If you are planning to visit Costa Rica and you are not into the crowded very touristy places, you have got to read this.
I’m a firm believer that every place holds hidden treasures that are special because not many people can be found in them. That secrecy gives tourists a sense of freedom and a chance to discover a place entirely, no rules apply, no tourist guides, no time restrictions.
- Playa Zancudo: this beach is located at Puntarena’s province. What’s so cool about thisplace is that you get to enjoy at the North side of the beach a calm, wave-free water, perfect to do some snorkeling or to just relax and take-in all your surroundings. You also get waves on the Southern side of the beach , great for those looking forward to doing some water activities, such as surfing, water skiing, boogie boarding, you name it. Get to experience tranquility and enjoy this isolated beach town. There’s also a chance you might see some monkeys and even crocodiles near this place.
- Barra Honda National Park: if you are into exploring, this would be an ideal place tospend your afternoon. This often forgotten National Park has a large amount of caves for you to visit. There are 42 caves in this place but only 19 have been explored. You can also appreciate a diversity of rock formations, such as stalactites and stalagmites. The Park is located at the Nicoya Peninsula . There are some caving and bats tours available, so if you are concerned with getting lost, don’t be.
- Mal Pais – Santa Teresa: Mal Pais used to be a well kept secret destination butnowadays, many young tourists visit this place because it is considered one of the best Pacific Coast beaches. It’s starting to attract many surfers. However, it makes the cut on this countdown due to the fact that it is a beautiful and relaxed place you must visit. Santa Teresa gives you the opportunity to get to enjoy some international cuisine and maybe do a little yoga or my ULTIMATE FAVORITE, horse back riding at the beach . Oh! And if you are not into surfing don’t worry, the town services are available and close by. If you are not quite into surfing but interested in trying it out, there are also lessons offered. Take into consideration that you can reach Nicoya Peninsula by taking the ferry at Puntarenas. If you are planning on taking a road trip from the Central Pacific to Mal Pais, this would be the easiest way to go.
- San Gerardo de Dota: is a small town located next to the Savegre river, a quiet, relaxedoption if you want to get away from all the chaos, just two hours away from San Jose. Around the town, there is a wide variety of options to stay from hotels to villas, that allow you to enjoy mountain and forest views. The main attraction in the forest I think would be the variety of birds around the area, including hummingbirds and woodpeckers. There is also a chance to fish some trouts within the Savegre river. Nature enthusiasts really would love this place. There are one-day tours available for this outing.
Whatever place of these top 4 you decide to visit, make sure you take lots of pictures and remember to relax and have a great time. Don’t forget to share with us your special memories by using the hashtag #propertiesincostarica . Dare to discover Costa Rica!