Major Tourist Towns

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La Fortuna, Costa Rica

La Fortuna, Costa Rica, Lying at the eastern foot of the spectacular, Volcan Arenal, is the charming little tourist town (about 7,500) of La Fortuna. Recently this town has become quite the destination for volcano watchers from around the world. La Fortuna is the entry point to the road that connects the Arenal Volcano area to Lake Arenal and continuing on into Guanacaste. The magnificent Arenal Volcano is basically what put the little former farming town of La Fortuna on any visitors to Costa Rica’s map, and prior to 1968, it was solely a agricultural town. Now it is one the premier tourist destinations in Costa Rica. click to read more... or here to see videos of the area...

San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose is located in central Costa Rica and is both the political and cultural capital of the country. San Jose is a modern cosmopolitan city that offers anything and everything you would expect from any other major city; plus nearly-always perfect weather, which is always a plus.

If you are flying into Costa Rica, chances are you’ll be arriving at San Jose International Airport (Juan Santamaria International Airport). Therefore, San Jose is worth taking the time to explore some of its cultural attractions. The city has... to continue reading click here... or here to see videos of the area...

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica (Quepos)

Costa Rica'a first major ecotourist destination was Manuel Antonio, and it remains one of the country's most popular beach area destinations; composed of three long strands of magnificent white sand beach, bordered by rainforest on one side, and by the Pacific on the other. Overlooking these wide, pristine beaches are tall cliffs covered in thick jungle vegetation and the views from the hills overlooking Manuel Antonio are spectacular. In fact, Manuel Antonio National Park is one of the few locations in Costa Rica where the primary forest comes down to the water’s edge in places, often allowing... to continue reading click here.... or here to see videos of the area...

Mal Pais, Costa Rica

I’m not really sure why such a relatively small area has three different names, but it does, so let me see if I can explain it. Most people enter the area coming from Cobano, which is the main road into the Malpais/Santa Teresa area. After descending a fairly rough and steep road (4-wheel drive is highly recommended for this area), it forms a ‘T,’ and you either go left or right. This entrance is basically referred to as, ‘Franks Place,’ because ‘Frank’ obviously owns quite a bit of businesses on both sides of the road if his name is any indication.... click here to continue reading or here to see video of the area...

Montezuma, Costa Rica

In many ways Montezuma feels like the end of the line, but this charming little beach, is nestled on the eastern shore of Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, down dusty roads that lead to ridges covered with tropical dry forest combined with contrasting green terraces etched out by rivers and tides. It is a coastline of whitish sand speckled with rocky peninsulas and protected by ancient cliffs formed some 80 million years ago. Unlike many other parts of Costa Rica, Montezuma has been largely untouched by commercial development and therefore is a beach lover’s paradise.... click here to continue reading or here to see video of the area.

Samara, Costa Rica

Playa Samara is a long, broad beach nestled on a curved horseshoe-shape bay, which affords an excellent view of its scenic beauty. Samara is approximately 5 kms. long and lies on the coast of the Nicoya Canton, just a little south of the peninsula, between hills, streams, rivers and cliffs formed of sedimentary rocks that are over 80 million years old. Many areas on the Pacific coast can have some serious surf, but here in Samara the water is usually calm and perfect for swimming. The reason the swimming is ideal is because... click here to continue reading or here to see video of the area.

Monteverde, Costa Rica

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Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

The small, surfing, party, reggae town of Puerto Viejo and the beaches just south, Playa Cocles, Playa Chiquita, Punta Uva, Playa Manzanillo and Punta Mona are all located on the southern most Caribbean side of Costa Rica. In fact, the Panamanian border is very close. The major draw to Puerto Viejo is the fact it's a surfing, party town with a distinct Caribbean, reggae vibe going on. The town itself is not that big, but restaurants, hotel, B&B's, surf shops etc. can be found continuing south through town to the small beach town of Manzanillo and all points between. If you want to experience a little different vibe than the rest of Costa Rica and you don't mind pot smoke and reggae music, Puerto Viejo may be for you. Click here to see video of the area.