In Costa Rica, dozens of mountain springs, streams, and rivers snake through the forest, and with so much freshwater, Costa Rica has managed to meet a significant portion of its energy needs through the generation of hydroelectric power. As runoff moves through lush terrain on its way out to sea, hundreds of cascading waterfalls can be found throughout the rainforests and mountainous areas. Numerous waterfalls are unknown or remain closed to the public, but many breath-taking ones make great destinations for a day hike and refreshing afternoon swim.



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

Cool, misty cloudforest and deep green foliage is what has made Monteverde an absolute hot spot for eco tourism in the Central Highlands of Costa Rica. Rated 9.2/10 by visitors.

Bird Watching   Tram   Zip Lines  

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  

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  

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  

A haven for birdwatchers and hikers awaits visitors around the town of San Gerardo de Dota, huddled up against the roaring Talamanca Mountain Range. Rated 9.4/10 by visitors.

Bird Watching   Hiking  

Bajos del Toro is a great escape for travelers seeking to immerse themselves in the sights, sounds, and smells of nature. Rated 9.8/10 by visitors.

Horseback Riding   Hiking   Guided Tours  

The splendid gardens of La Paz are located on the slopes of the Poas volcano, just an hour from San Jose, in the central highlands. Rated 9.3/10 by visitors.

Hiking   Butterfly Gardens   Guided Tours  

Vara Blanca is a small town located in the Heredia province, nestled between Barva Volcano and Poás Volcano.

Hiking   Guided Tours   Species Exhibits  

The quiet and relaxed feel is one of the major attractions to this charming town, and because of this, it is quickly becoming more popular as a tourist destination.

Hiking   Windsurfing  

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