Why Costa Rica?
Home to thousands of acres of rainforest, 800 miles of coastline and some of the most friendly and safe cities in Latin America, Costa Rica is an ideal place to visit. Costa Rica has also become one of the greenest nations in the world, largely because they recognize how important it is to preserve the natural wonderland they inhabit. While parts of Costa Rica's Pacific coast are highly regarded among surfers, particularly Mal Pais and Playa Avellana (known by some as "Little Hawaii"), there are several sandy beaches that are ideal for swimming and relaxing, such as Jaco Beach, which is the closest beach to San Jose. The beaches found in Manuel Antonio National Park are also breathtaking. Then again, it is difficult to compete with the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, as the hot sands and turquoise waters of Puerto Viejo and Cahuita are ideal for snorkeling and kayaking. The northeast corner of Costa Rica is where you will get the opportunity to take the Tortuguero National Park tour. This park is home to neither cars nor roads—just canals and thousands upon thousands of turtles.
The interior of Costa Rica is comprised of rainforests, mountains and volcanoes, the most famous (and historically active) of which is Arenal volcano. There are dozens of Costa Rica excursions in which you can partake while exploring the national park dedicated to this volcano. Some of the most popular Costa Rica day tours are nearby the volcano, too. You can visit the majestic Monteverde cloud forest, take a dip at the Tabacon Hot Springs or zip line through the jungle.
There are also many Costa Rica attractions that are more urban in nature. San Jose, the capital, is located in the Central Valley region of the nation, and is regarded as one of the more cosmopolitan cities in Central America. As seismic activity is a fact of life in this part of the world, many of the Spanish colonial monuments and buildings that were erected during the city's youth have been destroyed due to earthquakes. As disappointing as this is, there are still several iconic buildings within San Jose, as well as a vibrant and modern downtown that is home to cafes, restaurants, shopping and dozens of cultural landmarks. Liberia, which is the capital of the northwest province of Guanacaste, is yet another popular Costa Rican city to visit, as it is very close to numerous beaches on the Nicoya Peninsula, from Papagayo down to Montezuma.
San Jose is the capital of and most populous city in Costa Rica. It is also the nation's cultural epicenter. Based around Culture Plaza (Plaza de la Cultura), downtown San Jose offers several attractions, such as the Gold Museum, the Jade Museum and the National Museum. There are a myriad of parks in the area, as well. While Central Park may have the largest draw, one of the most unique parks is Morazán Park, which contains an authentic Japanese garden and the Temple of Music. Most of downtown's best shopping and dining options can be found just off of the pedestrian-only Central Avenue (Avenida Central), though many Ticos will probably tell you that there are more authentic cafes and restaurants in the neighborhoods just beyond downtown, such as Barrio Amon and Aranjuez.
On top of exploring this gorgeous city, Gray Line Costa Rica offers dozens of day tours from San Jose. You can take our San Jose coffee tour, which explores how coffee gets from the plantation to your cup every morning; our rainforest aerial tram, which gives you a bird's-eye view of the jungles below; and the Tortuguero tour, which allows you to enjoy a tropical cruise while viewing one of the most unique ecosystems in the world. Our most popular day tours, however, visit Manuel Antonio National Park, Jaco Beach, Guanacaste, Arenal and Monteverde.
Manuel Antonio National Park is a destination with some of the most popular Costa Rica tours. More than just one of the premier surfing beaches in Costa Rica, the unique landscape of this peninsula and the coral reefs just off of its shores are also great places to observe the myriad species that call Costa Rica home. Gray Line offers tours from San Jose to Manuel Antonio that will allow you to explore the 3,000 acres of this wondrous park. On top of receiving a guided tour, you will also have the opportunity to travel through the park on your own. You can expect to see some breathtaking views of the ocean, as well as species of iguanas, monkeys and maybe even a three-toed sloth. The park is also known for its hiking, snorkeling and birding.
It's no secret that some of the top things to do in Costa Rica involve the beach. As Jaco is the closest beach to San Jose, it has become one of the hottest spots for anyone looking to get out of the city. Grey Line Costa Rica offers several tours from Jaco, which stop as such notable destinations as Tortuga Island and the Tarcoles River, the habitat of one of nature's most terrifying creatures: the crocodile! We also offer whitewater-rafting tours down the nearby Savegre River.
Liberia is the capital of the province of Guanacaste, and it has become the gateway to many of Costa Rica's best Pacific beaches. However, one can also leave from Liberia and travel into Nicaragua, to the top of Arenal or into the lush mangrove forests of Palo Verde National Park. An absolute must for animal lovers and birders, Palo Verde may be one of the most serene and picturesque parks in all of Costa Rica.
Arenal may be one of the most photogenic volcanoes in the world. Rising up from the jungle, its peak is as daunting as it is breathtaking. Gray Line Costa Rica gives you the chance to explore not only this natural wonder, but also the many sights and destinations within close proximity, such as the La Fortuna Waterfall and the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, which is celebrated for its extensive biodiversity.
Monteverde is the spine of Costa Rica's continental divide. Here you will find cloud forests, coffee plantations, and numerous species of monkey, bird and reptile—not to mention some of the best panoramic views of Costa Rica available! Gray Line offers a variety of zip line tours, canopy tours and aerial tram tours that will give you a unique perspective of one of the most beautiful nations on Earth: Costa Rica!
Gray Line Costa Rica
Gray line Costa Rica have been industry leaders in Central America since 1976, and average about 100,000 tourists per year. Not only do we provide tours in several cities here in Costa Rica, but we can also provide you with comfortable transportation to/from San Jose and Liberia airports. Allow us to show you what “pura vida” means to us.