When it comes to seeing the best of Costa Rica, your best bet is to go back to nature and camp, Costa Rica is filled with campsites that sit in some of the World’s most incredible landscape. In the Central American country you can sleep beneath the canopy of the rainforest listening to wild animals go about their business or stay on the coast and sleep to the sound of the sea, the options are widely varied. Here we count down a list of the top 5 places to camp in Costa Rica.
Corcovado National Park
One of the coolest places to camp in Costa Rica, Corcovado National Park in in the south of Costa Rica and it is famed for its vast array of tropical eco-systems. This area is often called the World’s most biodiverse regions. Camping here is brilliant as you can get an opportunity to see wild animals from jaguars to macaws and squirrel monkeys. There is plenty of hiking routes available here too.
The rules aren’t exactly steadfast but you are able to sleep legally on any of the Costa Rica’s glorious beaches, if you decide to take a road trip through the country then this is a great option for you and your family or your friends to make an unplanned stop for the night. Make sure not to leave your tent or your camping equipment unmanned, there has been some theft from beaches over the years so be careful.
Poas Volcano National Park
What makes this national park one of the best places to go camping in is that the main event is a monster volcano which you can actually scale up to its peak. The park is beautiful in itself with toucans and hummingbirds flying about, magnolia trees and blue rivers. You’ll need to have a little luck in order to get into the park as they regularly close it as a result of gas emissions from the volcano, many think it will erupt again soon. If you can get to the peak of the volcano then you will be treated to a huge green lake set inside a large crater, beautiful.
This beautiful part of the country is on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, the peninsula itself is actually broken into two areas, This 120km peninsula is the longest in the country and it sweeps down the coast taking in several beaches. The town or settlement of Nicoya is one of Costa Rica’s oldest and it’s a beautiful place to go for a walk and explore the history. Interestingly, this area of the World is known for being somewhere that people regularly I’ve to being more than 100 years old. All we know is that there are over 5 campsites available in this part of Costa Rica and that it’s a beautiful part of the World to stay in.
Braulio Carrillo National Park
The main draw of camping in this national park is that it is just an hours drive outside of Costa Rica’s capital San Jose. The large majority of flights that go to Costa Rica head to San Jose and you won’t have to travel far from the airport to find a cool camping spot in this glorious national park. If you love to hike then this is the place for you, the park sits in Costa Rica’s volcano region and which lends itself to long, mountainous hiking trails that offer exceptional views along the way.
Below is a map of the campsites that Nomad America recommends! Have fun 🙂