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Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio

Costa Rica 96 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Although the Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio covers a mere 16km2, it abounds with diverse natural landscapes and species — Michelin Guide

Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio is the country's smallest (just 19.83 sq km) and most popular national park. — Lonely Planet

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Parque Nacional Volcan Arenal

Costa Rica 96 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Admire its fumaroles, the jade-green waters of its lake and its hot springs. Unobstructed view from the observatory of Chato, the next volcano. — Michelin Guide

Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal is west of La Fortuna. The main park entrance is on the road to El Castillo (turn off the main road 13km west of town). It’s easiest to reach the park by car or on a tour — Lonely Planet

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Parque Nacional Marino Ballena

Costa Rica 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This stunner of a marine park, with a wide beach shaped like a whale's tail, protects coral and rock reefs surrounding several offshore islands — Lonely Planet

The warm waters of the Parque Nacional Marino Ballena are inhabited by humpback whales, which breed here every year between December and April (Islas Ballenas) — Michelin Guide

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Hacienda Baru

Costa Rica 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Consisting of pristine beaches, riverbanks, mangrove estuaries, wetlands, primary and secondary forests, tree plantations and pastures. — Lonely Planet

This wildly family-friendly, comfortable eco-lodge makes a great base for exploring vast tracts of surrounding forest, both primary and secondary, plus mangroves, and a beach with nesting turtles — Fodor's

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Refugio Nacional Mixto de Vida Silvestre Romelia

Costa Rica 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Ostional is one of very few nesting grounds of the Olive Ridley sea turtle — Michelin Guide

This remote, 102-sq-km refuge has long lured anglers seeking that elusive 18kg snook, and birders hoping to glimpse rare waterfowl — Lonely Planet

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Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja

Costa Rica 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Given its proximity to Liberia – really just a hop, skip and a few bumps away – this 141-sq-km national park feels refreshingly uncrowded and remote. — Lonely Planet

Most renowned for its grandiose volcanic area, Las Pailas, with its abundance of fumaroles, geysers, sulphur springs and craters, including those of the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano. — Michelin Guide

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Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo

Costa Rica 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Stretching over 480km2, the Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo is one of Costa Rica's vastest, most diverse and most fascinating parks. — Michelin Guide

Enter this under-explored national park and you will have an idea of what Costa Rica looked like prior to the 1950s, when 75% of the country’s surface area was still covered in forest — Lonely Planet

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Parque Nacional Carara

Costa Rica 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Straddling the transition between the dry forests of Costa Rica’s northwest and the sodden rainforests of the southern Pacific lowlands, this national park is a biological melting pot. — Lonely Planet

Marking the transition from rainforest to tropical dry forest, the Parque Nacional Carara has an astonishingly diverse range of habitats and wildlife — Michelin Guide

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Las Baulas National Marine Park

Costa Rica 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Las Baulas national marine park encompasses the entire beach at Playa Grande, as well as the adjacent land and 220 sq km of ocean — Lonely Planet

Marino Las Baulas National Park is a protected area compising Playa Grande, Ventana and Langosta — Afar Magazine

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Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica

Costa Rica 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

About 10km northwest of Cahuita, bordering the Río Estrella, the Arroyo family runs this private 88-hectare wildlife sanctuary dedicated to caring for injured and orphaned sloths. — Lonely Planet

Sloth rehabilitation center in the jungle of Costa Rica.  — Atlas Obscura

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Teatro Nacional Costa Rica

Costa Rica 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

On the southern side of the Plaza de la Cultura resides the Teatro Nacional, San José’s most revered building — Lonely Planet

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Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls

Costa Rica 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This private botanical garden offers great vistas of Manantial de Agua Viva cascading down the side of a cliff, and there are some pleasant hiking trails where you might see nesting toucans. — Lonely Planet

Manicured gardens lush with the colorful flora that define the tropics are the obvious attractions that draw visitors to Pura Vida Gardens — Afar Magazine

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La Paz Waterfall Gardens

Costa Rica 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This storybook garden complex just east of Volcán Poás offers the most enchanting day trip in the Central Valley — Lonely Planet

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