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Top Ten Things To Do in Costa Rica

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 1. Explore the beaches

Costa Rica seriously has all the beaches you could ever dream of. From black sand, white sand, rocky, tropical, surfing, you will have so many different options to choose from. Make sure you bring your swimmers because you will definitely need them and get ready to visit some of the top beaches you will ever see !

2. Surf

Head to the pacific coast of Costa Rica for some amazing surfing experineces. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced surfer there is something for everyone. Also, if you are wanting to learn there are plenty of surf schools. For a beginner I highly recommend Ticos Surf School in Samara for awesome teachers and perfect waves


learning to surf at Playa Samara with Ticos Surf School

3. Release baby turtles

If you are in Costa Rica the ultimate experience you could have is releasing baby turtles by moonlight. They are such amazing little creatures and watching hundreds of them waddle towards the tide is something you will never forget!


baby turtle making its way down to the beach at Playa Ostional

4. Hike

Costa Rica has 26 national parks and the hiking opportunities are endless. Whether that’s up the side of a volcano, through the rainforest or even to a waterfall. You will love getting out in nature and seeing all the new plants and animals.

5. White water rafting

Head to the Rio Pacuare for some awesome white water rafting action! Book a 3 day tour with Rios Tropicales and immerse yourself within the Costa Rican jungle while you stay overnight at their eco lodge. Even if you are visiting Costa Rica in the dry season there will still be the chance to white water raft thanks to the tropical climate!


white water rafting along the Rio Pacuare with Rios Tropicales

6. Watch the sunset over the ocean

Oh my goodness Costa Rica has some of the most amazing sunsets I have ever seen and there is no better way to spend an evening than watching the sunset!


watching the sunset with a turtle making her way back to the ocean at Playa Ostional

7.  Zip Line

Flying through the trees, witnessing the most amazing landscapes, if you’re in Costa Rica ziplining is a must! Give it a go in La Fortuna with Arenal Mundo Aventura Canopy Tours for an amazing volcano backdrop or Monteverde with Aventura Canopy Tours for the longest zip line in Latin America! This one is featured in the video below


zip lining through the trees at Monteverde

8. Visit Hacienda Guachipelin at Ricon De La Vieja

Hacienda Guachipelin has enough activities to keep you amused for days. Horse riding? Check. Tubing? Check. Jumping off waterfalls? Check. Snakes and frogs? Check. Massive bulls? Check. On top of all this they also have an amazing property in Ricon De La Vieja National Park and one of the best buffets I have ever had!

9. Arenal Volcano National Park

Arenal volcano National Park is located in La Fortuna and it is an outdoor lovers paradise. Full of numerous activities such a ziplining, canoying, hiking and opportunities to visit waterfalls you will be kept very busy. Then, afterwards relax in the most beautiful hot springs at Baldi Hot Springs.

10. La Paz Waterfall Garden

Located not too far from San Jose is La Paz Waterfall Garden. This place is seriously amazing, show casing numerous animals including jaguars, snakes, butterflies, basically anything you could ever want in a zoo. But, it also leads you on a hike, towards two amazing waterfalls.  





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    December 29, 2017 at 5:56 pm


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    December 3, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    ah girl you are adding some many wonderful things to my bucket list! I can’t wait to get to Costa Rica, it is so high on my bucket list and now I have so many things to do there! Beautiful post!

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    August 5, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Ah, went there last year and was lucky enough to do a few of these things! Really would loved to have seen some itty bitty turtles, but it was unfortunately the wrong season.

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    Rhiannon Travels
    August 5, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Great post! Costa Rica looks beautiful, and that white water rafting looks like a combination of fun and absolute terror! Haha. But in the best way possible, of course. I loved your photos! 🙂

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    Moumita Mallick
    June 23, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    So cool pics. I must be planning to visit next

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    Ask Diran
    June 23, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Nice Post. Planning a one nomad trip. Maybe. I’ll just add Costa Rica!


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    June 23, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    It’s very beautiful location I’ll visit there soon

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    Gideon Akachukwu Okorie
    June 23, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    It may sound strange but really I have never been to a beach before maybe whenever I visit Costa Rica i will do so.

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    Wendy Neal
    June 23, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Great tips if I ever get the opportunity to visit Costa Rica. I love the baby turtles!

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    June 23, 2017 at 6:18 am

    I once read a book set in Costa Rica and have wanted to visit ever since. Your post has confirmed that for me!!

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