Costa Rica is home to over 300 beaches and hundreds of communities, many of which are far from the tourist pathways that many visitors choose to explore. These off-the-beaten-path destinations offer beautiful views, interesting sites, and welcoming hosts. Some are a challenge to get to, while others are just around the corner from main travel routes.


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  

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  

For a less crowded beach vacation, Uvita may be the ideal location. Rated 9.0/10 by visitors.

Marine Mammal Observation   Guided Tours   Snorkeling  

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  

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  

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  

Bahia Salinas is located in the far northwestern corner of Costa Rica's Guanacaste Province, near the border with Nicaragua.

Kayaking   Hiking   Boat Tours  

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  

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  

Palo Verde National Park consists of a tropical dry forest, covering 45,492 acres (18,417 ha). Rated 9.3/10 by visitors.

Boat Tours   Bird Watching  

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  

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  

The town of Naranjo, settled in 1830, was originally known as “Los Naranjos” (the Orange Groves) due to the abundance of orange trees in the surrounding area. Rated 8.9/10 by visitors.

Coffee Tour  

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.


Playa Bejuco is only about 35km north of Manuel Antonio and about 30 km south from Jaco but the atmosphere could not be more distant from the more popular destinations.


A long stretch of black sand backed by coconut palms and almond trees forms the idyllic setting for Playa Zancudo.

Sport Fishing   Snorkeling   Mangrove Tours  

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

Situated within the northwestern reaches of the Guanacaste region, the Golfo de Santa Elena provides visitors with sun-dappled beaches, thriving forests, and a bountiful Pacific Ocean.

Hiking   Fresh Water Fishing   Snorkeling  

The small and quaint town of Sarchí is famed throughout Costa Rica for its brightly colored, intricately constructed handicrafts.

Shopping   Community Base  

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

Tres Ríos de Cartago is a small town in central Costa Rica.

Community Base  

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