Costa Rica Vacation Ideas

Costa Rica Vacation Ideas #1: Punta Leona Hotel and Reserve in the Central Pacific area of Costa Rica is an excellent place for nature and adventure vacations. This is a 750 acre private wildlife refuge that offers beautiful white sand beaches, forest exploration and nature programs.

Bird watching is big here. Punta Leona runs a scarlet macaw conservation program. Forest trails offer a chance to see the scarlet macaw as well as many other birds and wildlife like spider monkeys and iguanas.

At the Punta Leona you can choose a chalet or bungalow set among the trees or with a cliff top view of the Pacific Ocean. Manuel Antonio National Park, considered to be the country’s most beautiful, is only 2 hours away and Carara National Park is only minutes away.

The Monkey Trail Canopy Tour and horseback riding tours are other activities available when you stay at Punta Leona.


#2: Drake Bay is a great place to vacation in Costa Rica. The town is located on the Peninsula de Osa along the southwest coast. An excellent place to relax and enjoy the area is the Drake bay Wilderness Lodge. It’s very laid back with comfortable rooms facing the ocean and backed by pristine forest.

Scuba diving and bird watching are very popular activities here. Especially at the nearby tiny island of Isla del Cano which is a biological reserve teeming with marine animals and wildlife. Corcovado National Park is another close by spot that offers guided jungle tours and hikes.


Costa Rica Vacation Ideas #3: In the North Central area of Costa Rica you will find the town of La Fortuna. Located next to the Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna is a very popular vacation idea for Costa Rica.

The Arenal Volcano is active a panoramic view of its eruptions can be seen from the town. From here you can set out on a wide variety of fun activities. Take an Arenal Volcano hiking tour. Visit one of the many resort spas in the area like Tabacon Hot Springs. Go horseback riding to La Fortuna Waterfall. Catch Rainbow Bass on an Arenal Lake fishing trip. Take a guided jungle exploration tour along interpretive paths and across the 15 Arenal Hanging Bridges.

Experience local culture with a visit to the Maleku Indigenous Reserve at Margarita. All this and much more is available through a number of guide and outfitter companies like Aventuras Arenal, Canopy Tour La Fortuna and Sunset Tours.


#4: Selva Bananito Lodge You can experience the real raw natural Costa Rica with a trip to Selva Bananito Lodge. This lodge is located in the heart of the forest at the foot of Cerro Muchilla Mountains. It’s a 2,000 acre family farm that has been partially turned into a biological reserve and opened up to ecotourism. The Selva Bananito Lodge offers adventure tours, bird watching tours, waterfall tours and honeymoon packages.

This is a spectacular vacation idea for a romantic getaway. Nature photographers will love this vacation spot. You can explore the rainforest on horseback or you can hop on a mountain bike.

Camping out overnight in the forest can be arranged. Selva Bananito Lodge is considered to be a world class ecolodge. You will stay in bungalows that are spacious, charming and rustic and, in keeping with the ecotourism theme, no electricity. It’s a small price to pay for an experience in the Costa Rica wild rain forest.


Costa Rica Vacation Ideas #5: Some people think of a vacation as being a secluded beach somewhere with little umbrellas in coconut drinks. While on vacation in Costa Rica I did the beach thing, but nothing tops the capital city of the country, San Jose. I thought I would only enjoy my excursions to the beaches and the rain forest while in the country but I really found the city to be the most amazing place.

First, the country is so rich in history that one can just walk around for hours visiting the National History Museum, the Gold Museum, and the Children's Museum. The shopping at the Mall San Pedro and the downtown area is wonderful and the pedestrian shopping mall is fantastic.

One could eat at a different restaurant every day and go to a different club every night all on a very decent budget and if one had the time seeing a show in the National Theater is amazing. If you ever have the opportunity to visit Costa Rica, don't just pass the capital city by on your way to the outlying rain forest or beaches, spend a few days soaking up some amazing experiences! -By Sara from St Louis


#6: Laguna de Arenal Windsurfing the man-made lake at Laguna de Arenal is considered by some to be among the best in the world. From December to May is the best time. The winds can reach up to 30 knots. To utilize the windsurfing center you must stay at the Hotel Tilawa. Water skiing, fishing and boat tours are also available at the lake.


Costa Rica Vacation Ideas #7: A Museum Tour of San Jose, Costa Rica vacation activity. Here is a quick list of some fun museums you could check out.

  • The Costa Rican Art Museum exhibits Costa Rican painting and sculpture.
  • The Costa Rican National Museum has religious and archaeological objects.
  • The Entomological Museum of University of Costa Rica houses more than a million specimens of butterflies and other insects.
  • The Gold Museum showcases some 2,600 gold artifacts.
  • The Jade Museum has a large collection of jade objects from two Costa Rican indigenous cultures.
  • The Museum of Criminology displays objects and evidence relating to crime in Costa Rica.
  • The National Children's Museum has hands-on science and technology exhibits.
  • The La Salle Natural Science Museum features more than twenty thousand specimens from around the world.

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