Costa Rica means rich coast in Spanish. The Central American country makes a world-class destination for surfing. It has two very beautiful coastlines.
Each coast has a unique culture and landscape. But what they have in common are beautiful, sandy beaches and clean, world-class waves that provide unrivaled riding opportunities. It should come as no surprise that enthusiasts get a kick out of surfing in Costa Rica.
Traditional Costa Rican cuisine is underrated. It’s not as popular worldwide as spicy Mexican food. Nor is it exalted like the French and Italian gastronomy. Nonetheless, la comida tipica de Costa Rica (or Costa Rican typical food) is made of fresh, locally sourced ingredients, and when well prepared, it is delicious.
The staple ingredients of typical Costa Rican food are rice, black beans, green plantains, and other tropical fruits.
Here are some traditional and popular foods that you may find yourself eating while in Costa Rica.
Costa Rica is well known for many wonderful tourist activities such as surfing on the beach, ziplining through the cloud forest, exploring volcanoes, and other fun outdoor activities. However, there is nothing more popular than an up-close encounter with a sloth.
If you’re staying in San Jose or the Central Valley of Costa Rica, Arenal Volcano is about a 3-hr drive away, most of it through the beautiful Costa Rican countryside. Enjoy the landscape of coffee and sugarcane plantations, and make sure to stop for a tasty snack in one of the many towns along the way.
There’s no better way to enjoy life than sipping a fresh roasted Costa Rican coffee in between visits to the country’s lush jungles and stunning beaches. Learn which coffees are the best, why Costa Rican coffee is so good, some Costa Rican coffee history, and a few recommended coffee tours.
If you love coffee and are interested in how it is made then these four tours are for you.
Puerto Viejo and Cahuita are the best-known beaches in Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast. They are famous for their national parks, many-colored sand beaches, and authentic Afro Caribbean culture. No trip to Costa Rica is complete without spending some time exploring the sultry Limón Province.
Although Costa Rica has a universal public healthcare system, healthcare is free only for the poorest Costa Ricans. Employed citizens and legal residents living in Costa Rica pay into the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS), commonly just referred to as the Caja.
Costa Rica and Puerto Rico are often confused with another. Puerto Rico is an island in the Caribbean. It is a US territory and its people are US citizens. Costa Rica is a nation in Central America between Nicaragua and Panama.
Volcanoes in Costa Rica are fun to visit. See which five volcanoes and surrounding areas that you should visit.
Limon, Costa Rica is the western-most province in the country. It includes many kilometers of Caribbean coastline.
Sunset in Puerto Viejo, after a rain, is colorful and beautiful.
In Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica, you can hire a tuk tuk taxi to take you around town.
Boats are moored to the beach near Puerto Viejo in Costa Rica.
Rainy season in Costa Rica is generally considered to be May through November. However, on the Caribbean side of the country, September and October are usually dryer.
Costa Rica offers excellent hiking, known as senderismo in Spanish.
Costa Rica is a good place for remote workers. The internet service is reasonably reliable and fast by Latin American standards. The cost-of-living isn’t excessive. And, the view is amazing.
The Caribbean side of Costa Rica is less developed than the Pacific side. There is a wild and unkempt beauty.
This boat on the beach in Puerto Viejo is a popular ironic photo opportunity.
The beach near Puerto Viejo.
You can see the blue Caribbean through the trees in Puerto Viejo.
This frog lives in the park in Barva de Heredia, on the northwest side of the Central Valley.
San Rafael de Heredia is a tranquil suburb of Heredia which is located northwest of the capitol San Jose.
Barrio Escalante, east of downtown San Jose, is a trendy neighborhood with restaurants, bars, and an artistic sensibility.
This muddy road leads to Costa Rica’s only Spanish school located right on a beach, Intercultura.
This statue stands outside the church in Barva de Heredia.
Barva volcano is an under appreciated tourist destination with enjoyable hiking. You never have to fight the crowds here.
The grotto near Barva Church is a popular destination for tourists and devout Catholics.
Ceviche is an excellent choice for a light snack or meal.