Cultural in Reserva Indígena Boruca

Fiesta de los Diablitos

This raucous three-day festival, held in Boruca and Curré, symbolizes the historical struggle between the Spanish and the indigenous population. Villagers wearing wooden devil masks and burlap costumes role-play the…
Art in Uvita

Envision Festival

Four days of spoken word, music, yoga, performance art, permaculture, dreadlocks and a full line-up of DJs happen in Uvita in late February for Costa Rica's take on the Burning Man festival. Attendees set up camp in…
Sports in Tilarán

Vuelta al Lago Arenal

They say that it’s virtually impossible to circumnavigate the lake under your own steam. But they have never participated in the Vuelta al Lago Arenal, an annual event in March, when some 4000 cyclists do just that.…
Wildlife in Uvita

Whale and Dolphin Festival

Tens of thousands descend on Uvita for this responsibly organized two-weekend oceanic extravaganza celebrating the arrival of humpback whales with cultural events, concerts, parades performances and lectures. Visito…
Sports in Playa Hermosa

National Surfing Championship

If you don’t think you can hack it with the aspiring pros, you might want to give the surf on this beach a miss. However, consider stopping by in late July or late August, when local pro surfers descend for the annu…
Cultural in San José

Día del Boyero

On the second Sunday of March, Escazú holds this popular event honoring Costa Rica's boyeros (oxcart drivers). Dozens of attendees from all over the country decorate traditional, brightly painted carts and form a co…
Cultural in Puerto Limón

Día de la Raza

When the city can afford it, Puerto Limón celebrates Día de la Raza with a boisterous week of Carnaval festivities, including live music, dancing and a big Saturday parade. During this time, book hotels in advance.
Cultural in Palmares

Fiestas de Palmares

This two-week extravaganza has been running for more than 30 years. It features carnival rides, a tope (horse parade), fireworks, big-name bands, small-name bands, exotic dancers, fried food, guaro (a local firewate…
Music in Cahuita

Walter Ferguson International Calypso Festival

One weekend each summer Cahuita hails centenarian Walter Gavitt Ferguson (b. 1919), the 'Calypso King' who rather invented the local style of music you hear often around town in places such as Reggae Bar and Coco's.…
Fair in Dominical

Eco Feria Dominical

Self-caterers can stock up on local organic groceries and goodies. Vendors range from chocolatiers, bakers and nut roasters to dairy producers and craft kombucha stalls. However, it's more than a food market. There'…