Costa Rica Attractions

In Costa Rica, things to do are never in short supply. However long your visit may be, there are so many sights to see and activities to participate in it may only be difficult to decide what to do first. In a short amount of time, one can zipline through the rainforest, raft down the Rio Pacuare, climb around active Poas and Arenal volcanos, hike into the Manzanillo Gandoca Wildlife Refuge and surf the legendary waves of Salsa Brava. With more time, the possibilities are literally endless: explore virgin jungles, sport fish marlin and tuna, scuba dive coral reef, play with monkeys bird watch at dawn. Although the most popular things to do revolve around the outdoors and the superior tropical climate that makes Costa Rica an ideal destination for vacationing year round, there are also plenty of things to do that don't require much energy at all, such as a trip to the capital's National Theater, an architectural gem that dates back to the 19th century, a leisurely stroll through the many botanical gardens bursting with exotic flora and fauna, or a visit to Cafe Britt's coffee plantation for a taste of one of Costa Rica's richest resources. Even getting from place to place can be an exciting thing to do, especially if you decide to brave the winding roads yourself in a rental car. Whatever things you fancy to do, you'll find them, and more, in Costa Rica.

Caribbean Rainforest Jungle Canopy Tour

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Why not do as the monkeys do? This is Costa Rica's most popular adventure experience...
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Manuel Antonio National Park

Costa Rica's first and most famous national park...
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Cocles Beach

Cocles Beach is Puerto Viejo's most popular hang out for sun, sand and surf -just south of town...
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Bijagual Waterfalls

Tarcoles, Costa Rica

Tremendous waterfalls plunging to dense jungle deep in the Central Pacific...
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Whitewater Rafting on the Rio Pacuare

High-energy adventure for nature lovers and water babies...
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Arenal Volcano National Park

La Fortuna - El Castillo

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Horseback Riding on Costa Rica's Caribbean with Seahorse Stables

Horseback riding along the beach, into jungle, or through rainforest of Costa Rica's Caribbean...
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Tortuguero National Park

Autopista Braulio Carillo hasta Sao Pin

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Corcovado National Park

The "crown jewel" of Costa Rica's national parks, Corcovado has been called "the most biologically intense place on earth" by the National Geographic...
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Sloth Sanctuary

Slow down and smile with these enchanting creatures that are symbolic of Costa Rica...
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Jardin Escondido

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An incognito eco-lodge on the edge of Puerto Viejo offering natural treatments, massage and alternative learning experiences...
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Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

Calle 5

A glowing collection of Costa Rica's Pre-Colombian gold and artifacts housed in one of the country's architectural masterpieces...
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Cacao Trails

A complete education and exploration of cacao on a former cacao plantation on the Caribbean coast...
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Centro Nacional de Arte y Cultura

Avenida 3, calle 15/17

A full city block of modern art, live performance, and design...
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Jade Museum

Avenida 7, between calle 9 and 11

A collection of precious jade artifacts and pre-Colombian pottery housed in a shiny black glass building...
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Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica


Inaugurated in 1897, the National Theater opened with a performance of the opera Faust...
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Museo Nacional de Costa Rica

Calle 17

One-stop shop of a museum for gold, jade, artifacts, and Costa Rican history...
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Costa Rican Art Museum

The best little museum to see all types of art by Costa Ricans under one roof...
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Manzanillo Gandoca Wildlife Refuge

Remote and rugged, Manzanillo-Gandoca Wildlife is a dream come true for off-the-beaten path nature lovers...
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Cahuita National Park

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