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Rankings l Trip Planner

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Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna.

Planning a Trip

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Staring out at Manuel Antonio’s ocean.


A woman standing in a street with the silhouette of a volcano in the background.
La Fortuna’s Arenal Volcano.

Cost Breakdown

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Horseback riding tour with Don Tobias.

La Fortuna Guide

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Ziplining through one of Monteverde’s cloud forests.

Monteverde Guide

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Surfers return as the sun sets in Nosara.

Nosara Guide

๐Ÿ† Experience Rankings

Here are my ranked experiences for Costa Rica. Learn how I rate experiences.

#ExperienceLocationOverall Rating
1๐ŸŒ‹ Arenal Volcano HorsebackLa Fortuna7.3
2๐ŸŒณ Mรญstico Arenal Hanging Bridges ParkLa Fortuna6.9
3๐ŸŒŠ Whitewater RaftingLa Fortuna6.9
4โ™จ๏ธ La Fortuna Hot SpringLa Fortuna6.7
5๐Ÿซ Chocolate & Coffee TourLa Fortuna6.6
6๐ŸŒณ Monteverde Cloud Forest ZiplineMonteverde6.5
7๐Ÿ’ง La Fortuna WaterfallLa Fortuna6.5
8๐ŸŒด Manuel Antonio National ParkManuel Antonio6.5
9๐Ÿฒ La Fortuna TownLa Fortuna6.5
10๐Ÿ’†โ€โ™€๏ธ Nosara Outdoor MassageNosara6.4
11๐ŸŒณ Monteverde Cloud ForestMonteverde6.3
12๐Ÿฆ‰ Monteverde Wildlife Refuge Night WalkMonteverde6.3
13๐Ÿฆฅ Sloth SanctuaryMonteverde6.2
14๐Ÿฆ‹ Monteverde Butterfly GardenMonteverde6.2
15๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™‚๏ธ Nosara Yoga ClassNosara5.8
16๐Ÿ–๏ธ Playa EspadillaManuel Antonio5.8
17๐Ÿคฟ Playa BiesanzManuel Antonio5.8
18๐Ÿš™ Nosara ATV RideNosara5.7
19๐Ÿšก Arenal Volcano Sky TramLa Fortuna5.6
Overall Rating is calculated using Lukiih’s rating system.

๐Ÿ—“๏ธ 2024 Trip Planner

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Preview of Costa Rica trip planner for 2024.