Escape to Costa Rica: 6 Things to See and Do

by Melissa Adams

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Costa Rica is often held in high esteem. Many people flock there year upon year to take in the sites. Costa Rica, at the risk of sounding cliché, has it all. Surfing, water sports, countryside and rainforests. You can spend your holiday on the beach or in the mountains. There is a wealth of cultural excursions that you can be a part of. In short, it’s a fantastic place to. You’ll never be bored in cool Costa Rica.

So, what things can you expect to see and do in Costa Rica? Let’s find out.

Surfing in the Pacific

Surfing in the Pacific is a great way to kick starts your holiday. Did you know that professional surfers flock to Costa Rica in their droves? The waves in the region are well known the world over. As such, it makes for an enjoyable surfing experience. With killer waves and incredible beaches, it’s easy to see why people come to Costa Rica. So, while in Costa Rica learn to surf with Tamarindo Surf Academy. You don’t have to be experienced on the boards to get into the sea. In fact, if you’re a newbie, this is the perfect place to start.

San Jose

Who can visit Costa Rica and not go to the capital? It’s the hub of the country, and you can visit a wealth of museums and art galleries while you are there. There’s not a great deal to do in the city. The main activities are located out in the countryside. But, if you want to soak up the history of this magnificent country, a trip to the capital is a must.

La Paz Waterfall Gardens

Waterfalls are an incredible feat of the world. La Paz offers you a one of a kind experience. There is an aviary within the confines of the gardens, so you can get up, close and personal with your favourite birds and wildlife. There are reptiles and big cats within the park too. It’s an amazing place to visit, and you don’t have to worry that you are taking up too much of your trip. This can be accessed within half a day.

Rainforest Canopies

As Costa Rica is made up of rainforests, it makes perfect sense to see what all the fuss is about. Head to the treetops, as this is where all the action lies. You can view the wildlife from the canopies and the breathtaking views. Zip lining is one of the most popular pastimes in the region. What better way to see the rainforest by gliding through it?



If you want a break from cultural and environmental excursions, Jaco is the place to be. It’s a thriving party town with nightclubs, bars and surf shacks. Of course, it’s a great place to head to in the day too. Fishing is one of the most popular pursuits in the day time. If that’s not enough, head to the Carara Biological Reserve. It’s home to macaws and armadillos!

Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa is something of a hippy, alternative paradise. But it’s low-key and very cheap. The streets are lined with cafes, shops and retreats. It’s not a party town, but it’s a great place to hit the beach and relax. Everyone is easy going and there is a cool vibe in the air. It’s the ultimate place to recharge your batteries.

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