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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…
Top Choice International in San Isidro de El General

Urban Farm Cafe

With its 'from farm to table' motto, this delightful cafe singlehandedly pushes San Isidro's dining scene up a big notch. Breakfast options range from 'Hawaiian-style' macadamia pancakes with banana to veggie omelet…
Top Choice Italian in Pavones

La Bruschetta

A couple of kilometers along the beach road to Punta Banco, this cheerful place decked out with fairy lights is the most happenin' spot in town. The lovely owner serves you ample portions of homemade pasta, wood-fir…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Reserva Indígena Boruca

Bisha Cra

Near the entrance to Boruca village if you're taking the road south of Curré, this excellent store stocks a wide range of local crafts, including some superb examples of cedarwood devil masks and intricately carved …