The Central Valley around the capital San José is the economic, social, and cultural center of Costa Rica. This is the starting point to a lot of exciting excursions and where you can experience the modern Costa Rica. It is worth to stay here as a base station. The Central Valley is always on the route (from east to west, and from north to south), you can hardly avoid it. A great place for your base- camp could be in Santa Ana.
The northern mountain region extends to the border with Nicaragua, and has a lot of touristy highlights, such as the famous Arenal Volcano, and the adjacent lake Arenal, which is world famous for windsurfing. The rain forests around Monteverde attract many visitors each year, further north there is the wild- life paradise of caño negro.
Further west, follows the northern Pacific region with the sunny and relatively flat landscape of Guanacaste, and the Nicoya Peninsula, the most popular tourist area of the Ticos. The North Pacific region extends from the border of Nicaragua to the central Pacific.
The central Pacific coast is also the recreation area for all the people who live and work in the Central Valley. Therefore you will experience a nice holiday on the beaches, and get along with many people especially on weekends. Endless sandy beaches, and a nice infrastructure, does not invite only surfers.
South is adjacent to the Southern Pacific, which extends to the border with Panama. A very special and exciting destination here is the Osa Peninsula.
Far upstream of the mainland you will also find the coconut Island.
Finally, in the east of the country, the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. It stretches from north to south along the Caribbean. Here you will find beautiful beaches, forests and national parks, which are really worth visiting. We recommend particularly the international La Amistad National Park, as well as the well-known Tortuguero National Park.