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Things to do in The Resorts, Volcanos + Cloudforests of Guanacaste + The North

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in The Resorts, Volcanos + Cloudforests of Guanacaste + The North. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite The Resorts, Volcanos + Cloudforests of Guanacaste + The North attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in The Resorts, Volcanos + Cloudforests of Guanacaste + The North to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in The Resorts, Volcanos + Cloudforests of Guanacaste + The North.

  • Compleja Atmosphera

    Wood sculptures by locally renowned artists are the specialty of this upscale gallery. The carved, stylized figures of Central American animals and... More
  • Costa Rica Sky Adventures

    A 1.7-mile zipline network in the Monteverde Reserve operated by Costa Rica Sky Adventures gives airborne guests close-up glimpses of forest-dwelli... More
  • La Vela Latina

    A lively mix of locals and globals gather at this casual beach bar to lounge in leather rocking chairs on the open-air patio and sample from an exq... More
  • Manuel Antonio National Park

    Just south of Quepos on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica are a series of wide, white-sand beaches backed by dense, tropical forest, mangrove swamps,... More
  • Manuel Antonio Surf School

    While this Pacific stretch’s notorious breaks are mainly for experts, novices can learn to hang ten along the calmer shores of Manuel Antonio Beach... More
  • Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve

    Nearly 5,000 feet above sea level—and reached via a four-hour, precipitous, unpaved drive from San José—this 25,700-acre, amazingly biodiverse pres... More
  • Playa Negra Surf School

  • Ríos Tropicales

    Float quietly past the howler monkeys, green iguanas, crocodiles, and toucans that reside on the thickly forested banks of Guanacaste’s Tenorio Riv... More
  • Selvatura Park

    With its zip-line canopy tours, Selvatura brings you eye-to-eye with birds that occupy the rainforest treetops—and lets you fly like one yourself. ... More
  • Tabacón Grand Spa

    The Arenal volcano region in north central Costa Rica has always attracted pilgrims to the natural hydrotherapy provided by the hot springs and wat... More

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