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Where To Go In Costa Rica: Determining the Best Places To Visit During Your Trip

Where To Go In Costa Rica: Determining the Best Places To Visit During Your Trip

Costa Rica is the Disney World of Central America. Year after year it remains a popular tourist destination, it is home to countless activities to keep every traveller entertained, and it offers a little something for everyone, so it is no wonder why “where to go in Costa Rica” is one of the most overwhelming questions on each potential visitor’s mind. Just as millions of travellers are drawn to Disney World for its animal kingdom, cultural representations, and adrenaline-inducing attractions, Costa Rica boasts a similar sensory-driven and widespread appeal. It is no surprise that the country’s tourism industry is a $2.2 billion one, and with over 2 million foreigners visiting each year, I suppose it really is a small world after all.

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So what is it about Costa Rica that makes it such a magic kingdom? Surely each visitor can be their own judge here, but I would argue that the country’s variety would be a determining factor. Variety, ranging from the type of vacation travellers are looking for (ie. fun, educational, relaxing, romantic), to the amount of money needed to enjoy a high quality vacation, to the kind of experiences visitors get out of a trip, not only adds to Costa Rica’s desirability factor but also makes vacation planning a challenging feat for most travellers. For those who know little about the country, simply narrowing down where to go in Costa Rica can be a daunting task. Fortunately, Costa Rica’s various towns and regions are as diverse as the travel population itself, so knowing the type of traveller you are and what you are looking for in a vacation will inform you of where to go and assist you in determining the best places to visit.

The following is a list of common categories that travellers tend to identify with according to their travel group demographics, travel interests, and/or travel preferences. Below each category title is a list of recommended Costa Rican towns or regions. If you are questioning where to go in Costa Rica and you find that you identify with more than one category listed below, let those overlaps represent “not to miss” areas of the country that you should incorporate into your vacation experience.

WHERE TO GO IN COSTA RICA IF YOU ARE AN ADVENTURE ENTHUSIAST

Adventure enthusiasts travel in search of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences that are difficult to obtain at home. For this reason, they need a location that not only offers a lot to see and do, but also offers unique activities that cannot be experienced elsewhere (without sacrificing experience quality).

If you identify with the above description and you are wondering where to go in Costa Rica, the following areas of Costa Rica are for you. We recommend them to travellers who want access to a variety of activities from within the same location; they are ideal for travellers with limited time in Costa Rica and/or travellers with an interest in participating in combo tours that combine two or more activities in one full day tour experience.

 

La Fortuna/Arenal

Monteverde

Manuel Antonio

Rincon de la Vieja


WHERE TO GO IN COSTA RICA IF YOU ARE A NATURE ENTHUSIAST

Nature enthusiasts travel in search of natural beauty. They take pride in the little things and aim to uncover the breadth of flora and fauna that Costa Rica is known for.

If you identify with the above description and you are wondering where to go in Costa Rica, the following areas of Costa Rica are for you. We recommend them to travellers who want plenty of outdoor activities for optimum eco-immersion and rainforest/cloud forest education; they are areas that offer a variety of accommodation types (beyond high-rise and resort hotels) including bungalows, chalets, cabins, and eco-lodges that allow visitors to experience nature in an up close and personal way.

 

La Fortuna/Arenal

Monteverde

Manuel Antonio

Sarapiqui

Osa Peninsula

Tortuguero


WHERE TO GO IN COSTA RICA IF YOU ARE A COUPLE/HONEYMOONERS

Couples/honeymooners seek atmosphere, intimacy, and romance, and prefer destinations that can offer an experience beyond a typical beach vacation. To some travellers, this “extra something” may be a high-class resort-quality hotel, whereas to others it may be an area of the country where quiet and more private activities (such as spending an evening at the volcano hot springs or taking in a sunset sailing cruise) are easily accessible. In either case, quality is key, as are destinations that make the happy couple feel confident about choosing Costa Rica for their romantic getaway. Another important factor? Dining opportunities. Couples/honeymooners are more likely to visit restaurants (higher-quality restaurants at that) within the areas in which they stay, so for those travellers who do not plan to stay at one of Costa Rica’s few all-inclusive resorts, choosing towns that offer a wide variety of dining options (and that do not require a long commute to/from such dining options) is a smart decision.

If you identify with the above description and you are wondering where to go in Costa Rica, the following areas of Costa Rica are for you.

 

La Fortuna/Arenal

Manuel Antonio

Osa Peninsula

Papagayo


WHERE TO GO IN COSTA RICA IF YOU ARE A FAMILY WITH YOUNG CHILDREN

Families that travel with young children do so with a list. Some of the most important questions topping that list include destination safety, transportation accessibility, transportation duration between routes, child-friendly dining options, and child-friendly activity options. While not always the case, the most popular tourist destinations in any country tend to be those that are best equipped to accommodate the needs of families travelling with young children, primarily because those destinations tend to be developed enough to offer it all. Combine these demands with the basic requirement that any destination visited by families travelling with young children must be entertaining in order to appease young critics’ interests, and you have a recipe for success. Since safe areas appeal to parents and fun/unique areas appeal to kids, ideal vacation destinations for this travel group demographic offer both.

If you identify with the above description and you are wondering where to go in Costa Rica, the following areas of Costa Rica are for you.

 

La Fortuna/Arenal

Monteverde

Manuel Antonio

Tortuguero


WHERE TO GO IN COSTA RICA IF YOU ARE A FAMILY WITH TEENS

Families that travel with teens are able to travel with greater flexibility than families that travel with younger children. Teens and pre-teens typically handle longer transportation routes better, are less picky eaters, and meet the minimum age, height, and/or weight requirements to participate in the majority of popular tours and activities. In addition, given teen/pre-teen maturity, families may be drawn to particular areas of the country that suit typical adolescent interests, such as surfing, off-roading, and/or rafting. When trip planning, it is important to incorporate a variety of activities that are appealing to the teens/pre-teens in the group; choosing areas that fail to offer new and thrilling experiences may result in a “boring” or “disappointing” vacation from their point of view.

If you identify with the above description and you are wondering where to go in Costa Rica, the following areas of Costa Rica are for you.

 

La Fortuna/Arenal

Monteverde

Manuel Antonio

Tamarindo

Coco


WHERE TO GO IN COSTA RICA IF YOU ARE A SURFER

Costa Rica is a well-known surf destination. It regularly hosts surf championships, offers plenty of coast and breaks to explore, and has a surf culture of its own (comprised of Costa Ricans and international surfers that call Costa Rica home). As to be expected, the surf culture is backed by a surf industry complete with an abundance of surf shops, schools, and camps. Lessons for beginner, intermediate, and advanced surfers are available, as are surf tours to remote beach areas offering the best surf breaks. For those looking for an authentic surf experience that is truly off the hook, taught by only the best local surf experts and world-renowned surf champions, Costa Rica’s got it.

If you identify with the above description and you are wondering where to go in Costa Rica, the following areas of Costa Rica are for you.

Tamarindo

Manuel Antonio

Jaco

Dominical

Santa Teresa


WHERE TO GO IN COSTA RICA IF YOU ARE A BAR-HOPPER/BACKPACKER

Costa Rica is not a party destination. For those travellers who wish to avoid bars, clubs, and discos, doing so is not difficult. However, for those who seek a more eventful nightlife, this does exist in particular pockets of the country – if you know where to look. Backpackers (regardless of whether they are bar-hoppers or not), will also benefit from the below mentioned destination recommendations as shared accommodation options (hostels and economy hotel options) are widespread, as is the general feeling of a communal travel community resulting from the younger crowd that populates most of these areas.

San Jose

Jaco

Puerto Viejo

Montezuma

Dominical


WHERE TO GO IN COSTA RICA IF YOU ARE AN ALL-INCLUSIVE RESORT-GOER

Although Costa Rica offers only a handful of all-inclusive resorts, the country is not known for being an all-inclusive resort destination. The majority of travellers who visit the rich coast do so with the intention of travelling between multiple destinations throughout their trip in order to take in the full Costa Rica experience that cannot be had within the confines of a resort’s property. This being said, some travellers plan to do both: spend the first half of their trip exploring the country’s many sites, and spend the last half of the vacation on-site at one resort. For those who wish to do the same, all-inclusive resort options are offered in a few different regions across the country.

If you identify with the above description and you are wondering where to go in Costa Rica, the following areas of Costa Rica are for you.

Papagayo

Osa Peninsula

Tamarindo

Tambor

Puntarenas

Jaco

Read our related blog posts Costa Rica All-Inclusive Resort Series: Why Costa Rica Is Not An All-Inclusive Vacation Destination and Costa Rica All-Inclusive Resort Series: How To Have An All-Inclusive Vacation In Costa Rica Without The All-Inclusive Resort to learn more about all-inclusive resort options in Costa Rica!

WHERE TO GO IN COSTA RICA IF YOU ARE A VACATION HOME RENTAL FANATIC

Looking for a home away from home? Vacation home rentals are scattered throughout the country, however particular regions offer more concentrated doses of rentals than others. Ideal for those travellers who wish to take day trips to/from one central location throughout the duration of their trip (much like those travellers who prefer to do so to/from all-inclusive resorts), vacation home rentals are most often recommended to travellers who plan to rent their own vehicle in order to have a means of transport between the property site and the nearest town, making grocery shopping and other in-town necessities more easily accessible.

Tamarindo

Samara

Coco

Manuel Antonio

Hermosa (Guanacaste)


WHERE TO GO IN COSTA RICA IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR POPULATED BEACH DESTINATIONS

Choosing a popular beach destination to vacation at offers a number of advantages. Since busier beach towns typically indicate that tourism is booming in the area, this translates into a wider variety of dining, tour/activity, shopping, and accommodation options for travellers. Tourism development also signifies that visitors can enjoy an area and most of what it has to offer without requiring a rental vehicle to get around, long commutes, and/or expensive taxi trips. In addition, there is something to be said about popular beach destinations (or any popular destinations in any country). Although some travellers may shy away from an area given its popularity, there is usually a particular reason (if not, more than one) why certain areas are more well-liked than others. In most cases, there is a specific amenity or experience to be gained by visiting the area; in Costa Rica, perhaps it is a beach’s unique beauty, its positioning for great sunsets, its proximity to nearby attractions, and/or the number of on-the-beach dining options available. Although “touristy”, more populated beach destinations are worth a visit as they offer so much more than simply above-average volumes of tourists.

Manuel Antonio

Tamarindo

Jaco

Coco

Puerto Viejo

Read our related blog posts Which Costa Rica Beach Is Best For You? What To Know About The Northern Pacific Beaches and Which Costa Rica Beach Is Best For You? What To Know About The Central Pacific Beaches for more information regarding some of Costa Rica’s best beach areas!

WHERE TO GO IN COSTA RICA IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR LESS POPULATED BEACH DESTINATIONS

For those travellers who desire a beach destination that is far less populated than the country’s most visited beach areas, Costa Rica offers a number of small beach towns to choose from. Given the remoteness of each area, choosing a smaller beach town can have its disadvantages, including limited dining, tour/activity, shopping, and accommodation options for travellers as a result of less developed tourism within the area. This being said, these amenities do exist (less populated beach destinations are not located in the middle of nowhere), however they may simply require travellers to be more accepting of the restaurant/tour/shopping selection available and/or be willing to travel around/outside of town (via rental vehicle or taxi) in order to access the amenities of their choice.

Samara

Conchal

Osa Peninsula

Dominical

Hermosa (Guanacaste)

Santa Teresa

Read our related blog posts Which Costa Rica Beach Is Best For You? What To Know About The Northern Pacific Beaches and Which Costa Rica Beach Is Best For You? What To Know About The Central Pacific Beaches for more information regarding some of Costa Rica’s best beach areas!

For more information that may help you decide where (or where not) to visit during your time in Costa Rica, please see our related blog posts:

Once you have narrowed down which areas you would like to visit, don’t miss our ‘Costa Rica Destinations’ tip:

QUESTION TO COMMENT ON: Would you add another Costa Rica destination to one or more of the above categories? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

Pura vida!

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210 thoughts on “Where To Go In Costa Rica: Determining the Best Places To Visit During Your Trip”

  • Great information. I met many new friends in Quepos, during my C. and S. America 2 month back pack trip and will return one day. I stayed at the Azul Mono (or is it Mono Azul, i.e., Blue Monkey) Hotel. Wonderful proprietors that made me feel like I was at home!

    • blade3colorado –
      Thanks for the comment! What an incredible journey your 2-month trip must have been. If you’re talking about Chip and Jennifer at Mono Azul, I 100% agree! Great people doing great things. They also run Kids Saving The Rainforest – a great initiative and one that we support via our “Travellers For…” Donation Project.
      Costa Rica would love to have you back someday – don’t hesitate to reach out if you need any assistance/advice during a return trip. 🙂
      Pura vida!

      • OMG! What a small world it is. Yes, they are excellent hosts and you will know probably know exactly what I am talking about when I say that I am friends of Bill, just as they are. Grin. Again, thank you for writing back and I have added your blog to ones I want to follow, i.e., you’re an excellent observer/writer.

        Steve

      • blade3colorado –
        Thanks again for your kind comments! We look forward to following your blog as well. You are 100% right – what a small world it is! We make a point of knowing who stands behind each hotel, tour, and transfer service we recommend to our clients, so we’re glad you got to know two as well – especially as a friend of Bill. I suppose in this case we can give the hotel a “double A”+ rating. 😉
        Pura vida!

  • Love the comparison of Costa Rica to Disneyland! And thanks for visiting my blog, Susan LaDue Writes (www.write4you.org). I just love Central America; it makes research for my Caribbean mystery book lots of fun. There’s so much interesting stuff to learn. Pura vida!

    • Susan LaDue –
      Thank you for your comment and you are more than welcome for the blog visit! The tropical theme of your books drew me in. I’m sure they’re an ideal read for those on vacation who are looking to curl up with a good book while lounging on the beach!
      Pura vida!

    • Issy Wiggins –
      Thank you for the repost! Thank you also for helping suggest Costa Rica as a holiday destination. We love your “Packing Tips” section, especially the tips on how to pack for a beach vacation. Travellers sometimes ask us how to pack for a Costa Rica vacation (they often have more stress about the packing than the trip itself!) so lists are great to rely on for organization, especially during the hectic few days leading up to a trip.
      Pura vida!

  • Hey there and thank you for the like and the follow on my blog. I’ve read your Where to go in Costa Rica and had never previously considered it as a future travel destination, that may be about to change, thank you!

    • angelaauninsaboard –
      Thank you for the comment and the “Where to go in Costa Rica” read. I’m glad to hear you may visit one day… Costa Rica would be happy to have you! 😉
      Pura vida!

    • Michael –
      Thank you so much for your kind comments and the reblog! We’d love to see you in Costa Rica someday, but I know your interest is primarily ski-based and unfortunately tropical Costa Rica fails in the “ski” department. 🙂 This being said, we love that your site aims to bring bloggers together and promote sharing within the blogosphere, so we thank you for that!
      Pura vida!

  • Hey! Thanks for the like and follow of my blog! I went to Costa Rica last year, lived in the jungle on the Osa Peninsula, not too far from Puerto Jiménez I Miss it so much, love the simple way of life!

  • Thanks for visiting the Clearly Conveyed Communications blog and checking out my “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” post. I’m sure Costa Rica is that place for many people, and I hope to make it some day. Your blog is fantastic; the information is necessary for anyone making a trip. I’ll keep it on hand to share with others and (hopefully) use myself some day.

    • Jaime Shine –
      Costa Rica is definitely that “go-to place” for us! Thank you so much for your kind comments and willingness to share our blog with others who would find it useful. Should you ever make it to Costa Rica someday, just let us know if we can help with your trip planning at all as we are here to do so! 🙂
      Pura vida!

    • babydot74 –
      Thanks so much for your kind words! We’re so glad you like our guide and hopefully your parents will find it useful to them next week/throughout their travels! Whereabouts are they travelling to in CR? If they are in need of any assistance (or run into any troubles along the way) they can email us at info@puravidaeh.ca at any time – we’re always here and more than happy to help them however they need. We also offer over 2000 discounts for Costa Rica vacation items, so if they have any reservations (hotels, tours/activities, or transfer services) left to make we’d be happy to send the savings along their way. 🙂
      Pura vida!

  • I am so grateful I came across your blog! As an avid traveler I am anxious to make it down to Costa Rica. I will definitely be perusing all of your posts before it happens. I love how you make suggestions for different types of travelers with fitting activities! LOVE this!

    • Sandra Chabot –
      Thanks so much for your kind comments! We are glad you are grateful, and yes please, use us as you need! 🙂 We are all about individualizing the trip planning process to fit each traveller’s unique interests, needs, and budget, so identifying the best places to visit in Costa Rica according to different types of visitors is just the tip of the iceberg. Thank YOU for your post on coconut oil. I love this product (how fitting, a Costa Rica blogger loves a post about coconuts!) and I can’t wait to try all of the uses for it that wrote about!
      Pura vida!

  • Very informative…keep advising people to visit Tamarindo and the hotels and hostels will bust wide open. High times for the tourist industry…and it gives the beach vendors someone besides me to whistle those little wooden birds for. Please advise all drunks who bust Imperial bottles on the beach to go to Jaco – we’d all appreciate it. Keep up the good work!!!!!!!! Pura vida –

    • coyotero –
      Your comment put a smirk on my face. Some people just do not know to respect the places in which they tour and/or live. Wouldn’t the world be a different place if “pura vida” was embraced by everyone? Looking forward to more future posts of yours on “Human Writes” about CR and/or your experiences in Tamarindo.
      Pura vida!

    • peak10 –
      You are more than welcome! 🙂 Assisting travellers with their Costa Rica trip planning is what we are here for, so if you ever have any questions about the country, travel, or are looking for vacation item discounts, never hesitate to send us a note (info@puravidaeh.ca) as we are more than happy to help. All the best to you and “Peak Reflections”!
      Pura vida!

  • I haven’t been to Costa Rica yet and so glad to have found your blog. Thank you for a “like” on my posts–they led me here. This is a treasury of information, and I look forward to using this in near future!

    • transplantedtatar –
      Thanks so much for the additional comment! Perhaps your unique, off-season travels will bring you to Costa Rica one day! We’d love to read about it on “Transplanted Tatar”!
      Pura vida!

  • I visited Costa Rica in 2007, and plan on returning one of these days. Your blog is a fantastic resource, and I will definitely be consulting it before I take my next trip!

    • Shelley –
      Your comment is much appreciated! We aim to be a worthwhile Costa Rica travel resource for those planning their first (or return) trip, so we thank you for keeping us in the back of your mind should you ever make it back one day! If you have any questions at all or are in need of Costa Rica vacation item discounts, feel free to contact us at any time (info@puravidaeh.ca). In the meantime, all the best to you on your upcoming Asian Adventure!
      Pura vida!

  • Wish I would have found your blog before I went on my trip, but definitely want to return to CR! I sent the link to a friend who is leaving for CR on Monday. I am reading so much now that I am back in Canada. Costa Rica is such a special place with great people and I am concerned that it may attract too many developers who want to take advantage of the beauty. We were in the Coco area. I hope that a perfect blend can be found of visitors who travel lightly on the land and don’t demand too much…

    • b allan –
      Great comments! We hope for and wish the same. The Coco area is a nice one, although one that is also full of foreign-owned condos and vacation homes. Fortunately, there remain many areas of Costa Rica where the country’s natural beauty shines through and its rich culture is not overshadowed. I think that is part of the reason why the country is a great one to visit – travellers can gain the sense of comfort and security that comes with visiting “touristy” and “developed” areas, while still enjoying the authenticity of the land, people, and way of life. Thank you also for your very kind offer to refer our blog/company to your friends. Please wish them a wonderful trip for us, and let them know if they run into any issues or need any assistance along the way they can contact us (info@puravidaeh.ca) at any time. The same goes to you should you ever decide to return one day. 🙂
      Pura vida!

    • leggypeggy –
      That is great to hear! We will await your visit in 2014 then. 🙂 When planning your trip, if it ends up being a road trip and the dog makes the journey with you, just let us know and we can recommend some pet-friendly hotels to help make your time in Costa Rica an accommodating one. All the best to you and Poor John this year!
      Pura vida!

  • Travellers seeking that magic ‘Von Daniken’ – type experience?
    The ancient archeology of the native Centralese?
    The “How the hell did they do they that?” architecture—?
    Those fabled stone balls … ?

    • Argus –
      Thank you for your comment! I just have to share your blog’s subtitle… “Some people are a lot like a slinky — they seem to have no purpose but make you smile when you shove them down the stairs”. Smile. 🙂
      Pura vida!

    • The Brunswickian –
      Thank you so much for your comment and kind words! Should you ever make it to Costa Rica one day, we would love to see your photographs of the country and your experiences! 🙂
      Pura vida!

  • The winter of 2013 will find us living in Puerto Vallarta, but we’re serial expats and Costa Rica beckons for the winter of 2014. Alas, my wife’s first visit there was via cruise ship to Puntarenas — not Costa Rica’s finest. I’ve seen much more of the country and hope to convince her of its charms.

    • Tom –
      Thank you so much for your comment! We’ve followed your travel plans and know you’ll be in Mexico until March, but we are excited to hear that Costa Rica may be on your list for next winter. As for the cruise ship visit, yikes! No one should size-up Costa Rica according to a port stop, so if you need help convincing your wife of the country’s beauty and offerings, we’re happy to help! 😉
      Pura vida!

    • captainphilmorris –
      Thank you for the kind compliment, neighbor! All the best to you over in Panama – should you ever sail west to Costa Rica, we’d love to read about your experiences/travels!
      Pura vida!

  • Costa Rica looks like a very interesting country. Too bad, it’s too far away from my country (Indonesia). I will look into your blog once I got the chance to visit Costa Rica!

    • photobycraig –
      Thank you for the visit/comment as well! Your photography is stunning. Would you happen to have snapped any shots from your 2005 trip to Costa Rica? We’d love to see them! 🙂
      Pura vida!

  • Thanks for following my blog hope you enjoy my comments. You have an interesting blog, I visited Costa Rica in the 1960’s whilst in the Navy. I was amused by your page where it said Aloha Irishrover???? thought that was a Pacific island saying.

    • irishroverpei –
      Thank you for your comment! It intrigues me! Whereabouts on our site did you spot “Aloha Irishrover”? As for your visit during the 60’s, you may not recognize the country nowadays. 🙁 Whereabouts did you visit when you were here?
      Pura vida!

    • vannillarock –
      Thanks so much for the comment! We’d love to have you visit and would look forward to reading about your experiences on vannillarock! 🙂
      Pura vida!

    • ashokshenolikar –
      Thank you for the comment! Costa Rica would love to have you! WARNING: The “pura vida” that is Costa Rica is extremely addictive. If you visit, you may never want to leave! 😉
      Pura vida!

    • Domestic Ingenuity –
      Your blog is SO entertaining! I have no idea how much time I just spent sifting through your posts. 🙂 Your jewellery-cleaning tip is genius! Thanks for the blog comment – all the best to you at Domestic Ingenuity this year!
      Pura vida!

  • Hey, thanks for the follow! I was in Costa Rica for a month in 2002, I think it was. There was a 6.9 earthquake. I camped out on the Osa for a couple of weeks, saw some incredible wildlife (peccaries smell really bad), met some amazing indigenous people, and wonderful Ticos, and I have to say that after Jerusalem C.R. is my favorite place on earth.

    • Soul Survivor –
      Thank you for the comment! That is such a mixed-bag experience you had in Costa Rica! 🙂 We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed it all. From where we are to where you are, we send you our very best wishes for a happy and healthy 2013!
      P.S. Noga is too cute!
      Pura vida!

    • hopefuleveryday –
      Thank you so much for your comment! Your name “hopefuleveryday” makes us smile. The world could use more people who think the way you do! 😉
      Pura vida!

  • Thanks for following my blog. I’ll try to continue writing about interesting activities. The problem here is that there is so much to do I’m running short on writing time!
    I enjoy reading about Costa Rica as I lived there for 15 months back in the early 90’s, (was it really that long ago?) and loved every minute.

    • Warsaw’s Secret Blog –
      Thank you for the comment! We would love for you to visit Costa Rica! In the meantime, we will continue to visit your blog. I too am a dog-lover, yoga-doer, run-attempter, and run-hater so I can identify with many of your posts! 🙂
      Pura vida!

  • Your first sentence got me, and now I’m saving this article. Great, great information and so now I want to go. Several friends have told me about this jewel, and now that I’ve read this, it’s got to go on the bucket list. Thanks as well to you for liking my site and a recent post “Santa’s Mirror Image”; appreciate the nod! Have fun w/ further adventures.

    • Laurie Merritt Photography –
      Thanks so much for your comment and very kind words! We would love for you to visit and would love to see your Costa Rica photography shared on your blog! 🙂 All the best to you throughout 2013!
      Pura vida!

    • Melissa –
      You and your husband should visit! I know you will be busy with the baby on the way, but perhaps you could make a family trip at some point in the future. 🙂 Wishing you a safe and enjoyable pregnancy!
      Pura vida!

    • jninesworld –
      Thanks to you for the visit as well! Your posts are INCREDIBLY entertaining. Something about the way you write just makes your words fun to read. I also find a lot of humor in your posts. LOVE the “Old School” reference in the first paragraph of “Flupocalypse Now” and the Teddy Ruxpin pic which took me back to my childhood when Teddy Ruxpin was my best friend as well (oblivious of the fact that he was a somewhat creepy talking bear). All the best to you, your family, and “J Nine’s World”!
      Pura vida!

  • DO you have a post (I read the brief above but was looking for something more intense) on traveling with little children. Lot of aussie families have kids, and traveling to destinations that is both culturally stimulating and child friendly is getting to be a challenge!

    • Antonia Rapheal –
      We are SO glad that you asked this question. At the moment our blog does not have a related post, however you are 100% correct – family travel is an extremely large market. We are currently in the process of building “Costa Rica With Kids” (www.costaricawithkids.com) which is a free online Costa Rica trip planning resource for parents in need of assistance with their family vacation. We have a lot of advice to share and look forward to adding it to the http://www.costaricawithkids.com website! As soon as the new website is complete, we will certainly write about it on http://www.costaricatravelblog.com so that we can share the content with our faithful readers! In the meantime (until our new website is entirely built), if you have specific questions about family travel to Costa Rica feel free to send these to us at info@puravidaeh.ca as we would be happy to answer them for you. 🙂
      Pura vida!

    • sixtyonabike –
      There are so many great bike trips in Costa Rica! Should you ever make the visit, we’d be happy to send you some great bike location and/or tour recommendations! 🙂
      Pura vida!

  • Hey There! Thanks for the follow! I was in CR several years ago and enjoyed pizza at John’s place near Arenal. What a find! We took home a couple bags of his Zombie coffee, we still miss it!

    • VerticalViv –
      Thanks so much for the comment and for sharing some of your Costa Rica experience with us! For John’s… were you in the El Castillo area? If so, I know the exact place you are talking about! 🙂
      Pura vida!

      • I’m not sure where it was. We left Arenal and instead of heading to La Fortuna, we kept going up. We saw a sign for pizza and were intrigued. It was in a very small village. Great pizza, great ice cream. Great coffee!

      • The Globber –
        I can picture your visit exactly! So glad to hear you enjoyed your trip – sometimes the best experiences are those you simply “happen upon” and are impossible to plan. Thanks to you for your recent “False Imprisonment” post. I think the thing that draws us in to your blog/writing is that you simply “say it the way it is”. It’s quite refreshing and makes for an incredibly good read! 😉
        Pura vida!

    • GrooveCentralLA –
      Thanks so much for the comment! Upon your next visit, if you haven’t already done so (and enjoy drinking coffee too), check out “Cafe Rica”. It is a coffee liquor that is both rum-based and infused with coffee bean extract flavoring. It’s a popular favorite in Costa Rica!
      Pura vida!

  • Thanks for stopping by Momsasaurus and for the follow! I went to Costa Rica in 2009 – it’s the only place I’ve ever traveled to – and LOVED it. It felt like a place I would want to live. Can’t wait to go back some day.

    • momsasaurus –
      That is so great to hear! Perhaps you will make it back to Costa Rica again one day… with the family! 🙂 We LOVE the name of your blog/nickname. You also caught our attention with your recent yoga post. I love yoga as well, but the transition into it for me was similar to yours – a few failed attempts at the beginning, but well worth it in the end. 🙂
      Pura vida!

    • curlyadventurer –
      You should visit! We’ve read through your travels in Peru and would love to read about your future travels to CR! 🙂
      P.S. Costa Rica offers some great yoga opportunities!!!
      Pura vida!

    • Turnip Times –
      Thanks so much for sharing some of your Costa Rica experiences with us! Those are certainly three of the highlights. We’re so glad to hear that the beautiful architecture made your list (amongst other popular attractions). Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes! 🙂
      Pura vida!

    • bdsbrown1 –
      Thank you for your visit as well! We’d love to see you in Costa Rica one day – perhaps to report back to your blog readers on Costa Rica cuisine (although I don’t know if Costa Rican food could compare to your recent post on Bruschetta – yum!). 🙂
      Pura vida!

    • housesitters –
      Thanks so much for your comment! We’re honoured that you find our blog interesting, and we look forward to producing more worthwhile reads! 🙂
      Pura vida!

  • I am impressed with your blog! I like the way you word your sentences, you are very clear and informative! I appreciate your looking at my posts and also, the way you give comments to all of the above people. Your calling Costa Rica a “magic kingdom” and other details makes me want to add it to my “bucket list!”

    • reocochran –
      You are so kind! Thank you so much for your generous feedback. We’re so happy to hear that our writing may have led you to add Costa Rica to your bucket list, as our goal is to encourage as many travellers as possible to visit this incredibly beautiful country. Can’t wait to hear from you again one day when you are able to cross “Costa Rica” off the list! 🙂
      Pura vida!

    • Anita Mac –
      That is so wonderful to hear! Should you ever make the trip, please never hesitate to let us know if you have specific questions as we would be happy to answer these for you! 🙂
      Pura vida!

    • Rhonda Sittig –
      That sounds amazing! Surely, not much unlike Costa Rica of the present day, but I would have loved to have experienced the country during the 80’s in order to compare it to today. A lot less “touristy” in many areas I bet, however likely as stunning and beautiful. Thanks so much for the comment and the recent post on potato, leek, and broccoli soup! As vegetarians, we are always looking for great recipes so we’ll be sure to try your recommendation! 🙂
      Pura vida!

  • Hi there! Thank you for following my blog. It was nice to see your blog and I’m going to follow you as well. I wanted to move to Costa Rica a while ago but it wasn’t going to happen. Maybe one day!

  • Looks lovely – and I like that you include the part about children … even though I know nothing about the country I hesitate to go outside the U.S. with my kids … I dunno … false sense of security maybe 🙂

    • snoster –
      Your concern is a widespread one! We often receive questions from travellers related to travel with children and safety. Many areas are child-friendly (some more so than others), so if you ever decide to visit simply let us know and we can help answer any specific questions you may have! 🙂
      Pura vida!

    • Snosler – I’ve been to Costa Rica and it is one place I would not hesitate to take my kids. Everyone was so kind, friendly and helpful. Everywhere we went was very clean and the food was very kid-friendly and delicious. TONS of activities for them to do, too. What kid wouldn’t love seeing wild monkeys in the jungle and an active volcano??? I sincerely hope to take my family there someday.

  • Thanks for following our blog. I have a friend from Costa Rica who raves about the country; your blog just reaffirms his talks. We hope to visit this country soon.

    • Swara –
      Without knowing your friend, I can confirm that he is correct! There is so much to love about this country that I don’t doubt his raves. 😉 Hope to see you in Costa Rica one day so you can experience all of the beauty for yourself!
      Pura vida!

    • FIRMANI –
      That is great to hear! As you proceed with planning your trip, if you have any specific questions at all feel free to forward these to us at any time (info@puravidaeh.ca) as we are more than happy to help you however you need. 🙂 On the flip side, should we ever make it back to Las Vegas, we will most certainly keep your Firmani Villa in mind!
      Pura vida!

      • My husband has a concern. How are the bugs? There normally like him and he is worried about traveling as he does not want to be eaten alive. This is a huge issue!! I cannot get him to commit without knowing ?! Any advice ? Have you written about this subject?

    • deborahbrasket –
      That is such great news! We LOVE Florblanca! They are our preferred accommodation option in the Santa Teresa area of the country. Has your daughter already reserved her stay yet? If not, simply send us an email (info@puravidaeh.ca) as we offer discounts off the hotel’s rates. 🙂
      Pura vida!

    • Mary Louise Wehunt –
      We don’t blame you! 🙂 Costa Rica is most definitely one of those “bucket list-worthy” countries. 🙂 Hope to see you in-country one day soon!
      Pura vida!

    • mdespard001 –
      Thank you so much for the compliment! We try to be as “out there” as possible – getting out and trial-testing the items we recommend. We read about your experience in Costa Rica and just had to ‘like’ your post. So glad to hear you speak both English and Spanish regularly, and are proud of your cultural background/upbringing! 🙂
      Pura vida!

    • cbnwali –
      We are of course biased, however Costa Rica offers so much to do and see that it is hard NOT to recommend it as a must-visit! 😉 Keep up the great work over at “CBNWALI” – we love the cultural component to your blog posts!
      Pura vida!

    • KapsSocial –
      As a site that loves to promote discounts for Costa Rica, we love the deals and tips that you offer at “Gotta Love, Must Have”. Keep up the great work! 🙂
      Pura vida!

  • Thanks for the follow, not much chance of me visiting Costa Rica, as I am retired, and have little funds. Sorry, but nice blog. (If you want to visit Costa Rica). Pete, England.

  • Thanks for stopping by my blog. Costa Rica is one of my favorite places on the planet! A great place to travel with family and such a wonderful learning experience for young people about the natural world and protecting the environment.

      • Sarapiqui area, La Tirimbina Rainforest Reserve, Braulio Carillo, Arenal & La Fortuna (the volcano & waterfalls), and Tortuguero. We loved Tortuguero, early mornings on the canals, and saw lots of animals, birds, butterflies. Also Bosque de Paz where the kids planted alder trees in the forest…gotta get back during the coffee harvest time.

    • Number 9 –
      I wanted to send you a quick note to check in… how are your sister and her son doing in the Samara area? Hopefully the move was a smooth one. If they need anything at all we’re here to help! 🙂
      Pura vida!

  • I was just talking to a friend on Sunday who told me that she is planning a trip to Costa Rica, and then you popped onto my screen . No accidents 🙂 I’ll pass your blog along to her! And will connect with you when I am ready to put a trip together there myself. I build VolunTour Vacations and this could be a new spot to add to my list of countries Ive worked in. Thanks! Spryte

    • Spryte Loriano –
      Thanks so much for your offer to recommend us to your friend! I just had a chance to look into your VolunTour Vacation and love the concept behind them. I see that you’ve been to Nicaragua and Guatemala in C.A. before – we’d love for you to add Costa Rica to your list! If you have any questions about the country, travel, etc. just let me know as we’re happy to help! 🙂
      Pura vida!

  • Thank you so much for liking my blog and for the follow and I am looking forward to learn about Costa Rica through your blog and it looks amazing and thanks for sharing

  • Thanks for following my blog. I was thinking about Costa Rica earlier today, coincidentally. I look forward to finding out more about the country, through your blog, and visiting some day soon (I hope!).

  • Your info on Costa Rica is great! One of our cruise stops a few years back was in your fine country. Loved it! I’d love to come back and stay longer. I’ll keep your blog handy. And thanks for following mine.

  • Hi puravidaeh. Thank you so much for calling by and liking my poem ‘The Basement’ and for following my poetry journey. I do hope you will read more of my poems already on my blog . Costa Rica sounds and looks an amazing country. I could find a lot of ideas for my writing there. My Best Wishes, The Foureyed Poet

  • Thanks for checking out my blog! 🙂 I watched a travel channel show on a Canadian family that packed up and moved to Costa Rica and have since wanted to go check it out. Reading your blog helps make that cause more informative. Thanks 🙂

  • How ironic. My husband and I have been thinking of places to retire to and Costa Rica is one we are considering. Of course that is a ways off but after our aging cat is no longer with us we plan on checking these places out. Your blog will be a great reference to learn more about Costa Rica. Thank you.

  • Oh this looks like so much fun! And beautiful! I am jealous, I feel as though I never get to go anywhere truly amazing. Thank you for visiting my blog, and following it!

  • Thank you following my blog.

    I visited Costa Rica on a cruise to the Panama Cruise last year. It was a very interesting place. We saw poisonous frogs and took a trip through the rain forest and saw a banana plantation. Very enjoyable trip.

    Janice Spina

  • A beautiful place. I most loved the far north border with Nica (crossed in by boat through pristine jungle) and the far south (Osa Peninsula is the wildest I saw in the country). Really different from the rest of Central America, and there is good and bad in that. I’d like to come back and go out to those islands in the Pacific for a dive trip. What are they called again? I learned the real power of a hummingbird feeder in Costa Rica.

  • Hi and thank you for stopping by and liking my blog (Family and Great times) and thank you for the trip to Costa Rica. Beautiful pix and what an awesome experience through reading.
    Kim

  • Thank you for following my journey. South America in not on the itinerary this year, but I spent a bit of time there in 2000. My son was living in Bolivia and travelling by bike around the whole country visiting the Spanish speaking ones!

  • Thank you for following The Jumping Bulldog!!!…I love your blog, especially, since my husband and I are dying to visit, and this will help us in properly planning the adventure 🙂

  • Thank you for the follow 🙂 Love your blog as well, as I do love Costa Rica! I was in Santa Teresa in February surfing and loved every minute. Currently trying to plan my next trip back! 🙂

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