Welcome to our Costa Rica Guide!

Costa Rica, the rich coast. Our home base country. For those of you who don’t know, Yeison is 100% Costa Rican, born and bred in the pura vida land. Samantha moved down two years ago and since then we’ve been traveling around the country, experiencing the best of what Costa Rica has to offer.

We want to share our love of Costa Rica with you and so we have dedicated this page to our beautiful little country. We share what it’s like to travel and live in this country from the perspective of a foreigner and a local. You can find all sorts of helpful information if you need tips on traveling in Costa Rica, curious about moving here or what life as an expat is like or just want to know more.

You can download our FREE e-book to get started or look through all the resources here. We’ve got you covered from activities, food, beaches and more!

Pura vida!

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Facts about Costa Rica

Learn some facts about Costa Rica. Find out where it is, what the official language is, what kind of government they have and more. We also have a post about common misconceptions and stereotypes we’ve heard about the country.

Important Facts about Costa Rica
About Costa Rica from the eyes of a Costa Rican
Common Misconceptions about Costa Rica

Culture

It’s always good to read up on the culture of a country first before you visit since each one is always different. This is what most people fall in love with, the Latin American culture. Get to know the customs, the traditions and the Costa Rican way of life.

Costa Rican Spanish slang part 1
Costa Rican Spanish slang part 2

Costa Rican Expressions of Love

Costa Rican New Year Traditions

Costa Rican Birthday Celebrations
Independence Day
Meaning of the Costa Rican flag
Annexation of Guanacaste

How to Bargain in Costa Rica

Food and Recipes

One of the best parts about travel: food. Though Costa Rican cuisine may not be as exotic as others, it still does offer up some tasty bites. Find out what are some of the dishes you’ll try when you’re there and learn how to cook like a Tico!

Introduction to Costa Rican Food
8 Dishes You Have To Try in Costa Rica
Costa Rican Beer
Costa Rican Coffee
Costa Rican Dessert: Copo

Where to Eat Like a Local (Soda)
Recipes

Beaches

There is a reason why the Pacific coast of Costa Rica is called the “golden coast.” There are just so many beautiful beaches around! For those seeking the ultimate beach vacation, you’ll want to read up on these ones. You’ll find all sorts of beaches and none of them will disappoint. Here’s our guides to some of the most popular beaches in Costa Rica and a few of our personal favorites, separated by province.

Guanacaste

Playas del Coco Guide and Resources
Playa Ocotal

Playa Hermosa (Guanacaste)

Playa Panama

Playa Bonita
Playa Buena
Playa Conchal
Playa Brasilito

Playa Tamarindo

Playa Penca
5 Beaches You’ve Never Heard of in Costa Rica

Puntarenas

Playa Jaco
Playa Esterillos Oeste

Mal Pais

Cities

Cities in Costa Rica aren’t quite like the typical cities you might think of like NYC or LA. Even the biggest ones in the country still offer a small town community feel and each one has their own unique characteristics, offering many historical, cultural and natural attractions. San Jose is the capital of Costa Rica and the one most people fly into.

San Jose
Zarcero
La Fortuna
Puntarenas
Grecia

National Parks

Costa Rica has a whopping 50 national parks spread out throughout the country and even more with wildlife reserves and sanctuaries. Actually more than 25% of Costa Rica’s land is protected and one of their national parks, Manuel Antonio has been named one of the most beautiful in the world. Though we have yet to make it to all 50 (hopefully one day), here are our articles about the ones we have been to so far.

Manuel Antonio National Park
Ostional Wildlife Refuge
Palo Verde National Park
Poas Volcano National Park
Arenal Volcano National Park
Rincon de la Vieja National Park
Barra Honda National Park

Wildlife and Nature

Containing 5% of the world’s biodiversity, Costa Rica’s wildlife and nature is simply incredible. Listen to howler monkeys in the morning, see colorful tropical birds fly above you and don’t be surprised if you hear a little guest in your room at night. Some of the most popular animals to see are toucans, monkeys and sloths. There is no telling what you’ll see out in the water and on land!

Birds of Costa Rica
Flowers of Costa Rica

Creepy Crawleys (insects and such)
Guide to Seeing Costa Rica’s Most Famous Animals

Whales in Costa Rica Guide
Manuel Antonio National Park Wildlife
Costa Rica Wildlife Photography

Things to do

There is just SO much to do in Costa Rica! After two years we still have yet to experience it all, we’ve just barely scratched the surface. Outdoor and adventure lovers will have the time of their life here. Some favorite activities are ziplining, fishing and hiking but there is something for everyone! Here are our articles on things to do (separated by province and area).

50 Things to Do in Costa Rica

Guanacaste

Playa Tamarindo
Playas del Coco
Buena Vista Combo Tour
Guachipelin Combo Tour

Catarata Llanos de Cortes
Road tripping Guanacaste to Arenal

Puntarenas

Playa Jaco

Arenal

Hiking Cerro Chato
Arenal Volcano Combo Tour
Canyoning

Other

Doka Coffee Estate
The National Theater
White Water Rafting at Rio Pacuare
Selvatura Park in Monteverde

Travel Tips

Need some tips for your trip? We got you covered! Let us help you plan the perfect Costa Rica vacation. Travel stress free with our up to date information. From planning your trip to when you are actually here, we’ve got the best tips and advice for getting around, staying safe and more.

Costa Rica Travel Planning Tips

Misc Costa Rica stuff

Life experiences, observations, photo posts, stories and articles about random things in Costa Rica written by both Yeison and Samantha. Some are just for fun but it’s mostly just stuff too good not to mention! You might find some of these entertaining :)

Super Banco- Costa Rican Monopoly
“Runner Runner” movie comparison
Life of a beach dog in Costa Rica
Costa Rican Sunsets
Costa Rican Sunsets Part 2
Los Ajenos Live Concert
The difficulty of buying shoes in Costa Rica
Observations of American tourists in Costa Rica