10 Top Most Popular Tourist Attractions in Costa Rica

 1San José City & SurroundingsSan José is the capital and the largest city in Costa Rica. Located in the Central Valley, it is both a historical and modern city filled with Costa Rican traditions. Due to the fact that the city is situated in the center of the country, San José is the perfect place to use as a base camp and departure point to tour Costa Rica. Once you've explored San José, there are plenty of wonderful destinations, only minutes away, on the outskirts of the capital city.2Arenal VolcanoThe Arenal Volcano area is the perfect spot for nature and adrenaline lovers. As one of the most active volcanoes in the world, Arenal Volcano is a fascinating natural wonder and a must-see destination for many travelers to Costa Rica. The volcano’s surroundings are just as impressive and worth visiting, including hot springs, waterfalls, forests, lakes, caves and beautiful traditional towns, such as La Fortuna.3MonteverdeMonteverde is a small misty town in Puntarenas and is considered a major tourist destination due to its numerous reserves with naturally impressive rain and cloud forests.  It was voted as one of Costa Rica’s Seven Wonders, along with Isla del Coco, Tortuguero,Arenal Volcano, Cerro Chirripó, Río Celeste and Poás Volcano.4Manuel Antonio BeachManuel Antonio is a natural paradise located just south of Quepos on the Pacific Coast. It is a charming combination of rain forest, coral reefs and beaches; it is considered by many to be the most beautiful spot in the country. The Manuel Antonio National Park is Costa Rica's smallest national park, even though it is one of the richest in terms of beauty and biodiversity, and one of the main attractions in the area.5Tamarindo BeachOnce a sleepy town, Tamarindo is now Guanacaste's largest coastal center, frequented by foreigners from all over the world. It has all the amenities of a Costa Rican beach town – surf, sand, sun and a robust nightlife. Even though this amazing town has become a Mecca for surfers, Tamarindo is also a favorite for eco-travelers. It is surrounded by National Parks to its north and south, and mountains with abundant nature.6Jacó BeachJacó is Costa Rica’s most visited beach - a top destination for surfers, backpackers, and land-loving resort travelers alike.  For those interested in activities such as surfing, horseback riding, hiking, kayaking and sport fishing, Jacó is a great place to do just that.  There are plenty of tour operators in the area that can arrange your Jacó Beach adventure tours at very competitive rates.7Puerto Viejo & CahuitaKnown for its laidback attitude and Caribbean lifestyle, Puerto Viejo allows visitors to experience Costa Rica’s most exotic side.  This beautiful beach town has a unique blend of Latin, Afro-Caribbean and Bribri indigenous cultures.  Nearby Cahuita National Park and Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge provides tourists with the opportunity to observe the area’s incredible wildlife, both of which are a short distance away.8Drake Bay (Corcovado National Park)Drake Bay is one of the most peaceful and beautiful destinations in Costa Rica.  The town, commonly referred to as simply ‘Drake’, is a tranquil village that offers easy access toCorcovado National Park – known for its natural beauty, diverse wildlife and unique ecology.  National Geographic has called it "the most biologically intense place on Earth".9TortugueroKnown as the "Costa Rica’s Amazon", Tortuguero is one of the most important nesting sites in the world for marine turtles – every year, thousands of them come ashore along these world-famous beaches to lay their eggs.  Another great feature in the area is the Tortuguero Canals, an extensive system of natural and man-made waterways used both for transportation and jungle exploration.10MontezumaThe town of Montezuma began as a remote fishing village and has gained popularity since the 1980’s among nature lovers and tourists on a budget.  The town features a mix of local residents, foreign backpackers and eco-tourists that come for its stunning beaches, rivers and scenic waterfalls that surround the village.  The Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve also attracts a great number of visitors to the area.

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1San José City & Surroundings
San José City & Surroundings

San José is the capital and the largest city in Costa Rica. Located in the Central Valley, it is both a historical and modern city filled with Costa Rican traditions. Due to the fact that the city is situated in the center of the country, San José is the perfect place to use as a base camp and departure point to tour Costa Rica. Once you've explored San José, there are plenty of wonderful destinations, only minutes away, on the outskirts of the capital city.





2Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

The Arenal Volcano area is the perfect spot for nature and adrenaline lovers. As one of the most active volcanoes in the world, Arenal Volcano is a fascinating natural wonder and a must-see destination for many travelers to Costa Rica. The volcano’s surroundings are just as impressive and worth visiting, including hot springs, waterfalls, forests, lakes, caves and beautiful traditional towns, such as La Fortuna.





3Monteverde
Monteverde

Monteverde is a small misty town in Puntarenas and is considered a major tourist destination due to its numerous reserves with naturally impressive rain and cloud forests.  It was voted as one of Costa Rica’s Seven Wonders, along with Isla del Coco, Tortuguero,Arenal VolcanoCerro ChirripóRío Celeste and Poás Volcano.





4Manuel Antonio Beach
Manuel Antonio Beach

Manuel Antonio is a natural paradise located just south of Quepos on the Pacific Coast. It is a charming combination of rain forest, coral reefs and beaches; it is considered by many to be the most beautiful spot in the country. The Manuel Antonio National Park is Costa Rica's smallest national park, even though it is one of the richest in terms of beauty and biodiversity, and one of the main attractions in the area.





5Tamarindo Beach
Tamarindo Beach

Once a sleepy town, Tamarindo is now Guanacaste's largest coastal center, frequented by foreigners from all over the world. It has all the amenities of a Costa Rican beach town – surf, sand, sun and a robust nightlife. Even though this amazing town has become a Mecca for surfers, Tamarindo is also a favorite for eco-travelers. It is surrounded by National Parks to its north and south, and mountains with abundant nature.





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Jacó Beach
Jacó Beach

Jacó is Costa Rica’s most visited beach - a top destination for surfers, backpackers, and land-loving resort travelers alike.  For those interested in activities such as surfing, horseback riding, hiking, kayaking and sport fishing, Jacó is a great place to do just that.  There are plenty of tour operators in the area that can arrange your Jacó Beach adventure tours at very competitive rates.





7Puerto Viejo & Cahuita
Puerto Viejo & Cahuita

Known for its laidback attitude and Caribbean lifestyle, Puerto Viejo allows visitors to experience Costa Rica’s most exotic side.  This beautiful beach town has a unique blend of Latin, Afro-Caribbean and Bribri indigenous cultures.  Nearby Cahuita National Park and Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge provides tourists with the opportunity to observe the area’s incredible wildlife, both of which are a short distance away.





8Drake Bay
Drake Bay (Corcovado National Park)

Drake Bay is one of the most peaceful and beautiful destinations in Costa Rica.  The town, commonly referred to as simply ‘Drake’, is a tranquil village that offers easy access toCorcovado National Park – known for its natural beauty, diverse wildlife and unique ecology.  National Geographic has called it "the most biologically intense place on Earth".





9Tortuguero
Tortuguero

Known as the "Costa Rica’s Amazon", Tortuguero is one of the most important nesting sites in the world for marine turtles – every year, thousands of them come ashore along these world-famous beaches to lay their eggs.  Another great feature in the area is the Tortuguero Canals, an extensive system of natural and man-made waterways used both for transportation and jungle exploration.





10Montezuma
Montezuma

The town of Montezuma began as a remote fishing village and has gained popularity since the 1980’s among nature lovers and tourists on a budget.  The town features a mix of local residents, foreign backpackers and eco-tourists that come for its stunning beaches, rivers and scenic waterfalls that surround the village.  The Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve also attracts a great number of visitors to the area.



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