There are many great beaches where you can experience the Caribbean flair – for example Puerto Viejo de Talamanca or Punta Uva, these are great places to relax in one of the many hammocks along the white sandy coast. At these beaches you can not only admire the colourful underwater world during snorkeling but also watch the surfers or even surf on the waves yourself as well as get the hippie feeling! Why? – because this area is famous for being the paradise for dropouts. Not far away from the beaches there is a fisher-village named Manzanillo, where various traditional meals are offered – freshly cooked by Creole Mamas.
To have a deeper view into the original nature, you can drive through to the Caño Negro, a wildlife sanctuary to see different animals like jaguars, iguanas, otters, pumas and numerous bird species. In the park itself it’s the best to go by boat and discover everything from the river. There is also the National Park “Rincón de la Vieja”, the cloud-forest reserve Monteverde and the La Paz waterfall, which stretches 8 km long and goes down the eastern side of the volcano Poás, the rainforest are definitely worth seeing. It is also wonderful to visit La Paz Waterfall Gardens with its hummingbird and butterfly garden.
Culturally interested people should take part in a little travel to visit the “Museo de Cultura Popular” in Heredia. In this old country house there are many artifacts that are exhibited which would have been used by locals from Heredia in the olden days. We would also recommend the Teatro Nacional and the Museo de Arte y Diseño in San José, which exhibits cinema evenings as well as workshops.