Immerse yourself in the vibrant Costa Rican culture while exploring hundreds of beautiful beaches, pristine rainforests, and imposing volcanos.
Learn about the 2,500 unique plant species in Costa Rica’s most popular national parks and nature preserves. Alluring Americas’ Costa Rica luxury tours and travel packages are perfect for families or couples, anglers or naturalists, explorers or sun worshippers.
So what are the best things to do in Costa Rica? At Alluring Americas, we carefully create an itinerary just for you. We specialize in getting you off the beaten path for the adventure of a lifetime.
In northwestern Costa Rica, Arenal is home to Central America’s most active volcano. Spend the afternoon touring the Arenal Volcano National Park, which features active lava flows as well as thousands of acres of rich, tropical plants and diverse species of frogs, monkeys, and birds.
The extensive network of raised walkways provides a bird’s-eye view of the beautiful park and scenic lagoon. If you make the nearby town of La Fortuna your base of operations, the whole family can go surfing in the Arenal Lake. Or you can venture farther afield and go horseback riding, white-water rafting, canyoning, or hiking through the rainforest. These are just a few of the many things to do in Costa Rica with kids.
Bajos del Toro Cloud Forest is located in the Central Valley, only about ninety minutes from San José. This nature preserve supports a stunningly biodiverse population of plants and animals, and it provides visitors with many opportunities for adventure and exploration. Bird lovers will be especially transfixed.
Take advantage of the picturesque landscapes as you explore the waterfalls, mountain streams, grasslands, forests, and pools.
Costa Rica’s Central Pacific is perhaps the heart of Costa Rica’s tourist industry, featuring hundreds of animal and plant species exclusive to the Central American rainforests. And the beauty of this region attracts visitors from all over the globe who want to immerse themselves in the native flora and fauna firsthand.
In addition, there are many quieter nooks to visit if you’re trying to get away from the crowds, making this the perfect destination if you are looking for romantic things to do in Costa Rica for couples. Experience the majesty of the scarlet macaw, go whale watching, or enjoy breathtaking beach sunsets over a picnic supper.
Guancaste is another traveler favorite, and its vibrant foliage makes it one of the best places to see in Costa Rica. Spend your day trekking through Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja and Santa Rosa National Park. Explore active volcanos, hot springs, and waterfalls, home to sloths, toucans, and crocodiles. In the evening, take in the vibrant nightlife of Brasilito with its bustling shops, festivals, and museums.
Whether you are traveling alone, with your significant other, or with the whole family, there are many fascinating places to visit in Costa Rica that will leave you with memories for a lifetime. Here are just a few of the highlights you’ll want to hit.
Known for its picturesque beaches, this mid-Pacific coastal town has become a popular tourist destination and thus has a wealth of luxury hotels and spas. Explore the 1,680 acres of preserved coastal ecosystems including beautiful coral reefs, private lagoons, and inviting shorelines. The tropical rainforests here remain green year round, and if you’re lucky, you’ll spy monkeys, toucans, bats, and sloths, possibly right from your hotel-room window.
Costa Rica has nearly three hundred different beaches along its stunning Pacific and Caribbean coastlines, each with a unique draw and distinct setting. Choose from black-, white-, or brown-sand beaches!
The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is famous for being the first ecotourism destination in Costa Rica. Furthermore, this virgin forest is home to six unique ecological zones. A well-maintained network of trails, suspension bridges, and zip lines provide hikers and birdwatchers with opportunities to glimpse over a hundred species of mammals. And there’s an even greater number of reptile species, five hundred species of butterflies, and four hundred bird species, including the resplendent quetzal.
This island-encircled peninsula, the transition between the wet southwest and the drier north, has a stunning range of tree and plant life. Moreover, the once-volcanic landscape features untouched beaches that will feel like your own private paradise. Or visit Tambor Beach, and take a dip in the dark, deep pool at the base of a jungle waterfall. Then, the secluded beauty of Punta Islita offers shopping, dining, and romantic attractions for couples looking to get away from it all.
Protected mangrove trees fill leafy groves that have long been a safe haven for Costa Rica’s most previous wildlife. Osa Peninsula is home to fascinating animals like ocelots, pumas, jaguars, giant anteaters, and poison dart frogs. You will truly be away from it all in this blissful 741-acre rainforest reserve. Or hop over to Isla del Caño, Costa Rica’s most perfect scuba diving location.
Embrace the Pura Vida lifestyle in Costa Rica, where you’ll find adventure for all ages. Try zip-lining over rainforests or rafting down the Pacuare River.
Or perhaps you’d rather relax in natural hot springs. Don’t forget to explore the unspoiled beaches of Manuel Antonio and go whale watching in the South Pacific.
Whether you’re traveling to Costa Rica for its gorgeous beaches or for its unparalleled biodiversity, the list of unique things to do in Costa Rica is almost endless.
Happily, Alluring Americas’ carefully curated and personalized tour packages will help you make the most of your stay by ensuring that everyone gets to see and do whatever they’re most excited about.
The Pacuare River is one of the most scenic rivers in the world.
On your trip down this gorgeous waterway, you can explore natural pools, rushing rapids, and ancient rainforests. While you’re there, enjoy activities like zip-lining, white-water rafting, and rappelling.
The legendary Poás Volcano rises for an astonishing 8,858 feet, towering over the surrounding nature preserve.
Hike around this natural wonder to Laguna Caliente. This 984-foot crater holds the title for the most acidic lake on earth.
Located in the heart of the country, San José and Central Valley house almost 70 percent of Costa Rica’s population. Thus, this destination is a mecca for cultural immersion. In El Centro, you will find endless shops, fascinating museums, and beautiful historical architecture.
If the bustle of the big city wears you down, the South Pacific is one of the most remote and unspoiled regions in the country. Here, thrill seekers will find opportunities for waterfall rappelling and white-water rafting. Kids coming along? Families can enjoy horseback riding, zip-lining, and snorkeling.
Each locale has a range of accommodations, including five-star resorts. Alluring Americas will help you choose the perfect place to relax and unwind after each day’s adventure.
In the nearby town of La Fortuna, guests can find some of the best resorts in Costa Rica, including romantic spas for couples and lively resorts for the whole family. These contemporary boutique hotels will pamper you like royalty in your own tropical paradise.
Guanacaste sits at the heart of multiple national parks. The attraction of this natural beauty means some the finest resorts and hotels in Costa Rica have been established in the neighboring towns of Tamarindo and Liberia.
The popularity of the Manuel Antonio National Park has paved the way for an increasing number of luxury spas and top-notch resorts. Experience breathtaking views of sparkling ocean water, or stay in a cliff-top hotel and be lulled to sleep by tropical breezes.
This remote tourist destination is heavily protected to preserve the biodiversity of the area. Therefore, some of the best places to stay on the Osa Peninsula are in the tiny village of Drake Bay. These lodges provide fantastic amenities for naturalists and scuba divers looking for a unique getaway.
US citizens will need a passport to enter and travel throughout the country. While the cities are safe for tourists, use common sense safety practices, and do not explore the cities alone or late at night.
The rainforests, although beautiful, are home to some of the most venomous species of snakes and frogs in the world, so use caution, and do not approach wildlife. Find the most up-to-date Costa Rica travel information from the US Embassy.
The best time to travel to Costa Rica depends on where you’re heading! A perfect time to experience the greatest diversity of plant and animal species is between May and November, but this is also peak tourist season.
Visiting between December and April means smaller crowds and quicker access to activities and the parks.
To provide the best in rainforest adventures and wildlife encounters, we curate each package to suit you. We can even make your Costa Rica resort bookings and arrange transportation. Most importantly, we take all the work out of planning your vacation so you can start relaxing and enjoying right now.
This is our Alluring Costa Rica—a pristine cornucopia of ancient, virgin rainforests snaking through a volcanic countryside in the heart of Central America.
Because we handcraft private, culturally immersive experiences, your trip is perfectly curated to reflect your curiosity and passions. Whether you need a romantic getaway or an unforgettable family adventure, Alluring Americas is the luxury travel company that will lead you on the journey of a lifetime.