Are you planning a trip to Costa Rica but not sure which activities to do? We know the feeling! It’s hard to pick just a few when there are so many amazing things to do. And with Costa Rica’s many lush jungles, impressive volcanoes and hidden beaches, you can have an unforgettable vacation experiencing nature like you never have before.
To help you narrow it all down, here are our top fifty things to do in Costa Rica. You can find a good mix of adventure, cultural, touristic and local activities and will give you a better idea of which activities in Costa Rica you want to tick off your list.
1. Go horseback riding
Horseback riding is a common activity in Costa Rica to do at the beach or the mountains. It’s a fun way to see the Costa Rican landscapes and scenery and is a great group activity.
You can horseback ride in nearly every touristic destination in the country and it’s one of the best things to do in Guanacaste where there are a handful of haciendas (farms). Many of the local farmers rent out their horses for tours and costs anywhere from $35 -55 depending on how long the tour is and where it takes you. In Playa Samara, you can do the epic horseback ride gallop on the beach during sunset!
You don’t need to have previous horseback riding experience as these horses are calm and know where to go.
2. Go ziplining
Ziplining is one of the essential things to do in Costa Rica (read why every traveler should go ziplining in Costa Rica). You really can’t visit Costa Rica and not zipline since they are world famous for their long cables with spectacular views.
If you’re scared of heights, don’t worry. Ziplining in Costa Rica doesn’t automatically mean every one is the highest or tallest. There are short canopy tours and for the thrill seeker, they will love the kilometer long cables at Selvatura Park in Monteverde, Sky Adventures in Monteverde and Arenal or the new Diamante Adventures in Guanacaste with the longest ocean view zipline!
Canopy tours cost from $35 to $75 depending on if you need transportation and if you combine it with other activities. If there is any one adventure activity to do in Costa Rica, it is ziplining!
3. Sunset cruise
This is one of the most relaxing and romantic things to do in Costa Rica: go on a sunset cruise and it’s particularly popular in Guanacaste because of the beautiful beaches up and down the Pacific coast. You can also go in Manuel Antonio and Playa Herradura/Jaco.
Nearly every beach town on the Pacific Coast like Playas del Coco and Playa Tamarindo offers sunset cruises as a way to experience the ocean. Most offer snorkeling, drinks and snacks and there is a good chance to see dolphins, whales when in season and other marine wildlife.
Sunset sailing cruises run from around $70-85 per person and usually include snorkel equipment, fruit, water, drinks and snacks. It’s a super romantic activity in Costa Rica as you sail under a beautiful sunset, cuddling up with your loved one.
4. Snorkel or Scuba Dive
Snorkeling is a must-do activity in Costa Rica, especially in northern Guanacaste and the Caribbean during certain times of the year. If you’re a scuba diver, you can’t miss up on the opportunity to dive at some of the best sites in Central America such as Bat Islands, Cano Island and Catalina Islands.
For those who want experience the best dive site, head to Cocos Island, a World Heritage Site that houses huge populations of hammerhead sharks, giana mantas, yellowfin tuna and more. It takes a couple days on a boat to get there and it’s fairly expensive but it’s definitely an activity in Costa Rica that not many people do and is one for the world bucket list.
A 2 tank dive costs roughly $115 and the best towns to stay at for scuba diving are Playa Flamingo, Playas del Coco, Uvita, Playa Ocotal and Playa Tamarindo. You can also scuba dive in Manuel Antonio and Drake Bay.
5. Go boating
Boating is the best way to see islands and hidden beaches and it’s one of our top things to do in Costa Rica when we have friends or family in town.
So if you’re visiting the coasts of Costa Rica, boating is an awesome day trip to beach hop, snorkel and enjoy a day out in the ocean.
A private half day snorkeling/beach hopping tour costs around $90 per person for 2 people or you can take the catamaran cruises in the morning to go snorkeling which are around $80 per person.
Costa Rica has certainly stepped up in its golfing game and you can find internationally recognized courses across the country. Many of them are on a resort’s property but anyone can purchase a day pass.
Golf lovers will want to check out the courses up in Guanacaste such as Hacienda Pinilla or Four Seasons since they offer some pretty awesome views. The Reserva Conchal also has a great golf course that hosts PGA tournaments for Latin America. You can be hitting birdies while overlooking the Pacific ocean!
People from all over the world come to Costa Rica just to surf because the waves here are some of the best in Latin America. Some of the best beaches are Pavones, Playa Jaco, Santa Teresa, Playa Hermosa, Playa Avellanas, Playa Tamarindo and Playa Grande but this is just a small sampling of the huge number of great surfing beaches here as you can see!
There are plenty of surf camps and surf vacations if you want to dedicate more than one day to learn or you can sign up for a one day lesson. A 2 hour group surf lessons costs around $55 or you can rent a board for as little as $12 a day.
8. Rappel down a waterfall (canyoning)
This is a the perfect adventure activity in Costa Rica – rappelling down waterfalls up to 200 feet! It might be a bit too much for the ones with acrophobia but the surge of adrenaline flowing through your body takes over and all sense of fear is lost.
Not only is it an adventure of a lifetime but you get to jump down right into the heart of a beautiful Costa Rican forest. It’s more exciting than ziplining in my opinion and it’s one of our favorite things to do in Costa Rica.
Canyoning is really popular in the La Fortuna/Arenal area as well as outside Playa Hermosa by Jaco. Our favorite is Pure Trek in Arenal, the first waterfall they take you to is nearly 200 feet!
A canoyning tour costs around $100 with lunch.
Mountain biking in Costa Rica is one of the best with trails starting at a volcano and ending up at the beach (Irazu to Guanacaste). The Ruta de Conquistedors is considered one of the toughest athletic events in the world as it goes from Pacific to Atlantic.
But if you’re not a hardcore biker, biking is a fun way to get around beach towns such as Puerto Viejo or Playas del Coco. Many towns rent bikes for around $10 a day and it’s a great way to connect with locals.
If you are a hard core mountain biker though, we highly recommend you visit Turrialba which is where the start of the Ruta de Conquistadores is and it has the best mountain biking in Costa Rica.
10. Beach Hop
The coasts of Costa Rica are just full of gorgeous beaches and the reason why Guanacaste is nicknamed the “golden coast.” You can find beaches of all characteristics: white sand, dark sand, turquoise waters, clear waters, etc. So when you’re at the coast, definitely go beach hopping whether it’s by boat or foot, it’s easily one of the cheapest and best things to do in Costa Rica!
On the Caribbean side, you can walk or rent a bike to go through the entire stretch of beach that is Playa Negra, Cocles, Chiquita and Punta Uva, even Cahuita.
The best part is that no beach is ever so full that you can’t find a spot to lay down and if you explore a bit, you may even have a beach all to yourself. All beaches in Costa Rica are public. It’s easy to beach hop as many are all right next to each other. Beach lovers will be in paradise exploring all the beaches!
Find out what the best beaches in Costa Rica are!
11. Eat a Copo (or a churchill in Puntarenas)
A copo is a Costa Rican shaved ice treat that you can get on nearly every beach. It’s shaved ice with kola syrup, powdered milk and condensed milk. Some versions called the churchill are more intense with ice cream and fruit added on top.
Puntarenas is famous for churchills so the best place to get one is there. You can’t get a more local dessert than that!
12. Enjoy a Costa Rican holiday and watch the bull riding
There are 9 national holidays in Costa Rica with several more observances, anniversaries and celebrations. Costa Ricans do love a good party and they know how to party hard! They make their holiday weekend well worth it.
The most popular festivities are the Palmares Fiestas, Zapote Fiestas and Puntarenas Carnaval. Millions of people come to these celebrations from all over Central America every year. Some are religious holidays, some are just a reason to have a good time. Bull riding is incredibly famous in Costa Rica and they do it all year long with special events during Christmas.
For just $10-15, you can hop into the stadium with other daring locals and get chased around by a bull! For those who want to experience local Costa Rica culture, this is one of the best (and most fun) things to do in Costa Rica.
13. Go for a drive through the Central Valley
The landscapes in Costa Rica are simply breathtaking and you can see views just like this driving through the Central Valley. Go off the map and explore the outskirts of big cities and beach towns to experience something authentic and natural.
We drove through Zarcero, Sarchi, Grecia and San Ramon and it was a fantastic way to see small town life, taste local goods and experience a less touristic area in Costa Rica.
14. Do a combination tour at Rincon de la Vieja National Park
If you’re short on time or want the best bang for your buck, there are several mega combo tours in Costa Rica. We love Guachipelin at Rincon de la Vieja National Park in Guanacaste which consists of ziplining, horseback riding, lunch, river tubing, hot springs and mud baths. It’s an awesome adventure in Costa Rica that allows you to experience the power of a volcano and the dry tropical rain forest.
There are different variations but for an action packed day, a combo tour will fill your need for adventure! Many adventure parks offer combination packages or you can customize your own.
Combination tours cost around $90 and includes lunch, such a great value! If you need transportation, tour companies charge around $140-150.
15. Ride a tram through the forest
There are a few trams in Costa Rica that take you through the forest up to stunning views. For those who aren’t big hikers or want a relaxing way to see nature, the tram is the best.
Along the way, it’s possible to see various birds, monkeys and other wildlife and it’s great to go with a guide who can point out the different plants and flowers you see. And always, at the top is a great view!
Sky Tram at Arenal and Monteverde are excellent ones and Rainforest Adventures Atlantico has an incredible one up the Caribbean side and in the Central Pacific.
16. Learn about the mysterious stone spheres
Down in the Osa Peninsula is Finca 6, a museum dedicated to the stone spheres of Costa Rica. The purpose of the spheres have not yet been determined and are a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This is a great off the beaten path activity near Sierpe and incredibly interesting. It’s also an excellent cheap activity in Costa Rica too as the entrance fee to the museum is only $6 for adults and $4 for students. You will need your own transportation however or you can book with a tour guide which will cost more but it’s worth it so you can learn more.
Stand up paddle boarding is becoming more popular in Costa Rica and you can rent a board and go on your own or take a class.
If you’re not much of a surfer but still want to get out in the water, SUP is one way to go. It’s a good workout for your whole body and a fun way to enjoy the ocean. Some of the best spots are at Playa Manta, Playa Panama and Playa Platanares for their very calm waters.
A board rental varies in cost whether you rent from a company or a hotel. A lesson in Playas del Coco costs $30 for 1 hour.
18. Visit Catarata Llanos de Cortes
This is one of the best waterfalls in Guanacaste, the stunning Catarata Llanos de Cortes. It’s one of our favorite things to do in Liberia, Costa Rica since it’s only 20 minutes from the city and the best way to cool off on a hot day.
This small but powerful waterfall has lots to enjoy besides the water. You can climb up the rocks and sit under the water when it’s dry season or you can hike to the top. Another awesome thing about this waterfall is that it’s only $2! Many waterfalls in Costa Rica have a high admission fee because they are on private property, but this one is still very cheap.
Here is our guide to visiting Catarata Llanos de Cortes including our favorite secret spots around the waterfall.
19. Go to a concert
Costa Ricans love more than just salsa music. There are several popular Costa Rican bands and being such a small country, you’ll have a good chance to enjoy one if you happen to be near a city.
Enjoy a concert with locals and even if you don’t know Spanish, it’s a fun way to make new friends and listen to some great music!
20. See the Olive Ridley sea turtles at Ostional Wildlife Refuge
Costa Rica is famous for their huge masses of sea turtles coming to lay their eggs (arribadas) and for their conservation work with turtles. On both coasts you can see mother turtles and baby turtles hatch and make their way to the ocean. For animal lovers, this is one of the best wildlife things to do in Costa Rica.
Ostional Wildlife Refuge is famous for the mass arrival of Olive Ridley sea turtles with hundreds of thousands of them coming to shore every year. There are many volunteer programs available if you want to do some charity work and help Costa Rica protect their beloved turtles. It’s an experience that will make you appreciate nature even more.
You must hire a local guide if you want to enter the refuge or you can walk on the beach outside the refuge without a guide.
21. Explore the Costa Rican jungle
Much of Costa Rica’s jungles have yet to be explored and there’s no guessing what you may run into if you venture off the path!
We’ve discovered stunning little waterfalls, beaches and rivers. This is one of the reasons why we encourage renting a car so you can explore those dirt paths that look like they lead to nothing. Those usually make for the best adventures!
22. Go Sport Fishing
Costa Rica is one of the best countries for sport fishing with healthy waters and knowledgeable locals. You can catch mahi mahi, roosterfish, sailfish or even the mysterious marlins.
You can go world class fishing at Playa Flamingo, Manuel Antonio and in the Caribbean. And if you catch a fish, you can bring it to a restaurant where they’ll cook it for you!
Sport fishing tours aren’t cheap but it’s a lot of equipment and gas to run those big boats. A half day runs around $300 and up.
23. Walk through San Jose
San Jose really isn’t as terrible as people make it out to be. As the capital city, there’s a good handful of historical landmarks and it’s a good way to get a glimpse of the Costa Rican city life. There are some great cultural things to do in San Jose, Costa Rica as it is the biggest city and where most of the Costa Ricans work.
Usually 1 or 2 days in San Jose is a good amount of time to explore the city, visit some museums and get a taste of Tico city life. You can even choose San Jose as your home base if you don’t want to move around too much in Costa Rica or are limited on time as there are many fun day trips from San Jose.
24. Kayak the canals at Tortuguero National Park
Tortuguero National Park, or the “amazon of Costa Rica” is a place like no other in the country. It’s famous for the turtle nesting and the canals which make up the national park. That means you have to visit by boat to experience the park but our favorite way is by kayak.
Kayaking allows you to go to areas that motored boats can’t go and you don’t disturb the wildlife as much so you can get very close. See toucans, macaws, turtles, monkeys, anteaters and all sorts of wildlife as you glide quietly on the water, surrounded by lush jungle with no one around.
Want to visit the national park? Check our Tortugero National Park guide. It is on the Caribbean side so the best time of the year to visit is September and October as it is drier and it’s the peak time for turtle nestings.
25. Explore Arenal Volcano National Park
Arenal Volcano National Park is one of the top three most visited national parks in Costa Rica. There are a couple of trails in the park where you can see lava beds and the rain forest.
This is an especially good national park for first timers since it’s easy to get to and the trails aren’t too tough or long. It’s open every day from 8 AM to 4 PM and costs $15 for foreigners. If you walk the Coladas trail, you will reach a viewpoint to see Lake Arenal and the volcano.
26. Waterslide in the middle of the jungle
Ever wanted to experience the jungle a different way? Waterslide through it at Buena Vista Combo Tour in Guanacaste! This slide is fast as you zip 400 meters through the jungle. I only went twice instead of three times because it was too intense for me!
The water slide is part of a combination tour which also includes horseback riding, ziplining, mud baths and hot springs.
27. White water raft Rio Pacuare
For a whole day of pure fun and adventure, white water rafting at the Rio Pacuare packs all that and more. Raft through class 3 and 4 rapids in the canyons of Costa Rica, bathe in the cool fresh waters and experience a trip of a lifetime.
This is my favorite tour I’ve ever done in Costa Rica and there are also multi-day white water rafting trips for the more adventurous. You can even go white water as a way to get around Costa Rica as many companies pick up in San Jose and drop off in La Fortuna or Puerto Viejo! This is definitely one of the top adventure activities in Costa Rica.
If you want to do the tour, we have a Rio Pacuare white water rafting discount to save $$.
28. Jump off waterfalls
Costa Rica has spectacular waterfalls and you can’t fully experience it without jumping off one. We did a waterfall tour in Jaco which was simply amazing. We climbed through the virgin Costa Rican forest up 7 waterfalls, jumping off a few and standing under more.
You can also jump off other waterfalls such as Nauyaca and Uvita but make sure you check conditions before you dive off, especially in rainy season.
29. See monkeys and sloths at Manuel Antonio National Park
White face monkeys are always seen at Manuel Antonio National Park along with sloths, iguanas, other monkeys and toucans. Playful, smart and cheeky, these monkeys sure know how to entertain humans!
Other wildlife you can see at Manuel Antonio is howler and squirrel monkeys, toucans, Jesus Christ lizards, raccoons and agoutis. Manuel Antonio National Park is one of the most popular for wildlife because it has simple trails, beautiful beaches and easy accessibility.
30. Visit Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano is one of the biggest crater volcanoes in the world but it is a bit tricky to see it in super clear. Most of the time it is covered in clouds or is very foggy but if you’re lucky, you can see it clear!
Although it’s impossible to predict the weather, it’s best to go during dry season so you can have a better chance of a clear dry day than in rainy season. You can also walk the trails to the lake at the Poas Volcano National Park.
The park is open every day and we recommend going early to avoid crowds and hopefully get a glimpse of the crater. Try to set aside at least 30 minutes at the crater, sometimes you’ll wait 15 minutes and it’ll clear up for 2!
Update as of April 2017 – the Poas Volcano National Park is currently closed due to high volcanic activity.
31. Explore Caves at Barra Honda National Park
Experience the limestone caves of Costa Rica at Barra Honda National Park, some up to 250 meters deep. Interesting rock formations and stalagmites can be found with columns that look like various shapes in everyday life.
It’s not your typical ziplining or hiking adventure but it may give you a new perspective of our world. You have to go with a national park guide and the tour is all day. It costs around $75 with transportation.
If you’re not interested in the caves, you can visit the national park on your own to hike and see the view points. They also have bat tours so it’s not your usual activity in Costa Rica that one thinks of but it’s just as fun and interesting.
32. Hike Rio Celeste
One of Costa Rica’s most magical places is Rio Celeste. This bright blue river is stunning and it’s even more beautiful in person. Hard to believe the color of the water is that blue but it really is!
There is a waterfall and you can hike through Tenorio Volcano National Park along the river to see the different stages. You’ll be in awe of this spectacular natural landmark when you see for yourself just how blue the water is!
The entire hike is an all day activity and though it’s not a tough hike, it’s pretty muddy so make sure you rent some rain boots or go prepared to get dirty. It is an all day activity that you can do from La Fortuna/Arenal or northern Guanacaste and many tour companies operate Rio Celeste tours which costs around $140. Or if you rented a car, you can visit and hike on your own.
Read our guide to hiking Rio Celeste for everything you need to know.
33. Go on a wildlife watching boat cruise at Palo Verde National Park
Palo Verde National Park is one of the most important parks in Costa Rica as it contains tropical dry forest, an extremely endangered ecosystem. You can visit to take a boat ride down the river to see various wildlife or walk the trails. Most people do the boat ride since they want to see wildlife.
You can see herons, cranes, crocodiles, monkeys, basilisks, iguanas and more animals at Palo Verde. Thousands of migratory birds flock here every year making this area a sanctuary for many creatures.
Remember to bring your binoculars or long lens, you’ll want to see those animals up close! This is one of the best wildlife watching tours for those who are visiting Guanacaste. It’s about a 45 minute drive from Coco and if you book it with a tour company, it costs around $100 per person.
34. Find out why Costa Rican coffee is so darn good
Costa Rica grows some of the best coffee in the world and if you’re a coffee lover, you’ll want to take a tour of a coffee plantation to find out why it’s so darn good!
It’s an incredibly educational and enlightening experience as you learn how a cherry gets from the plant into your cup. Plus you get to sample delicious coffee at the end and purchase coffee and souvenirs.
Our favorite coffee tour is Doka but there are many others. Finca Rosa Blanca is a working hotel and an auto sustainable coffee plantation, we highly recommend this gorgeous property if you want to stay in the Central Valley and love coffee!
35. See the crocodiles at Rio Tarcoles
The Rio Tarcoles is famous for one main reason: their crocodiles. As you walk across the bridge and look down, you can see up to 10 or 15 giant crocodiles laying around just a few meters below you.
You can take a boat tour down the river to see these animals up close and personal or stop on the bridge to see them from above.
36. Watch a sunset on the beach
I don’t think I need to say too much as to why this is one of the best things to do in Costa Rica. I’ll let the picture explain for me.
Our favorite beaches for sunsets are Tamarindo, Uvita and Manuel Antonio. But really, any of them are good!
37. Hike Cerro Chato
This dormant volcano crater next to Arenal is quite a sight to see on a clear day and is one of the tougher hikes in Costa Rica. When we hiked Cerro Chato, we made it to the top where the volcano and lake are but being in the middle of a thunderstorm, we saw nothing.
It’s a tough but rewarding hike with an ever increasing steep incline and no clear path. You’ll be trekking through the jungles of Arenal and hopefully you’ll have better luck than us and actually see the volcano and swim in the lake!
The entrance fee is $8 to Cerro Chato and you will need your own transportation to the trail head. Or you can go with a tour company that provides transportation and go with a guide. Many companies offer a 2 volcano tour so you see both Cerro Chato and Arenal and it costs around $100 with transportation from Arenal/La Fortuna hotels.
38. Visit La Paz waterfall
La Paz waterfall (Catarata de la Paz) is a beautiful waterfall in the middle of the rain forests of Alajuela. You can enter the La Paz waterfall gardens and hotel to see more waterfalls or you can stop by the side of the road to see this one.
The entrance fee to the La Paz waterfall gardens is $40 and they also have a zoo to see toucans, snakes, jaguars and other animals. You can pay an extra $15 for a buffet lunch.
It’s close to Poas Volcano National Park so you can combine the two for a full day trip. Many tour companies in San Jose offer a 1 day Poas Volcano (currently closed) + La Paz waterfall tour for around $90.
39. Eat rice and beans
If you go to the Caribbean side of Costa Rica like Limon, you’ll be surprised to see that the culture, food and people are completely different. This is one of the must things to do in Costa Rica so you can experience the varying cultures between the Caribbean and the rest of the country.
Instead of gallo pinto, they eat rice and beans which has coconut milk in it. Their culture is highly influenced by the nearby Caribbean islands so you’ll find plenty of jerk chicken and other yummy dishes.
Our favorite place to get rice and beans in Puerto Viejo is Soda Lidia’s Place. Get the chicken and add some hot sauce, it’s heavenly!
40. Enjoy the hot springs in Arenal
Arenal has some of the best hot springs in the country with the Tabacon river supplying natural hot water to the springs. Some hotels have their own private hot springs or you can go to free access part of the river where the locals go.
Tabacon, Baldi and Titoku are just a few places you can bathe in and enjoy the thermal waters. Baldi is best for kids, Tabacon is ideal for couples and Paraiso and Ecotermales are great for those who don’t want to be around a lot of people.
41. Go whale watching
Costa Rica has the longest humpback whale watching season in the world so your chances are pretty good to see these magnificent creatures. If you love whales, the ocean or wildlife, this is a must do activity in Costa Rica.
Whale watching is a great activity in Costa Rica because you get to be on a boat, go out into the water and there is a high possibility to see whales and some other marine life. We’ve also seen dolphins, manta rays and turtles!
The best places for whale watching is down in Uvita/Drake Bay as well as the Gulf of Papagayo and the best months are August/September. If you’re lucky, you might also get to see other whales like pilot whales.
42. Get a pipa fria
You’ll see signs for pipa fria at every beach town and you definitely want to try one. It’s cold coconut water and is oh so delicious on a hot day!
I love watching the vendors hack off the top with a huge machete (they do it with such precision), hand you the pipa and keep hacking other coconuts. They are coconut experts!
You can find vendors at nearly every beach and it costs around 500 colones a pipa fria.
43. Go bird watching
With over 800 species of birds living in Costa Rica, any bird lover will be in paradise. Snap photos of hummingbirds, toucans, macaws, parrots and other gorgeous tropical birds all throughout the country.
Wildlife and bird lovers have to put a bird watching tour on their “things to do in Costa Rica’ list. Many hotels and tour companies offer bird watching tours, especially down in the Osa Peninsula, Puerto Viejo, Arenal and Monteverde as those are the top places to see a diverse amount of birds. They usually start around 530 AM since birds are more active in the morning and take you either to an observation platform or hiking around the forest.
44. Play with Puppies at Territorio de Zaguates
Territorio de Zagutes is the biggest no kill shelter in the world. They have anywhere from 700-900 dogs at one time living on their insanely large property up in the hills outside of Heredia and they host open walks every month for visitors to play, run and enjoy the company of hundreds of dogs.
The couple that runs the shelter works incredibly hard to give these street dogs the care and love they deserve including health check ups, vaccinations and getting them adopted. You can adopt a dog or simply donate as they don’t charge an entrance fee for visiting doggie paradise.
Read our guide to visiting Territorio de Zaguates for more information.
45. Visit the National Theater and Gold Museum in San Jose
The national theater and the gold museum are two cultural and historical attractions not to be missed when visiting San Jose. If you’re a history or culture buff, visiting the museums has to be on your list. Learn about how the currency of Costa Rica came to be, how gold influenced the country and tour the magnificent theater.
These museums are some of the best things to do in Costa Rica in terms of culture and history. The new Jade Museum is another excellent option to learn about Costa Rican history and there is a children’s museum for little ones that is really fun.
Another great reason to visit the museums is that they aren’t very expensive so it’s an excellent cheap day activity in the city. The entrance fees range from $4-15.
46. Watch a futbol game at the national stadium in La Sabana
Futbol is a huge passion of all Costa Ricans and there are games held in the stadium year round. Cheer for the local teams and experience one of the country’s favorite past times.
Also the Costa Rican national team goalie Keylor Navas plays for the Real Madrid so if you think Costa Rica doesn’t have good players, you’re definitely wrong on that part!
47. Have a Costa Rican Beer
Costa Rica has a few locals beers to try, Pilsen and Imperial are the most popular. Head to the bar to have a beer and you’ll also get a great glimpse into Tico life since beer is heavily ingrained in their culture. All bars in Costa Rica offer some sort of happy hour. Some places have happy hour all day long, some offer 2×1.
Craft beer is getting really popular and many high end restaurants and bars offer craft beer. Witch’s Rock Surf Camp in Tamarindo has a new bar with 18 different craft beers and in San Jose, you can take a beer tour to the Ceverceria. There is also a craft beer in Arenal and many new ones popping up. It’s getting very big here!
48. Hike Corcovado National Park
As one of the most biologically diverse places on earth, Corcovado National Park is an absolute must for hikers and wildlife lovers. It’s such a unique place in Costa Rica, you feel like it’s a different world with the sheer amount of wildlife around. Corcovado National Park is in the Osa Peninsula, which holds around 6% of the world’s biodiversity.
You can do a one day hiking trip to the ranger stations such as La Leona, San Pedrillo and Sirena but the ultimate way to experience the national park is to do an overnight hiking trip. The most popular one is from La Leona to Sirena where it’s possible to see tapirs, pumas, anteaters and more.
You now have to go with a guide if you want to do the overnight 14 kilometer hike and reserve a spot beforehand. Make sure to pack properly and be prepared for the humidity as this area is incredibly humid. If you want to visit Osa Peninsula where Corcovado National Park is, check our Osa Peninsula guide for more tips on how to visit the national park and get the most of this area.
49. Walk the hanging bridges in the Monteverde Cloud Forests
Walking the hanging bridges in Monteverde gives you a great view of the cloud forest as each one goes up higher and higher. You can see lush green forest all around you and even some wildlife if you have a good eye.
Don’t worry, these bridges are all very stable and secure and is one of the best ways to take in the beauty of Costa Rica. Many of the adventure parks have their own hanging bridges like Selvatura and Sky Trek. There is also one hanging bridge inside the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.
50. Enjoy the pura vida life!
And of all the things to do in Costa Rica, the most important one is to enjoy the pura vida life.
Costa Rica is a country full of love and peace and their people know how to live and enjoy. They’ll teach you how to be grateful for what you have and you’ll take all those things with you when you go back to your home country. Hopefully your trip here will give you a new perspective on life and to appreciate what is given to you.
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