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Costa Rica

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Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire. Arrange all the small, but important details of your Costa Rica trip itinerary using our Costa Rica trip planner.
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Places to visit in Costa Rica

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Popular things to do in Costa Rica

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Hot Spring
Tabacon Hot Springs La Fortuna
4.4
Duration: 4h 30 min
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Playa Manuel Antonio Manuel Antonio
4.3
Duration: 4 hours
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National Park
Tortuguero National Park Tortuguero
4.4
Duration: 8 hours

Nature in Costa Rica

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Waterfall
Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz Vara Blanca
4.4
Duration: 4 hours
Volcano
Arenal Volcano Arenal Volcano National Park
3.5
Duration: 4h 30 min
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Waterfall
La Fortuna Waterfall La Fortuna de San Carlos
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
Volcano
Poas Volcano Poas Volcano National Park
4.1
Duration: 2h 30 min

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Beach
Tamarindo Beach Tamarindo
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Samara Beach Playa Samara
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Playa Santa Teresa Santa Teresa
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Beach
Playa Guiones Nosara
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in Costa Rica

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Nature / Park
Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge Cano Negro
4.5
Duration: 6 hours
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Beach
Barrigona Beach Playa Samara
4.7
Duration: 4 hours
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National Park
Palo Verde National Park Province of Guanacaste
4.5
Duration: 8 hours

Wildlife in Costa Rica

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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Nature & Wildlife Tours Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching Playa Flamingo
4.8
Duration: 5 hours
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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Nature & Wildlife Tours Manuel Antonio
4.8
Duration: 3 hours
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling Tamarindo
4.7
Duration: 4 hours

Parks in Costa Rica

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Nature / Park
Proyecto Asis La Fortuna de San Carlos
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Nature / Park
Butterfly Conservatory El Castillo
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Manuel Antonio National Park Manuel Antonio
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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City Tour
Pasion Costa Rica Santa Elena
5.0
Duration: 3 hours
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Sightseeing Tour
Syltravel Day Tours San Jose
5.0
Duration: 6 hours
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Farm
Finca Luna Nueva Chachagua
4.9
Duration: 5h 30 min
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Kayaking / Canoeing
SiSiSi Transfers & Tours Costa Rica Tamarindo
5.0
Duration: 2 hours

Where to stay in Costa Rica

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