Costa Rica Travel Guide

About Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a rugged, rainforested Central American country with coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific. Though its capital, San Jose, is home to cultural institutions like the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, Costa Rica is known for its beaches, volcanoes, and biodiversity. Roughly a quarter of its area is made up of protected jungle, teeming with wildlife including spider monkeys and quetzal birds.


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5 Places You Can’t Miss in Costa Rica & Travel Tips

Costa Rica stands apart from its Central American neighbors because of its sustainable tourism, and biodiversity. I spent a month exploring the provinces of San Jose, Cartago, Alajuela, Guanacaste, and Manuel Antonio National Park.

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Best things to do in San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose is Costa Rica’s capital. It’s often a spot that is overlooked by travelers but there are tons of cool things to do here.

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What to do at Arenal Volcano National Park

Costa Rica directly translates to “rich coast” because it was once thought that the land was rich in gold. Though it may not have tons of gold, it is rich in biodiversity. Even though the country holds less than 1% of the earth’s land mass it holds 5% of the biodiversity. Making this the ideal place to go on a jungle adventure.