Top 10 places to visit in Costa Rica

Top 10 places to visit in Costa Rica

Looking for a surf trip or a jungle run? Costa Rica has it all! Enjoy the beautiful surf breaks all over the country like playa Tamarindo and playa Hermosa. Discover the biodiversity by visiting one of the many national parks like Manuel Antonio National Park or Corcovado National Park. Just looking for a place to chill? Head out to Dominical or Mal Pais. There’s something for everyone in Costa Rica!

1. Tamarindo

Tamarindo has so much to offer! This little town located in the province of Guanacaste has really become a popular  destination for backpackers and surfers, thanks to the layback vibe and the growing hipster scene. Catch some waves at Tamarindo beach or do some shopping. At night, enjoy the nightlife with clubs and bars that are located on the beach. If you go to Costa Rica, you have to go to Tamarindo!  


2. Jaco

Surf, Surf, Surf! Jaco is certainly one of the best places in Costa Rica to enjoy surfing. Go to playa Hermosa and catch the waves like the pros. Tired of getting rocked by the waves? Don’t worry there is plenty to do in this little town. Enjoy one of the many restaurants like Tacobar and Graffiti or enjoy a drink at some cool bars like the Monkey Bar.  

3. La fortuna

If you like nature, you will love La Fortuna! Located inland in the north of the country, this town is surrounded by wildlife and national parks. You can enjoy Arenal volcano National Park in the morning and relax in one of the many hot springs around La Fortuna in the afternoon. Less crowded than Tamarindo or Jaco, you will be able to chill out during the evening and prepare yourself for another adventure the next morning.

4. Quepos

The beautiful little sea town of Quepos is definitely a place you don’t want to miss when visiting Costa Rica. Located just a few kilometres from the Manuel Antonio National Park, it’s a perfect location to enjoy nature. Rent a villa, sit back on your balcony and enjoy the biodiversity in front of your eyes. You will be able to see hundreds of species of birds, monkeys and more. Keep your eyes open!

5. Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo will take you to the other side of the country, on the Atlantic coast. Once considered a party town for surfers, it has transformed over the years to become a choice destination for tourists. Less developed than the westside of the country, it’s a great place to cruise around on your bike and enjoy the reggae music playing in rustic bamboo bars. Puerto Viejo is truly a unique place in Costa Rica.  

6. Corcovado National Park

Located on the Osa peninsula, in the southwest part of the country, the Corcovado National Park is one of the best places to enjoy the diversity of the wildlife in Costa Rica. Less crowded than the north of the country, it gives you the opportunity to see a unique ecosystem with untouched nature and landscape. In the morning, simply pick the trekking trail you want to do, and that’s it, you are good to go!

7. San Jose

San Jose is truly a great place to stop by if you want to learn more about the history of Costa Rica. You won’t find beautiful beaches, but you will find a city full of life with charming streets in which you can wander for hours. Visit El Theatro National, the museum of Jade and the National Museum or if you are more into sports, go to a game of football at the Estadio Nacional. There is something for everybody in San Jose!  

8. Santa Rosa National Park

Santa Rosa is one of Costa Rica’s largest national park and is home to some of the last tropical dry forests in the world. As most of the coastal destinations in Costa Rica, there are some beautiful surf breaks like the one on Naranjo Beach. You can also go diving or snorkeling to enjoy the incredible underwater life with thousands of species of fish and turtles.  

9. Dominical

Less known than the other destinations on this list, Dominical is a great pit stop between the north and the south. Make the most of your stay by enjoying one of the many waterfalls in the area like San Luis Waterfalls and Nauyaca Waterfalls. If you love animals, you’ll have plenty of occasions to see a lot of them at the Parque Reptilandia and the Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary. Dominical is a great contrast from the busy towns like Jaco and San Jose.

10. Mal Pais and Santa Teresa

If you are a thrillseeker, Santa Teresa is certainly for you! Enjoy one of the many ATV trails that spread around the region and see Costa Rica like never before. You can also, of course, enjoy a day or two of surf since the surfing conditions are outstanding all year long. At night, enjoy the cool vibe of the town and have a meal of delicious traditional cuisine. More in the mood to chill? Head out to Mal Pais to find a quiet (not so quiet anymore) fishing village.  

The article “Top 10 summer destinations in Europe” was written by Simon Dallaire, co-founder of Ibboo4u inc.

Top 10 summer destinations in Europe

Top 10 summer destinations in Europe

From the sunny coast of Spain to the streets of London, we present you our top 10 summer destinations in Europe. Whether you are looking to bath in the sun or soak in the European culture, you will certainly find a destination that is fit for you in this list.
Join us in our European adventure!

1. Barcelona – Spain

Looking for a sunny summer destination in Europe? Barcelona is definitely the place to go!
From the beautiful beaches to the amazing nightlife, you simply can’t get enough of what this city has to offer. The amazing architecture, the cosmopolitan atmosphere and the perfect location on the Mediterranean make it a favorite destination for travelers all over the world.
Walk around the city to discover Gaudi’s unique masterpiece like the Sagrada Familia or the Park Güell. If you feel like escaping from the busy streets of the city, you can always go on a hike on Mount Tibidabo or walk around the many parks that surround the city.

2. French Riviera – France

The mythical southern coast of France that spreads from St-Tropez to the Italian border is surely a place to put on your bucket list this summer. The variety of things that you can do in the French Riviera is limitless. From living the highlife in Monaco and splashing the big cash to hiking the Esterel Hills for free, this destination can easily fit any budget.

3. Ibiza – Spain

Want to let your inner party animal out and do la fiesta all night long? Ibiza is definitely for you! You will find the best bars in the world that will make you dance like never before. You can spend your days chilling in wonderful beachside bars under bamboo canopies, sipping cocktails, until the sunset. Then go on to enjoy some delicious seafood and hanging out in some of the island’s friendly bars or nightclubs to see world famous DJs.

4. Dubrovnik – Croatia

You can find anything in Dubrovnik! It’s a perfect blend between history and enjoying life with festivals like Dubrovnik’s Summer Festival that lets you party in the old streets of this mythical city. Enjoy your day by hiking to Mount Srđ and chill out on the beautiful beach with some friends to enjoy the breathtaking sunset. Dubrovnik is all about love and joy!

5. Cinque Terre – Italy

Cinque Terre is one of Italy’s most iconic place to visit. Simply walking around those little cities while enjoying the famous gelato will give you goosebumps. You will simply be amazed by the beauty of houses that are a mix of beautiful colors. Tired of walking around the streets? Simply head out to the beach to dip in the Mediterranean sea or visit “Lover’s Lane” between Manarola and Riomaggiore to take wonderful pictures at sunset.

6. Majorca – Spain

Looking to travel with your family in a paradise destination? Majorca is surely a destination you have to consider. There are a dozen of outdoors activities that people from all ages can enjoy. From watersports to hiking, the choice is up to you! Come bath in the sun on the golden sand beach of Platja de Muro and let your children play in the clear shallow water.

7. Santorini – Greece

It’s hard to make a summer destination list in Europe without mentioning Santorini. This Greek island has become a really popular getaway for couples since it’s considered one of the most romantic places in the world. Try not to get hypnotized by the Caldera and the amazing sunsets. Head out to the volcano to enjoy nature or on the southern side of the island to enjoy a swim in the burning sun.

8. London – England

Let’s face it, London is a good travel destination all year long, but if you want to get the most of the city, summer is surely the best time of the year to go. With warmer weather and less rain, you can understand why!
Soak in the European history by visiting London’s landmark like the Buckingham palace, the Tower of London, the Tower Bridge or the Big Ben. If you prefer nature, enjoy the stunning views of the city from Primrose Hills or discover the Kyoto Garden in Holland Park.

9. Berlin – Germany

The German capital is filled with history. Many events shaped the history of Germany from world war ll to the Cold War. A quick walk around the city will give you the opportunity to walk around certain famous landmarks, like the Reichstag, the Berlin Wall and the Brandenburg Gate. Don’t like history to much? Explore Berlin’s hipster scene and enjoy the nightlife at world famous clubs like the Berghain.

10. Prague – Czech Republic

Looking for a city with beautiful architecture and delicious beers? Meet the magical city of Prague! Discover the history of Czech Republic by walking in the old town square, by visiting the Prague Castle or Charles bridge. Finish your day by listening to traditional Czech music and enjoy a great pilsner beer in one of the many pubs spread around town.

The article “Top 10 summer destinations in Europe” was written by Simon Dallaire, co-founder of Ibboo4u inc.

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