Attractions

Top Choice Waterfall in Tilarán

Viento Fresco

Driving between Monteverde and Arenal, there is no good excuse for skipping this stop. Viento Fresco is a series of five cascades, including the spectacular Arco Iris (Rainbow Falls), which drops 75m into a refreshi…
Top Choice Park in Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal

Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal

From 1968 until 2010, Volcán Arenal was an ever-active and awe-striking natural wonder, producing menacing ash columns, massive explosions and streams of glowing molten rock almost daily. While the fiery night views…
Gardens in Horquetas & Around

Heliconia Island

Drive down a rugged road, walk across the bridge and enter a masterpiece of landscape architecture that is home to more than 80 varieties of heliconias, tropical flowers, plants and trees. The 2.3-hectare island ove…
Wildlife Reserve in Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Caño Negro

Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Caño Negro

This remote, 102-sq-km refuge has long lured anglers seeking that elusive 18kg snook, and birders hoping to glimpse rare waterfowl. During the dry season water levels drop, concentrating the birds (and fish) in phot…
Cave in Northern Lowlands

Venado Caves

Four kilometers south of Venado (Spanish for ‘deer’) along a good dirt road, the caves are an adventurous excursion into an eight-chamber limestone labyrinth that extends for almost 3km. A bilingual guide leads smal…
Waterfall in La Fortuna

Catarata Río Fortuna

You can glimpse the sparkling 70m ribbon of clear water that pours through a sheer canyon of dark volcanic rock arrayed in bromeliads and ferns with minimal sweat equity. But it’s worth the climb down and out to see…
Gardens in Horquetas & Around

Frog’s Heaven

The frogs hop free in this lovely tropical garden, which provides a perfect habitat for more than 20 species. On guided tours you’re likely to see old favorites like the red-eyed tree frog and poison-dart frogs, as …
Zoo in Ciudad Quesada (San Carlos)

Proyecto Asis

It’s an animal rescue center. It’s a volunteer project. It’s Spanish classes. This community-based organization is doing a lot of good, and you can help. The introductory experience is a 1½-hour tour of the wildlife…
Wildlife Reserve in El Castillo

El Castillo-Arenal Butterfly Conservatory

This is more than just a butterfly conservatory (although it has one of the largest butterfly exhibitions in Costa Rica). Altogether there are six domed habitats, a ranarium, an insect museum, a medicinal herb garde…
Wildlife Reserve in La Virgen

Nature Pavilion

Father and son Dave and Dave greet all comers to this 10-acre reserve on the Río Sarapiquí. It’s a lovely setting in which to spy on feathered friends. There are several viewing platforms, with feeders attracting to…