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TRAVELING IN THE PACIFIC NORTH OF COSTA RICA

The Pacific North of Costa Rica is a region known for its stunning beaches, lush forests, and vibrant culture. If you're planning a trip to this area, here's a guide to some of the best things to do and see.


Beaches

The Pacific North of Costa Rica is home to some of the best beaches in the country. One of the most popular is Tamarindo Beach, which is known for its soft sand and excellent surfing conditions. Playa Conchal is another popular beach, with crystal-clear waters and white sand made of crushed seashells. For a more authentic experience, head to Playa Samara, a quiet beach with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.


Activities

There are plenty of activities to keep you busy in the Pacific North of Costa Rica. One of the most popular is surfing, with many beaches offering excellent waves for both beginners and experienced surfers. You can also go snorkeling or scuba diving to explore the vibrant marine life, or take a boat tour to see dolphins and whales up close.



If you're looking for adventure, head to the nearby forests for a zip-lining or hiking tour. You can also take a canopy tour, where you'll fly through the trees on a series of cables and platforms. For a more relaxing experience, try a yoga class on the beach or take a sunset cruise.


Food


The Pacific North of Costa Rica is known for its delicious food, with a mix of traditional Costa Rican cuisine and international dishes. Seafood is a popular choice, with many restaurants serving fresh catches of the day. Try the ceviche, a traditional dish made with raw fish marinated in lime juice and served with vegetables.


For a taste of Costa Rican culture, try the gallo pinto, a breakfast dish made with rice, beans, and spices. You can also try casado, a traditional lunch dish made with rice, beans, salad, plantains, and your choice of meat. For a sweet treat, try the tres leches cake, a sponge cake soaked in three types of milk and topped with whipped cream.


Tortilla in comal
Tortilla in comal

Culture

The Pacific North of Costa Rica is home to a vibrant culture, with a mix of indigenous, Spanish, and Afro-Caribbean influences. One of the best ways to experience this culture is to visit the local markets, where you can find handmade crafts, fresh produce, and traditional clothing.

If you are lucky enough you can catch some fiestas, and cultural events while visiting, make sure to ask your local friends!


Tortilla in comal
Tortilla in comal

There is so much to explore while traveling in the Pacific North of Costa Rica, and while you are here visit Playa Samara!


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