Costa Rica

Surfer on the beach in Costa Rica.

Travelling to Costa Rica - A true paradise

Costa Rica is a fantastic, tropical pearl in the heart of Central America, and quite possibly the best backpacking country in this part of the world. It offers a perfect combination of beach life, surfing, diving, snorkelling, wildlife and trekking through jungles or up the side of a volcano. Book your trip to Costa Rica with KILROY!

Costa Rica has an extremely varied landscape even though it is only 51.000 km2 (19,730 sq mi) and therefore just a little larger than Switzerland. This beautiful country offers no less than 35 national parks and together they occupy 11% of the country - Nowhere else in the world you can find so many different species in such a little space! For example, you will find more than 850 different bird species in this small natural paradise. Yes, Costa Rica is truly a country that can meet nature lovers wildest dreams.

Volcanoes and waterfalls

La Fortuna is a beautiful area that is best known for it's active volcano, the Arenal, which is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. The volcano ejects clouds of smoke, incandescent cinder, and glowing lava on an almost daily basis - fascinating and harmless as long as you keep a safe distance. One should definitely go on one of the exciting evening or night tours to view the volcano and its glowing lava! Another exciting activity is abseiling down, or more specifically through, one of the countries many waterfalls 

Many other areas offer perfect conditions for amongst other things white water rafting. Costa Rica is the perfect place for the traveller seeking adventure activities.  

Monteverde Cloud Forest

Any trip to Costa Rica should include this mountainous area with a mixture of rain forests and cloud forests that are perfect for trekking and offer some amazing views. Eat lunch at one of the many "ranches" en route and then go in search of the beautiful and unique quetzal bird. The place is very special thanks to the rainforest enshrouded in cloud.

Manuel Antonio og Quepos

The country's largest national park is located in Manuel Antonio on the Pacific coast. The park is home to a huge array of exotic animals: snakes; monkeys; huge lizards; sloths; and naturally birds of every imaginable colour. It's recommended to hire a guide whose help will be invaluable in finding and spotting many of the animals and birds you may otherwise miss.

This intriguing area has many other attractions including a range of beautiful, almost deserted, white beaches so make sure you pay the area a visit whilst you're in Costa Rica.

The little town of Quepos oozes with a friendly, cozy atmosphere of relaxed Latin charm and sits close to both rainforest and beach. It therefore attracts surfers, backpackers, families, and extravagant jet setters all nearly as colourful and fascinating as the flora and fauna that surrounds the town. 

Tortuguero National Park

This impressive national park on the Caribbean coast is the most important nesting area for endangered sea turtles in the Central America and Caribbean. The Green Sea and Hawksbill turtle's nesting season runs from July to October with the peak in August, and the Leatherback turtles nest from February to April. If you are lucky enough to be here when the eggs hatch you'll get the chance to see these fantastic creatures take their first, tiny steps as they make their way in their thousands towards the ocean. 

The journey to Tortuguero is via a 3-hour boat trip from Puerto Limon, during which it is possible to see crocodiles, otters, river turtles, monkeys, bats and masses of birds. 

Jacó: A surfer's paradise

Jacó is the perfect surfing spot where the world's surfing elite meets to train and compete. But you don't need to be an expert as there are loads of opportunities for surfing instruction. There are always loads of backpackers here, so the opportunity to meet fellow travellers in a great atmosphere with fantastic surroundings at one of the beach parties should not be passed up.

San José: The capital city

Biking in the streets of San Jose

For many their journey around Costa Rica will start in the capital, San Jose. Thanks to Costa Rica's status as a surfing paradise, the capital is also a great place to fill your backpack with cheap, good quality surfing gear such as Volcom, DC and O'Neill. 

San José has other advantages too. It's only a to hour drive to either the Pacific or the Caribbean coast. The Caribbean side is for those that want to lounge about on the beach, and bathe in calm water. The Pacific is for surfers and those that like their ocean a rougher!   

The capital is divided into different zones, and it's recommended that you stay in one of the safest zones numbered 1-9. Must-sees include the Plaza de la Cultura and the cities cathedrals. 

The above is just a small sample of what Costa Rica has to offer. There is just one thing left to do - throw your rucksack on your back and get out there and discover Costa Rica for yourself.

Volunteering in Costa Rica

Volunteer in Costa Rica with other young people

You can volunteer in Costa Rica on some interesting wildlife projects. Volunteer with turtles or help out at an animal rescue center, which aims to rehabilitate animals that have been mistreated, injured, and/or confiscated.

Learn Spanish in Costa Rica

Why not start you journey in Central America with a Spanish course in Costa Rica? It teaches you the basics or further develops your existing Spanish skills so that you can communicate with the locals and other travelers. Courses take place in groups or one-to-one if you opt for the intensive learning experience.