra ecosystem. There are also Cloud forests in the Northern part. The parks recommend its visitors to stick to the trails and to explore this huge and majestic park!  There are very good guides that can help you make the most of your visit. 

La Amistad International Park’s Attractions and Activities La Amistad International Park sunset

Hiking is the main activity of La Amistad International Park. This park is spread out over a large territory, over the border, and into Panama. Amistad is the largest protected area, with more virgin forest than any other park! In fact, they estimated that at least two-thirds of all the species in Costa Rica found here!

Hikers and backpackers, scientists and biologists, will all find their joy in Parque La Amistad. In fact, there are six species of neo-tropical wild cats live there. The list also includes Jaguars, the puma, the ocelot, the margay, the oncilla and the Jaguarundi. You will see lots of other mammals including monkeys and sloths. There are 300 species of reptiles and amphibians and 115 species of fish! In addition to this, bird watching in Costa Rica is at its best with up to 400 species of birds easily spotted! The park’s trails are unmarked, so be careful!

La Amistad International Park’s Facilities and Trails

La Amistad International Park reached the Sector Pittier via San Vito de Coto Brus. The trails there lead to the Canasta River, La Catarata (waterfall), the Cerro Pittier and the Valle del Silencio (Valley of the Silence). The Sector of the Tres Colinas (three hills) has trails that will take you to Sabanas Esperanza and Cerro Kamuk. If you want to get to the Altamira Sector, its located close to Buenos Aires has trails that will take you to the Valle del Silencio, Gigantes Bosques, Canasta and Sabanas Esperanza. To explore this park ask about the various tours offered there. The park has two camping sites, complete with electricity and drinking water, restrooms and showers. In addition, there is also an observatory and research facility available to biologists and scientists. 

Firstly, to reach the park from San Jose, take the Interamerican Highway to San Isidro de Perez Zeledon. Then on to Vito de Coto Brus. From there follow directions to Cerro Punto. You will find the Entrance of La Amistad ranger station in the little town of Las Nubes. Also, bring adequate clothing for the weather in La Amistad International Park changes quickly. 

La Amistad International Park: Symbol of Friendship

Playa Avellanas Guanacaste Costa Rica

Surf & More

Playa Avellanas

The little town of Playa Avellanas consists mainly of hotels and cabins, a few restaurants and villas. It is a wonderful place to be for getting away from the city and havoc, and find peace and relaxation. A gorgeous setting and the spectacle of beautiful sunsets over and over again.

What to do in Avellanas

A surfers’ beach by excellence, Avellanas is a beautifully relaxing destination. It is serene and calm, and easy to access. Playa Avellanas has over eight surf breaks along its shore, and it is not a place for novices. To get maximum fun, it is best to surf during high tide when the waves form perfect tubes. There are a lot more activities to enjoy while visiting Playa Avellanas. Lovers of Golf will enjoy the magnificent and very luxurious HaciPlaya Avellanasenda Pinilla Beach Resort. There’s a fantastic 18-hole golf course. It was designed by Mike Young and is probably the best golf course in the whole of Central America.

It is possible to swim in Avellanas however great caution is advised, as there are strong currents. By the rocks is where it is safest and where you sometimes find some rock pools. Avellanas is perfect for long strolls on the beach, horseback riding. Come and explore the surrounding beaches and visit the National Parks. Do not miss a Tour of the National Park Las Baulas in Playa Grande where the giant Leatherback Turtles and the Olive Ridley Turtles come and nest their eggs.

Where to stay 

Playa Avellanas has a choice of some of Costa Rica’s best hotels. For example, the fabulous JW Marriott Hotel & Resort Costa Rica, located just north of Playa Avellanas, on Playa Mansita. This is also the only beachfront hotel found in this area meaning it has views and more views! This hotel located within a 1000 acre Finca. And owned by a family who dedicates themselves in growing organic fruit and vegetables. The hotel provides its guests with an exciting array of activities and tours. Guest can make the most of the Costa Rican vacation and get to know the area. The excellent oval pool and the children’s pool are impossibly inviting while the restaurant has a complete choice of drinks and international dishes for your enjoyment.

Relaxing and serene 

Playa Avellanas is one of Costa Rica’s most beautiful beaches –  in tune and harmony with the beautiful natural surroundings, and offering great surf with incredible flora and fauna. While you are there, look out for Lola, the formidable pig that has lived there for as long as everyone remembers and that seem to rather enjoy swimming and taking a stroll on the beach. Take long walks along the mighty Pacific Ocean and do not miss the spectacular sunsets that never miss mesmerizing visitors day after day. Playa Avellanas is just a stone throw away from Tamarindo and Junquillal should you want a little more nightlife and a greater choice of restaurants and shops. It is easy to find though the road is not paved, passing through Santa Cruz or Villareal.

Playa Avellanas Guanacaste Costa Rica

Orosi Valley of Costa Rica

The Sights and Sounds of Orosi Valley, Costa Rica

Orosi Valley – Cartago : Costa Rica’s First Capital

Its striking Cathedral dating back to 1639 is a place of pilgrimage and millions of people make the arduous journey there on foot from all over the country at the beginning of every August. In Orosi, its sacred black Madonna, La Negrita, draws people all year round. And it is a great place to break up your journey and see the most important religious monument in the country.

Unbeatable Views of the Orosi Valley

Orosi Valley RuinsOut of Cartago you don’t have to drive far before you reach the beautiful Orosi Valley. With the River Reventazon carving its way through the valley floor. One of the area’s best views can be found at the Sanchiri Hotel and Restaurant. Start your day with a traditional breakfast, ‘gallo pinto’. Look down across the sweeping hills as birds of prey circle the skies above. Then on to Costa Rica’s oldest church in constant use, the picture postcard Iglesia de San José de Orosi. With its beautifully manicured gardens and simple interior, it has character and charm that make it extremely special, and worth visiting. The Orosi Valley is full of historical, cultural, and natural wonders.  Truly gives you an insight in to the real Costa Rica

Orosi Valley – Trails at Tapanti National Park

After passing through small, colorful towns, rickety bridges over the snaking river, and hills covered in coffee plantations, you eventually reach the Tapanti National Park. Covering several thousand hectares of rainforest and protected wildlife zones, many endangered animal species can be found here. Tapirs, wildcats, and white-faced monkeys are some of the most sought after viewings here.  A steep track leads you past a variety of short hiking trails and up to the spectacular waterfall viewpoint. The trails vary from clambering over huge tree roots in the hills through the jungle. Also walking on flat paths to the side of the fast-flowing river. I is well-equipped with restrooms, barbeque stands, and a small restaurant. This is a great place to see the area’s lush vegetation and natural surroundings.

The Fish Doesn’t Get Any Fresher!

In Orosi Valley, once you have explored the National Park and its many trails, you can head back to the road that passes around the outside of the vast Cachi Lake. Covered in lily pads, the water is not used for sailing or swimming, but the birds and animals it attracts make it very scenic indeed. Along the road are numerous local eateries, including the fabulous Montaña de la Trucha, where you catch your own trout before eating it served fresh with patacones! After lunch you can make your way to the impressive Cachi Dam, where the wobbly bridge may have your nerves on edge as you look down in to this deep canyon.

Then stop at one of the many handcrafted souvenir stalls on your way to your final visit to the Orosi Valley, the Ujarras Church ruins National Monument. Located in one of the most attractive parts of the valley. This is where Spanish colonialists built the Ujarras Church in the 17th Century. The tranquil gardens and crumbling walls, make for a very romantic spot. It is the perfect end to a day full of variety, adventure and natural wonders; typical of any Costa Rica Vacation.

Orosi Valley, Costa Rica is a site that holds a lot of Costa Rican history. Orosi is situated in the town of Cartago and is home to the oldest Catholic Church that is still running in Costa Rica. This area is notable for having lush vegetation and an incredible scenery. While in the valley, be sure to take in as much of the history as possible by seeing some of the sites below!

Orosi Valley, Costa Rica: The Catholic ChurchOldest Catholic Church. Orosi Valley

The Iglesia de San Jose is truly a national landmark. Built in 1743, this is the oldest church still in use in Costa Rica. Here you’ll find a small museum which houses some interesting Spanish Colonial artifacts and religious art. The paintings, the altar and the colonial architecture of this church take you back to another time. In front of the church you’ll find a soccer field. Generally it is filled with Costa Rica’s partaking in the national pastime.

The Ruins of Ujarras

The ruins of Costa Rica’s oldest church are found near the town of Ujarrás. Built in 1693, the church is surrounded by tranquil gardens and is a popular place for locals to relax and enjoy a Sunday afternoon. Here you’ll find Señoras selling local delicacies.  For example “arepas”, “choreadas”, “elotes”, etc. A lazy rivers flows through the gardens and chayote farms, while kids and families play in the large open field surrounded by mountains. The ruins of Ujarras are so impressive and they make one reflect on the passage of time and how settlers arrived here hundreds of years ago to “civilize” the native tribesman.

Tapanti National Park

Sometimes referred to as Orosí National Park, Tapanti National Park is home to nearly 45 mammal species. You can find white-faced capuchin monkeys,resplendent quetzals and other unique animals here. This rainforest region has a lot of unique species of vegetation. In fact, in 2009 they discovered three new species of Lepanthes orchids. Part of the Orosi River runs through this park and there are countless paths to take for hiking and finding spectacular views.

Reventazon River

The Reventazon River runs through the Orosí, Reventazón and Turrialba Valleys and flows into the Caribbean Sea. This upper portion of the river is the source of 25% of San Jose’s drinking water. Two of the river reservoirs are major sources of electricity and power Costa Rican homes. 

Cachi dam

This artificial lake was built in the 1970’s and is one of the first hydroelectric projects in the country. In fact, the dam aids in providing power throughout Costa Rica and also controlling floods.

Orosi Valley School

Hoping to improve your Spanish skills? The Orosi Valley School offers classes geared toward tourists to help them gain language skills. For beginners, the courses last about two weeks and serve as an immersion course where you learn a lot of Spanish in a short amount of time!

Casa del SonadorLa Casa del Sonador, Orosi Valley

Casa del Sonador is a woodworking artisan studio in Orosi and is run by Hermes Quesada. He is the son of a well-known carver in Costa Rica. At Casa del Sonador, religious figured are made out of coffee-wood branches and some are available for purchase. Macedonio Quesada, a famous sculptor and artist lived and worked until he passed away in 1995. Now his sons carry on the tradition, bringing life to pieces of coffee roots and wood from the area.    

Casona del Cafetal

Another attraction is Casona del Cafetal, a charming boutique hotel and restaurant. They take a lot of pride in their cuisine and offering their guests an unforgettable experience. In fact, this a a popular wedding destination with its close proximity to Orosi’s most cherished sites.

Orosi Valley of Costa Rica

Sarchi Costa Rica – Ox Carts and Cultural Traditions

Come visit the biggest Oxcart in the world, beautifully hand painted!

Culture Vulture in Sarchi and Naranjo

Locals come from all over the country to buy fine Sarchi furniture for their homes. They decorate their yards with a traditional hand-painted oxcart. There is a wide range of working souvenir and oxcart factories. You will be spoiled for choice with arts and craftsmanship in this charming town. With a day-trip from San José, you can learn about century old traditions. Come and shop-till-you-drop, all in one place, Sarchi.

Seeped in Tradition sarchi church

The Joaquin Chaverri Oxcarts Factory in Sarchi is a great place to visit. You will learn all about this traditional form of transport used to carry sugar cane and coffee across the country. The Costa Rica Oxcarts are still painted by hand to this day. You can see artists at work on the intricate and colorful designs. If you decide to enjoy a delicious lunch in the ‘Las Carretas’ Restaurant on site, you can have a try at painting one of the vibrant patterns yourself in the artists’ studio.  At the bottom of this picturesque property, you can observe the age-old methods. These carts are built with wooden wheels and burning hot metal seals around their edges. There is a gift shop filled with everything from local wooden crafts to jewelry, coffee, leather, and t-shirts. No doubt the Chaverri Oxcarts Factory is a fascinating and fun place to visit. 

A Step Back In Time

Another ideal stop on your family vacation when you visit the famous Sarchi, home of craftsmanship, is the Eloy Alfaro Factory. Like stepping back in time, as you enter the property you cannot miss the ramshackle wooden factory established in 1923. With two floors balanced precariously over one another, all of the machinery is powered by a huge water mill inside.

Incredibly, the water pours down the mountain behind and turns this giant wheel. In fact, that is the same way it has for almost a century. Also, watch as the workmen make the oxcart wheels. They don’t use a drop of glue, nails or bolts. The Alfaro Factory are proud to have made the largest oxcart in the World, weighing one and a half tons, standing famously in Sarchi’s town square. Theirs are some of the most striking designs in town, and their brand new gift shop is full of handcrafted treasures. 

Crazy About Coffee

Sarchi and its surroundings have a lot more to offer than just oxcart factories. Set amongst flame-colored Poro trees, and the rich green towering eucalyptus, are thousands of hectares of coffee plantations. Bought by the Germans fleeing the First World War who exchanged their knowledge of designing machinery for land, these coffee corporations are part of Costa Rica’s greatest export economy. In the peaceful town of Naranjo is the renowned Espiritu Santo Coffee Tour. Indeed it offers a fascinating look into the entire process of producing coffee. From the planting of seedlings to picking the beans, laying them to dry in the sun, or toast in a hi-tech machine; this well-organized tour is eye opening. All in all a great place to stop for breakfast and learn about the golden crop of Costa Rica.

Sarchi Costa Rica – Ox Carts and Cultural Traditions

Playa Negra Costa Rica

Surf Beach in Guanacaste

Playa Negra Costa Rica, a  Paradise in Guanacaste

playa negra horseback ridingLocated in the Northern Costa Rica province of Guanacaste, Playa Negra Costa Rica enjoys the very best of locations for experiencing hot sunny days on a nearly perfect white sandy beach!  Playa Negra has refreshing off shore breezes almost year round. Come and enjoy the cloudless sunny days to indulge your ultimate beach getaway!  Part of the tropical dry forest eco system, Playa Negra has wood that comes right down to the sand. It is home to many animal species including howler monkeys, coatis and many others.  The area is also famous for it’s abundant aquatic life including humpback whales. Also several types of sea turtles, as well as over two hundred different species of birds. There is something for everyone to see and do in the Playa Negra area!

 “Endless Summer” Inspiration

Playa Negra has long been famous for its world famous surf break. Memorialized in the famous surfing film Endless Summer, the break at Playa Negra has legendary right-hand barrels and consistent swells throughout the year. For years before the movie, Playa Negra Costa Rica had been renowned as an off the beaten path spot. Perfect for locals and surf aficionados from around the world.  The crystal clear waters of Playa Negra, as well as the plenitude of aquatic life. This makes the area a great spot for indulging your surfing fantasies or nature vacation!  Playa Negra is also in proximity to several other famous Guanacaste surf spots including Avellanas, Playa Langosta, Witch’s Rock and Tamarindo.

Indulge in Adventure or Relaxation

Playa Negra Costa Rica is the perfect location for basing your beach vacation in sunny Costa Rica!  Besides the world class surfing, there are so many other things to do and see in the immediate area.  Surf lessons and snorkeling excursions are very popular. But it is also ideal for off shore and in shore fishing trips can be arranged. Snapper, Mahi-Mahi, and Tuna are frequent catches for anglers in the area, as well as Sailfish. ATV and mountain biking adventures can be enjoyed. You don’t have to travel very far to experience the National Parks. They allow for great hiking and animal/bird observation.  Visitors to the area can also find great zip line adventures, yoga experiences and many other things to do while enjoying the tranquility of the Playa Negra beach area.

Easier and Safer to Access the Ever Before!

Playa Negra Costa Rica SurfPlaya Negra has become safer and easier to get to then ever before. Repairs to the roads and the recent building of new bridges and culverts have made the infrastructure more accessible. Small restaurants and shops have popped up in the downtown area, and there is an active, small beach community including art galleries, small markets and everything that you might need while vacationing in the area. All while still maintaining the feel of a small, local beach community.  The area around Playa Negra is home to several yoga and holistic living retreats making it the perfect place to take a class or indulge in some rejuvenating massage treatments!

Playa Negra Costa Rica

Playa Panama Costa Rica

Beach in Guanacaste

Playa Panama: A Private Beach In Papagayo

Playa Panama is one of the most secluded and serene Beaches of Costa Rica. This beach is located in the province of Guanacaste, in the Gulf of Papagayo. It lies within a small bay called Snake Bay, or Bahia Culebra. Playa Panama is a short distance away from the  International Airport of Liberia. This airport has year round access making travel there easy! This is a good place for an easy-going beach vacation. The beach has gorgeous ocean views, fantastic sunsets, and a great beach for swimming and sunbathing.

Playa Panama; Number One Beach For Authentic Costa Rica

Because it is less crowded than some of its neighboring beaches, Playa Panama is ideal for those who want to experience authentic Costa Rica. Swimming is safe there making it a perfect family beach. Also, there are many fascinating walks and tours to do just around the corner. Enjoy the peace and serenity this beach has to offer! The Pacific Ocean is known for its glorious sunsets and serene atmosphere. This is one of Costa Rica’s  best beaches!

Playa Panama – A Relaxing Experience

beach_vacations_at_playa_panama_natureYou will find that Playa Panama is a relatively quiet beach. You will possibly find it more relaxing than most of the more popular Costa Rica beaches. The beach has low tides, and there are many small boutique resorts nearby. From wellness services to family tours and babysitting; you can find everything you need when you visit Playa Panama! It is also less crowded then surrounding beaches. Visit the Refugio Costa Esmeralda and other nearby national parks. There are plenty of beaches and natural reserves around Playa Panama. These include Playa Hermosa and Playas del Coco, beaches that offer plenty of hiking or horseback riding tours to the surrounding rainforest. 

 

Activities In And Around Playa Panama

There is an interesting array of activities and tours to choose from around Playa Panama. Its a short five minutes drive to Playa Hermosa and Playas del Coco and other smaller beaches. Some of Costa Rica’s best National Parks are also located in the area. For example, Marino Las Baulas, where the Giant Leatherbacks Turtles come to nest. There is also Refugio Costa Esmeralda closeby. Further inland, is Rincon de la Vieja, an awesome extinct volcano well worth visiting! This park boasts outstanding landscapes and a waterfall. Playa Panama is lovely to swim in, and snorkel! You can also take long strolls on the shore! The list is endless!

Where To Stay In Playa Panama

While Papagayo is known to have some of the finest Hotels in Costa Rica, the Casa Conde del Mar in Playa Panama is a hidden jewel! Set in an idyllic setting, it offers a wide choice of tours and activities. The hotel has gorgeous tropical gardens, with great views of the ocean. It has a lovely swimming pool and wet bar. Guanacaste is known for its remarkable sunsets! 

 

 


Relaxing Beach Vacations

If you are looking to see some of the most stunning ocean views of Costa Rica, Playa Panama is one of the best places to visit. You can enjoy the range of water sports and activities offered in the area.  The gray sand of the beach and wonderful waters are great for swimming and other activities. If you are looking for a tranquil atmosphere for your Costa Rica beach vacations, Playa Panama is a great choice.

 

 

Perfect Family Beach Vacations

beach relaxation at playa panama costa rica beachIf you are traveling with children, you can be assured that they will be safe and comfortable.The waters are calm, and tides are low. Kids will enjoy the walking trails around the shore. Snorkeling and kayaking are popular as well. You can relax on your Costa Rica Vacations with your family.

 

  beach relaxation at playa panama costa rica sunsetPlaya Panama Costa Rica and its calm Pacific waters

Guanacaste has the longest dry season in the country, making it a favorite destination for those travelers who love sunny beaches. Playa Panama Costa Rica is a perfect destination for those looking to relax at a serene ocean setting without large crowds or rough waves. 


Bahia Culebra and Nacascolo in the Horizon 

beach relaxation at playa panama costa rica bahia culebraPlaya Panama Costa Rica is on the Nacascolo Peninsula. This peninsula is famous for miles of beaches and tropical forest that turn lush green during the wet season. Playa Panama Costa Rica stretches for a mile of the coast. The shore separates the water from rows of trees that serve like natural umbrellas and perfect for hammock naps. 


Costa Rica’s National Wonders near Playa Panama

beach relaxation at playa panama costa rica beachThree of Costa Rica’s National Parks are close to Playa Panama and are great to explore during your vacation at Playa Panama: 

Santa Rosa National Park

North of Playa Panama Costa Rica is Santa Rosa, National Park. Once a vast grazing farms and haciendas has been turned into secondary tropical dry forest. This has created an area of nearly 100,000 acres of protected land. The park also protects 100,000 acres of protected marine territory.

beach relaxation at playa panama costa rica magpie jayRincon de la Vieja National Park

Rincon de la Vieja is famous for its volcano, its forests, scenery, and trails. This park is a volcanic field with nine different craters and is part of the Continental Divide. This national park is home to the country’s largest known population of Guaria Morada (Guarianthe skinnier). This beautiful purple orchid is Costa Rica’s National Flower.

Palo Verde National Park

Palo Verde National Park declared as a RAMSAR site. RAMSAR is a conservation effort that protects a 50,000-acre reserve. As a result, over 280 species of birds inhabit this area. In fact, large endangered birds like Jabirus have found refuge in Palo Verde. 

Playa Panama Costa Rica

Cerro Chirripo

National Park & The Highest Peak in Costa Rica

Climb the highest mountain in Costa Rica

Part of the Talamanca Mountain range, Cerro Chirripo is one of the most exciting tours to do in this country! Because of its altitude, the flora and fauna change drastically. During the rainy season, there is sometimes snow on the summit! On clear days, it is possible to see both ocean, the Pacific and the Atlantic over Guanacaste and way beyond the Costa Rican Borders. Ideally, the climb is done at night in order to enjoy the sunrise at the early hours. This hike is not for the faint-hearted. Hikers must climb with enough clothing and a sleeping bag to protect them from the cold and the rain. Although the hike is well-worth it with magnificent views and an abundance of nature. 

Climbing Cerro Chirripo

Cerro Chirripo birdBefore climbing you must obtain a permit from the National Park Office in San Gerardo de Rivas. They will also provide you with a guide. You will need to make a reservation before hand. You can drop by the office or call to make a reservation. However, if you call you are more likely to be told that there is a waiting list! The 19,5 km trail will take you through a biodiversity that changes as you progress to the summit where you will find tundra-like climate. 

There are two huts for camping overnight if you do not want to carry a tent. The climb is rather strenuous and only those who consider themselves fit enough should engage themselves in this adventure. The first hut is at Llano Bonito, roughly half way up. This is more an emergency shelter and if you are up to it keep going! The actual refuges are only 500 meters away from the peak giving you time to climb the last distance on time for sunrise in the morning. Make sure you have plenty of food, snacks and water supply as well as plenty of sunscreen as the sun is strong at this altitude. Enjoy the beauty of the Cloud and Rain Forest of Costa Rica; feel the close contact with nature, it is truly awesome.

The Chirripo National Park

While most people are attracted to the challenging climb, the rain forest of the park is no less amazing. The biodiversity and beauty are unmatched! It’s worth looking into the tours and explorations you can do around the whole region. As you enter the park you find yourself in evergreen lower mountain forest, making your way into rainforest as you move up. This is where you see the awesome and majestic giant trees, 50 meters high or more, huge plants, ferns and bamboos.

As you go higher you begin to look out into the valley all the way down and you can see the canopy of the trees that are just below. The view is comparable to that of a view from a canopy tour! As you keep going the vegetation changes and the leaves become smaller. The crystal clear water of the stream and freshness of the air is such a contrast to what you experienced a few meters below. By the time you reach the refuge, you may wonder whether you have left the tropics, because it gets fairly cold!

The Trip Of A Lifetime

This is yet another wonderful experience that only Costa Rica can offer. The diversity and beauty of Chirripo will leave you with a great feeling of pride and achievement. You will find Chirripo by taking the Pan-American Highway East of the Capital of San Jose, 50 km past Cartago. You will pass the notorious Cerro de la Muerte (Mountain of the Dead). Many years ago peop lost their lives as they succumbed to the severe conditions while walking the pass when it was no more than a small trail. You will then pass through San Isidro el General and reach San Gerardo de Rivas a few miles later.

If you travel by bus, there is daily departure from the Coca Cola bus terminal in central San Jose. You will find some reasonable priced lodgings outside the park in San Gerardo de Rivas. Hotel Monte Azul is a choice, being right by the entrance of the park , perfect for hiking. A trip to Cerro Chirripo is a memorable hike that will transport you to a world of beauty, peace and mystery way beyond your dreams…

Cerro Chirripo

Heredia Costa Rica

A Small Mountain Town Near San Jose

About Heredia Costa Rica

The lush province of Heredia Costa Rica is in the hills north of the Central Valley. In fact, it’s a very short distance away from San Jose. Heredia Costa Rica is known for its green volcanoes and pasture and its coffee plantations. It is home to majestic volcanoes and rainforests. Heredia is very close to many magnificent National Parks that can be visited in a day.  

It’s city, Heredia, is the City of the Flowers. According to locals, this is where you find the most beautiful women in Costa Rica. Heredia offers a fascinating choice of activities, from tours of the colonial city to exploring its flora and fauna. There are other cities in the province that are worth visiting! For example the city of Santo Domingo, San Isidro, San Rafael, and San Jose de la Montana.

The City of Heredia CosHeredia Costa Rica laketa Rica

Heredia is surrounded by a majestic landscape which includes the Zurqui Mountains and the Barva Volcano in the background. Heredia is an elegant and charming small city that has maintained its colonial essence and style. The city was founded in 1705. It has a rather relaxed atmosphere away from all the humdrum and traffic of the capital. The National University in Heredia attracts a younger population. Its cathedral, the Immaculada Concepcion, is a beautiful church that was constructed in 1796.

Its bells were imported from Cuzco, Peru and its stained glass windows are the oldest in the country. The Parque Central in front of the church has a picturesque music temple.  This also includes the famous Fortin, an old colonial tower that used to be part of an ancient Spanish fort. Heredia provides a lovely alternative from San Jose.  Whether you want to shop or just stroll through its pleasant streets. This less crowded town is full of life, it is no wonder, so many visitors decide to stay there. 

Where to Stay? 

For those who wish to stay find accommodation here, there is a wide choice to choose from. In fact, Heredia is the hub to some of the finest colonial-styled hotels. The Finca Rosa Country Inn is a charming colonial resort that won 5 leave sustainable awards. Some of its attractions include a delightful restaurant, a spa, a pool and a classy lobby with a welcoming fireplace. This hotel will surely revitalize and restore you!

The Finca Rosa is truly a haven of leisure and wellbeing, elegance and beauty. Another charming place is the Hotel Bougainvillea in the adorable little colonial town of Santo Domingo de Heredia. This lovely sanctuary has 82 rooms sitting within 10 acres. One of its attractions is a tropical garden. Of course, the garden grows beautiful Bougainvillea flowers, because of what the hotels named after! The hotel, a work of art with gorgeous dark wood furniture, adobe style floors, all carved and decorated in a traditional style. The property also holds about 50 species of bromeliads and orchids. As a result, there it attracts a myriad of hummingbirds. Indeed it is a haven of pure delight tucked away in the mountains of San Jose.

What to see? 

Another Heredia attraction is the top of Monte de la Cruz. Enjoy the breathtaking panorama of the central valley as well as its vast coffee plantations. You will also have a pleasant surprise for the view of the Poas and Barva volcano in the distance. Heredia is ideal for some quiet relaxing time, with its mild weather, and gentle green hills. Other nearby attractions include the Cafe Britt Plantation, The Braulio Carillo National Park, the Tapanti National Park, and the Volcan Barva. Admire a plethora of exotic birds, including the resplendent Quetzal, white faced monkeys, many species of humming birds, toucans ocelots, agoutis and more.  

Other nearby destinations include the INBio Parque in Santo Domingo, the Butterfly Farm, and El Mundo de las Serpientes, located in the Cataratas de La Paz near Barva. Additionally, Heredia is very close from the Juan Santamaria International Airport, making it a convenient place to stay for your beautiful Costa Rica vacation.

Heredia Costa Rica

The Town of Escazu Costa Rica

The trendy suburb of Escazu Costa Rica

Escazu Costa Rica has a great choice of bars and restaurants for your entertainment. It is also home to the best shopping mall of San Jose, Multiplaza, and to the modern Hospital La Cima. This is favored by expats or by those coming to Costa Rica for medical care and surgery. A lot of foreigners have settled down in Escazu and in Sta Ana, for its proximity to the city, yet it seems so far away from the bustling San Jose. Escazu is also known for its witches and today there are still commercials named after the famous Witches of Escazu! Furthermore Escazu is also very close to the Juan Santa Maria International Airport that you can reach by taxi or by Transfer Shuttle.

Escazu Costa Rica cultureSan Rafael de Escazu

There are two parts of Escazu; San Rafael de Escazu is right at the exit of the highway as you come from San Jose. It is modern and trendy, a good neighborhood with pretty houses, condos and many up market restaurants, hotels, bars, lounges and 3D cinemas. It is home to some of the most exclusive Hotels of Costa Rica, with the Holiday Inn San Jose Escazu, the Real Intercontinental, the Hotel Alta, the Marriot Residence Inn and The Hotel Indigo in Santa Ana. There are also a multitude of Bed and Breakfast and smaller inns to choose from. Escazu Costa Rica is also excellent for those who enjoy gourmet food; from Indian food, with the Taj Mahal, to authentic Italian food, with Restaurante D’Bartolo, Spanish tapas, French or Chinese, it seems that the choice is absolutely endless!

The Old Colonial Escazu

As you go up from San Rafael in the mountains of Escazu you will reach the old town of Escazu. This is a lot more traditional than San Rafael, with lots of typical little restaurants and inns. As you keep going up you reach yet another town, San Antonio de Escazu. From there you may visit some outstanding lodges and restaurants, offering spectacular views and outstanding food in a great friendly and elegant ambiance. If you like hiking, you may take a walk up Pico Blanco towards the big cross of Escazu.

At first the trail is fairly flat. The views are superb and it is still very rural, considering it is so close from the city. The whole hike take about 3 hours but is well worth it. Another interesting thing to do is the vegetable market on Saturday where you may meet the local people.  Mostly people go to the old Escazu and to San Antonio to enjoy the incredible views of the Central Valley.

escazu night viewEscazu, Your Best Alternative While in the Central Valley

Escazu is a great alternative while you are exploring and doing various Tours and visits its museums. Many people in Escazu speak English, as there is a large community of foreigners, yet it has still retained its old Tico flavor. Apart from its great shopping mall, there are many other shops and supermarkets to choose from just about everywhere. It is definitely your best base if you need to be in the Central Valley without having to stay in the city.

The Town of Escazu Costa Rica

Alajuela Costa Rica

Extraordinary natural beautiful and fantastic weather!

Alajuela Costa Rica: Land of Coffee, Volcanoes, Lakes, and Waterfalls

The province of Alajuela, marked by extraordinary natural beauty with a chain of spectacular volcanoes that form the Cordillera Central. One of the main attractions of Alajuela Costa Rica is the Arenal Volcano. Arenal Volcano is an active volcano that guarantees a nightly show! Arenal Volcano also has a lake, one of the best places for windsurfing! Lest we forget about La Fortuna waterfall, the top waterfall of Alajuela area.

Alajuela Costa Rica ZarceroThe City of Alajuela

Alajuela is a typical laid-back Costa Rica town, the second largest of Costa Rica. Your visit to Costa Rica would not be complete without learning about its history and culture! Another attraction is Volcano Poas, looming on the horizon. In the city center is a big domed church, close to the lush and green Parque Central, the daily hang out the place for locals. There is also the central market located on the western side of the park. The outskirts of Alajuela have shopping malls, fancy restaurants, bars and cinemas and more! The Juan Santamaria International Airport is a quick drive away. While in town, try and see the Juan Santamaria Cultural Historical Museum. Located near the Central Park. The museum exhibits Costa Rican artifacts, portraits the Battle of 1856 and historical maps.

The Juan Santamaria Airport, Alajuela Costa Rica

The Juan Santamaria Airport has located a few minutes away from the city of Alajuela. The airport is about 20 km away from San Jose. The airport name came from a Costa Rican hero. He was a  drummer boy who died while defending his country against the US forces. This airport is a hub for Taca/Lacsa airline, and the domestic Sansa Airlines, as well as focus city airport for Copa Airlines of Panama.

Juan Santamaria used to be the only International Airport in Costa Rica until another the International Airport of Liberia, Guanacaste was opened. The airports have direct flights to North and South America, and to Europe. The main runway of Juan Santamaria can take large wide body aircraft, and presently welcomes scheduled flights with A330, A340, and Airbus, as well as Boeing 767 and 747. Juan Santamaria was once the busiest airport, but today it is ranking second according to the Tocumen International Airport in Panama.

Where to Stay in Alajuela

Among the fine Hotels in Alajuela, you will find the Hampton Inn, the Doubletree Cariari, and the Adventure Inn. These aAlajuela Costa Rica volcanore close to the airport and the Cariari Golf Course. More specifically, they are luxury hotels, with pools, restaurants, and bars. They serve as extremely convenient for travelers due to their proximity to Alajuela, and San Jose. If you want to explore the province of Alajuela, the Hotel Asclepios Wellness, the Vista del Valle and the Tabacon Resort in Arenal are other comfortable options!

Alajuela Costa Rica

Playas del Coco Costa Rica – Beaches in Guanacaste

Small but not a sleepy town

The Guanacaste province has skyrocketed in tourism the past decade due to the discovery of dazzling beaches, fantastic weather and astounding nature. Several beach towns have become popular destinations for tourists, and one that stands out as being most visited is the small but not sleepy town of Playas del Coco in the Gulf of Papagayo. 

Top Ten Reasons to Visit Playas del Coco

1. Family friendly 

– If you walk along the park, you will see most of the visitors are families and many kids running around and playing with their friends. Compared to some of the other popular beach towns in Costa Rica, you’ll see mostly parents and grandparents. Many enjoy the time with their children in Playas del Coco’s family friendly atmosphere.

2. People 

– It’s easy to mingle with the locals and get to know Costa Rican culture since they are all incredibly inviting. You’ll also find a diverse mix of foreigners and tourists. You’ll be amazed that you can meet someone from every corner of the world!

3. Calm waves 

– Playas del Coco has dark sand and is not rocky. This makes it easily accessible for everybody to enjoy. If you’re here at the right moment, you might be able to catch some of the locals boogie boarding or surfing at the northern part of the beach.

4. Close Proximity

 – It is conveniently located to several other great destinations. The closest is Playa Ocotal just a couple minutes drive away. Playa Panama, Playa Hermosa, and Playa Bonita are a few of the other beautiful beaches nearby, and it’s only a 25-minute drive from Liberia International Airport.

5. Endless Activities 

– You can do all sorts of water activities here including boating, sailing, fishing, sportfishing, snorkeling, diving, jet skiing, SUP, kayaking and more. There are plenty of tour companies around to take you for a fun day out in the water. If you’re looking for land activities, there are no shortages of those either. Close by are a couple of national parks where you can zip line, go horseback riding, hiking and more.

6. Small Town Feel 

– Although it is a popular beach town, Playas del Coco is not as developed as some others such as Playa Jaco. Walking through the one street of downtown, it’s easy to appreciate and fall in love with a small beach town community feel. It’s easy to recognize people and meet new people since you’ll most likely run into them more than once. Playas del Coco may be touristy, but it still keeps a natural and real flavor of Costa Rica.

7. Traditional Food

 – If your mouth is itching to try some of the local cuisines, there are several restaurants and sodas in town to get a taste of true Costa Rican food. There aren’t too many international dining options here but some of the best authentic traditional food.Playas del Coco Costa Rica

8. Soak in the Sun 

– Sun is no shortage here in Playas del Coco. In fact, for the most part, it is sunny with clear skies all around. Rainy season is slightly shorter than other regions of the country. So, you’ll be guaranteed countless days of sunshine and high temperatures all times of the year.

9. Wildlife Encounters 

– Instead of hearing just birds chirping in the morning, prepare yourself to wake up to howling monkeys. Howler monkeys are common to see in Playas del Coco. Even just walking through downtown along with many different birds and butterflies. It is common to see dolphins, turtles manta rays, and whales out in the Gulf all times of the year.

10. Nightlife 

– The nightlife in Playas del Coco is no joke. With several bars lined up next to each other in downtown Coco and on the beach. It can get somewhat crazy during the holidays. At the coast it is well known for throwing insane New Years Eve parties and some the bars have duels on who can blast their music the loudest. Every night at the bar has an event such as live music, karaoke or girl’s night. Happy hour lasts nearly all day. Everyone from the surrounding neighborhoods comes to Playas del Coco to have a great nightlife.

Playas del Coco Costa Rica – Beaches in Guanacaste

Turrialba Volcano Costa Rica

A Latin land of enchantment is waiting for you

Turrialba Volcano, Costa Rica’s Peaceful Paradise

Located not far from San Hose, Turrialba is a great stop on your trip.  The drive through the old Capitol City of Cartago, through the sugar plantations of Juan Vinas is a life changing experience. Once you arrive at the quaint splendor of Turrialba Volcano, you can feel the authentic roots of the local people. Also, with the rolling rainforest mountain surrounding the village. The history of the valley goes back thousands of years. Turrialba Volcano is also home to Costa Rica’s most important archeological site – the Guayabo National Monument.  

Boutique Mountain Lodges and Charming Guest Houses

The intimate, quiet Valley of Turrialba, Costa Rica is host to some of the most authentic sanctuaries in the country.  Above all, if you choose to stay at the plantation of Hotel Casa Turire. The spectacular mountain guesthouse of Hacienda Tayutic. Or the Smokey Mountain Lodge of Guayabo. You’ll love this off the beaten path destination. It’s virtually undiscovered by many visitors who visit Costa Rica each year. The genuine friendliness of the people, the spectacular mountain views and the wide variety of activities offered here make a visit to Turrialba Volcano well worth the effort.

The Best White Water Rafting in the World

Turrialba Volcano, Costa Rica is a two-hour drive from the Talamanca Mountain Range. This is where you will discover the Rio Turrialba Volcano ViewPacuare. It’s rated one of the Top 5 Rivers of the world for its scenery and rapids. The very best guides-kayakers from across the globe come to share the adventures. They come exploring the white water rivers of Costa Rica’s. In fact, Rio Paralta (upper Pacuare) is one of the most difficult rivers to run in Central America. Too, Rio Reventazon and Rio Pejebeye are the two other rivers that surround the majestic Valley of Turrialba. Also, if you’re looking for a little of adrenaline and aren’t afraid of getting wet – Turrialba Volcano is known as the rafting capital of Costa Rica. 

Agricultural Splendor surrounds the Valley of Turrialba, Costa Rica

A Latin land of enchantment is waiting for you in Turrialba Volcano.  Comprised of rolling green hilltops of fertile land where pristine pastures of cows, horses, and wildlife roam freely. Here too, you can not help but be in awe of the majestic beauty and abundant agriculture that abounds within the Cartago Mountain Range. Firstly, this is an agricultural center of Costa Rica, and you’ll be amazed by the vistas of cattle pastures, coffee plantations, sugar cane and macadamia fields. A visit the world renown Research Center called CATIE, and the botanical gardens found here is well worth your time.

All in all visiting Turrialba is well worth your time.

Turrialba Volcano Costa Rica

Santa Rosa National Park, Costa Rica

National Park & Home of Witch's Rock!

Santa Rosa National Park 

The Santa Rosa National Park is Costa Rica’s first national park. The park was once the setting of the historic battle of Santa Rosa. Santa Rosa is also an important conservation area for Savannah and deciduous forests, mangroves and many forms of animal life. The park covers approximately 500 square kilometers and is adjacent to Guanacaste National Park.

Santa Rosa National ParkSanta Rosa National Park tree

Santa Rosa National Park, most significantly known for its role in conservation.Also, it is home to several delicate ecosystems: tropical dry forest and a nesting area for endangered turtles.

There are two sectors of Santa Rosa. One is the less visited northern sector of Murcielago, and there is the southern sector of Santa Rosa. Murcielago has charming hidden beaches but is only accessible by dirt roads. There are over 100 different mammal species and 250 various bird species who inhabit Santa Rosa. It’s an excellent place to observe the beauty of nature! The wealth of biodiversity in the Santa Rosa National Park is due to its remote setting. Many of the roads into the park have very limited access, especially during the rainy season.

Some of the best surfing in Costa Rica are along the coast of Santa Rosa. The spectacular Playa Naranjo is known for Witch’s Rock. This beach has world class surf and is only accessed by boat. Witch’s Rock is one of the oldest rock formations in Costa Rica. In fact, the rocks are over 130 million years old and date back to the Cretaceous period.

Enjoy The Beautiful Beaches Of Santa Rosa

The landmark creates a near perfect beach break that allows for this ideal surfing spot.

Santa Rosa LizardPlaya Nancite is known as one of the world’s only protected area for olive Ridley turtle mass-nesting sites. Accessible only by biologists and students or those that acquire a permit, the turtle nesting is an awe-inspiring seasonal event well worth viewing.

There are areas of tropical dry forest in the Santa Rosa National Park that contain trees that are at least 500 years old. This is the largest protected area of dry forest habitat in all of Central America. The dry nature of the region makes for excellent wildlife and bird watching, as the animals tend to congregate at the limited water sources, making them easier to see. In fact, over twenty types of bats inhabit Santa Rosa, National Park. Without the protection provided by the historical significance, many species of plant and wildlife would now be extinct.

Santa Rosa National Park, Costa Rica

Miravalles Volcano, Costa Rica

National Park & Travel Destination

The Miravalles Volcano’s only historic eruption was a minor steam explosion in 1946. In fact, Costa Rica‘s biggest geothermal field are located in the surrounding area of Miravalles volcano.

Miravalles Volcano – A sleeping Giant

Miravalles has been sleeping for centuries, except for a small steam explosion in 1946. If you have an appropriate car, this trip is well worth it! The road passes through the beautiful scenic countryside with also offers a spectacular view of Lake Nicaragua. There is also a National Cloud Forest Reserve in this area, bursting with natural wonders and diversity. 

Located in the Province of GuanacasteMiravalles Volcano view

The stunning Miravalles Volcano, located in the Guanacaste mountain range only 21miles southeast of Liberia. The Guanacaste province has tropical yet dry climate and amazing white sand beaches. This beautiful volcano also stands 1969ft (600m) above sea level raising a total height of 6654ft (2028m) and the total area of 28,840 acres. The National Park makes up around 10,850 hectares of land encompassing the volcano. The Miravalles Volcano is an andesitic stratovolcano in Costa Rica. Successive dramatic eruptions created the crater approximately .6-1.5 million years ago. 

Home to Natural and Archeological Treasures

In addition to the edifice of the Miravalles Volcano, this protected zone includes well-conserved moist forests, and cloud forests covering its lower slopes. The Miravalles is classified as a complex stratovolcano 2,028 m high with six eruption points at its peak. On its western and southwestern flanks there are lava flows. To the southwest is Las Hornillas, an area of incredible hydrothermal activity. This area is accessible by the path from Bagaces. This area is also home to some of the oldest Pre-Hispanic remains in the country. There are two paths that lead to the top of the volcano. In conclusion, you are sure to learn much about the historic presence of Miravalles Volcano

Miravalles Volcano, Costa Rica

Tenorio Volcano Costa Rica

National Park & Travel Destination

The Tenorio Volcano and Rio Celeste

The elusive Puma, as well as various species of monkeys and other mammals, and myriads of birds, insects and spectacular flora inhabit the forest of Tenorio Volcano. The Rio Celeste, meaning Blue River, is what brings people to the area for its brilliant sky blue color thanks to a reaction caused by the sulfur of the volcano and the precipitations of calcium carbonate. This is a must see in Costa Rica!

What to See and Do at Tenorio Volcano

This area is perfect for hiking. The ranger station at the Tenorio Volcano National Park opens from 8 am to 4pm. Included, drinking water, first aid facilities, and restrooms, but camping’s not allowed inside the park. Only if you reach the top of the volcano you will find areas to spend the night. Lots of short trails in the park lead to a picnic and swimming area. From the summit, the views are stunning, on clear days you see Lake Nicaragua. The unsurpassed hiking receives fewer visitors, making it very tranquil. This region the Last Untouched Paradise of Costa Rica.”

Four Distinct Life Zones in TenorioTenorio Volcano Rio Celeste

This Park has four distinct habitat zones. Tenorio is close to Arenal Volcano National Park. Also, this area has an incredible ecological diversity. The park is home to Bromeliads, palms, helicons, orchids and various species of trees, and many other animal species. Including pumas, agoutis, peccaries, howler monkeys, white-faced monkeys, squirrel monkeys, tapirs, and many species of birds. Too, the Tenorio Volcano National Park acts as a natural boundary for the trade winds coming from the northwest, giving it unique beauty.

Tenorio Volcano National is a Must See

The many waterfalls of this park are simply awesome! The sky blue Rio Celeste, the transition forest. Also, the proximity of Arenal Volcano and lake make this a great place to visit, try the Tour of Tenorio Volcano National Park. There are other tours in the area including. Tour of the Miravalles Volcano, Tour of Volcano Arenal, and Tour of Rio Celeste. This is well worth the trip, as you are on your way to Arenal. Some necessary accommodations can be found at the nearby village of Bijagua, though nothing too fancy. Some locals also offer Horseback Riding Tours.

Tenorio Volcano Costa Rica

Punta Islita beach in Guanacaste Costa Rica

Serene escape in a blissful ambiance and beautiful scenery.

Punta Islita, Hidden Paradise

Punta Islita Costa Rica located in the province of Guanacaste on the Pacific Coast. It consists of two small connecting beaches, some of the least Beaches of Costa Rica. They have amazing white sand, gorgeous sunsets, and wavy sea. The little community of Punta Islita is the perfect setting for a holiday in the sun together with these lovely pristine, untouched little beaches. There is even a charming church in the village’s small plaza. These gorgeous small bays are separated by 80 million-year-old towers of volcanic rocks.

What To Do at the Beach, Punta Islita Costa Rica

Presently Playa Islita is the ideal destination for a serene escape to beautiful scenery. The little winding road above the cliff gives breathtaking views upon entering the village. The small beach is hidden in a cove that connects with another little beach called Corozalito. Of which also considered to be part of Playa Islita.

It is lovely to take slow walks and to explore these beautiful beaches at sunset. There are of course plenty of water activities in Playa Islita. Such as swimming, snorkeling, and sea-kayaking. You can also go on Tours including a nighttime sea turtle expedition. A great opportunity to witness the endangered species of sea turtles laying their eggs. You can also go river kayaking and mangrove kayaking. There are many interesting National Parks to see offering an outlook on the incredible bio-diversity of Costa Rica.

Punta Islita Costa RicaWhere To Stay In Punta Islita Costa Rica

Playa Islita is known for its lovely luxurious hotel, the Hotel Punta Islita. By far one of the best beach Hotels of Costa Rica. This is truly an extraordinary haven with its spectacular views. It has first class service and sheers luxury giving its guests a feeling of happiness and wellbeing. Located in one of the secluded coves and can host up to 100 guests in top-notch accommodations. Including full service and its spa and restaurant. As a result of Playa Islita is one of these little-hidden jewels that deliver authenticity, beauty, and bliss, unique with its Costa Rica charm and incredible flora and fauna.

Islita Art Museum and Local Artists

Guanacaste is famous for its passion for color and artistic expression.   The Islita Art Museum has supported local artists to create the village of Islita into a living expression of the joy that exists in this area. Also, colorful murals and unique sculptures found throughout the village, and community art projects continue the local tradition of vibrant art appreciation.  The Islita Art Museum offers a place where guests to the area can visit local studios, enjoy the local culture of the area and purchase unique, signature pieces to remind them of their time in sunny Costa Rica after they return home!

Punta Islita, The Authentic Costa Rican Jewel

Punta Islita Beach offers a blissful, serene escape in a combination of peaceful atmosphere, leisure, adventure, and explorations. The two little beaches have not been touched. and left as pristine and beautiful today as they were many years ago. Because of its hidden location, they are never crowded and are some of the most magical Beaches of Costa Rica. It has many little trails that lead to the eccentric flora and fauna of the region and where you will see hundreds of howler monkeys, agoutis, iguanas and an abundance of beautiful tropical birds. Truly this is a part of Costa Rica that is a must see for its impressive beauty and peaceful ambiance.

Punta Islita beach in Guanacaste Costa Rica

Playa Carrillo – Beach Near Samara

Playa Carrillo Costa Rica

Guanacaste, known for their spectacular beaches. And Playa Carrillo is no exception to the rule. Carrillo Beach, located in Guanacaste, just south of Samara Beach, on the Peninsula of Nicoya. It has great unique beauty, making it the ideal place to go to unwind and relax. So come to experience a close contact with the natural elements. From the beach, you can see a gorgeous mountain range off into the distance. 

What to Do and See in Playa Carrillo

While this beach is certainly not developed in the way other ones are, there are interesting and exciting activities to choose from as well as some interesting tours to do. Carrillo is a beautiful beach for swimming and snorkeling, seeing it has little waves or current. There is some quite spectacular coral reef found along this shore. Other sports such as jet skiing, water skiing, sports fishing and kayaking are popular sports to enjoy on Carrillo as well. There are tours to do, of which a visit to Playa Samara the next beach north of Carrillo.

Where to Stay in Carrillo

There aren’t many hotels to choose from in the area. Hotel Guanamar is one of the best hotels in SamPlaya Carrillo Sunsetara beach and Carillo. The Hotel Guanamar is a splendid relaxing haven. It’s perfect for a quiet getaway, away from the maddening crowd, between the sky and the sea! This three-star hotel has now been in operation for the last 25 years. They will transport you to a world of exuberant flora and fauna and exotic views. The lovely thatch roof of the bungalows, the garden trails, the attractive swimming pool and the bar/restaurant bring to its comfort and natural beauty in a remarkable tropical setting.

Carrillo Beach, a little piece of Paradise on Earth

Carrillo Beach is proud to hold the Blue Flag. A distinction that recognizes it as one of the cleanest beaches in Costa Rica. It is all about natural beauty and peace. Playa Samara, just a few minutes away, has a broad range of restaurants and bar to choose from for those moments when it is time for a change. Playa Carrillo is nevertheless one of the most outstanding beaches of Guanacaste and should be on everyone’s list!

Playa Carrillo – Beach Near Samara

Playa Cocles

Caribbean Getaway Destination!

Playa Cocles is a spectacular surf beach located just south of Puerto Viejo on Costa Rica’s stunning Caribbean coast. With long stretches of strikingly beautiful beaches and waves sure to be appreciated by every level of surfer, Playa Cocles is a quiet, peaceful destination. This beachside village consists of very few facilities. Although it is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the culture and tranquility of small town.  And still being close to great activities and restaurants and bars. Playa CoclesBicycles and scooters are for rent for getting around between the beach and the village and to the other small towns in the area. The community of Cocles has banded together in recent years to provide. Here lifeguard support at the beach which is uncommon. The community still try’s there best to make the beaches as safe and enjoyable as possible for all!

So Much to Do in the Area of Playa Cocles!

The area surrounding Playa Cocles is full of many activities. There’s also many days when you can enjoy the beautiful beaches and surf breaks!   Both the Cahuita National Park with its spectacular coral reef and the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. Also home to many of the unique plants and animals of the area.  There are great opportunities for snorkeling, mountain biking, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding.  We also suggest fishing trips with local guides if you are interested in catching your dinner. Come enjoy a day on the beautiful water of the Caribbean!  Cultural excursions to the local indigenous BriBri community or the Talamanca Indian Reserve are also an option. What a place to see a little bit of Costa Rica!

A Surfer’s Paradise!

Playa Cocles is considered a perfect destination for all level of surfers. Many are looking for an uncrowded surf location with nearly perfect waves and long runs! With a series of beach breaks and shallow sandbar, the best time for surfing in this area is either first thing in the morning or at mid-high tide.  However, waves are pretty consistent most of the day.  So if you miss a peak period, you will still have a very good time!  Currents are a concern as they are in many areas of Costa Rica but are not of too much concern.  This sandy bottom beach offers great opportunities to perfect your skills and experience some of the best of Costa Rica’s legendary surf community!

Playa Cocles

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The town of Golfito Costa Rica Golfito as a city is tiny but beautiful. Full of locals that are ready to welcome you. Golfito Costa Rica is an up and coming tourist town, only within the past few years has it seen more tourist traffic. In fact, this little port town is located just a boat ride […]

Bajos del Toro Costa Rica

Bajos del Toro Costa Rica – Nature Immersion! Bajos del Toro Costa Rica is in the Central Highland area next to the Juan Castro Blanco National Park. Also, located between Poas and Viejo volcanoes, only 90 minutes from San Jose. This area offers visitors a chance to explore a relatively unknown part of Costa Rica. Discover […]

Playa Cocles

Caribbean Getaway Destination! Playa Cocles is a spectacular surf beach located just south of Puerto Viejo on Costa Rica’s stunning Caribbean coast. With long stretches of strikingly beautiful beaches and waves sure to be appreciated by every level of surfer, Playa Cocles is a quiet, peaceful destination. This beachside village consists of very few facilities. […]

Playa Langosta

Playa Langosta, Guanacaste Located in the northern Pacific province of Guanacaste just south of Tamarindo.  Easy to access from the Liberia International Airport (LIR – Daniel Oduber Quiros). Playa Langosta is one of the premiere surf beaches in this part of the country.   A much quieter option than its larger neighbor, Tamarindo, Playa Langosta offers […]

Sarchi Costa Rica – Ox Carts and Cultural Traditions

 A great day trip from San José this typical Costa Rican town is the best place to come if you want to buy beautiful handcrafted gifts and see some history in action at the same time.

Playa Negra Costa Rica

Playa Negra is a perfect destination for a family vacation or honeymoon.  So what are you waiting for?

Playas del Coco Costa Rica – Beaches in Guanacaste

For most part of the year, the waves at Coco beach are not very strong and are perfect for swimming, even for young children.

San Jose Costa Rica

With an altitude of 1,161 m above sea level San Jose enjoys a stable climate all year along and has an average temperature of 23°C with precipitations of 150 mm per month.

Puntarenas Costa Rica

The main attractions of Puntarenas are its beautiful exotic beaches.

Gulf of Papagayo in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

With its near perfect weather, almost non-existent mosquito population and calm waters- Papagayo is the ideal location ins Costa Rica.

Monteverde, Costa Rica

Lush green mountains and magical trees make out this magical forest, that is pretty much the way it was hundreds of years ago, yet the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is one of the top destination of Costa Rica.

Liberia Costa Rica – Capital of Guanacaste

Liberia is the unofficial "capital of Guanacaste" and home to the international airport. The city is at a cultural crossroads between it's agricultural roots and traditional "cowboy culture" with the influx of tourists and visitors to the area over the last few years. The city of Liberia is an excellent jumping off point for visitors, offer easy access to the beaches found in the Gulf of Papagayo and Tamarindo as well as the Rincon de la Vieja National Park.

Cocos Island Costa Rica

Very few people are aware of the Isla del Coco, off the South Pacific Coast of Costa Rica: The little Galapagos of Central America.

Heredia Costa Rica

The province of Heredia is the greenest of the country, with lush national parks, waterfalls and extinct volcanoes. The city of Heredia, called the City of Flowers, is full of life and charm, elegant with plenty of beautiful hotels and very good restaurants.

The Town of Escazu Costa Rica

Escazu is a young and trendy suburb located on the Western side of the Capital of San Jose. While the old Escazu is more laid back, San Rafael has much higher living standards; it is always very lively, wherever you go.

Golfo Dulce Costa Rica

The Gulf has the distinction of being only one of three tropical fjords in the world.

Sarapiqui Costa Rica

Needless to say, if you dare to take on the rugged white water's of Costa Rica this area of the country is for you. Sarapiqui is home to some of the most pristine wildlife areas in the country and is the place for those looking for a little adventure in the rainforest.

San Gerardo de Dota – Costa Rica

A beautiful haven hidden away in the beautiful cloud forest of Costa Rica. Make sure to visit this splendid area and see the resplendent Quetzal. This is a quiet little town, picturesque and friendly, where nothing much has changed for a very long time.

Rio Celeste Costa Rica

Renowned for its piercing blue waters, the Celeste River and its mesmerizing waterfall are one of the highlights of this protected area.

Pacuare River Costa Rica

The Pacuare offers a full day of Class III/IV rafting in some of the most beautiful scenery and countryside that Costa Rica has to offer! This full day adventure includes breakfast and lunch and transportation to and from some of Costa Rica’s major destinations. Located on the Atlantic slope of the country, the Pacuare borders the Talamanca Mountains and is unique in scenery and adventure.

Cerro Chirripo

Climb the highest mountain in Costa Rica and visit the Chirripo National Park. With an altitude of 3820, Chirripo has tested many hikers capacity and those who did were rewarded beyond their expectations.

Orosi Valley of Costa Rica

If you hire your own rental car when you come to Costa Rica, visiting the Orosi Valley is a picturesque and fascinating day trip from San José. Not only will you see some of the country’s oldest architectural sights, but also some of its most beautiful natural ones too. Just over 20 miles out of the city, the freeway takes you to your first stop, Cartago, Costa Rica’s first capital.

Santa Rosa National Park, Costa Rica

The Santa Rosa National Park was originally founded as a way of conserving a site with historical significance for the Costa Rican people. Along the way it became so much more- providing a protected area to explore and appreciate the unique beauty and diversity of this area.

Alajuela Costa Rica

Alajuela is an inland province and does not have a coastline; it makes up for it with beautiful sceneries, and dazzling flora and fauna, thanks to its volcanoes.

Ostional Beach in Guancaste Costa Rica

You will find Ostional on the Gold Coast of the Pacific Ocean in Guanacaste. It is about 40 minutes drive from Nosara and Guiones, going north, on a scenic small coastal road that is well worth the drive!

Playa Carrillo – Beach Near Samara

This is one of the most amazing beaches of Costa Rica, perfect for this relaxing holiday and a real close contact with nature.

Playa Junquillal in Guanacaste Costa Rica, a deserted paradise!

Junquillal Beach is the perfect place to escape the humdrum and chaos of the city life, to be submerged by nature, sun and sea.

Tamarindo Costa Rica

The area is known for it's spectacular beach resorts just steps away from the sand and surf.

Pavones Beach Costa Rica

Whether you are a surfer or not, you will love this little lost paradise lodged in one of the wonders of the world.

Playa Avellanas Guanacaste Costa Rica

Its main attraction is surfing as its breaks attract many avid surfers from all over the world. Waves can reach 18 feet high and the local refer to Avellanas as the Little Hawaii for this very reason.

Playa Panama Costa Rica

Playa Panama is great for swimming and snorkeling and for taking long strolls on the beach.

Miravalles Volcano, Costa Rica

The Miravalles Volcano is an andesitic stratovolcano in Costa Rica. The caldera was formed during several major explosive eruptions between about 1.5 and 0.6 million years ago.

Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

It is perfect for beach and nature lovers, and while it has seen a bit of development over this last decade, this beach is still pristine and untouched and is never too crowded either. This is the perfect destination for a typical and memorable Costa Rican vacation.

Irazu Volcano Costa Rica

A major eruption of the Irazu Volcano in 1723 completely destroyed the capital at the time and the current Costa Rican capital of San Jose, was completely covered in heavy soot and ash after a 1993 eruption.

Mal Pais Costa Rica

Fast becoming one of Costa Rica’s most sought-after tourist attractions, the area, located on the tip of the beautiful Nicoya Peninsula, on the Pacific side of the country is a great place to take up surfing or just take in the relaxed, laid-back atmosphere.

Playa Ocotal, Costa Rica

It is heaven on Earth for lovers of the sea, and is wonderful for swimming, whale watching, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Its calm emerald green waters and volcanic black sand are reminiscent of a lost little paradise, under the ever-present tropical sun of Guanacaste.

Tenorio Volcano Costa Rica

The whole area of Tenorio Volcano is composed of magnificent waterfalls and lagoons, small geysers and hot springs. Over the hills are magical cloud forests while the rain forest are found lower down. The must-see is Rio Celeste, well-known for its beautiful color.

Montezuma Costa Rica

In Playa Montezuma, the myriad of local restaurants, shops and bars creates an exciting and vibrant nightlife, as well as a chilled out atmosphere in the daytime.

The Beaches of Puerto Viejo Costa Rica

The mix of open-air bars and laid back surfer attitudes make Puerto Viejo one of the most chilled places to hang out in Costa Rica.

Playa Samara Costa Rica, in Nicoya Peninsula

With its perfect long white sand beach and wonderful ocean, it is hard to find a better place than Samara, even in Costa Rica!

Flamingo Beach Costa Rica

The Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa is located on one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica, framed by the deep blue Pacific Ocean and lush mountain foliage, and is the perfect destination for travelers seeking an enchanting escape. 128 elegant appointed rooms and 1 and 2-bedroom suites including Family, Honeymoon, and Presidential. Enjoy a wonderful array of adventure tours, engage in a wealth of available water sports such as diving, snorkeling, and deep-sea fishing, explore spectacular national parks and charming villages nearby, try your luck at the on-site casino, or simply relax on the beach and be pampered at the acclaimed On-Zen Spa.

Turrialba Volcano Costa Rica

The Turrialba Volcano once dormant for 105 years awakens with possibilities for you to experience when you visit the sprawling green landscapes of this peaceful paradise!

Playa Conchal Costa Rica

Playa Conchal is one of the perfect Beach of Costa Rica and it is one you must see for yourself! Almost too good to be true, is a just like out of a brochure, only better!

Esterillos Costa Rica – Surf & Travel Destination

Esterillos Beach is the place to be ! Feel the direct contact with nature, feel relaxed, happy and in harmony with Mother Earth.

Playa Hermosa Near Jaco Costa Rica

Hermosa Beach is known as one of the best surfing beaches in Costa Rica, attracting avid surfers from all over the world and it hosts several Surf Tournaments per year of which the International Quicksilver Surf Championships in August.

Playa Potrero in Guanacaste

Playa Potrero is one of the most tranquil and serene Beaches of Costa Rica, it is the ideal spot to relax and really enjoy the seaside, enjoy seafood, and a holiday in the sun.

The Poas Volcano in Costa Rica

The Poas National Park has an amazing bird population and many fascinating animals to view while visiting.

Rincon de la Vieja Costa Rica

This natural wonder is a nature lover’s paradise and makes an excellent day trip from the beaches of Tamarindo, Conchal and other destinations in the Gulf of Papagayo.

Bahia Ballena Costa Rica

Playa Ballena is an excellent destination for true lovers of nature and pristine deserted beaches, for conservationists, ecological tourists and those in search of adventure.

Palo Verde National Park in Costa Rica

Palo Verde National Park is the Ultimate bird sanctuary and wildlife refuge. Watch a variety of species of birds in the marshes of this magical area. It is surrounded by many other parks and refuges and is a must see while in Costa Rica.

La Amistad International Park: Symbol of Friendship

La Amistad is a wellspring of biological variety of exotic wildlife and tropical foliage. It is the largest protected park in Costa Rica, and one of the few places you may be able to spot the rare and endangered jungle cats - the jaguar, puma and ocelot - in the wild. 

Punta Islita beach in Guanacaste Costa Rica

The actual small village of Playa Islita is home to artists and nature lovers who chose this little heaven for its unusual beauty.

Gandoca Manzanillo – Wildlife Refuge

The Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge is situated on one of the most wild and remote areas of Costa Rica, a few kilometers away from the Border with Panama on the Caribbean Coast, in the Province of Limon.

Drake Bay, Costa Rica

A visit to Drake Bay is an emotional and memorable experience; few places match the beauty of the Osa Peninsula and Corcovado.

Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge

Caño Negro is a natural wildlife refuge full of biodiversity in Costa Rica and is considered the third most important wetland in the world.  It serves as a shelter for many migratory bird species and other plants and animals in process of extinction. It is a birdwatcher’s paradise.

Tambor Costa Rica

From hiking and birdwatching to strolling along the beautiful mile-long beach, there is plenty to do in Tambor, Costa Rica. Don’t let the size of this quaint town fool you; Playa Tambor also offers fabulous opportunities for swimming, sunbathing and even fishing in a tropical paradise.

Corcovado National Park

Corcovado is considered to be one of the wonders of the world. It is a region with one of the most bio-diversity of the world. Primary cloud forest, white sand deserted beach, amazing sea and sun, incredible flora and fauna. Corcovado is impressive, out of this world, magnificent and worse the trip. Do not miss it!  

Dominical Beach Costa Rica – Surf & Travel Guide

Surfers and lovers of nature alike have all they ask for in Dominical, far away from the maddening crowd with all they need at their doorstep!

Jaco Beach Costa Rica!

Jaco Beach is the most exciting party Beach of Costa Rica, and its restaurants and bars bring in gourmets in search of a meal with a view over a flamboyant sunset.

Cahuita Costa Rica

Discover the magic and natural beauty with this Caribbean beauty. The Cahuita National Park is an example of the bio diversity and natural beauty of Costa Rica, its ambiance, atmosphere and local cuisine: A real paradise for a perfectly relaxed vacation.

Nosara Costa Rica

There is a lot more to Samara Beach than first meets the eye! This is the perfect destination for a beautiful holiday full of emotions, in a relaxed and laid back atmosphere and at some of the most beautiful beaches.

Braulio Carrillo National Park

Established in 1978 as part of an environmental compromise, the national park at Braulio Carrillo was created to help preserve the lush flora and fauna that was divided by the creation of the Guapiles highway.

Playa Santa Teresa Costa Rica

The entire region of Playa Santa Teresa has been nicknamed the Hawaii of Costa Rica, so impressive are the beach break and consistent waves along this stretch of coast.

Barra Honda National Park Costa Rica

The Barra Honda National Park is located in the Nicoya Peninsula. There are many different caves to explore and amazing stalagmites and stalactites to see. There are limestone monuments that were only discovered in the last twenty years but are already more than seventy million years old.

Tortuguero Costa Rica

Witness some of the world’s most exotic and rare wildlife in the wilds of remote Tortuguero including splendid tropical birds, mischievous monkeys, and magnificent giant sea turtles who come ashore after to lay their eggs on Tortuguero's isolated beaches.

Playa Biesanz

What makes Biesanz Beach in Costa Rica so special? It's a beautiful unknown quiet corner surrounded by crowded public beaches in a very busy tourist area between Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park.

Cabuya Costa Rica

Cabuya Costa Rica is a a tiny beach town close to Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve that takes you back to what this country's rural beach communities must have been like before the tourist boom of the 1990's.

La Fortuna, Costa Rica

It's very rewarding and nothing complicated to visit Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna natural hang outs, you know, those special authentic marvelous natural locations locals know about and visit on their off time. These places play a major role in sustainable tourism as authentic contemporary cultural leisure sites for the Costa Ricans and their followers.

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