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10 hidden gems for your Costa Rica vacation

Updated: Mar 7

If you're gearing up to visit Costa Rica, ensure you've got the ultimate travel guide on your radar. Beyond the classic destinations like Monteverde, Arenal Volcano, Manuel Antonio, and Tortuguero, there's a trove of stunning secret places waiting to be discovered on your family Costa Rica vacation.

Here is Destination Costa Rica's list of 10 hidden gems to elevate your Costa Rica vacation:

1. Bajos del Toro

Discover the vibrant waterfalls and rainforests of Bajos del Toro in Zarcero, a haven for unique Costa Rican birds that you won't find elsewhere.

2. Río Celeste

One of Costa Rica's most awe-inspiring natural sites, Rio Celeste captivates with its turquoise waters. Though reaching this wonder might be a challenge, the payoff at its wonderful waterfall is absolutely worth it.

3. Rincón de la Vieja

Nestled in Guanacaste, Rincón de la Vieja National Park boasts diverse ecosystems reminiscent of a scene straight out of Jurassic Park. Dive into the beauty of waterfalls like La Cangreja, where you can swim amidst breathtaking flora and fauna.

4. Bahía Ballena

For the most beautiful beaches on the Central Pacific Coast, head to Bahía Ballena National Park. Immerse yourself in lush tropical nature and endless beaches, the perfect backdrop for vibrant sunsets and whale watching.

5. Nosara

Escape to Playa Nosara in Guanacaste's coast for pristine white sand beaches, crystal-clear oceans, and the best yoga lessons and surf experiences in Costa Rica.

6. Playa Conchal

Relax on the calm shores of Playa Conchal, a beach with calm waters and sand made of tiny seashells, offering a perfect day in the sun.

7. Gandoca Manzanillo

Explore the unique culture and dreamlike beaches of Costa Rica's Caribbean side at Gandoca Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge—a natural treasure perfect for your Costa Rica honeymoon.

8. San Gerardo de Dota

A paradise for quetzales, San Gerardo de Dota envelopes you in a mountain atmosphere and pure, cozy vegetation. Add this to your birdwatching bucket list for an authentic encounter with these majestic creatures.

9. Poás Volcano

Just minutes from San José, Poas Volcano stands as an impressive active volcano. Don't miss the chance to witness its stunning crater, lush vegetation, lagoons, and cloudy weather.

10.  Palo Verde

Located on the Nicoya Peninsula, Palo Verde National Park is a birdwatcher's paradise. Witness unique bird species in wetlands, including the scarlet macaw, roseate spoonbill, and green heron

Ready to uncover these hidden wonders? Plan your journey with Destination Costa Rica and make these secret places in Costa Rica part of your travel story!

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