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2 weeks in the wildlife haven of Costa Rica

2 weeks of exploring the beautiful wildlife, beaches, jungles and mountains of Costa Rica

by phoebe-brookesAbout Me:I'm Phoebe from England, I live in a small county called Rutland in the East Midlands and I went to University of Leeds to study Fashion Design. I'm 23 years old and I have travelled many parts of the world, but there is still so much that... read more

North AmericaCosta Rica5 days / April 2022

Highs & Lows

The Friday night Reggae Bar party in Cahuita!

Cost of accommodation

Itinerary Overview

Myself and my friend from University flew into San Jose and spent one night there to rest as we were very jet-lagged. The next day we then caught the bus to La Fortuna and spent 3 nights there to explore the surrounding nature; the Arenal Volcano, the incredible animals and insects, hot springs, waterfalls and local fruits. We then headed to Monteverde which was an incredibly beautiful journey, we spent two nights there and did the Extremo zip-lining and the cloud forest tour, and spent the evenings watching the vibrant sunsets. We then headed to the Caribbean coast, firstly to the small town of Cahuita where we relaxed and enjoyed beers and rice and beans on the beach, listening to reggae and mingling with locals. After that, we travelled just half an hour down the road to Puerto Viejo which is a busier Caribbean town with far more tourists. There are lots of beautiful beaches around this area, plentiful of delicious food to try and of course the chocolate made by the indigenous BriBri people, which is definitely worth doing a tour. 

  • 2 Nights: Monteverde
    Mountains, adrenaline and the Cloud Forest
  • 3 Nights: Cahuita
    Wildlife, Surfing and Caribbean Culture

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    Stayed longer in Cahuita

  • How was the food?

    Definitely try 'Soda El Rinconcito de la Empanada' for authentic Costa Rican home-made food

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Hire pedal bikes in Cahuita

  • Packing tips?

    Mosquito repellent

  • Transportation Tips?

    From Monteverde to Cahuita, you have to go back to San Jose again to change buses

  • Booking details?

    Use HostelWorld, Booking.com or Air BnB for Cahuita


  • We stayed at Coati Place Hostel which was a very simple hostel but with a beautiful view and a lovely owner. I was on a very strict budget and this was the cheapest place, however there are many beautiful cabins/hotels in Monteverde if you have a higher budget.

  • Myself and my friend stayed at Cabinas Jenny which you can find on Air BnB. It was a complex with a couple of rooms, each with their own little kitchen and a balcony overlooking the sea. It was lovely and we fell asleep to the sound of the ocean every night.