With jaw-dropping landscapes, friendly locals and epic adventures to be had, it’s no wonder why tourists flock to Costa Rica. With a booming tourism industry, you won’t be the only one seeking the waterfalls, volcanoes and amazing surf in this Central American gem. But don’t worry, there are plenty of off the beaten path places in Costa Rica if you know where to look!
If you are planning on going off the beaten path, getting there is easiest if you rent a car. It's surprisingly cheap and really easy to drive around in Costa Rica.
The Osa Peninsula is the perfect location to get off the beaten path in Costa Rica. There are so many things to do in Corcovado National Park including hiking, spotting wildlife and seeing the sky lit up with stars. Our friend, Ligia, shares her experience traveling to Corcovado and shows you how you can visit there too.
With postcard worthy beaches, lush jungles, ample wildlife and dreamy waterfalls, it’s no surprise that Costa Rica is the most popular vacation spot in Central America. We’ve put together an ultimate bucket list of the top things to do in Costa Rica — from the must-see places to off the beaten path adventures. Let’s start planning your trip to paradise!
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is one of Costa Rica’s most famous Caribbean cities. There are so many things to do in Puerto Viejo, from touring the BriBri indigenous village to seeing sloths to exploring Costa Rica’s best beaches. And of course you can’t miss the delicious Caribbean food! You’ll quickly fall in love with Puerto Viejo.
If you’re looking to dig a little deeper into the culture in Costa Rica, take a break from the adventure sports and beaches for a day and venture to an indigenous village not far from Puerto Viejo. Learning about the Bribri people, speaking with a shaman and supporting their livelihood is an unforgettable experience that will certainly stick with you after you leave Costa Rica.
If you’re considering teaching English abroad, one of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make is picking a country to call home. We’ve rounded up some of the best countries to move to as an English teacher. Find out where you will earn the most money as well as which countries have a great work-life balance. This guide will help you decide which country is right for you.
Arenal is the adventure capital of Costa Rica and has many things to do to keep your heart pumping. Whether it’s whitewater rafting, canyoning, ziplining or hiking around the Arenal Volcano, we have you covered with this detailed travel guide. We are also sharing our top places to stay in La Fortuna and the best places to eat.
If you’re looking for great surf, gorgeous sunsets, good food and laid back vibes, look no further than Santa Teresa. With Montezuma a short drive away, these two towns are a backpacker’s dream. There are plenty of things to do in Santa Teresa and Montezuma and we have a list that will keep you busy while visiting the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica.
Tucked away in the mountains of central Costa Rica, Rancho Mastatal is a sustainable education center and lodge. Whether you want to explore a hidden waterfall, unplug in an hammock or learn about permaculture and natural building, this off-the-beaten path destination has so much to offer.
Whether you’re looking for the perfect stay on your honeymoon, or a special experience during your trip to Costa Rica, Oxygen Jungle Villas is the perfect combination of romance, luxury and comfort all in a beautiful natural setting.
Renting a car is the best way to visit Costa Rica. You can get off the beaten path and have the freedom to do what you want. Suprisingly, driving in Costa Rica is easy and the rental car prices are cheap. We’re sharing everything you need to know about renting a car in Costa Rica.