Camping in Costa Rica
Last updated: Jun 19, 2015
under a starry sky, in the center of a misty cloud forest, or close to splashing sea waves is an excellent way to travel Costa Rica– specifically on a spending plan. Outside national parks and also a couple of personal campsites, camping on coastlines or on private property (generally for a small cost) is possible, yet always talk to locals and also agree upon a rate prior to establishing camp. As area is commonly limited, appointments are recommended at both national parks as well as private campsites.
Some hostels in Mal Pais, Montezuma, Playa Samara and also Brasilito have popular beachfront campgrounds with access to either interior or exterior centers. The majority of outdoor camping centers run $4-$10 per evening, and also normally include cold-water showers, washrooms, and also standard facilities like sinks as well as BARBEQUE pits.
Make sure to pack lots of quick-dry clothes, a flashlight, sun hat, bug spray, towels and also a lightweight sleeping bag. If you intend on camping in the jungle, try to find a camping area that offers raised platforms along with covered locations. The climate can be unpredictable as well as being off the ground will certainly help keep you dry and also comfortable. If your strategies include camping in the cloud forest or at high elevations, take cozy blankets as the mercury dips substantially at night. Camping can be an enjoyable and adventurous means to expand your travel budget in Costa Rica, and right here are a few of our favored locales:
Barra Honda National Forest
Barra Honda National Park is Costa Rica’s only subterranean park, its labyrinth of caverns sculpted from soft limestone. To date, scientists have actually explored each of the park’s 42 caves, yet only 19 have been totally explored. If you’re not up (or down) for underground experience, take to the park’s above-ground views, consisting of marvelous sights of the Gulf of Nicoya as well as superb wild animals seeing. Rustic cabins with bunk beds and also camping facilities ($2 + $10 entry fee) are available at the ranger terminal. Water, commodes and also showers are readily available to campers. Contact: 2686-6760
Ballena National Marine Park
One of your best bets for beachfront camping, Ballena National Marine Park is residence to humpback whale reproducing grounds, dolphin hotspots, nesting turtles, as well as large swarms of seabirds. August with October as well as December to April are the most effective times to see humpback whales, while Might with November is prime nesting season for Olive Ridley and hawksbill turtles. Outdoor camping is complimentary (all visitors should pay the $6 park fee) and also the setup can’t be defeated. Showers and bathrooms, yet no safe and clean water, are offered at the Ballena, Colonia, and also Pinuelas ranger terminals. Campfires are not permitted within the park, but gas or charcoal grills are allowed. Call: 2796-5392
Braulio Carrillo National Park
Get up bordered by lush tropical rain forest, where you’re a short hike from roaring falls, looming volcanoes, as well as hurrying rivers. Braulio Carrillo National Park is just 30 minutes from San Jose yet a world away in terms of peace as well as seclusion. As the country’s second largest national park, it covers a lot of ground– nearly 115,000 acres– and also campers can pick their night’s lodgings from dense lowland rainforest, cold cloud woodland, as well as also the slope of an old volcano. Outdoor camping ($2 + $8 park entryway charge) is highly recommended at the Barva Volcano ranger terminal, where a morning beginning will certainly assure you a prompt climb up the four- to five-hour path to Barva Volcano’s beautiful top. Safe and clean water and commodes, yet no showers, are readily available. Get in touch with: 2266-1883/ 2266-1892
Corcovado National Forest
Corcovado National Forest is among minority areas in the world that genuinely advantages the expression “teeming with wild animals.” The green park is residence to 13 kinds of woodland in addition to a huge selection of wild animals. Camping right here is for the genuinely brave, as Corcovado’s ranger stations are extremely isolated. Appointments are required to camp, particularly at the park’s Sirena station, which has dorm-style lodging and a tiny restaurant ($8 dorm bed + $10 park entryway fee + optional board). Camping options at San Pedrillo, La Leona, and also Los Patos ranger stations are rustic ($4 + $10 park entry cost); potable water, chilly showers, as well as commodes are readily available to campers in any way four terminals. Outdoor camping is not allowed at Los Planes. Keep in mind that the Sirena terminal is shut every October. Contact: 2735-5036 for appointments.
San Agustin Rain Forest Reserve
Located just 22 miles southeast of Turrialba, this 200-acre private wildlife get is a nature fan’s paradise. The area’s great temperatures (60-80º F) and also authentic feel is a combination just experienced off Costa Rica’s ruined course. There are no phones or Web to disturb your communion with nature. Day hikes extend to the Pacuare River, nearby hanging bridges, the amazing Leona as well as Vereh River Waterfalls, as well as into San Agustin Reserve. Outdoor camping costs are collected by contribution; gear (tents, fleece resting bags, ground pads) can be rented out for really sensible prices. Showers, toilets, and safe and clean water are readily available to campers.
Santa Rosa National Forest
Santa Rosa National Forest is among the earliest and largest national forests in Costa Rica. The 91,926-acre book safeguards Central America’s largest staying area of tropical completely dry forest, as well as essential environments for numerous sea turtle species, consisting of the Olive Ridley. Santa Rosa’s Pacific coastlines also offer several of the most effective searching in Central America– the world-famous Ollie’s Factor and Witch’s Rock lie simply offshore. On land, hiking as well as wildlife watching are prominent tasks. You can camp ($2 + $10 park entry charge) in the completely dry woodland or near the park’s famous waves. Santa Maria, Playa Naranjo, Playa Junquillal, and also the Santa Rosa ranger terminals give potable water, commodes, showers and also grills. Get in touch with: 2666-5051