With two weeks, you can traverse the length and breadth of Costa Rica. You can visit the most famous national parks, indulge in all the adventure activities, laze on white-sand beaches or surf the coastline, and view an abundance of exotic wildlife unrivaled anywhere. Stick to the highlights, or get off the beaten path with these 5 itineraries.
More than a quarter of Costa Rica is protected jungle, home to a wide variety of native wildlife—including 850 colorful species of birds. Learn about the country's best areas to spot them, from the Osa Peninsula to the Monteverde Cloud Forest.
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Costa Rica’s capital city is a sight to behold. The streets are lined with beautiful Spanish Colonial architecture, like the neoclassical National Theatre of Costa Rica overlooking Plaza de la Cultura. Many of the historic buildings have been renovated and turned into boutique hotels full of original charm – and Museo del Oro in particular houses key artifacts from the country’s indigenous culture. As nightlife goes, El Pueblo is a great spot for drinks and dancing.
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With ample mountains and rainforests, Costa Rica’s fortunate topography is a breeding ground for rivers and streams that turn into rushing waterfalls. Climbing these picturesque cascades will reward you with stunning views from the top and refreshing pools below. (In other words, pack a swimsuit and towel.) Here’s a list of the country’s best waterfall hikes ranging in difficulty for young and old alike.
For parents toying with the idea of an international vacation, this Latin American nation is chock-full of family experiences that will leave a lasting impression for years to come. Below, we’ve compiled five reasons why you should put Costa Rica at the top of your family's travel list.
Any way you cut it, traveling to Costa Rica during the holidays will coincide with the tourist high season. This has its advantages, as there are more parties and celebrations than at any other time of year. Here's some advice to ensure you get the most out of your festive tropical vacation.
Ocean, rainforest, and rugged mountains: Costa Rica is as good as it gets. These four activities will have you experiencing the best of it, and each one—from hiking an active volcano to visiting organic farms—makes a perfect foundation for a memorable trip.