Costa Rica is a country filled with pure nature that offers beautiful areas where you can discover the natural beauty. And what better way to get to know the wonderful parks and forests of the country than camping with friends and family.
Camping in summer or winter in Costa Rica is tons of fun and is an economical way to enjoy the countries awesome regions.
Below are the parks and descriptions of the amenities available.
Corcovado National Park
Camping in Corcovado is a perfect option, offering rainforests, beaches, and sea. Corcovado is a unique experience for camping in Costa Rica. This tourist destination is highlighted worldwide for its diversity of fauna and flora. You can take a hike and get in touch with nature.
Potable water, public telephones, and first aid centers are available for campers in the park.
There are different access routes through La Leona, Los Patos station, and San Pedrillo station or taking a direct boat from Puerto Jiménez or from Sierpe to Sirena.
Recommendations: Transportation costs can be high depending on the medium you choose. Wear insect repellent and sunscreen, as well as comfortable shoes that ideally can handle moisture.
Communicate in advance with the administration of the park, as some stations or trails may be closed due to weather conditions.
Activities: Observation of flora and fauna, hikes, the beaches.
Rates: $4.00 for camping in Corcovado National Park.
Rincon de la Vieja National Park
It is located within the Guanacaste Conservation Area, where the Rincón de la Vieja and Santa María volcanoes are located. It has an impressive landscape and beautiful meadows and waterfalls.
Location: 27 km northeast of the city of Liberia in Guanacaste.
Recommendations: Ideal for hiking and horseback riding. In the sector of Pailas, there is an information booth, potable water, sanitary services, showers, park rangers and in the sector of Santa María you can find thermal springs. There is no dining service, nor public telephones.
Activities: Hikes, horseback riding and picnic areas.
Rates: Camping rates in the Rincon de la Vieja National Park cost $2.00 or less.
Gandoca Manzanillo is a Wildlife Refuge and ideal for walking in contact with nature. The place is surrounded by reefs, forests, and wetlands, as well as beautiful beaches with crystal clear waters.
Location: Southeast of the Caribbean coast, between the mouth of the Cocles and Sixaola Rivers, in the province of Limón, canton of Talamanca, district of Sixaola. The Manzanillo sector is accessed by continuing south on the Puerto Viejo road, 71 km from the center of Limón. The Laguna Gandoca sector is accessed by the road that connects BriBrí with Sixaola, 95 km from the center of Limón.
Recommendations: The refuge offers these facilities; park rangers, drinking water, sanitary services and picnic areas.
Activities: The beaches of Punta Uva and Manzanillo, Leatherback turtle nesting, dolphin watching, deep and shallow water diving, kayaking, hiking, observation of exotic species, and indigenous reserves.
Rates: Camping in Gandoca Manzanillo is free
A great option to camp with friends is the Iztarú National School Camp, which is an establishment that offers some of the coolest camping facilities that can be found in Costa Rica. The amenities include cabins, meeting rooms, sports fields, bathrooms, and wood stoves for cooking.
Location: It is located in the Protective Zone of La Carpintera, in Tres Ríos, Cantón de La Unión, Cartago.
Recommendations: Bring hiking footwear and comfortable clothes, food is available in a dining room. Although the weather is cool, the breeze may turn cold during the winter. It is recommended to call ahead to make reservations.
Activities: Hiking and sports activities. All the areas have what it takes to camp: areas for bonfires, showers, latrines and covered shelters with a grill, where you can prepare meals with charcoal or firewood and gather with friends and family in the living areas.
Prussia Park is part of the Irazú Volcano National Park. Camping is not permitted inside the park, and yet many people camp in the areas surrounding the park in the forest.
Location: 7 km north of the city of Cartago and 18 km southeast of the Irazú Volcano. To get to the Prussian Park entrance, it is necessary to turn to the left on the street that passes in front of the Sanatorium and continue for about 4 kilometers.
Recommendations: To enter the Prussian park a 4×4 vehicle is required. Pets and alcoholic beverages are not allowed. The park closes at 3 pm. It is recommended to use sunscreen, bring water, comfortable shoes, head covering, insect repellent and a waterproof jacket, as the weather can get quite cold. The high elevations in the park can affect breathing and heart rate.
Activities: Within Prussia Park, there are picnic areas and several trails to hike, up to 16 kilometers. It is ideal for nature lovers.
Rates: ₡400 colones children and seniors, and ₡1000 colones adults, to enter the park, which opens every day from 8 am.
Forest of Fraijanes
This is an absolutely beautiful recreational park and mountain forest camp. It has multiple activities for different adventures.
Fraijanes has suitable areas for camping, a lagoon, farms, strawberry and coffee plantations, and nurseries.
Location: From the Courts of Justice in Alajuela, 15 km to the north, on road to the Poás Volcano. 20 minutes from downtown.
Recommendations: Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, bring drinking water and snacks.
Activities: You can also buy food in the park, bring your pets and rent cabins, quads, picnic areas, farms, horses, and games.
Rates: ₡2000 colones. Children under 10 years old are free.
The writer, Tom Rosenberger has lived and worked in Costa Rica for 25 years and from his travels throughout the country, he has acquired a wealth of knowledge about living and doing business in Costa Rica. If you have questions and would like to contact Tom click here.