Costa Rica has become in its own right a tourist giant. A new adventure awaits you in every corner. To explore this completely diverse country, where there are not only tropical rainforests and bright beaches, but also very high mountains, it is best to start in the capital, San José.

Just beyond the city limits, small winding roads will take you through mountains and valleys to some lodge in the middle of the dense Ethic forest. As an example La Tigra Rainforest Lodge. Where you can rent a small and simple wooden hut to explore it on the basis of a small hiking trail.

Although the article is described for a road trip, it is also a good guide on places to visit in this country. Whether you are a backpacker or a tourist, Costa Rica is: Pura Vida!

1. National Natural Parks.

After spending a night in the jungle, you can go to the Tenorio Volcano National Park for an incredible hike to the source of the Celeste River. The river with its bright blue color seems almost oblivious to the intense greens that the rainforest offers here.

If you have free time, make a stop at the Arenal Volcano National Park. Here you can hike to the crater lake of Cerro Chato or see the jungle from above from one of the 16 suspension bridges.

2. Playas de Costa Rica.

Continue to the coast to Playa Hermosa, where you will find one of the most beautiful beaches in the country. The beaches of the surrounding bays are also very special. Here you can rent a kayak and choose your piece of sand to relax. For more adventure, the Congo Trail Canopy Tour is just outside Playa Hermosa.

On the coast of the Nicoya Peninsula we continue towards Sámara. Make sure you have enough time for this route, because with all the landscapes you will see, it is more than likely that you will want to stop often. You can also drive on the paved roads inland; but there is nothing better than a little adventure off the road in Costa Rica.

Another option is to go from Tamarindo to Playa Islitas, where you can spend the night right on the beach before heading to Playa Santa Teresa, the place of surf par excellence. On the way, you will find the small beach of Playa San Miguel, which is not only deserted, but also full of palm trees.

3. Wild Truism.

From Jacó you can go to Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park. The National Park is made up of a small archipelago. Two really beautiful bays and a small hill from which you have a great view. The next stop will be in the Ballena Marine National Park on your way to the Osa Peninsula; where you will have the opportunity to see whales and dolphins, as well as explore the surrounding coral reefs while diving.

Once you reach the Osa Peninsula, you are in the wildest part of the country. This is mainly due to the enormous Corcovado National Park, which houses 13 ecosystems. The park can only be entered on foot or by boat if accompanied by a trained guide. If you’re lucky, you’ll meet some wild animals here. You can stay in the park for a maximum of five days, but you can experience a lot of unique nature during this time.

Along the Pacific coast, you will return to San Jose. However, before your road trip ends in the capital, take some time to stop at Chirripó National Park and climb Cerro Chirripó, the highest mountain in the country. The view will reward you greatly for your efforts: the perfect ending to a perfect road trip!

4. Some Important Data.

Costa Rica

  • You can check if you need a Visa: HERE.
  • Vaccinations: Vaccine against Yellow Fever is Mandatory.
  • Currency of Costa Rica. Colon.
  • Approximate length of the trip described in the article: 1,450 kilometers
  • Duration of the trip described: at least two weeks
  • Best time to make the trip: from May to November.

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