Costa Rica

Most Beautiful Places in Costa Rica

Most Beautiful Places in Costa Rica

They say that good things come in small packages; a statement that certainly rings true for the pint-sized haven of Costa Rica. This pocket of paradise fuses thrumming cities - like San José and Limon - with outstanding natural landscapes, making it easy to visit and tick off some of the most beautiful places in Costa Rica. There are two rugged coastlines separated by a strip of active volcanoes, with plenty of lush rainforests, jade green lakes and misty peaked mountains thrown in for good measure. These form a kaleidoscopic landscape that is a real treat for the eyes and longing to be explored. From waterfall chasing at Tenorio Volcano National Park and centring yourself aboard a raft at Pacuare River, to hikes through Corcovado on the Osa Peninsula and photo-worthy moments at the (still active) Arenal Volcano, this diverse country offers something for all keen and curious travellers. Whether you’re a jungle adventuring enthusiast, wildlife advocate or beach lounging lover, you’ll no doubt find a corner that will captivate and enthral here. Some of the most beautiful places in Costa Rica await...


  1. Rio Celeste Waterfalls, Tenorio Volcano National Park
  2. Corcovado National Park
  3. Pacuare River Rafting
  4. Arenal Volcano
  5. Cahuita National Park
  6. Punta Uva Beach


Rio Celeste Waterfalls, Tenorio Volcano National Park

While TLC begs to differ, we firmly believe that you should go chasing waterfalls. More specifically the Rio Celeste Waterfalls, found in the depths of the Tenorio Volcano National Park. It’s easy to see why so many have fallen for the charms of this captivating location, as it easily earns its place among the most beautiful places in Costa Rica. You can discover the spectacular blue-hued lagoons, geothermal pools and rainforest trails on a relatively easy one-hour hike, before arriving at the base of the powerful Rio Celeste Waterfalls. The fiercely blue depths found here have an otherworldly quality, with the white minerals that coat the rocks beneath creating mesmerising picture-worthy shades. Plus, you can crater hike, horseback ride and bird watch to your heart’s content here too – just remember this is a no swimming zone.

Waterfall in Costa Rica


Corcovado National Park

Found nestled on the Osa Peninsula in southwest Costa Rica, Corcovado National Park is one of the largest, most biologically diverse and best national parks in Costa Rica. There are plenty of wildlife spotting opportunities here and seclusion really is king. The densely populated rainforest encapsulates most of the park, with some exquisite and pristine beaches scattered throughout too. Not to mention it’s one of the last remaining patches of lowland tropical rainforest in Central America, making its significance even more impactful. Here you can spot everything from Baird’s tapir (the largest land mammal in Central America) to the Harpy eagle, as well as bull sharks, pumas and more. For those that are nuts about nature, this secluded location is pure paradise and a worthy contender among some of the most beautiful places in Costa Rica.


Pacuare River Rafting

Thrill seekers grab your oars and take to the Costa Rican waters with this next entry, as you raft your way through the depths of the Pacuare River. It’s an experience that submerges its precious cargo into the crystalline waters, providing an adrenaline rush and a different perspective (for those that are brave enough). The Pacuare River is the best choice for white water rafting and offers the perfect blend of thrill seeking and wilderness exposure. There are the roaring rapids to paddle through, along with waterfalls and riverbanks that are perfect for picnicking. Not to mention countless natural pools and an area flanked by steep lush green walls, which offer a sense of serenity and seclusion. Far from the tourist hordes, this day out is a complete immersion and chance to reconnect with nature. Those journeying here can appreciate the sheer beauty and magnitude of this part of Costa Rica.


Arenal Volcano

Arenal Volcano - the country's biggest and best - is a must when discovering some of the most beautiful places in Costa Rica. Found in the fertile northern lowlands, the sheer scale and undeniable presence of this still active volcano can be felt rippling throughout the area; it’s tall, imposing and has a reputation that precedes it. Arenal’s perfectly symmetrical shape confirms it as a picture-worthy spot and sightseer’s dream, while its wealth of outdoorsy pursuits make it a go-to visitor attraction. Thankfully the volcano is firmly in its “resting phase”, making the surrounding mountainsides and hot springs a hiker's paradise. There are plenty of photo opportunities, lakes to go fishing in and rivers to float along – even without the erupting volcano acting as the backdrop.

Volcano in Costa Rica


Cahuita National Park

Found near Puerto Viejo, Cahuita National Park offers a different kind of Costa Rican escapism. Experience the magnificence of a tropical jungle, that is brimming with sloths and monkeys, and lined with sugary white sand shores. The pristine beaches here are home to even more wildlife than on land, with over 500 species of fish inhabiting the phosphorescent waters. Wildlife lovers, snorkellers, hikers, and adventurous travellers of all kinds will appreciate the splendour of this park. Especially as it strives to survive the aftermath of an earthquake, the devastation of which has threatened the reef’s existence. As a result, snorkelling the reef is only allowed during guided tours with professionals, who are trained in how to protect it from further damage. Fear not though, as there’s still plenty to be appreciated back on land, with hiking trails, rare wildlife and panoramic views of the breath-taking coastline - just some of the reasons why this national park is one of the most beautiful places in Costa Rica.


Punta Uva Beach

All of that exploration and delving into the hearts of countless rainforests and natural wonders would leave even the most active travellers longing for a little rest and recuperation. This is why Punta Uva beach is a must. Just off the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, south of Cahuita and north of the Panamanian border, you’ll find the quiet white sand shores of Punta Uva. With palms lining the coastline and uninterrupted views (thanks to all buildings here having to stay 164 ft from high tide), Punta Uva is the place for all things peace, serenity and swimming. Plus, Playa Punta Uva is known for its amazing butterfly gardens, which play host to some of Costa Rica’s most exotic and beautiful butterflies, including the blue Morpho.

Punta Uva Beach in Costa Rica