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Location: San José

Day 1 - 17 Feb 2021

San José

San José, San José
San José, San José

Content: Your adventure to some of Costa Rica’s best national parks is likely to begin in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. Drake Bay is the first stop, a beautiful beach town nestled into the hills. It’s also the gateway to Corcovado National Park, one of the most biologically diverse places in the world. Getting to Drake Bay can be a bit of a mission if you don’t have a car, but trust me, the journey is definitely worth it! If you don’t have a car, your journey will probably involve a couple of buses and one of the prettiest boat rides you will have been on!ki

Casita & Tours Happy Feet

San José, Casita & Tours Happy Feet

Content: We stayed at Casita Happy Feet, a small home stay owned by Javier, who is also an amazing guide for Corcovado National Park. Everything was incredibly clean, there were great kitchen facilities and a delicious breakfast was included every morning. Javier will help to organise all of your tours whilst in Drake Bay and make sure to have him as your guide for Corcovado. The homestay is also great value for money!

Location: Corcovado National Park

Day 2 - 18 Feb 2021

Parque Nacional Corcovado

Corcovado National Park, Parque Nacional Corcovado
Corcovado National Park, Parque Nacional Corcovado
Corcovado National Park, Parque Nacional Corcovado
Corcovado National Park, Parque Nacional Corcovado
Corcovado National Park, Parque Nacional Corcovado

Content: It’s up early for your visit to Corcovado National Park. The tour costs $95, but this includes the 1 hour boat ride each way, a guide, lunch and snacks. We were hesitant at first, but its worth every penny as you’re searching through the national park for all kinds of animals. We were lucky enough to see tapirs, monkeys, toucans, an anteater, lots of birds and even a crocodile. The guides have been doing this for years so know exactly where to find the animals, as well as tell you everything you need to know about them. Lunch back in town is the traditional dish Casado. This was undoubtedly one of the highlights of my trip to Costa Rica!!

Location: Drake Bay

Day 2 - 18 Feb 2021

Casa El Tortugo Drakes Kitchen

Drake Bay, Casa El Tortugo Drakes Kitchen
Drake Bay, Casa El Tortugo Drakes Kitchen

Content: You’re probably hungry after all that hiking in the national park, so you’ll want to treat yourself to a hearty and delicious meal. Casa El Tortugo is a family-run restaurant set just meters behind the beach. The charm and decor of the restaurant instantly makes you feel relaxed as you sit down on the turtle carved oak chairs. The menu only has a handful of items on it. This ranges from filet steak which tastes like it’s been cooked in a high-class restaurant to fried rice, fresh fish and of course the Costa Rican dish, Casado. Tip: Don’t forget to try one of their smoothies. They are incredible!

Location: Drake Bay

Day 3 - 19 Feb 2021

Isla del Cano

Drake Bay, Isla del Cano
Drake Bay, Isla del Cano
Drake Bay, Isla del Cano
Drake Bay, Isla del Cano
Drake Bay, Isla del Cano

Content: Drake Bay is a place filled with adventure and activities. Caño island is a great place to continue that if you like snorkelling or scuba diving. It’s rated as being one of the best underwater spots in the whole of Costa Rica due to its visibility and diverse marine life. The coral reefs surrounding the island are home to many different species of fish e.g. parrot fish, Moorish Idol, Puffer fish and lots more. As well as turtles, sharks and manta rays. It’s a one hour boat ride from Drake Bay. The tour costs $85, including transportation, lunch and snacks. This is a must whilst in Drake Bay!

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Day 3 - 19 Feb 2021

Hotel Margarita

, Hotel Margarita

Content: We had lunch here after our snorkelling trip as it was included and the food was delicious! We enjoyed Spaghetti Bolognese and a chicken burger. Even if lunch at this place isn’t included in your snorkelling trip, I’d recommend going for dinner or lunch another day. It was so good!

Location: Drake Bay Coastal Walk

Day 4 - 20 Feb 2021

Drake Bay

Drake Bay Coastal Walk, Drake Bay
Drake Bay Coastal Walk, Drake Bay
Drake Bay Coastal Walk, Drake Bay

Content: If you want a break from tours, then the coastal walk from Drake Bay to San Josecito Beach is the perfect way to spend the day. You’ll be able to spot wildlife yourself, go at your own pace and it’s free! Along the way you’re treated to a number of intimate and secluded bays, as well as the chance to see some Capuchin monkeys. The trail to San Josecito Beach is 10km long, starting at the end of Drake Bay beach to the left. The walk will take you around 2.5 hours. Bring lots of water as it gets really hot and your swim stuff as you can stop for dips in the sea along the way! No

Location: Drake Bay

Day 4 - 20 Feb 2021

Drake Bay

Drake Bay, Drake Bay
Drake Bay, Drake Bay
Drake Bay, Drake Bay
Drake Bay, Drake Bay

Content: Go down to the beach by Casa El Tortugo to watch the sunset. If you’re lucky it might be one of the best you’ve ever seen. It definitely was for us. The sky was lit up with brilliant oranges, pinks and even blue!

Location: Drake Bay

Day 5 - 21 Feb 2021

Drake Bay

Drake Bay, Drake Bay

Content: I’d recommend setting off early to your next stop, so that you can make the most of your time in Manuel Antonio. If you don’t have a car, you’ll have to get the early boat which leaves at around 7:30am.

Location: Manuel Antonio

Day 5 - 21 Feb 2021

Hostel Plinio

Manuel Antonio, Hostel Plinio

Content: Manuel Antonio is home to one of Costa Rica’s most popular national parks. Although personally I don’t think it’s as good as Corcovado National Park, it’s still a great place to spot some sloths and enjoy the unspoilt beaches. We booked a private room in Hostel Plinio, which ended up being one of our favourite hostels in Costa Rica. The hostel itself is beautiful. It has a pool, communal kitchen and plenty of places to just chill and admire the view. A delicious breakfast and coffee is also included in the price.m

Maracas Restaurante

Manuel Antonio, Maracas Restaurante

Content: We didn’t fancy venturing too far for dinner, so instead just crossed the bridge that connects the hostel to the next door restaurant. Maracas is a Mexican restaurant that serves pretty decent tacos, burritos and Quesadillas. The vibe there is what makes is so good (see video above).

Location: Manuel Antonio

Day 6 - 22 Feb 2021

Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio, Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio, Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio, Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio

Content: Manuel Antonio National Park is the main reason why people visit Manuel Antonio. Although I think that Corcovado National Park is better, it’s still a good place to spot some sloths and enjoy unspoilt beaches! Entrance costs $18 and you can easily spend the whole day there, exploring the different hiking routes or just chilling on the beach. I would recommend hiring a guide. We didn’t, but I think we would have seen a lot more animals and actually learnt about the national park if we had. Unfortunately I have no pictures of the main beach as it was raining when we got there, but trust me, it’s gorgeous!

Location: Manuel Antonio

Day 7 - 23 Feb 2021

Hostel Plinio

Manuel Antonio, Hostel Plinio

Content: Enjoy your delicious complimentary breakfast and the gallo pinto (I really miss that) before either heading to the beach for some more relaxation or getting ready to leave Manuel Antonio. If it’s the end of your time in Costa Rica, you’ll need to head back to San Jose. For those who still have some time left, I’d recommend heading up to La Fortuna for some adrenaline filled adventures! Tortuguero national park is also another amazing place, filled with wildlife, to visit in Costa Rica!