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 San Jose’s Top Highlights for you to visit when staying in this city surrounded by nature. People usually stay in San Jose City just for a night as their main stopping point since that is where all buses and public transportation stop, go and passes by. Although the city itself […]
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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 a unique blend of Latino, Afro-Carribean, and BriBri indigenous cultures, visitors quickly find themselves delighted by the laid back colorful vibes in this small beach town.  Here's a list of my favorite things to do during a stay in this beautiful beach town: Explore Beautiful Beaches With crystal clear turquoise […]
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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, things already felt magical! Although for us, the magic had begun before we’d left home. This, our first trip to Central America, was a gift from our daughter and son-in-law. They were excited to show us all there is to fall in love with in this Latin-American paradise. And as […]
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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 travel buddy. A question of spatial planning in which “survival of the fittest” is an unfortunate, bitter reality. Consider it a coincidence, but at the “moment suprême” all your travel companions have found the same position so as to shoot the best picture of that multicolored toucan, high up in […]
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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 way from a small dairy farm community to a busy tourist spot. To reach it, you must take the steep bumpy road that leads to the small town of Santa Elena, gateway to Monteverde: that’s where the real adventure begins. Moisture-filled clouds hover over the treetops and luscious forest surrounds […]
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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 days are unhurried and laid-back, incorporating Latin, Caribbean, Indigenous and Hippie vibes at the core of the culture. The lush rainforest meets the vast and unforgiving sea – providing both grounding and free-flowing energy. This is where the beautiful surfer town of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca lives. This is where […]
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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 everyone, from beach days on Tortuga Island to nature walks and zip lining through national parks. The Caribbean side and the Pacific side One thing that is important to know about the country is that there are two sides – the Caribbean side and the Pacific side. The Caribbean side […]
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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 a travel designer for a local sustainable inbound tourism company. Thanks to the new job I was able not only to advise people on how to plan their vacations in this amazing country according to their needs and help them create lifetime memories of their adventures and luxurious relaxation here […]
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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,” literally translating to “ Life is Pure.” Throughout the entire country you will find plenty of smiling faces. The traditional food is great too. You can always count on fresh fruit, as well as beautiful beaches and a hot, tropical sun. Mountains to hike, clean, lush rivers to swim, and […]
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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 Beach | Puntarenas What makes Costa Rica unique? To start, Costa Rica is a paradisiacal place in Central America, where you can go to the beach in Guanacaste, then, a few hours later, you can take a coffee in a cold place like Poas, Alajuela Even when is small, Costa […]
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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 want to book your flight to San Juan when you actually meant San José. Which brings me to another interesting point, San José Juan Santamaría Airport is the correct one, there is another airport called San José in California. (Yes I know this might sound crazy but it has happened). […]
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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 touch with nature. Some of the highlights include volcanoes, waterfalls, natural hot springs and much more. A minimum stay of 2-3 nights is recommended in order to do and see everything. La Fortuna is easy to get to from San Jose, Monte Verde, and Tamarindo. Monte Verde is also a […]
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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 essential. The Fortuna Waterfall near Arenal Before planning any travel venture, it's important to plan out your itinerary. What do you want to do? Where would you like to see? Do you want to be in the capital San Jose, or in the country? What kind of […]
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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 the next few days was to get a rental car and roam around Costa Rica’s famous cloud forest. We spent a day in San Jose figuring out where we would go on our road trip and how many days we would be using the rental car and buying our necessities […]
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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 there. I was part of a small high school group, which would organize a hiking or camping trip once every two months, and this time it was at Peninsula de Osa. To be more precise in a National Park inside the peninsula called Corcovado. During the way there we could […]
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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 would spend in a week, and that's without including any excursions you may want to do while you are traveling. Not to mention, the entire time you are away, you (usually) aren't making any money either. This can make travel very difficult, and sometimes seemingly impossible for some people. When […]
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Top 5 Reasons to Visit Costa Rica

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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 the globe, starting from my humble hometown in New Zealand, flying to Sri Lankan, Costa Rica and then back home. In saying all that, this blog post isn’t a modern day tale of the old classic, rather, it’s a little glimpse of all the things I wish someone had told […]
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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 in silence. A majestic mountain that suggests a landscape admiring routine, an introspective journey through the sunrays caressing the rocks, and an unavoidable relaxation of mind are part of the things that offers this mystical place.  A wintry and isolated feeling reigns, suggesting reasons of the region’s name given Temperatures […]
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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 to have a better driving experience in Costa Rica. To avoid mishaps or other grievances when driving in Costa Rica for the first time, one must be prepared, and the best way to get ready is to know what to expect. Being a foreigner and now a Costa Rican resident, […]
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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 an interesting blend of Caribbean and Latino cultures and although it might sometimes (especially weekends) feel like a touristic party town, it still has some rustic and traditional fishing village charm. What makes Puerto Viejo so popular especially among younger people is its relaxed atmosphere and – of course – […]
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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 Tortuguero town and a kayak trip. So, this is what we know so far about this place, Tortuguero National Park is a protected area located on Costa Rica's northern Caribbean coast and it is full of wide open canals with a big variety of animal species like crocodiles, monkeys, birds, […]
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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 and national park, a sustainable ranch and hotel called Rancho Margot and hydroelectric plant, all of which are important to Costa Rica. The Arenal Volcano is unique and when the volcano erupts rather than spewing lava it releases molten hot rocks, which leaves the surrounding area covered in volcanic rock. […]
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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 you were actually living in a dream world? One of those dream worlds that are really messed up and scary, and keeps happening over and over and over!? Well I was there once- but it wasn’t a dream. I had allowed myself to be swayed and swindled into a life […]
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