Top 5 Must Things to Do in Costa Rica, Central America

Things to Do in Costa Rica

One of Central America’s most beautiful rainforest-covered countries, Costa Rica is a popular tourist destinations. With coastlines on both the Caribbean and Pacific Oceans and some of the world’s best beaches along them, the diversity of landscapes and natural wonders makes for the most adventurous, relaxing and romantic breaks you could ask for. So book your flights, apply for an ESTA visa at, and get packing – because we’ve got five things you have to do while you’re in Costa Rica.

Top 5 Must Things to Do in Costa Rica

Arenal Volcano
The Arenal Volcano is not only a sight to behold, but also one that you can marvel from fairly close. This once active volcano used to have molten lava spilling from its perfectly conical shape, but the activity has calmed in recent years. You can’t trek to the crater, but the Arenal National Park allows you to fly through the park on a zipwire, or you can visit the hot springs and cross hanging bridges all to get you to the closest point you’re allowed to the top of the volcano.

La Fortuna Waterfall
While you’re on your trip to the volcano, be sure to stop by La Fortuna Waterfall. This beautiful haven of greenery and stunning surroundings is at the end of around 500 steps so be sure to consider this before taking children or those with mobility issues or other conditions that make heavy exercise difficult. For those that want to take the walk, however, this waterfall is well worth the visit. The enclosed area gives a sense of privacy even as you swim with the other visitors, just be sure to wear sandals or water shoes as the rocks can be sharp!

Things to Do in Costa Rica

Proyecto Asis
Proyecto Asis is the perfect choice for the wildlife lovers among you. This wildlife shelter and environmental education centre houses wounded, forsaken, and rescued animals that were on the black market. Any that can’t be released after they heal are used for education purposes. With daily tours and volunteer activities, there is plenty to do to get involved with the care and conservation of these animals and their home. There is access for those with low mobility or disability, and is available for all ages, so it can make for the perfect family day out.

This beautiful town is the perfect alternative to city shopping. Filled with shops, restaurants and hotels along the beachfront, there is plenty to keep anyone occupied. With wildlife parks like the Pura Vida Gardens, plenty of waterfalls and the palm-lined beaches of Esterillos Este, wildlife lovers and surfers alike can make the most of the surrounding area while using Jaco as the perfect hub fo their travels. It’s a brief car ride from San Jose, too, so you aren’t too far from the country’s busy capital.

San José
Speaking of the country’s capital, San Jose is another must-see when it comes to visiting Costa Rica. Even if you don’t stay in the hustle and bustle for more than a day, the vibrant, culture-rich city is well worth a day trip. With Museums presenting the country’s history so perfectly, plenty of shops and restaurants, and a well-talked-about nightlife, there is plenty to do for all ages and interests in Costa Rica’s capital city.

About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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