Recently, Costa Rica seems to be in many travelers’ minds (and bucket lists), and it is easy to see why. If you desire a travel destination that is packed with diverse (and we do mean diverse) sights and activities, you can never go wrong with Costa Rica.
Costa Rica group tours will most likely take you to touristy places of interest such as the Arenal Volcano (featuring its perfect symmetrical cone), high-altitude Monteverde (and its cloud forest reserve), Manuel Antonio National park (to witness Costa Rica’s rare wildlife), and the Gold Coast (known as Costa Rica’s sunniest region, a favorite among tourists and expats). While these Costa Rica travel destinations are worth seeing, there is more to see in this gorgeous country beyond this list.
If you are like us who appreciate the journey off the beaten path, the guide below will be a good start when planning your next adventure.
Costa Rica Highlights and Features
1. See (and listen to) live music
It goes without saying that adventures are fun (and a good travel bucket list is not complete without a thrill or two), but it is also worth adding some laid-back activity in your schedule. Costa Rica is almost synonymous to pura vida or the simple life, and it is best experienced through its relaxed music and art scene. Head over to Jazz Café (considered a local institution) to witness Costa Rica’s local musicians in their element. It is also a pretty laid-back bar and restaurant and features art exhibits that are worth seeing.
2. Catch waves in two oceans (in a day)
Thanks to Costa Rica’s geographic location, surfers (and surfing enthusiasts) can hit two major oceans in just one day. You can catch the first wave on the Caribbean coast then take the six-hour-long ride to the Pacific side to catch the last wave and the most gorgeous sunset. The big bonus is that the water is warm on both sides. Just keep in mind though that the surfing conditions on the Caribbean side tend to be seasonal, with big barrel waves breaking from January to March.
3. Photograph the country’s gorgeous colors
If you are on a Costa Rica photography adventure, we suggest scheduling your trip on March. Every second Sunday of this month, they celebrate the Día del Boyero (Oxcart Driver’s Day) festival in San Antonio de Escazú. This parade features beautifully painted oxcarts or carreta. The carreta is a proud symbol of Costa Rica’s cultural heritage and a UNESCO Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. They are painted in the most gorgeous colors and intricate designs. You will want to take a photo of every piece for sure.
4. Stay in an eco-lodge
Costa Rica is a pioneer in ecotourism, and its numerous eco-lodges allow you to enjoy a luxurious vacation with minimal environmental footprint. Travelers get to pick from beach bungalows (from 300 of Costa Rica’s beaches), tent lodges, and farmhouses to solar-powered hotels. With these eco-lodges, one gets to experience Mother Nature up close without doing her any harm.
Costa Rica group tours will never run out of adventures and things to do. For a country that takes pride in its pura vida philosophy and way of life, Costa Rica surely does not hold back when it comes to offering its visitors a well-rounded experience. We have to warn you, though, once you have set foot in Costa Rica, you will find yourself coming back for more.