Popular Cities in Costa Rica

Top cities in Costa Rica, page 1, based on popularity among TravBuddy members.

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San Jose #1 most popular location
Costa Rica’s clunky capital is often dismissed as a dirty necessity on route to the country’s more notable beaches and jungles. If you’re on a flying visit to Costa Rica on the whole, y…
235travelers 103reviews 85blogs
La Fortuna #2 most popular location
One of the most intimate mountain destinations for travelers seeking that extra-special something that sets the destination apart from the major tourist hubs is La Fortuna de San Carlos, othe…
8travelers 63reviews 55blogs
Manuel Antonio #3 most popular location
A beautiful village nestled in the rainforest on the pacific coast of Costa Rica. Relatively small, this village is accessed only through Quepos where you can either catch a bus in or drive. …
15travelers 45reviews 31blogs
Jaco #4 most popular location
Jaco is a rapidly expanding town on the Pacific side of Costa Rica. Home to a large ex-pat community and a surfing culture. If you are looking for a quiet off-the-beaten-track time then Jaco …
16travelers 26reviews 21blogs
Monteverde #5 most popular location
The Monte Verde cloud forest reserve is a green island in the top of the mountain. Most of the mountain's Pacific side is deforested and used for cattle feed, but east side is generally prote…
13travelers 23reviews 45blogs
Tamarindo #6 most popular location
Tamarindo is a beaultiful location in the Guancaste region of Costa Rica. It has everything for the adventure traveler. Whether you are looking for a relaxing vacation on the beach, want to …
23travelers 22reviews 20blogs
Puerto Viejo #7 most popular location
Puerto Viejo is a small town stretched on the Caribbean coastline of Costa Rica, close to the Panama boarder. The town is very popular by surfers and backpackers, and affordable hostels, rest…
17travelers 55reviews 33blogs
Alajuela #8 most popular location
Alajuela is just west of San Jose and is the gateway to western sites like the Vulcan Poas, Grecia, and to the port of Puntarenas for charter a boat ride through the Gulf of Nicoya to islands…
17travelers 16reviews 12blogs
Quepos #9 most popular location
Quepos is a small town that serves as the entrance to Manuel Antonio. While it may not be the most picturesque town encountered in Costa Rica it certainly has character and is home to a large…
11travelers 18reviews 22blogs
Cahuita #10 most popular location
Cahuita is a small town on Costa Rica's southern Carribean coast, best known for its national park and its beaches. Cahuita is also a destination for surfers, backpackers and anyone looking f…
6travelers 15reviews 16blogs
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca #11 most popular location
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is a very small village at the Caribbean coast in Costa Rica. It is a very laid back place with nice beach bars to go out in the evening. Also it is a place for goin…
9travelers 12reviews 1blogs
Dominical #12 most popular location
Dominical is a cool little surfing town in the Puntarenas province of Costa Rica. There are lots of hostels and cabinas and places to rent and buy surfing equipment. I personally thought the …
9travelers 12reviews 13blogs
Tortuguero #13 most popular location
A very remote town at the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. The only way to get here is by airplane or by boat. There are no cars in this town and the streets are all sand streets. It depend com…
4travelers 6reviews 19blogs
Arenal #14 most popular location
The main reason to visit Arenal is to bask in the shadow of Volcan Arenal. The only volcano in Costa Rica to be constantly active since it woke up after 400 years after the big eruption back …
7travelers 9reviews 10blogs
Santa Teresa #15 most popular location
Santa Teresa has a beautiful beach, perfect for surfing or just playing in the waves. Restaurants are plentiful. The trip to get to Santa Teresa can be a bit of a challenge (rough roads) bu…
3travelers 5reviews 3blogs
Samara #16 most popular location
7travelers 11reviews 9blogs
Guanacaste #17 most popular location
13travelers 9reviews 5blogs
Montezuma #18 most popular location
Bohemian town that caters to tourism. Open cafes make the town appealing to backpackers from around the world which is very noticeable when the sun goes down and people return from the surf, …
8travelers 14reviews 14blogs
Heredia #19 most popular location
Larger town that keeps its small town feel due to being the home of the largest University in Costa Rica, National University of Costa Rica, which accepts many international students. Heredia…
26travelers 3reviews 16blogs
Escazu #20 most popular location
History of Escazú This old colonial town derives its name, Escazú, from the indigenous word Izt-kat-zu, meaning "resting stone," because it is believed that this was the area where the n…
5travelers 1reviews
Liberia #21 most popular location
10travelers 3reviews 22blogs
Puntarenas #22 most popular location
A large bustling port town that serves as the main port on the pacific side of costa rica. Having improved vastly over the past couple of years it now has an attractive boardwalk area and sho…
8travelers 6reviews 5blogs
Nosara #23 most popular location
Nosara is peace...no crowds, no kitschy touristy stuff, just surf and sand and some amazing yoga in the treetops with the howler monkeys. And coconut ice cream. Very safe. Everyone is frie…
3travelers 2reviews 1blogs
Cabuya #24 most popular location
1travelers 5reviews 1blogs
Santa Ana #25 most popular location
6travelers 3reviews 3blogs
Santa Elena #26 most popular location
2travelers 5reviews 7blogs
Turrialba #27 most popular location
3travelers 9blogs
Jaco Beach #28 most popular location
4travelers 4reviews
Puerto Limon #29 most popular location
2travelers 2reviews 4blogs
Cartago #30 most popular location
Cartago is east of San Jose and has many services. Also there is the very impressive Jubileo de la Misericordia, Diocesis De Cartago, catholic church. In regular hours the church s wide open…
8travelers 1reviews 8blogs
Playas Del Coco #31 most popular location
1travelers 1reviews
Drake Bay #32 most popular location
Drake Bay is an off the beaten track village that serves as a good starting point for Corcovado park. It overlooks the pacific and the nearby reserve of Cano island. It is slightly harder to…
1travelers 3reviews 1blogs
Puerto Jimenez #33 most popular location
6travelers 1reviews 3blogs
Uvita #34 most popular location
Uvita is just south of Dominical, Costa Rica. It is a small town situated in the Marino Ballena National Park - where you can see whales at certain times of the year. It provides a unique co…
1travelers 3reviews 2blogs
Parrita #35 most popular location
1reviews
Poas #36 most popular location
Poas is actually the name of an active volcano located at Poas Volcano National Park in Alajuela province. There is a viewing platform at the edge of the crater where on a clear day, one can …
2travelers 3reviews 2blogs
Mal Pais #37 most popular location
Mal Pais lies at the southeastern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula in Puntarenas province. Although it is a small village and there are very little tourist attractions or services, hotels and dini…
2travelers 4reviews 5blogs
Culebra #38 most popular location
2reviews
San Ramon #39 most popular location
San Ramon is a small city about 45 minutes from San Jose, . In the center of the city is a small park in front of Catholic church where the locals teens gather to meet after school. Small b…
1reviews 6blogs
Punta Banco #40 most popular location
Punta Banco is a 200 person strong village, south of Pavones. It is accessible by either walking from Pavones (90 minutes) or by driving (30 minutes) along a pothole-ridden and often wet dirt…
6travelers 6reviews 15blogs
Golfito #41 most popular location
A busy town on the way to the border with Panama and Costa Rica. A popular stop for people seeking tax free shopping but requires that you either stay in town overnight or purchase price card…
3blogs
Sarapiqui #42 most popular location
1reviews 7blogs
Drake #43 most popular location
1travelers 2reviews 3blogs
Rincon de la Vieja #44 most popular location
1travelers 1reviews 1blogs
Tambor #45 most popular location
2travelers 1blogs
Carate #46 most popular location
1travelers 3blogs
Nuevo Arenal #47 most popular location
1reviews
Playa Panama #48 most popular location
1reviews
Volcan Arenal #49 most popular location
Volcan Arenal is a perfect stratovolcano and is actively erupting. During the day you will see plumes of smoke pouring out but the real fireworks start at night. This is when you can see lava…
2reviews 1blogs
Manzanillo Puerto Viejo #50 most popular location
2reviews 2blogs
San Carlos #51 most popular location
2reviews
San Gerardo de Dota #52 most popular location
1reviews 2blogs
playa grande #53 most popular location
1reviews
Guapiles #54 most popular location
1blogs
San José #55 most popular location
6travelers 3reviews 2blogs
San Pedro #56 most popular location
1travelers 1reviews 4blogs
Sarchi #57 most popular location
Sarchi is not on many maps but is west of Grecia that is west of San Jose. Sarchi is a haven for craftsmen working on tropical wood products, ox carts, and other nice fabric products. The hig…
2blogs
Punta Uva #58 most popular location
1reviews
corcovado #59 most popular location
Parque Nacional Corcovado lies on the Peninsula de Osa in the South-East of Costa Rica. It is easily reached via the town of Puerto Jiménez where organised trips can be booked. The nati…
4travelers 2blogs
Vara Blanca #60 most popular location
1reviews 1blogs
Fraijanes #61 most popular location
2reviews
Coco #62 most popular location
Playa del Coco is one of the most accessible and popular beaches in Guanacaste. The mile-long stretch of beautiful, gray sand is lined by leaning trees, oceanfront restaurants, tour operators…
1travelers 1reviews
Siquirres #63 most popular location
1blogs
Grecia #64 most popular location
5travelers 1blogs
Brasilito #65 most popular location
1travelers 1reviews 1blogs
Ciudad Quesada #66 most popular location
1travelers 1reviews
Playa Tamarindo #67 most popular location
1reviews 1blogs
Osa Peninsula #68 most popular location
2travelers 1reviews
Limon #69 most popular location
Despite the warnings, Limon can be a fun place to pass the day or night, not just to pass through. With a strong carribean vibe, the cruise ships dock here and are presented with a lot of col…
2travelers 1blogs
Puerto Jimienz #70 most popular location
1reviews
Curubande #71 most popular location
2reviews 1blogs
Cariari #72 most popular location
1reviews
Playa del Coco #73 most popular location
3travelers 3blogs
La Flor #74 most popular location
1reviews
Los Yoses #75 most popular location
7blogs
San Isidro #76 most popular location
1travelers 1reviews
Orosi #77 most popular location
Orosi, in the Cartago Province, is a town steeped in legend. It is famous in Costa Rica for being the home of the oldest Church currently in use, the 'Iglesia de San Jose Orosi'. It is set i…
1blogs
Playa Samara #78 most popular location
1travelers 3blogs
Palmar #79 most popular location
1reviews
Millon - El Castillo #80 most popular location
1reviews
Gandoca #81 most popular location
1reviews 2blogs
Gulf of Papagayo #82 most popular location
5blogs
Tabacon Hot Springs #83 most popular location
1travelers 1blogs
Manzanillo #84 most popular location
1travelers 1blogs
Palmares #85 most popular location
1reviews 1blogs
Playa Conchal #86 most popular location
1blogs
Pavones #87 most popular location
Pavones is almost as far south as you can go in Costa Rica! Only Punta Banco lies between here and Panama and it takes around 8 hours to get here, on the bus from San Jose. Pavones is a…
2blogs
Poasito #88 most popular location
1reviews
Cerro Chirripo #89 most popular location
At 3820 metres the Cerro Chirripó is the highest mountain of Costa Rica, which can be climbed by anyone with an average level of fitness. For some strange reason though it is ignored by the …
2blogs
Ocotal #90 most popular location
1blogs
Barrio Escalante #91 most popular location
1reviews
La Garita #92 most popular location
1reviews
Playa Flamingo #93 most popular location
3blogs
Sirena #94 most popular location
2blogs
Zarcero #95 most popular location
1blogs
Osa #96 most popular location
1travelers 2blogs
Matapalo #97 most popular location
Matapalo is a beautiful village on the road between Dominical and Quepos. A relatively small village with a beautiful stretch of beach. This village is slowly being develped as the road betw…
1blogs
Sierpe #98 most popular location
1blogs
Los Angeles #99 most popular location
1blogs
Pocosol Station #100 most popular location
1blogs