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 in 2012 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 about Costa Rica if you need tips on traveling, curious about moving here or what life as an expat is like or just want to know more.
We’ve got you covered from activities, food, beaches and more!
What do you want to read about?
- Food and Recipes
- National Parks
- Wildlife and Nature
- Things to do
- Travel Tips
- Misc Stuff
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.
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
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
What to eat in Costa Rica
Vegetarian/Vegan in Costa Rica
Costa Rican Beer
Costa Rican Coffee
Costa Rican Dessert: Copo
Where to Eat Like a Local (Soda)
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. You can also read our article about the 10 best beaches in Costa Rica to get started!
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.
National Parks/Wildlife Refuges
Costa Rica has over 40 national parks, wildlife reserves, refuges and sanctuaries spread out throughout the country. 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 by Forbes. Though we have yet to make it to all (hopefully one day), here are our articles about the ones we have been to so far.
La Marta Wildlife Refuge
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Carara National Park
Children’s Eternal Rain Forest
Manuel Antonio National Park
Marino Balleno National Park
Baru National Wildlife Refuge
Ostional Wildlife Refuge
Palo Verde National Park
Irazu Volcano National Park
Poas Volcano National Park
Arenal Volcano National Park
Rincon de la Vieja National Park
Barra Honda National Park
Tortuguero National Park
Turrialba Volcano 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!
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/or area).
Playas del Coco
Buena Vista Combo Tour
Guachipelin Combo Tour
Catarata Llanos de Cortes
Road tripping Guanacaste to Arenal
Things to do in Guanacaste
South Pacific/Osa Peninsula
Cascada El Pavon
Finca 6 stone spheres
Cano Island Snorkeling
Hiking Corcovado National Park
Matapalo wildlife watching hike
Things to do in Uvita and Dominical
Nauyaca Waterfalls Horseback Riding
Hiking Cerro Chato
Rio Frio nature safari
Arenal Volcano Combo Tour
Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges
La Fortuna waterfall
Top things to do in La Fortuna/Arenal
Penas Blancas safari float
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.
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
How I built a cart for my ocean kayak
“Runner Runner” movie comparison
Life of a beach dog in Costa Rica
Costa Rican Sunsets
Costa Rican Sunsets Part 2
Los Ajenos Live Concert