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The Most Instagrammable Spots In Costa Rica

Posted by Emily Cummings on 11/24/18 4:12 PM

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If you’re going to Costa Rica, you should end up with at least half of these pictures in your feed. 

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Tropical jungles, swaying palm trees, thundering waterfalls, and adventures in the rain forest? Costa Rica couldn’t be a more Instagram-worthy destination if it tried. To really round out your feed, it’s best to spend time in all corners of Costa Rica, so you get a good variety of black stand beaches, lush rainforests, turquoise waterfalls, and everything else there is to see in this country. Head to each of these spots to do just that. 

The Most Photogenic Spots In Costa Rica 

  • Monteverde’s Cloud Forest 
  • Waterfalls In Uvita 
  • The Ballena Coast
  • Puerto Viejo
  • Rio Celeste 
  • Quepos 
  • La Fortuna 

Monteverde Cloud Forest

Bridges suspended high atop the green jungle below you is just one adventure found in this well-known park. On the ground, you’ll find muddy hiking trails where you can spot jungle cats, monkeys, and colorful parrots between ferns and orchids but the real views are high above the tree tops. Metal bridges are suspended high atop the green jungle below, or if you’d rather, you can strap in and zoom across the dense foliage via zip line. Either option makes for quite the picture.

Monteverde is tucked away in the deep jungles of Costa Rica and we've planning out how to spend your time here (and pointed out tips like how to book a trip horseback riding through those green jungles). Get the Monteverde guide here. 

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Waterfalls In Uvita 

Found on the western coast of the country, the popular beach town of Uvita boasts the best place for whale watching, but the real star is the emerald green pools and waterfalls hiding in the thick jungle behind the coastline. Grab your friends and hike through or arrive on horseback, but plan on taking a dip before, after, and during your photoshoot. 

Get more info about our favorite waterfalls around Ojochal here. 

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The Ballena Coast 

Hop on a bus and ride along the Ballena Coast for the chance to stumble upon little coastal towns, with washed-out beach houses, colorful surfboards, and beaches aplenty. The Pacific side of Costa Rica gives you a darker, moodier feel than the brighter and clearer water of the Caribbean side, but don’t miss the chance to stop off in favorite places like Jaco, Uvita, or Ojochal on your drive along the Ballena Coast.

Also, just off the Ballena Coast is Cano Island which boasts some of the best snorkeling around if you want some fishy friends in your Instagram pictures. See more of the Ballena Coast here. 

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Puerto Viejo

Speaking of the Caribbean side, these are the post-card worthy beaches you have in mind when you think of Cost Rica’s beaches. Playa Cocles or the beaches near Manzanillo certainly has gorgeous beach fronts with tall palm trees and pristine sand, or you could add a dash of dark onto your feed with the black sand beaches of Playa Negro. Don't forget to ride there via bicycle for a bit of fun before a day at the beach. 

This Puerto Viejo post has all of our favorite beaches (and other tips) in one spot.

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Rio Celeste 

The thick, lush jungles of Costa Rica are hiding a few gems (like hot springs and adorable animals like sloths) but you absolutely can't miss some time at the waterfalls. And if we had to pick just one to fill up your Instagram feed, we would choose this one. 

It’s hard not to stare at the turquoise blue waters of the Rio Celeste waterfall. It’ll take you about an hour from the entrance of Tenorio Volcano National Park (so wear your hiking shoes, and best to pack your camera in your dry bag), but the views are more than worth it.  Get the how-to for hiking to this waterfall here. 

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This is a photographer’s dream; nearby you have the picturesque jungles of Manuel Antonio, but this area also hugs the coast, so you’ll find pretty beaches, too … but there’s even more to experience in this part of Costa Rica. Our current favorite experience? Soaking in the hot springs that are naturally heated from nearby volcanoes. Yes, please. 

Our Quepos guide outlines all the best (and prettiest spots) you'll want to visit. 

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La Fortuna

We’re just picking one spot in Costa Rica for pictures of you adventuring in the rapids. There are multiple spots to white-water raft, but just outside of La Fortuna is an absolute favorite (while you’re in the neighborhood, don’t miss out on hiking to the La Fortuna waterfall!).

Best to leave the pictures to the professionals on this one; most tour companies include picture packages so you can concentrate on rafting, and not worry about snapping that perfect picture yourself. We have a guide to La Fortuna here. 

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