This must do list for Costa Rica will take you several visits to complete. Costa Rica is an amazing destination with so many things to do. From lush, green rainforests filled with wildlife, to warm clear ocean water, everyone will find something to do and remember forever.
Everyone should make a point to visit Costa Rica at least once in their life! You will never get bored because there are so many great things to do and see. Here are my favorite activities to check off your bucket list on your visit to this beautiful country.
- See the largest whales in the world.
Sure, you can go whale watching in just about any coastal city. However, Costa Rica has the privilege of having the longest humpback whale season in the world. It lasts most of the year, a whole eight months!
Once the northern waters get cold in the fall through spring months, you can catch these gigantic whales as they search for warmer waters. The two best places to go whale watching from are the Marino Ballena National Park or Golfo Dulce in south-west Costa Rica.
- Hang out with some turtles.
If you are a certified scuba diver, you’re in for a treat. Gather your scuba dive gear and check out the rainbow coral gardens strewn about the coast of the Caribbean. You can also see turtles nesting from March to July. Be sure to visit the Manzanillo Wildlife Reserve and Cahuita National Park to see the largest living coral reefs in the world. It is a truly memorable experience your family will grow tired of hearing about.
- Catch some waves.
Many surfers from around the world answer the siren call of the Costa Rican shores. There are several small surf towns to choose from to find the perfect waves. The Pacific coast is known for it’s amazing waves, and thrilling rides. Check out the Nicoya Peninsula or Guanacaste to get lessons.
- Come for the October Festival.
One week every October, the streets of port city Puerto Limón are alive with calypso music and delicious street food. You wake up every day to the smell of spicy snacks, popping fireworks, and colorful parades with elaborate costumes and dancing. It is one of the best ways to take in Costa Rica’s unique Afro-Caribbean culture.
- Book a stay in an eco-lodge.
One of the best ways to get in touch with the almost untouched landscapes is by staying in an eco-lodge. These lodges are right in the canopy of the rainforest. Costa Rica brags having some of the best nature retreats in the world. You’ll stay in a teak bungalow suspended a hundred feet in the air. Some accommodations include an infinity pool, private balcony with a hammock and full room service. You can also take strolls on the suspended walkway and get up close and personal with the canopy wildlife.
- Peer down into the depths of a volcano.
Costa Rica is home to 129 volcanos. Only five of them are historically active. Most others have been dormant for a long time. A few will still rumble on occasion, several others will steam and spit lava pretty frequently.
Around the volcanos are some of the greenest rainforests you’ll find. Be sure to take a hike in one of these forests and get to look down into what used to be active volcanos. You can also check out Poás, which is the most active volcano in the country. There you will see it’s bubbling, acidic crater lake in all it’s glory.