Top things to do

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 International in Nuevo Arenal

Gingerbread Hotel & Restaurant

Don’t miss the chance to eat at one of the best restaurants in northwestern Costa Rica, right on the lake. The larger-than-life, New York–trained Israeli chef turns out transcendent meals from the freshest local ing…
Top Choice Cafe in El Castillo

La Ventanita

La Ventanita is the ‘little window’ where you place your order. Soon enough, you’ll be devouring the best chifrijo (rice and pinto beans with fried pork, capped with fresh tomato salsa and corn chips) that you’ve ev…
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…
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…
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-hectare island overl…
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…
Sports in Tilarán

Vuelta al Lago Arenal

They say that it’s virtually impossible to circumnavigate the lake. But they have never participated in the Vuelta al Lago Arenal, an annual event in March, when some 4000 cyclists do just that. It takes two days – …
Wildlife Reserve in Chilamate & Around

Cinco Ceibas

In the huge, 1100-hectare Finca Pangola there is a swathe of dense, green primary rainforest, home to some of the oldest and largest trees in all of Costa Rica. This is Cinco Ceibas. And yes, there are five glorious…
Gardens in Horquetas & Around

Frog’s Heaven

The frogs hop free in this lovely tropical garden, which provides a perfect habitat for more than 28 species. On guided tours you’re likely to see old favorites like the red-eyed tree frog and poison-dart frogs, as …