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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 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 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 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 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 Costa Rican in San Gerardo de Dota

Restaurant Le Tapir

With 270-degree views of the valley, this glass-encased restaurant specializes in homemade pasta, rainbow trout and mouthwatering steaks, all garnished with organic herbs fresh from the onsite garden. The breakfast …
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 ample portions of homemade pasta, wood-fired p…
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 …
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Puerto Jiménez

Jagua Arts & Crafts

A terrific, well-stocked crafts shop, featuring local art and jewelry, a wonderful collection of high-quality, colorful Boruca masks and black-and-ocher Guaitil pottery, as well as woven goods by the Emberá and Woun…