Ready to soak in some rays on the beach and explore the rainforest with your girlfriends? We’ve gathered the most exciting things to do and places to visit in our complete Costa Rica girls’ trip guide.
When you plan your girls’ vacation to Costa Rica with a Fora Advisor, you can get access to expert travel recommendations and A+ hotel perks — like free dinner vouchers and spa tickets — all for the same price as booking alone.
What makes Costa Rica good for a girls’ trip?
Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Since the mid-1900s, the country has worked to preserve its natural beauty and incredible biodiversity.
The weather, while wet through spring and summer, is temperate and inviting, too. But best of all, there is a near-endless array of things to do on a Costa Rica girls’ trip.
What to do on a Costa Rica girls’ trip
In Costa Rica, there’s something to do for everyone: a high-energy stay in the capital, an escape to the Osa Peninsula to reconnect with nature, a luxurious wellness retreat…
Here are a few of our favorite things to do on a Costa Rica girls’ trip.
Take advantage of Costa Rica’s stunning beaches: relax, snorkel, surf…
Costa Rica doesn’t lack options when it comes to beaches. There are two full coastlines to choose from: the Pacific and the Caribbean.
The Pacific coast is upbeat and adventurous. Indeed, Costa Rica is one of the most luxurious surfing destinations in the world, with some of the best opportunities existing near Tamarindo. But you can also snorkel (or scuba dive) through coral reefs, unwind in Las Catalinas, enjoy beachside fine dining in Papagayo or take a party boat out of Jacó.
The Caribbean coast is a much more relaxed setting. This culturally-rich area is better for sampling local cuisine, enjoying Caribbean cocktails and relaxing (check out our Tortuguero itinerary).
Connect with a Fora travel advisor for the full scoop on what beaches would best fit your Costa Rica girls’ trip goals.
Take in Costa Rica’s nightlife (this is a girls’ trip to Costa Rica, after all)
Like the country’s beaches, the vibe of the nightlife in Costa Rica varies by region.
Chilling in an open-air bar while sipping margaritas to live music is the typical Caribbean experience (check out the top Caribbean Costa Rica resorts for the lowdown). But for a more upscale atmosphere, take your girls’ trip to the Papagayo Peninsula on the Pacific coast. This is where you’ll find the country’s top fine-dining options and the swankiest bars and clubs.
Or, if you want a sample of everything Costa Rica has to offer, visit the capital city, San José.
Explore Costa Rica’s lush rainforests & scenery
Costa Rica is rife with wilderness adventures. Taking your Costa Rica girls’ trip off-grid in the Osa Peninsula, summiting Arenal Volcano or hiking to the waterfalls at El Chorro are just a few excursions you can embark on.
Where to stay in Costa Rica for a girls’ trip
The best places to stay in Costa Rica for a girls’ trip range from lodges near iconic volcanos to beachfront resorts.
1. Arenal Volcano in northern Costa Rica
Arenal Volcano, arguably the most famous landmark in Costa Rica, is surrounded by verdant rainforest, and teems with wildlife. Some of the best Costa Rica jungle resorts (and Costa Rica honeymoon resorts) are nearby, meaning your girls’ trip will have plenty of options for upscale accommodations.
Finding adventure in northern Costa Rica is as simple as looking beyond the door to your villa: the rainforest here is breathtaking, and there’s no shortage of hiking opportunities.
2. The Papagayo Peninsula
Nearly all the best all-inclusive resorts in Costa Rica for families, girls’ trips and larger groups are found on the Papagayo Peninsula.
Here, the ultimate Costa Rica girls’ trip can sample the best of what the country has to offer, from elite fine dining options to the top clubs and bars. Luxurious villas, bungalows and boutique-style hotel rooms — all with the best contemporary amenities — are standard on the peninsula, and the top resorts go further.
There are also many exciting towns and beaches to check out on the Papagayo Peninsula, like Tamarindo, Nosara (see our Nosara itinerary) and Playa Hermosa. Check in with a Fora Advisor to learn about the best places to stay near the Papagayo Gulf.
3. San José
San José is Costa Rica’s largest city, offering the widest variety of things to do. San José isn’t as luxurious as the Papagayo Peninsula, but the opportunities for cultural immersion are much more prominent.
You won’t find many adventure resorts here, but the city’s central location makes it a great spot for a Costa Rica girls’ trip: Arenal is only about an hour’s drive north, while both coasts are only a day trip away.
Plan your Costa Rica girls’ trip with a Fora Advisor
There’s no better way to book your Costa Rica girls’ trip than connecting with a Fora Advisor.
Whether you’re planning a girls’ trip (or a Costa Rica bachelorette party) or a solo jaunt, Fora Advisors can equip you with insider recommendations and tips to bring your vacation to the next level. Plus, they’ll unlock VIP hotel perks and upgrades — all for the same price you’d pay for booking by yourself.