A very quiet Costa Rican beach, set in a bay in Manuel Antonio

10 things to do on your Costa Rican Road Trip

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Based on our adventures

These are the top 10 things we think you’ll enjoy on a Costa Rican Road Trip.


Meander through a rain forest

Within the Cloud Forest Reserve a small waterfall flows through the rocks., Monteverde, Costa Rica

A wonderful way to get close to nature and experience first hand the amazing diveristy in the flora & fauna Costa Rica has to offer.


Journey through the canals of Tortuguero

A view down one of the many tributaries that feed the lagoon at Tortuguero, Costa Rica

You will be astounded at the wildlife that occupies Tortuguero. Floating along these peaceful tributaries that feed the main lagoon, you will scan the canopies for sloths & monkeys. By the waterside will bask the truly staggering array of birds. Hiding by the banks in the still waters will lie Caiman, and check out the overhanging branches for reptiles warming their bodies in the Costa Rican sun.


Wander surrounded by a Cloud Forest

As expected, the clouds roll over the top of the Cloud Forest Reserve, Monteverde, Costa Rica

The peace and tranquility that comes from walking high up in the forest canopy. At time the views downward are staggering. You can feel the forest is alive.

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Admire the Sloths

A close-up of our sloth contemplating the lush green leaves at the end of this branch, Tortuguero

Sloths appear to run in slow motion, as a result you slow down too. What can be better that taking it a little easier on your Costa Rican road trip?


Appreciate the Birds, Bats & Monkeys

A hummingbird, captured mid-flight at a feeding station in the Cloud Forest Reserve, Monteverde, Costa Rica

From the hummingbirds that seem to defy physics, to the elegant pelicans swooping across water. The range of bird life is staggering. Monkeys that look so human in their mannerisms to finally bats. Okay, we didn’t see a huge amount of bats, the line of long-nosed proboscis bats we saw were impressive.


Walk across the Hanging Bridges

The chance to observe the canopy of the forest and get a birds-eye view. Walk from peak-to-peak with the sound of the forest surrounding you.

Cable bridges connect different parts of the Cloud Forest Reserve, Monteverde, Costa Rica


Stroll along a Pacific Coast Beach

A full view of Playa Biesanz, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

There can be nothing better than a quiet beach, especially when you appear to have it to yourself.

Something to make your travels easier?

  • 6-Port Desktop USB Charging Station

  • Mini Dual USB Car Adapter

  • Portable Charger 2 USB Ports Power Bank

  • Bose SoundLink Revolve, Portable Bluetooth Speaker

  • USB rechargeable LED Flashlight

  • Collapsible Water Bottle


Observe an active Volcano

A view of the active Arenal volcano with the peak shrouded in cloud.

A highlight would have been to observe lava errupting from the top of the volcano. However we were not that lucky, therefore we’ll need to come back at some time in the future 🙂


Visit a Costa Rican Coffee Plantation

The view from the veranda, over the Don Juan coffee plantation, Monteverde.

Get the bush to cup story of how that early morning pick-me-up juice is grown. Take the journey from the red beans that spread from Ethiopia to the global commodity that is now coffee. Whether you like coffee or not, the tour is fascinating.


Experience a Zip Line adventure

The cable car line back to base at Sky Tram. You can see Lake Arenal in the distance.

Not just for the adrenaline junkies this one. Very few of us will get the chance to soar across a rain forest. If you get the chance, give it a go because you only live once.

So that’s our list – What would you choose?

Have You?

Ticked any of these off your bucket list? What have we missed? What else is a must do in Costa Rica.

Something for the Traveller

  • Children's World Globe 3D Jigsaw Puzzle

  • Travel-Size Laundry Bag

  • Metallic World Globe

  • RFID Blocking Cards

  • The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World

Inspired to visit Costa Rica?

Why wouldn't you? It's a great way to see many ecological wonders of the world.

You can now fly direct from London to San Jose with British Airways, and combine it into a road trip.  Pick up your own hire car at SIXT and experience Central America for yourself.


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About the Author


Janis, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born in London and raised in Kent and the Isle of Wight. Along with Gary her partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, they decided that enough was enough with the 9 to 5, so armed with the knowledge and experience that they had gained on their adventures, that they wanted to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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