As a backpacker haven and one of Costa Rica’s busiest beach resorts, the popularity of water sports in Jaco is no surprise, and the small town is among the best and most affordable destinations for thrill-seekers to take to the water.
Costa Rica is known for its beaches and its coffee … but what of its forests and chocolate? The country is littered with national parks, and 25% of its landmass is protected — the highest in the world — making the country a treat for jungle enthusiasts. Costa Rica was also at the southern tip of the cacao-producing region of colonial Mesoamerica, meaning it’s rich in chocolate culture. Fusing the two seemed like the only sensible thing to do, so I went on a Rainforest Tropical Adventure with Chocolate Tasting from San José.
With more than 125 miles of powder-fine white sands, crystalline waters and crashing waves, Costa Rica’s northwestern coast is like one gigantic beach resort. Many of the beaches of Guanacaste are among the best in the country.
With the majestic peak of Arenal Volcano omnipresent and more than 7,000 acres of wild rainforest to explore, it’s hardly surprising that hiking in Arenal Volcano National Park ranks high on most travelers’ itineraries, offering dramatic views of the country’s most active volcano.
With its golden sands hemmed in by towering palm trees and azure waters, and the horizon framed by volcanic peaks and vast swaths of rainforest, Jaco paints a striking picture and it’s an idyllic spot to watch the sunset over Costa Rica’s Pacific coast.
With rugged volcanoes, white sand beaches and miles of uncharted rainforest, Costa Rica’s northwestern region offers ample opportunities for adventurous travelers both on and off the beaten track. From bird-spotting in the jungle to lounging on tropical beach or exploring some of Costa Rica’s most spectacular National Parks – here are a few of the top things to do in Guanacaste.