Top Choice National Park in Parque Nacional Isla del Coco

Parque Nacional Isla del Coco

Remember the opening shot of Jurassic Park, where the helicopter sweeps over the sea to a jungle-clad, mountainous island? That was here. Around 500km southwest of the Costa Rica mainland, Isla del Coco is a pristin…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Sierpe

Sitio Arqueológico Finca 6

This site offers the best opportunity to view the mysterious pre-Columbian spheres created by the Diquís civilization between 300 BC and 1500 AD, in their originally discovered locale, near culturally significant mo…
Top Choice National Park in Parque Nacional Chirripó

Parque Nacional Chirripó

While much of the Cordillera de Talamanca is difficult to access, Costa Rica’s highest peak, Cerro Chirripó (3820m), is the focus of popular two-day ascents from San Gerardo de Rivas. The only way up the peak is on …
Top Choice Gardens in San Vito

Wilson Botanical Garden

Covering 12 hectares and surrounded by 254 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 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 182 hectares on the side of Cerro Chirripó, this private reserve is an ongoing …
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Golfito

Fundacíon Santuario Silvestre de Osa

Run by Earl and Carol Crews, who began with a lodge that became a bird sanctuary, which then turned into a sanctuary for injured and orphaned animals of all kinds, this nonprofit reserve now rehabilitates and releas…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Pavones

Tiskita Jungle Lodge

Set on a verdant hillside between Pavones and Punta Banco, Tiskita Jungle Lodge consists of 100 hectares of virgin forest and a huge orchard, which produces more than 125 varieties of tropical fruit. Trails wind thr…
Farm in Reserva Forestal Golfo Dulce

Finca Köbö

About 8km south of La Palma, Finca Köbö is a chocolate-lover’s dream come true (in fact köbö means ‘dream’ in Ngöbere). The 20-hectare finca (farm) is dedicated to the organic cultivation of fruits and vegetables an…
Beach in Bahía Drake to Corcovado

Playa San Josecito

South of Río Claro, Playa San Josecito is the longest stretch of white-sand beach on this side of the Península de Osa. It is popular with swimmers, snorkelers and sunbathers, though you’ll only find it crowded at l…
Beach in Bahía Drake to Corcovado

Playa Cocalito

Just west of Punta Agujitas, a short detour off the main trail leads to the picturesque Playa Cocalito, a secluded cove perfect for sunning, swimming and body surfing.