You may think of Costa Rica as a vacation destination, but it’s way more than just that. It’s an interactive sensory experience. Costa Rica may be small, but it offers BIG adventures. There is an abundance of things to do in Costa Rica—you can venture off the beaten path to a lush and wild world, visit a sea turtle conservancy program, hold a sloth (or ten), soak in volcanic hot springs, ride a wave of “pura vida”, shop till you drop, try delicious food or immerse yourself in the jungle and chase some waterfalls. Your options are limitless, and you’ll be sure to experience pure travel joy.
“I’m so bored.” Said no one ever in Costa Rica.
When it comes to Costa Rica activities, you will never run out of things to do. This country offers an intense array of environmental attractions. Think majestic volcanoes, misty cloud forests, hundreds of beaches and waterfalls galore. Here are some of the top things to do in Costa Rica. The beauty, food, people and wildlife of Costa Rica will amaze you.
Vacation Buggy’s Recommendations for Things to Do in Costa Rica
A Jungle & Waterfall Excursion
If you’re going to Costa Rica to experience the “true jungle” you want to take a tour that gives you the opportunity to explore the significant wildlife, nature and enjoy the overall sense of tranquility.
La Paz Jungle & Waterfall Excursion
If you came here to experience the “True Jungle”, this is it – and our most popular excursion. This exciting and Private adventure provides an opportunity to enjoy the diverse beauty of the Country as we travel deep into the Costa Rican rainforest on this thrilling four-wheel-drive excursion for a private couple getaway or with your entire group or family. With significant wildlife, nature and an overall sense of tranquility, you will experience the jungle at its best. We will travel up the mountain through some of the most beautiful areas of the country, traveling through the palm plantation, crossing streams, past local towns and journey to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Central America. Upon our arrival, we will walk across a heart-pounding and thrilling suspension bridge approximately 400 feet to one of the the most incredible waterfalls in the area. After a short hike, we then end up at a very refreshing swimming hole with it’s own waterfall. Not wanting the day to end, we will hike down below the gorge to one of the most incredible views where 6 waterfalls converge (We call it the Valley of the Waterfalls) and you can again swim, stand under the falls (which feels like a natural massage) or just take numerous pictures – an amazing site… Don’t forget your bathing suit! We also stop for an incredible lunch on our way back…..
Tortuguero is a true paradise. There are no cars on the streets and you’ll find nature bursting into the village with every step you take. You can search for monkeys (spider, howler and white-faced capuchin), caiman, sloths and basilisk lizards. You can also visit the Sea Turtle Conservancy, a National Geographic grantee and non-profit organization. Paddle deep into the jungle or soak up the sun on a Caribbean beach where thousands of sea turtles are welcomed each year.
Arenal is one of Costa Rica’s most notable features and best-known volcanoes. With its perfect symmetrical shape, the Arenal Volcano makes it a photographer’s (or Instagrammer’s) dream. Rising above the rainforest that surrounds its base, the immediate area hosts many activities including whitewater rafting, hiking, canopy tours and waterfall rappelling.
While there are so many Costa Rica beaches to choose from, and you truly can’t go wrong, Nosara Beach is one of our personal favorites and we bet will become one of yours too. Nosara Beach boasts seven kilometers of fine white sand and has a trendy, New Age vibe with many yoga and juice bar options for you. It’s much like Mexico’s Tulum, minus all the crowds. Nosara Beach also features a few large tide pools that are perfect for snorkeling and exploring marine life. Surfers gravitate to Playa Guiones and has consistent surf throughout the year.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Be prepared to be astounded with the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve’s beauty and amazing biodiversity. It boasts rare forests that occur within tropical or subtropical mountainous environments where the atmospheric conditions allow for a consistent cover of clouds. You will find over 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds, over 2,500 varieties of plants and tens of thousands of insect species. Think mist, friendly locals, monkeys, coffee plantations and cloud forests—it’s straight up magical.
A Foodie’s Guide to Costa Rica
Whether you’re dining at a casual beach stand or an upscale white-tablecloth affair, Costa Rica’s fresh, unique Central American ingredients will always get a standing ovation. Ingredients are always grown close to home which means you’ll always be eating fresh and healthy meals.
Take a look at some of these guides for more great restaurants!
Wondering What to Do in Costa Rica? Book an Excursion with Vacation Buggy Today!
Consider us your personal Costa Rica travel guide. Vacation Buggy is the perfect way for your friends and family to get to know the area and experience some of Costa Rica’s most remote locations and Costa Rica beaches. And you can do it all in our own custom Jeep limousines! Our Jeep limousines are an incredibly unique and fun way to explore Costa Rica—they are one-of-a-kind machines geared to go anywhere! Find out more about our exciting excursion packages here.
Leave the Arrangements to Us.
Vacation Buggy wants to take you on an exciting and unique private excursion to many of the cool places in Costa Rica that you normally can’t get to—worry-free. We got you. We will arrange pick up and drop off for all excursions at your local vacation rental home or hotel. All you need to do is pick your excursion—we’ll take care of the rest. Want to book your adventure today? Contact us here.