Things To Do
An Incredible Selection of Things To Do!
Rainforest Tours & National Parks
The Rainmaker Conservation Project north of Quepos is recommended. Walk on suspended bridges high above the forest floor. Swim naked in cold mountain pools while hummingbirds fly by and monkeys scream in the trees....
Monteverde is well known as a montane cloud forest north of San Jose. Expect a lot of mist and fog at certain times of year (it's a cloud forest, remember?).
Tortuguero National Park is a protected turtle nesting zone on the Atlantic coast north of Limon. It is only accesable by boat or plane. Places to stay include the Tortuga Lodge.
Costa Rica is one of the world's top fishing destinations. Typical sport fish include tarpon, black marlin, sailfish, dorado (mahi-mahi), wahoo, yellowfin tuna, pargo (red snapper), and snook. Freshwater fishing includes trout and bass in the higher streams and lakes.
Our favorite fishing destinations include the Rio Colorado in the Northeast corner of the country, and Quepos in the south-central Pacific coast. Both are a short flight from San Jose.
The Rio Colorado is perhaps the finest tarpon fishing location in the world. There are several well known fishing lodges on the river, including:
The Rio Colorado is located next to the Tortuguero National Park. The Rio Colorado is also known for snook and guapote, a local fresh water fish.
The Pacific coast is known for sailfish, marlin, tuna, dorado and some wahoo. Two of the main fishing towns are Flamingo and Quepos.
Our favorite charter company in the Quepos area is Luna Tours. If you catch a dorado or tuna, ask the crew to make you fresh ceviche on the boat. Yum!
See the Ultimate Links section for more fishing links.
Costa Rica has great surfing on both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts - although the Pacific coast is probably superior. There are several surf camps in Costa Rica for learning how to surf including Loma del Mar. Try surfline.com for more info on surfing Costa Rica.
Places to Party
Costa Ricans love to dance and party, and the gringos hold their own as well. There are innumerable small bars, and even the smallest towns typically have a mobile disco on a Saturday night.
El Pueblo (San Jose) - Great block of clubs, restaurants and shops in San Jose. Highly recommended.
Blue Marlin Bar (San Jose) - Well known bar in the Hotel del Rey. Lots of fishermen and the local working girls who love them....
Thrusters and San Clemente (in Dominical) are both good places for drinks and dancing on Friday and Saturday night. On Saturday the real action moves to Roca Verde just south of town...by far the biggest party on the South coast.
Montezuma (aka "Montefuma") is a neat little town in Guanacaste, and something of a counterculture paradise. There are two little bars in town right on the beach that are great places to party. Lots of friendly folks.