Places to go & Stay

Costa Rica is full of wonderful places to visit, each with a variety of accommodation on offer.
See all the places to go below or use the map at the bottom.

green tree frog Costa Rica Osa Peninsula

Osa Peninsula

The Osa Peninsula is rich in wildlife and biodiversity and will not disappoint.  Here you will find some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in Costa Rica.

Tortuguero channel


Swap your mode of transport, there are no roads here.  Get around the network of waterways by boat or kayak and see things from a different perspective.

Manuel Antonio coastline

Manuel Antonio

This national park is one of the main attractions in this area.  Whilst it is Costa Rica’s smallest national park it is also the most popular – it’s a real gem, don’t be put off by its popularity.

costa rica beach

Papagayo Gulf and Nicoya

Ideal area for the beachy part of your trip. Long sandy beaches, good range of hotels, within easy reach of some national parks if you want a break from lazing on the beach.

humpback whale breaching

Central Pacific

Sandy beaches and stunning sunsets set the scene.  If beaches are not your thing, don’t worry, there are some amazing national parks along the coast.

Capuchin monkey

East of San Jose

Visit the contrasting lunar landscapes of the numerous volcanoes and the lush green coffee plantations, all within a stone’s throw of each other.

waterfall rio celeste costa rica

Guanacaste inland

Dry forest and open plains dominate the landscape here. This is cowboy country, interspersed with stunning national parks.

arenal volcano costa rica

Arenal Volcano

This picture-perfect volcano sits high above the rainforest canopy at 1,633 metres above sea-level.

people crossing foot bridge

Monte Verde and cloud forest

Cooler than rainforests and higher in altitude they are a haven for over 2500 species of plants including some rare and beautiful orchids.  A nature lovers dream.

wildlife tour on costa rica holiday

North of San Jose

Travel into the central valley for a real taste of Costa Rica and the countryside.  The scenery here is rich, beautiful and diverse – peaks and valleys, rainforests and cloudforests teeming with wildlife.


San Gerardo de Dota

Experience a different part of Costa Rica,  off the beaten track and more Alpine in feel than tropical paradise.

San Jose National Theatre

San Jose

Most trips either start or end in San José, the bustling capital city of Costa Rica.  Home to about a third of the population, a night here will give you a chance to immerse yourself in everyday Costa Rican culture.



The Sarapiquí Valley is just 2 hours north east of San José but is surprisingly quieter than you would expect.  This well-kept secret is paradise for nature and adrenalin.

caribbean beach

Caribbean Coast

Picturesque swaying palms on white sandy beaches. Experience the laid back Caribbean culture and cuisine.

Carara National Park
(Carara National Park)
Papagayo Gulf & Papagayo Gulf
(Nicoya Peninsula)
North of San Jose
(Bajos del Toro)
East of San Jose – Pacuare and Turrialba
(Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica)
Osa Peninsula
(Osa Peninsula, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica)
Cahuita National Park
(Cahuita National Park)
Manuel Antonio National Park
(Manuel Antonio, Quepos, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica)
Monte Verde and cloud forest
San Jose
(San Jose, Costa Rica)
San Gerardo de Dota
(San Gerardo de Dota)
Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
(Gandoca Manzamillo Wildlife Refuge)
Arenal Volcano
(Arenal Volcano)
Tortuguero National Park
(Tortuguero National Park)

 National Park        Place of Interest     UNESCO world heritage site