Last week, I wrote a post all about my favorite unique experiences in Costa Rica. The truth is, there are so many neat things to do in this little country, I just had to make a part two.
These experiences can be a little out there, and I do tend to disagree with a few travel bloggers on one. But if you’re looking for the extraordinary, here are even more unique experiences in Costa Rica!
More Unique Experiences in Costa Rica
1. Visit San Jose
A lot of my fellow travel bloggers actively dislike San Jose. Common complaints about Costa Rica’s capital include that it’s crowded, dirty and boring.
Here’s the thing: I loved it.
There’s so much to do here. Amazing museums are within walking distance. All of the major parades and festivals take place here. It’s fun atmosphere that I’m so glad I didn’t skip. San Jose is like any capital city, lively and interesting. I’d highly recommend a day or two here to explore.
2. El Trapiche Coffee Tour
You’ll run into a lot of options for a coffee tour in Costa Rica, but El Trapiche is my favorite. There’s so much to this tour that the price feels like an undercharge.
First, you’ll get a tour of the farm and a history of coffee in Costa Rica. It’s a family-owned business with lots to see.
You’ll also get an overview of the coffee making process, every step from bean harvesting to roasting in the machinery.
Next you’ll discover the cocoa process, including a trip through the building where the richest, most delicious chocolate begins its journey.
From there, it’s on to the sugarcane portion, which was the most fun in my opinion. You’ll see all forms of harvest — manual one, an oxen mill and a water mill — in action! Then you’ll have a chance to make your own sugarcane candy.
The tour ends in the family restaurant. You’ll get a taste of the Costa Rican classic, gallo de arracache, along with coffee or lemonade. It’s divine.
3. Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Night Tour
Initially, the night tour of Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park was the only one that could fit in our schedule. I was curious to see how it would play out, and ended up thoroughly enjoying it!
The nighttime almost forces your other senses to come alive. Your ears are much better in tune with the sounds of rustling plants or roaring water. Your guide carries a flashlight and is an expert at pointing out the nighttime creatures in this delightful preserve.
One highlight for me was learning about Pancho, the tapir who loved to dig into the trash cans, even though he knew he wasn’t allowed. His heists, lucky for us, usually leaned toward the p.m.
4. Visit Monteverde Cloud Forest
It’s not too often you find a place that looks straight out of a fairytale, but the Monteverde Cloud Forest is definitely it. On certain days, the clouds quite literally touch the treetops.
If you’re lucky, the weather will allow an incredible view of the Continental Divide (pictured above). It’s quite the trek, but you’ll be able to see for miles.
5. Go sailing and snorkeling
The beaches at Manuel Antonio were so beautiful, I had to explore them further.
I chose Sunset Sails Tours for this adventure and had a great time. You’ll begin by looking for whales (and we spotted quite a few!) followed by a fresh, delicious seafood dinner.
Next is where the fun starts. I love snorkeling and had so much fun exploring the little area with the sun setting behind me. The prettiest sunsets are in Costa Rica. You’ll have to visit to see for yourself.
These are just 5 of the many unique experiences in Costa Rica! For more trip ideas, check out the other posts I’ve written!
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