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Must do things in Costa Rica

When planning a trip to Costa Rica, I was so overwhelmed by all the things there were to do and with only two weeks to do everything I wanted to the most memorable things I could. I don’t know about you, but when I’m on vacation I like to split it half and half, half of the tip ill be chilling, and the rest will be action-packed.

Learn To Surf

Costa Rica is a surfing hot spot, surfing culture is everywhere on the coast, so why not learn how to? I took one lesson that was two to three hours long. I didn’t learn a ton within this one lesson but it was super fun and a great workout I was exhausted afterward. I learned how to surf in a charming little town called San Juanillo, but transportation will be a little hard without a car there, but don’t worry about an hour away is Nosara where everything is a little bit more centralized, and the beach is within walking distance

Hot Springs

I may be a little bias since I absolutely love hot springs, but I think this is totally worth it. In the more northern central part of Costa Rica at the Arenal volcano, there are tons of hot springs since its still an active volcano. There are two ways you could go about this there are the natural hot spring pools that take a little bit of a hike to get to usually and would be more of a day time activity since you want to know where you are going. The other option to visit a hot spring is in one of the hot spring resorts where there are man-made pools fed with hot spring water. At most hot spring resorts there are usually in pool bars and towels free for use, in my opinion, these hot spring resorts are more of evening activity.

Hanging Bridge Nature Walks

I have thousands of pictures from my nature walk at the Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, it was beautiful. We went fairly early in the morning to our nature walk and opted to do the self-guided walk instead of having a guide come with us for an extra cost. At the hanging bridge park, there are other activities that you can do as well like horseback riding, or you could explore spider monkey canon, so if walking around from anywhere to an hour or more doesn't sound all that fun there are other options to do there as well.


Snorkeling is another big attraction while in Costa Rica. There are tons and tons of guided snorkeling tours on either coast of Costa Rica, but we didn’t opt for that, and we just rented the gear and swam around on San Juanillo beach and found lots of pretty fish for a fraction of the cost. Don't worry they actually have snorkel gear right down on the beach, so you don't have to worry about carrying it around with you all day.

Animal Watches

There are a ton of different animal safari like things to participate in while traveling Costa Rica. This first animal safari we went on was at night watching sea turtles come up and lay their eggs on the beach. Just as a little warning on almost any night tour flash photography is not allowed near the animals so not to hurt there eyes, I myself was a bit bummed plus I had to carry around my camera for the rest of the tour. Another tour we went on was cloud forest tour to see sloths are guide was terrific and made sure to keep us away from other groups to keep it a more peaceful experience, and we got to see lots of animals.