Costa Rica Travel Guides for Backpackers

Things to do in San Jose, Costa Rica

During the years I lived in Costa Rica, I got to see and learn a lot about how locals live, what places they visit, which beaches are good for different surfing levels, trying local food, drinks, and others. In the following article; I will be sharing with you some of […]
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Top 4 Tours in Bocas del Toro

Bocas del Toro is an archipelago in the Caribbean side of Panama, almost in the border of Costa Rica. The main Island where most of the hotel, restaurants, and markets are doesn’t have a beach, but all the tours leave from the main island, Bocas Town. Besides visiting neighboring islands, […]
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Bocas Del Toro, Panama… A little Slice of Paradise

Although I had only four days to spend in this country, my experience in Bocas del Toro set Panama high on my list of favorite places I have visited! During my study abroad program in Costa Rica, a group of 35 of my fellow international students and I took a […]
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Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica – Relax in this Caribbean Beach Paradise

Set in the Southeastern coast near the Panama border, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Costa Rica. Lying along the tropical Carribean coast in Limon province, Puerto Viejo is known for its natural beauty, incredible beaches, relaxed atmosphere and lively nightlife. With […]
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Discover Costa Rica – A Tropical Adventure

“Welcome to Costa Rica – Slow Down and Relax!” …  better words could not have greeted us on our way to charming Playas del Coco, Guanacaste Province, one of Costa Rica’s oldest beach communities! And with warm tropical air casting a spell to melt any lingering thoughts of Canadian snowbanks, […]
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Face to face with amazing wildlife in Costa Rica's jungle

You might recognize it: you book an excursion and there you are, early in the morning, surrounded by ten other tourists, waiting for a van to pick you up for that organized day trip. You end up in a jeep, trying to catch the best window seat, preferably near your […]
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Exploring Monteverde, Costa Rica: top 10 things to do

Nested in Costa Rica’s mysterious cloud forest, Monteverde is a must-see destination. Whether you’re a backpacker on a budget looking for your next thrill or a first-class tourist who seeks comfort and peace, this mountainous sanctuary has you covered. In just a few decades, the city has come a long […]
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A Travel Guide to Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Head on an unfamiliar pillow. Eyes flutter open to the first peaks of the morning sun. Ears fill with exotic sounds of howler monkeys roaring in distant trees and tropical birds singing their morning melodies. The world is calm and slow to wake. The mind is clear and relaxed. The […]
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The Best Things About Traveling in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a popular destination for a lot of retirees, Spring-breakers, and Summer vacations. The country is filled with lush jungles and expansive mountainscapes, all surrounded by crystal beaches. However, the beauty of the country goes a lot deeper than landscape. It is a country filled with activities for […]
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Caribbean Vibes and Pura Vida – Puerto Viejo

Puerto Viejo is a small Caribbean surf town on the east coast of Costa Rica. A place where tropical rainforests meet beautiful beaches, houses are decorated with colorful murals, reggae is playing up and down the streets, people are chilling in hammocks on lazy afternoons and ecstatically dancing during full […]
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Isla Tortuga: The Best Kept Secret of Costa Rica

The Background In the early months of 2017, my life took an unexpectedly good turn when I decided to look for a change in my everyday life and landed in having the incredible opportunity to quit my boring and monotonous job at a bank as a credit analyst and become […]
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The best places to visit in Costa Rica

Costa Rica; where the sand is white and the jungle is thick. A tourist favourite when visiting Central America! One of the newest land developments on Earth, aging just over 3 million years old. The energy here is young, full of enjoyment, and truly sticks to its slogan “Pura Vida,” […]
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Montezuma: Beaches, waterfalls and a lot to do.

For a long time I have been wanting to visit Montezuma, and for different reasons a was unable to go. A couple of weeks ago the opportunity of visiting one of the most popular places in the Peninsula de Nicoya in Guanacaste came around, of course, I couldn’t refuse it […]
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The most amazing places to go here in Costa Rica.

I like to know my country because even though Costa Rica is a tiny country, it has a lot of diversity and many new places to visit. For those reasons, I never get tired of traveling inside my country. My question every day: Where can I go this weekend? Esterillos […]
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Before Traveling to Costa Rica…

First of all, please keep in mind you are traveling to Central America, do not confuse Costa Rica with Puerto Rico. This is probably one of the most common mistakes tourist make when planning a trip, I have been in the tourism industry since 2010, and trust me you don’t […]
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La Fortuna – Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Rivers and Wildlife

La Fortuna is a small town in San Carlos, in the province of Alajuela, in Costa Rica. The meaning of the name is “The Fortune.” It is a great place to visit for those who like extremes and exploring. La Fortuna has a great balance between adventure and being in […]
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7 Things You Must Pack When Traveling to Costa Rica

Costa Rica, with its vast coastlines and rolling hills, is a must see destination for any traveler. With 5% of the world's biodiversity residing in Costa Rica, and over 20% of the country's forestry reserved as National Parks, for any nature lover and enthusiast, spending time in Costa Rica is […]
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COSTA RICA: Central and Pacific Coast

We landed in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica at 03:00 am due to our flight being 6 hours delayed (yes, 6 hours, but 2 free airport meals as compensation). We took a cab to our hostel for that night (Hostel Bekuo) and finally got some rest. Our plan for […]
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Peninsula de Osa: Costa Rica

The summer of 2007 was the first time I made it to Peninsula de Osa, before Instagram was popular (maybe it didn’t even exist at the time) and before the #wanderlust boom took over the world. It was also before the Costa Rican government fixed the main road to get […]
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How I spent a week in Costa Rica for less than $600

Traveling can get expensive. As a student I understood this more than anyone. I wanted to travel more than anything, but it was very difficult to be able to afford it. By the time you add up airfare, hotel and food, the price is already incredibly more expensive than one […]
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Top 5 Reasons to Visit Costa Rica

Rio celeste” waterfall in Alajuela.   Costa Rica is a small country located in Central America. Known for having an incredible variety of wildlife and great waves for surfing.            Receiving millions of tourists from all over the world every year.  It […]
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Nine things to know to make the most out of Costa Rica

Unlike Phileas Fogg in the infamous ‘Around the world in 80 days, my travel over this summer took me to two beautiful tropical Islands, involved 11 flights, and a killer total of 75 hours. However, just like the film, I can safely say I have traveled a full loop around […]
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Jazz, cigars and rock climbing: Welcome to Cuba

I can still hear myself shouting in the mexican streets of Merida: “We are going to Cuba!” My friend and I had booked a last minute flight, we were going to spend one week in Cuba only a few days later. My heart was beating way too fast. I actually […]
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Top 10 Things to Do in Nicaragua

Hey you! Yes, you. Come here and let me tell you something. Come in close because it’s a secret. Okay. Have you ever heard of a little place called Nicaragua? Yes? No? Maybe you don’t know anything about it and Nicaragua is just a big blank space in your mind. […]
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Heaven in heights: Cerro De La Muerte (Costa Rica)

The Unusual Cold A freeze wind waves by, and amazes me with a foreign mood. The air blows the branches of little rough bushes; green mosses in rocks with tiny water drops are witnesses of penetrating cold. The sun glosses a heavenly terrain; wide peace and serenity are the sounds […]
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Thinking Of Driving In Costa Rica? What You Should Know First

Choosing to drive in Costa Rica is an adventure worth taking. Not only does it give one control over where and when to go, it also brings out the little explorer in all of us. But before hitting the road, there are a few pointers that visitors should know first […]
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A weekend in Granada, Nicaragua

A weekend in Granada, Nicaragua So, if you live in Costa Rica and your boyfriend lives in Honduras, you have to be creative and find fun and approachable ways to meet. Therefore, why not meet in between our countries? We picked a date and met in Granada, Nicaragua. If you […]
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Puerto Viejo – natural wonders and relaxed Caribbean vibes

Puerto Viejo – natural wonders and relaxed Caribbean vibes Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is a small seaside town in Costa Rican Caribbean coast. The Caribbean coast differs from the other parts of Costa Rica because of the area’s Afro-Caribbean roots and Puerto Viejo doesn’t make an exception. This town has […]
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No roads, Tortuguero canals of Costa Rica

No roads can take you to Tortuguero, but a boat or a small plane will. A Traveler’s Memories Tortuguero, Limon, Costa Rica Two weeks before our trip we decided to book a tour that included bus and boat shuttles, lodging, three meals, tour in Tortuguero Canals, a short visit to […]
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La Fortuna, Costa Rica

  Arenal national park Costa Rica is a country with many varying climates and landscapes. From the central valley, to monte verde the could forest, to the caribbean or pacific side beaches there is adventure to be found. The area around La Fortuna is amazing. There is the Arenal volcano […]
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How Dominical, Costa Rica Changed My Life Forever

Changed Forever by Dominical Back to the Daily grind Travel is necessary to the wellbeing of one’s state of mind amidst the demands of society in today’s day and age. Have you ever felt so completely lost in the habituality of your day to day that it seemed as if […]
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Israel : Palmahim Beach

Sunny day at Palmahim Beach Little bit about myself Hello everyone! My name is Mickey and here I would tell you about my Mermaid adventures and the places I find myself in! I live in Israel and most of the time I plan my next destination to fly to. I can't […]
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A Round Trip In The Highlands of Costa Rica

From Heredia to Lake Arenal and Back While living in Heredia and attending Spanish lessons I met Andreas from Switzerland and Selena from Germany. One day we decided to travel together during ‚Semana Santa‘ , which the week around Easter is called in Costa Rica. We rented a car with 4WD (what […]
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High on PURA VIDA in Costa Rica!

Welcome to Pura Vida! My little slice of paradise The Sea Puerto Viejo; or Old Port, as it mundanely translates into English, is a small slice of Caribbean heaven on this earth. I never knew, but when I used to picture paradise, I was actually picturing […]
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Nicaragua: ¨De a Cachimba¨

Nicaragua ¨De a Cachimba¨ First things first. What is ¨De a cachimba¨? This a Nicaraguan expression to say something is awesome, and as you will read next, my experiences in this beautiful country has been  just that! I have travelled to Nicaragua two times, i have seen the biggest cities, […]
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Costa Rica: people say San José is a boring and ugly city. I say it’s not.

I have to admit; San José is not the prettiest city. Give it a change though, and you might end up liking it just like me. Nine months living in this city gave me a great insight in the places to go, have fun, dance, eat and see. A few […]
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Rio Celeste – Swimming in the Sky

The Rio Celeste River   It is said that when the universe was created and God painted the sky he dipped his brush into this river leaving the magical hues of blue and purples to swirl around for eternity… The beautiful light blue colour of The Rio Celeste River is […]
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The untouched nature in Costa Rica, Monteverde

  Arriving at Monteverde  When 3 of us started our journey to Monteverde, I had no expectations. You know how good of a feeling it is when you are welcoming a world as it is with open hands? If you don't, I am encouraging you to try it. As I am […]
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Buenos Aires: From Malbec to Street Markets

Having been lucky enough to visit this gorgeous country not once, but twice, and having spent my time there two very different ways (one being a long weekend in a hostel and the other being a ten day trip in a four star hotel), I believe I have just what […]
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Marvellous Melbourne

    Insert catchy intro here! From all the places I've been to so far (which are not that many, to be honest), Melbourne (pronounced Melb'n) is definitely my favorite. Located in the heart of Victoria, it is the ideal place to start your trip to Australia. Before I go […]
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Costa Rica: Hidden Gem Santa Teresa

Costa Rica Vamos! Stepping out of the airport I had that feeling of excitement and wonder that I get when beginning a new adventure that little planning goes into. Its just me and the flow of the Universe creating unforgettable experiences. I arrived in San Jose, Costa Rica on January […]
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The Buenos Aires Checklist

Top 10 things to do in Buenos Aires Buenos Aires is the capital city of Argentina and it’s one of the most cosmopolitan cities in South America. It blends a wide variety of manifestations to create an amazing mash-up between traditional and modern culture, which you can enjoy in every […]
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