Set on the edge of the town of Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park is one of Costa Rica's top destinations for wildlife viewing.
The Arenal Volcano National Park, found in the rugged Cordillera de Tilarán, is one of the top volcano viewing areas in the country.
Some of the best places to go ecotourism in Costa Rica are the Cloud Forests near Monteverde and Santa Elena.
If you're looking for an action-packed beach town to settle in to for a while, Tamarindo is just the place.
Dominical is a tropical backpacker's haven and one of the best places in Costa Rica for surfing.
Mal Pais is a beach town on the Nicoya Peninsula. It is known for its great waves, which bring surfers from all over the world.
If you want to get away from San Jose but still want the comforts and services of a bigger town or city, Jaco is a good pick.
Costa Rica is one of those rare countries where the wildlife alone can be worth the trip.