Costa Rica’s surf and party hub and the closest beach resort to San Jose, Jaco draws a steady stream of sunseekers and backpackers throughout the year, and the laid-back beach town entices many to stay much longer than intended. Whether you’re down to your last few colons or just looking to stretch out your trip, here are some ideas for free things to do in Jaco.
Fresh produce is the mainstay of Costa Rican cuisine and wherever you are in the country, you’ll find farmers markets heaped with a rainbow of fruits and vegetables, and bustling mercados selling everything from local handicrafts to cut-price clothing. But market shopping in San Jose is not just about picking up a bargain – it’s also a cultural experience where you can mingle with the locals, joke with vendors as you haggle over souvenirs and sample a smorgasbord of local delicacies.
With its mind-boggling geographic diversity, the entire country of Costa Rica could be classed as a natural wonder, so picking out its most memorable highlights is no easy feat. Choosing from 26 National Parks and an endless landscape of cloud forests, volcanic peaks, rainforests, beaches and wetlands, here are just 6 of Costa Rica’s natural wonders.
With so much to see and do in Costa Rica, we wanted to be sure to make the best use of our limited time. The Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs Day Trip from San Jose was a great way to see a big chunk of the country in one day.
The busy capital might not be the highlight of most Costa Rican itineraries, but with its central location and excellent transport links, San Jose makes a prime base for exploring the country’s varied landscapes. From ziplining through a cloud forest to climbing an active volcano, there are plenty of adventures to be had on day trips from San Jose – here are some of the top choices.