Picking what country you want to visit is the easy part. Many of us have a list of places we want to some day visit. Picking where to go in your dream destination is the hard part. This is especially true in a place like Costa Rica. There is such a wide variety climates, terrains, activities, and towns to visit. Trying to pick the rights ones can hard. Hopefully this list of popular destinations in Costa Rica will help. Below you will find short descriptions of some of the most popular places to visit in Costa Rica. Hopefully this will make decision on where to go a little easier.
Puerto Viejo - This is a cool laid back town on the Caribbean coast. If you are looking for a place where things move a little slower, this is the place to be. Here you can find some great surfing, snorkeling, and a wide variety of food and a few of the mandatory dance halls.
San Jose – Most people coming to Costa Rica aren’t doing so to spend their time in the city of San Jose. Most simply use this city as a layover destination for traveling across the country or catching a flight out of it. However, if you find yourself stuck here for a few days, there are a number of clubs, museums, and other activities.
Montezuma – If you have ever been to Puerto Viejo and liked it, then you will love Montezuma. It is located on the Pacific coast and has a similar feel to that of Caribbean towns. The city has been somewhat taken over by expats, and as a result many of the accommodations and activities shows this in price and quality.
Monteverde – This is one of those destinations that’s on just about every organized tour you can find in Costa Rica. This is mainly due to its popularity for its zip line and canopy tours. This small mountain town is a cool place to visit for a weekend, but probably not somehwre you’ll want to stay for an extended amount of time.
La Fortuna – This is another must stop location on any organized tour, and with good reason. If you have the money to spend, there is plenty to see and do here. Aside from the canopy tours in the area, there is also some hot springs, waterfalls, horseback riding, spas, and much more.
Jaco – If you are going to Costa Rica to surf and party, then this is the town you are looking for. It is only a few hours ride from San Jose and that is no doubt a contributing factor to its popularity. There is no shortage of bars, clubs, hostels, or surf here. If you are looking for a quite vacation spot, this is not the place for you.
Tamarindo – This beach side town was once the place to go to experience the beauty of an untouched Costa Rica beach. As time went by, the secret got out and Tamarindo has become very developed. Despite the recent construction, Tamarindo is still a very popular tourist destination.
Quepos – If you are looking for a stop destination to experience all things Costa Rica, this might be the place you are looking for. Quepos has a little bit of everything, especially adventure. Here you can go on ATV tours, zip line, rafting, jungle walks, and more.
Manuel Antonio – Some might say that Manuel Antonio is where the whole eco-tourism craze of Costa Rica started. In Manuel Antonio you will miles and miles of protected rain forests and beaches. This area is rather expensive to stay in, but is a great destination for a family vacation.