Mar 23, 2020

Ultimate Guide to Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast

Warm weather, excellent beaches, and superb ecotourism is what you’ll find on Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast. in the beauty of this incredible area with this guide to the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica.

Ultimate Guide to Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast

Explore the biodiverse Tortuguero National Park

Did you know there’s over 600 species of birds in Costa Rica as well as a variety of other extraordinary wildlife from sloths, monkeys, and turtles. To experience some of Costa Rica’s best wildlife, visit the secluded Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean side, which is only accessible via boat or small plane.


Just in Tortuguero, there’s more than 300 species of birds, 60 mammal species, as well as around more than a hundred reptiles and amphibians. It’s a must visit when visiting Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast.

South Caribbean surf boards

Surf, chill, and salsa dance in Puerto Viejo

One of the liveliest towns on the Caribbean side is Puerto Viejo. It’s a great place to base yourself. It’s full of locals, expats, and volunteers all living harmoniously in this amazing Caribbean town.

Cycle around the town and experience it the local way, grab a delicious coffee at House of ROAM, and visit Caribeans to sample chocolate, drink smoothies, and enjoy tasty brunch foods. There’s also several yoga studios, surf lessons , and slacklining on the Cocles Beach. Check out Johnny’s Place for one of the best spots for salsa dancing in Puerto Viejo.

Finally, immerse yourself in Puerto Viejo’s tremendous beaches such as Chino Beach, Cocles Beach, and Playa Chiquita. Here’s a guide to Puerto Viejo’s best beaches.

Book a stay at a mindful and responsible hostel in Puerto Viejo.

Jaguar Rescue Center

Enjoy touring the Jaguar Rescue Center

Also around Puerto Viejo, you’ll find the Jaguar Rescue Center . No, there aren’t any jaguars here, but there’s so much more. It’s a volunteer-ran organization where wildlife animals are rehabilitated and, if able, sent back into the wild. It’s a great organization and it’s a real treat to take a tour. You’ll get up close to sloths, birds, monkeys, reptiles, and even a deer—surprisingly, Costa Rica’s national animal.


Go on a tasty chocolate tour

Did you know one of Costa Rica’s major crops is cacao? Yep! Costa Rica produces an abundance of delicious chocolate as a result. Book a tour to visit the traditional Bribri Reserve and taste the cacao fruit, learn all about the bean to bar process, sample some chocolate, and learn about Costa Rica’s indigenous cultures.


Book a tour to the Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge

Head to the Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge to take in its rainforest, swamp land, white sandy beaches, and colorful tropical coral reef. Keep an eye out for dolphins, manatees, various types of turtles as well as birds, sloths, turtles, and other fascinating creatures. Check out our tour here.