Along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, from the northern white sand beaches of Guanacaste to the southern Puntarenas jungle lined beaches, lay towns and communities, national parks, and world famous surf spots, making Costa Rica’s Pacific coast the ideal vacation spot for just about anyone.
The tiny Central American country boasts a wide array of wildlife, outdoor activities, accommodations ranging from budget to luxury, and a vibrant and welcoming local culture. For years Costa Rica has attracted visitors from all over the world and the Pacific coast has remained the hottest destination within Costa Rica. Here’s a list that everybody can enjoy of some of the best things to see and do while in Costa Rica.
Rincon de la Viejo National Park
One of Costa Rica’s many national parks, Rincon de la Vieja is home to one of Costa Rica’s active volcanoes. Here you can trek through lush jungle at the base of the volcano, zip line through the canopy, swim in and around waterfalls, horseback ride through the mountain side, or soak in some of the natural hot springs bubbling at the volcano’s base. This is just one of the natural wonders that you can explore on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
Witch’s Rock Zip Lining
Zip lining is a must on any Costa Rican adventure. Soaring through the tree tops, spotting Howler Monkeys, Capuchin Monkeys, sloths and wide variety of birds in their natural habitat is not only memorable but exhilarating. The zip line course at Witch’s Rock allows you to see through the dense forest out to the Pacific Ocean, a remarkable scene and one you shouldn’t miss.
Surf Playa Tamarindo
Playa Tamarindo is one of the best known and renowned surfing spots in all of Costa Rica. Perfect waves for beginners and some more challenging waves for more experienced surfers, Tamarindo is a surfers mecca and whether you want to catch some waves or just watch others shred, this is beach town you don’t want to mess.
There are few things more magical than exploring the jungles and the beaches of Costa Rica on horseback. Companies offer 2 hour tours up to full day or multi-day excursions for those that want to truly explore on horseback all that this beautiful region has to offer.
For the more fast-paced adventurer jet skiing is a fun and exciting way to enjoy the clear, warm waters of the Pacific coast. Many tour companies rent out jet skies by the hour or for the day so hop on and explore the coastline and the different beaches throughout Guanacaste.
Enjoy Costa Rican Cuisine
After zip lining, surfing, hiking or jet skiing you’ll probably have worked up an appetite so refuel at a local restaurant serving Costa Rican fare. Costa Rica restaurants, also known as sodas serve up typical dishes consisting of rice and beans, chicken, beef or fresh fish, sides of fried plantains and yucca and other local vegetables. Try arroz con pollo or chifrijo, or simply order a casado, the plate of the day!
Discover Traditional Costa Rican Artisanship
Stop by a local market or go into a small store and find the perfect keepsake or present for a friend by a local Costa Rican artist. Costa Rican works of art include intricately carved wooden pieces, brightly painted ceramics depicting parrots, butterflies and other Costa Rican wildlife. Beautiful jewelry using local materials also make great souvenirs.
Take the opportunity during your visit to learn some Spanish or brush up on what you might know from the past. Take a language course at one of the many schools in the area or find a one on one tutor and get to know a local teacher. Knowing a bit of Spanish will help you make friends and further enjoy your time in Costa Rica.
Experience the Wildlife
One of the reasons that Costa Rica is so beloved is the close proximity of humans and wildlife. The country has taken such strides to preserve and protect the wildlife that it’s literally everywhere you look. Giant Blue Morpho Butterflies, Howler Monkeys, Capuchin Monkeys, Two and Three Toed Sloths, Crocodiles, Green and Red Macaw Parrots, Toucans, and more are all waiting for you in Costa Rica.
Come enjoy the natural beauty, the pristine beaches, and the welcoming and friendly culture of Costa Rica and enjoy a vacation that will make everybody happy. The Pacific coast of Costa Rica is waiting for you.