Diverse Cities and Villages

Costa Rica is filled with a diverse array of picturesque cities, towns and villages. Visit San Jose, Central America's most cosmopolitan city and the country's capital, and experience the 'real' Costa Rica. Here, you will see all the makings of a modern city: soaring offices, apartment building blocks, fantastic nightlife and fascinating musems.

Or, head to Sarchi to shop for beautiful handicrafts made by the locals to take home as a special souvenir. If you're looking for a laidback vibe close to the sea, we recommend visiting Puerto Viejo de Limon: known for its relaxed attitude and its surfing spots. With a mix of Afro-Caribbean and Bribri Indian influences, this small port town is home to a jaguar rescue centre, chocolate plantation and canopy zipline, along with other activities for those after an adrenaline-hit including horseback riding, jungle hikes and fishing.

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

The sounds of reggae fill the streets in this dynamic village, located on Costa Rica's coastline and boasting a laidback, fun-loving atmosphere. Coconut tree-lined Cocles Beach has great surfing opportunities, or venture inland to explore the biodiversity of the rainforest and to sample the delights of Caribbean cooking at the array of restaurants. For a truly unique experience, head to the north-western end of the village for the black sand beach of Playa Negra.