Corcovado National Park picture1 of 3
Corcovado National Park2 of 3
Arctic-Images/Getty Images

Key Info

South Pacific Coast

Price & Hours

$15 for adults
7 a.m.-4 p.m.

Details

Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
4.5scorecard
  • 4.5Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Travelers come to this 160-square-mile misty rainforest for its diverse wildlife. Buzzing insects and chirping birds can be seen and heard as you stroll through the verdant jungle. Trek along the hazy trails and you're likely to spot macaws, tapirs, jaguars, spiders or howler monkeys. 

Recent visitors suggested arriving early in the day (7 to 9 a.m.) to increase wildlife sightings, but no matter when you go, there will be plenty to see. To fully experience all of Corcovado's sights and sounds, you'll want to carve out two or three days for exploring. If you need a break from hiking, head to the 23 miles of beaches, but be warned the sand is hot.

Corcovado National Park is located along Costa Rica's South Pacific coast; the three closest towns are Drake Bay, Puerto Jimenez and Carate. The park can be accessed through a variety of park entrances that are marked with a ranger station. The three main entry points are San Pedrillo, Los Patos and La Leona. These are conveniently spread out at different edges of the park. Corcovado National Park's ranger stations are in operation daily from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission costs $15 for adults; permits are required. Permits can be obtained through a tour operator. Past visitors spoke highly of Osa Wild and Corcovado Info Center.

See all Hotels in Costa Rica »

More Best Things To Do in Costa Rica

Nicoya Peninsula1 of 15
Arenal Volcano2 of 15
Type
Time to Spend
#1 Nicoya Peninsula

The Nicoya Peninsula's sparkling 80-mile shoreline boasts beach-centric towns with cream-colored shores and dense forests. Half of the peninsula is found in the Guanacaste province, while the other half sits in the Puntarenas province. Nosara Beach's powdery sands line the Nicoya Peninsula's western edge. You'll also find fishing and cattle-ranching communities east of the rustic coastline. After a significant rise in tourism that began in the 1970s, an influx of restaurants and hotels have enticed visitors to the peninsula's sandy coast.

Recent travelers highlight Nosara Beach's gorgeous sunsets, colorful fish and turquoise waters as ideal for surfers and beach lovers alike. But be warned: shade is minimal (and it gets hot!) and the undertow can be challenging; sunset walks on the beach are highly encouraged. Other hot spots include Mal País and Montezuma, a charming coastal town that boasts affordable hotel accommodations and untamed splendors, like magnificent waterfalls and gentle cerulean waves.

Read more
Matteo Colombo/Getty Images
See full list of Best Things To Do in Costa Rica »

Explore More of Costa Rica

If you make a purchase from our site, we may earn a commission. This does not affect the quality or independence of our editorial content.

Recommended

30 Top Wellness Retreats

Rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit at one of these relaxation-focused properties.

Kyle McCarthyNovember 21, 2019

30 Fun All-Inclusive Family Vacations

Book one of these all-inclusive trips that cover food, accommodations and activities galore.

Holly JohnsonNovember 14, 2019

5 Ways Cruise Lines Are Becoming More Environmentally Friendly

Industry considers impact as it looks to the future.

Gwen PratesiNovember 12, 2019

11 Unique and Quirky Cruise Destinations

Venture off the beaten path for an authentic cruising experience.

Christine SmithNovember 12, 2019

The 2020 Best Cruise Lines for Families

Gather up the gang and head out to sea with one of these six kid-friendly cruise lines.

Nicola WoodNovember 12, 2019

The Top Pyramids in Mexico to Visit

Add these ancient marvels to your Mexico vacation itinerary.

Lyn MettlerOctober 28, 2019

30 Top Babymoon Destinations, Trips and Ideas

From romantic beach getaways to big city adventures to glamping in the forest, these locales will inspire your babymoon planning.

Gwen PratesiOctober 15, 2019

15 Tips for Traveling While Pregnant

These tips will help pregnant women travel the world in comfort and style.

Holly JohnsonOctober 10, 2019

The Best Chicago Segway Tours

See all the top sights in the Windy City without breaking a sweat.

Marisa MéndezOctober 3, 2019

The Best Washington, D.C., Bus Tours

Here's everything you need to know about D.C. bus tours.

John RodwanOctober 1, 2019