How to See the Costa Rica That Tourists Usually Miss

Natural treasures of all kinds can be found in the Central American country of Costa Rica. History aficionados love the capital city of San Jose, beach bums have the choice of Pacific or Atlantic Ocean views, and adventure junkies can hike or zipline through the rainforests. Costa Rica has something for everybody. Read through four of the must-see stops that tourists miss below.

Not sure where you’ll stay during your trip to the island? Check out Costa Rica’s best kept secret, Villa Vientos, in the slideshow below.

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This beautiful standalone villa can accommodate up to eight guests with four bedrooms and bathrooms.

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Guests can enjoy the views at Villa Vientos from inside or on the expansive terrace.

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While the villa is just a five-minute drive from the beach, it also has a pool for guests to lounge or swim.

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Daily housekeeping and breakfast preparation will make guests feel like royalty.

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The sunset views from Villa Vientos' terrace are perfect for after-dinner lounging.

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Luxury bedding and a warm interior design will make guests feel right at home.

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The unique design details in this home give off a much desired beachside vibe.

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The rainforests in Costa Rica are some of the most beautiful in the world with wildlife and waterfalls.

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Arenal Volcano is an active volcano that visitors from around the world come to experience.

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Soaking in the volcano-fed hot springs of Arenal Volcano is the perfect end to a long hike.

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The hot springs at the Arenal Volcano are some of the most unique in the world, surrounded by lush rainforests and volcano views…just be ready to run if you hear a rumble.

Hike the Cloud Forest

Costa Rica’s tropical climate is home to a wide variety of plant and animal life, especially in places like the Cloud Forest of Monteverde, Costa Rica. Not only will visitors have plenty of cool wildlife to see, the misty forest is the perfect photo op for adventurers.

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Visit a Chocolate Plantation

Who doesn’t want to see how this favorite food is made? With plenty of options for day tours and taste testing, chocolate lovers will adore this uniquely Costa Rican experience.

Float Down the Tortuguero Canals

This northeastern region of Costa Rica isn’t accessible by car, and it’s the perfect excursion for nature lovers and solace seekers. As visitors float down the canal, they’ll see an abundance of wildlife in the heart of the rainforest.

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And finally, to experience the best of Costa Rica, it’s important to find accommodations that let you soak in the natural beauty of the country. One home in particular, Villa Vientos, is a perfect option. View Villa Vientos in the slideshow above.