Now that I only have a week left, I thought I would compile all of the weekend trips that I have taken here in Costa Rica!
Monteverde was such a gorgeous introduction to all of the biodiversity that Costa Rica offers. I stayed in a hostel room with a couple of other people from the program, and it was an absolutely wonderful experience. We went ziplining and were able to see the beautiful greenery that Costa Rica is known for. Other options for this trip include taking night tours to see animals, exploring hanging bridges, and going on various hikes.
Jaco is an excellent day trip as it is much closer than the other places on this list. The beach was lovely, and we ended up going to another beach called Playa Herradura to have more of a secluded time. The waves were very gentle and it was definitely my favorite day trip! Other activities here include learning how to surf, going on wildlife tours, and hiking.
Manuel Antonio had gorgeous beaches and great hikes as well. We ended up spending most of our time in the waves, but also took a couple of trips in smaller groups. I would be careful with the stronger current here, but the lifeguards were very cognizant of what was going on in the water. We stayed at an Airbnb and used the public bus to get to the beach. Some more options for activities include animal sightseeing tours, hanging bridges, whitewater rafting, and waterfall activities.
La Fortuna is known for its waterfall, and it most definitely did not disappoint. It was one of the most gorgeous images I have of nature, and I would highly recommend this trip. We stayed at an Airbnb and used taxis and Ubers to get around. We also visited the hot springs, which were essentially natural spas. Some of the activities to do at La Fortuna include going to the waterfall, visiting the hot springs, and going horseback riding by the volcano.
Guanacaste had gorgeous beaches and was my favorite trip. We stayed in an Airbnb in Tamarindo, which allowed us to have easy access to the public bus to go to different beaches. We visited Playa Tamarindo and Playa Langosta, both of which had very different atmospheres. Tamarindo was more populated, while Langosta gave us much of the beach to ourselves. Some other activities in Guanacaste include shelling, surfing, and horseback riding on the beach.
All in all, I had such a wonderful time exploring the country and traveling to new locations over the weekends! I am so thankful to have been given the opportunity to explore.