Tropical Rainforests are often referred to as “jewels of the earth.” They are home to two-thirds of all living animal and plant species on the planet. In Costa Rica, numerous destinations have rainforest walking trails. With the help of a local naturalist guide, you can discover the magnificent world within.



One of Costa Rica's most notable natural features is the Arenal Volcano. Rated 9.2/10 by visitors.

Set high above the enchanting national park, Manuel Antonio boasts world-class views and beaches. Rated 8.9/10 by visitors.

Zip Lines   Hiking   Guided Tours  

Puerto Limón, or simply Limón, is the heart and soul of the Caribbean coastal province of Limón. Rated 10.0/10 by visitors.

Snorkeling   Hiking   Species Exhibits  

Known for its laidback attitude and famous for it's surfing, Puerto Viejo beckons visitors to come experience Costa Rica’s eccentric side. Rated 8.8/10 by visitors.

Snorkeling   Night Life/Bars & Rest   Hiking  

Surrounded by lush green forests and banana plantations, this main city was once just a small port town. Rated 8.7/10 by visitors.

Bird Watching   Hiking   Rafting  

Resting on the northern side of the Osa Peninsula, Drake Bay (Bahía Drake) is an adventure-seekers paradise. Rated 9.5/10 by visitors.

Bird Watching   Hiking   Scuba Diving  

Encompassed by the scenic Guanacaste Mountain Range, the Rincon de la Vieja cinder volcano sits amid 34,800 acres of national park territory. Rated 9.0/10 by visitors.

Hot Springs   Rappel   Zip Lines  

The town of Ojochal and its surrounding beaches provide solitude and the ideal setting for some rest and relaxation. Rated 9.4/10 by visitors.

Marine Mammal Observation   Bird Watching   Sport Fishing  

Cahuita is a laid back and vibrant little village in the setting of Costa Rica’s unique Creole culture, brought about by its Afro-Caribbean heritage. Rated 9.0/10 by visitors.

Hiking   Snorkeling   Boat Tours  

A favorite for youths, surfers, and alternative-types, the bohemian town of Montezuma is an ideal, laidback beach town. Rated 8.8/10 by visitors.

Horseback Riding   Hiking   Snorkeling  

About 27 mi (44 km) south of Quepos is the quaint and growing beach town of Dominical. Rated 8.5/10 by visitors.

Marine Mammal Observation   Surfing   Night Life/Bars & Rest  

The Tenorio and Miravalles Volcano area is located in northern highlands along Guanacaste's eastern border with the Alajuela Province. Rated 8.4/10 by visitors.

Horseback Riding   Hiking   Rafting  

Opposite Puerto Jiménez, and across the Dulce Gulf, is the small town of Golfito, Costa Rica's only city situated within a declared protection area. Rated 7.8/10 by visitors.

Marine Mammal Observation   Shopping   Sport Fishing  

The Caribbean Coast is home to the beautiful town of Tortuguero and it's National Park. Rated 9.2/10 by visitors.

Turtle Nestling Tour   Guided Tours   Boat Tours  

Puerto Jiménez might be the best town from which to access Corcovado National Park. Rated 8.2/10 by visitors.

Bird Watching   Hiking   Sport Fishing  

Discover the rural country side of Turrialba, in the lush and beautiful Central Highlands. Rated 8.7/10 by visitors.

Hiking   Rafting  

The Caribbean Rainforest Aerial Tram is located at the eastern edge of Braulio Carillo National Park just 50 minutes from San Jose. Rated 9.6/10 by visitors.

Tram   Zip Lines  

Located on the wild and untamed Osa Peninsula, the Corcovado National Park embodies Costa Rica's most truly splendid wonders. Rated 10.0/10 by visitors.

Bird Watching   Hiking   Guided Tours  

Nuevo Arenal is located just thirty minutes from the popular town of Tilaran and is near the base of the world famous Arenal Volcano. Rated 9.0/10 by visitors.

Fresh Water Fishing   Cave Exploration   Bird Watching  

Situated on the tip of the Osa Peninsula in southern Costa Rica, the small town of Cabo Matapalo provides visitors with backdoor access into some of the country's most beautiful and least visited places: Corcovado National Park, Golfo Dulce, and Isla del Cano. Rated 10.0/10 by visitors.

Bird Watching   Hiking   Surfing  

Carate is situated along Costa Rica's southern Pacific coast in the wonderfully isolated Osa Peninsula. Rated 9.1/10 by visitors.

Bird Watching   Hiking   Guided Tours  

Boca Tapada Costa Rica is located in the northern lowlands nearby the mouth of the San Carlos river which forms the border between Costa Rica and Nicaracua. Rated 10.0/10 by visitors.

Kayaking   Bird Watching  

Wild, scenic and incredibly bio-diverse, Golfo Dulce is not on most tourists itineraries. Rated 10.0/10 by visitors.

Bird Watching   Sport Fishing   Snorkeling  

The fascinating wet lands of Caño Negro are found in the Northern Zone, near the town of Los Chiles which is just kilometers from the border of Nicaragua. Rated 9.0/10 by visitors.

Fresh Water Fishing   Bird Watching   Boat Tours  

Cerros de Turrubares, which means Turrubares Hills in Spanish, is a rural area in Costa Rica’s Central Pacific region.

Nature Walks  

Located in the heart of Costa Rica's banana growing region, Guapiles is the nations gateway between the central highlands and the Caribbean coast. Rated 7.1/10 by visitors.

The mellow village of Manzanillo is set along the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica.

People visit Pacuare to see a remote area of Costa Rica’s rainforest.


Further east down Highway 32 from Guapiles is rural municipal center of Siquirres, the last large town of any notoriety before arriving to Puerto Limon, some 37 miles (60 km) further west. Rated 7.3/10 by visitors.

The Veragua Rainforest borders La Amistad National Park, just 30 minutes west of the town of Limón on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast.

Guided Tours   Butterfly Gardens   Tram  

The small town of Aguas Zarcas is in the province of Alajuela, just to the east of the Aguas Zarcas River.

Kayaking   Rafting   Guided Tours  

Barra del Colorado is located in the north eastern corner of Costa Rica.

The town of Caño Blanco offers visitor services near national parks on Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast.

Tucked away in the foothills of the Tilarán Mountain Range, the tiny community of Peñas Blancas provides easy access to Peñas Blancas National Park.

Bird Watching   Hiking   Guided Tours  

Playa Cocles is a small village on the Atlantic Coast south of Puerto Viejo, Limon in the Caribbean lowland Zone.

Surfing   Hiking  

Sixaola lies on the Caribbean Coast in the largest banana producing region of the country, the Province of Limon.

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