Attractions

Top Choice Notable Building in San José

Teatro Nacional

On the southern side of the Plaza de la Cultura resides the Teatro Nacional, San José’s most revered building. Constructed in 1897, it features a columned neoclassical facade that is flanked by statues of Beethoven …
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 National Park in Southern Costa Rica & Península de Osa

Parque Nacional Isla del Coco

Around 500km southwest of the Costa Rica mainland, Isla del Coco is a natural wonder that teems with wildlife, including the largest schools of hammerhead sharks on the planet. For that reason, divers descend from a…
Top Choice Beach in Playa Cocles, Playa Chiquita and Punta Uva

Punta Uva

Off a dirt road marked by Punta Uva Dive Center is an idyllic quiet cove that could double for a scene in the Leonardo DiCaprio film The Beach. There are usually a couple of locals renting out surfboards on the sand…
Top Choice Beach in Cahuita

Playa Negra

At the northwestern end of Cahuita, Playa Negra is a long, black-sand beach flying the bandera azul ecológica, a flag that indicates that the beach is kept to the highest ecological standard. This is undoubtedly Cah…
Top Choice Waterfall in Bagaces

Llanos de Cortés

If you have time to visit only one waterfall in Costa Rica, make it Llanos de Cortés. Scramble down a short, steep trail to reach the spectacular 12m-high, 15m-wide waterfall, which you’ll hear before you see. The f…
Top Choice Gardens in San Vito

Wilson Botanical Garden

Covering 10 hectares and surrounded by 355 hectares of natural forest, world-class Wilson Botanical Garden, established by Robert and Catherine Wilson in 1963 and thereafter becoming internationally known for its co…
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…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in San Gerardo de Rivas

Cloudbridge Nature Reserve

About 2km past the trailhead to Cerro Chirripó you will find the entrance to the mystical, magical Cloudbridge Nature Reserve. Covering 283 hectares on the side of Cerro Chirripó, this private reserve is an ongoing …
Top Choice Waterfall in Montezuma

Montezuma Waterfalls

A 40-minute river hike leads to a waterfall with a delicious swimming hole. Further along, a second set of falls offers a good 10m leap into deep water. Reach the 'diving platform' from the trail: do not try to scal…