Costa Rica’s Best Waterfalls— Fast Facts Guide to Waterfalls in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is home to dozens and dozens of waterfalls– some internationally famous, others known only to the locals, all equally as beautiful. So if you decide to chase the very real, very breathtaking waterfalls in Costa Rica, deciding which ones to add to your list can be difficult! (Can’t you just add all of them?!) That’s why we put together our travel guide to Costa Rica’s best waterfalls!

 

Nothing worth having is ever easy to get, so why should waterfalls worth seeing be easy to get to either? (Hint: They’re not!) Some of Costa Rica’s best waterfalls are easier to get to than others, but hiking is half of the fun! Plus, waterfalls in Costa Rica look better without man-made structures built up all around them, so the hike is worth the unimpeded view 🙂

To start off, Costa Rica’s best waterfalls will be listed from the MOST accessible to the LEAST accessible. We’ll even throw in the entrance fee (as of September, 2018) for you penny-pincher travelers (like Jacob and I). If you’re feeling extra amazing, please shoot this post a like and a share and, as always, enjoy! One last thing before you get too far, remember to…

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Magia Blanca Waterfall— One of the Best Waterfalls in Costa Rica

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Located an hour-and-a-half north of San José, in Alajuela Providence, Magia Blanca is just one of five waterfalls at La Paz Waterfall Gardens. A tranquil 0.8 mile walk on a paved trail will take you through the Costa Rican jungle to see all of the waterfalls. There are stairs, but you only have to go down. A shuttle will pick you up at the bottom and bring you back up to the top!

Dropping 120 feet, Magia Blanca (White Magic), is the tallest of the five waterfalls. Although all are beautiful, Magia Blanca is so beautiful it almost looks unreal! The unequivocal beauty alone makes this one of Costa Rica’s best waterfalls. The trail is set up so you can take pictures with the jungle in the background, and there are never any tourists in your photo– how great!!

La Paz Waterfall Gardens also offers several different attractions, including: restaurants, lodging, butterfly observatory, Trout Lake (swim, fish, or catch dinner!), historical “Casita” farmhouse, an animal sanctuary, and a pool. There truly is something for everyone here, regardless of age or mobility level.

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Río Celeste Waterfall— Second on our List of Costa Rica’s Best Waterfalls

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Arguably the bluest of waterfalls in Costa Rica, Río Celeste (Celeste River) is about four hours northwest of San José. The waterfall is located in Tenorio National Park, at the base of the Tenorio Volcano. Although there are many different things to see in the 31,794-acre park, the waterfall is just one mile from the parking lot on a paved path. Unfortunately, you can’t swim here, even though the blue water looks so inviting!

Due to the popularity of the park, only 1,200 visitors are allowed in per day, and only 400 on the trail at one time. So to secure your spot and ensure you get to see this gorgeous location, arrive early!

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La Fortuna Waterfall— Costa Rica’s Best Waterfalls are Worth the Hike

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Located three hours northwest of San José, at the base of the dormant Chato Volcano and near Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna— The Fortune– is one of the most famous waterfalls in Costa Rica. A 20 minute hike down steps through the jungle will allow you views of the 246-foot waterfall from many angles. And the best part? You can swim at the base of the waterfall when you make it down, it’s just chilly!

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Los Chorros Waterfall— One of the Most Hidden Waterfalls in Costa Rica

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The locals hide some of Costa Rica’s best waterfalls for themselves (I mean, who can blame them!) Los Chorros (The Jets), located an hour northwest of San José, is tucked away into the Costa Rican countryside. To get there from San José, we had to take two separate buses in order to get to the city of Grecia, and then walk 1.5 miles (uphill!) to get to the entrance of the park. Of course, many stopped and offered us a ride– but for a price– so we sucked it up and walked. And my, oh my, was the difficulty of finding this place worth it!

We were the only foreigners there, you could swim in the water (although it was freezing) and climb the waterfall (at your own risk!).

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Fundación Dúrika— One of the Coolest Waterfalls in Costa Rica

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Good luck finding this waterfall, because It. Was. Hidden. Fundación Dúrika is an ecovillage located almost 5 hours southeast of San José in the Puntarenas Providence. Hidden way up in the Talamanca Mountains, Dúrika is a self-sustaining community that is accessible only by an hour drive in a 4WD vehicle from the city of Buenos Aires.

Once in Dúrika, we were taken on a hike to this waterfall (which either doesn’t have a name or we don’t remember it… it’s THAT secluded). From the bottom, it just looks like any old waterfall, but upon hiking up to the top of it, there’s an entire “infinity pool” you can hang out in! The pool isn’t extremely deep, nor is the water running extremely fast, but it is nice and cold if you want to take a relaxing dip!

It is usually more than a one-day trip, so lodging and a restaurant are located on site.

Hint: this waterfall is Walk 3, located here.

There are hundreds of waterfalls in Costa Rica so finding Costa Rica's best waterfalls may seem impossible. That's why we made this amazing Costa Rica travel guide- Costa Rica's Best Waterfalls- so they aren't hard to find anymore! If you're looking for things to do in Costa Rica, planning a trip to Costa Rica, or just love looking at Costa Rica travel guides you'll love our post. Be sure to let us know which of the waterfalls in Costa Rica you like the most!

Of course, there are hundreds of spectacular waterfalls in Costa Rica. When each and every one makes you stop and say “wow” it’s nearly impossible to choose your favorite. These were just our picks for Costa Rica’s best waterfalls. Let us know which waterfall was your favorite! Have you ever been to Costa Rica? Would you visit any of these waterfalls if you go?

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Fun Things to do in Tampa with Kids – 25 Family Friendly Adventures

If you’re a parent, grandparent, or even a babysitter you may find yourself searching for fun things to do in Tampa with kids. That’s why we compiled our list of Fun Things to do in Tampa with Kids – 25 Family Friendly Adventures!

Be sure to let us know in the comments which adventure you liked the most or if you have any favorites we missed. Our list of fun things to do in Tampa with kids is great for adults too! If you’re feeling extra wicked cool shoot this post a like and a share, as always, enjoy! One last thing before you get too far, remember to…

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Looking for Fun Things to do in Tampa with Kids… Check out the Local Parks!

Need fun things to do with kids in Tampa? Check out our top 25 family friendly adventures in Tampa, Florida!
Lucky for us there was a fence to keep her down there! Down the boardwalk there were also some baby alligators enjoying the sun!

The Tampa Bay area has some of the best park systems in Florida so if you’re looking for fun things to do in Tampa with kids, the parks are a great place to start. Each park varies in size and style so you can usually find one that fits your child’s taste. From animal kingdoms to train stations, these parks are all worth a few hours of your time!

Eureka Springs Park and Lettuce Lake Regional Park are perfect for little ones who love animals. They’ll have a chance to see alligators, butterflies, armadillos, turtles, and more at these two parks. They also both have impressive boardwalk systems which makes the park accessible to all. The boardwalks also aid in keeping the wildlife a safe distance away. Which is good because that gator is huge!

If you want a more hands-on experience, check out ZooTampa at Lowry Park and Big Cat Rescue. Both offer the chance for young and old to learn and interact with the animals. The zoo allows guests to see manatees, feed giraffes, and pet stingrays and a giant tortoise– what more could a little one want! Big Cat Rescue is the world’s largest accredited sanctuary and features over 100 rescued lions, tigers, leopards, and more. Take a walking tour to learn more about the animals and their stories!

For more traditional parks (larger lawns, playgrounds, and such) we have three great options! Fred Howard Park is a 155-acre park that hosts a beach, two playgrounds, and more for the family to enjoy. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is situated in downtown Tampa on the Hillsborough River. It features plenty of grass, a playground, and a sprayground. You read that right, a sprayground! Largo Central Park is another great option, and even has a train. Plan ahead and you can ride the miniature railway on the first full weekend of every month. Let us know below in the comments which park your kids would love the most!

Watch the Sunset at Pier 60 and Stay for the Movies

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Be sure to catch the sunset on your next trip to Florida! If you’re near Tampa, stay for the movie too!

There are tons of fun things to do in Tampa with kids, but a sunset followed by a movie on the pier is hard to beat. The pier stretches over 1,080 feet into the gulf and hosts a variety of daily activities. The pier is well lit making it popular for tourists and fishermen alike. Head on over to Clearwater Beach’s infamous Pier 60 from 6 to 9 every night to catch the sunset. The pier comes alive with performers, vendors, and kids tearing up the waterfall playground.

After the sun flares the last of its light into the sky, pull out your blankets and take a seat at the Sunset Cinema. Located on the lawn near Pier 60, the Sunset Cinema is a FREE outdoor theater supported by local businesses. They show movies on Friday and Saturday nights (weather permitting) and even have concessions on site!

Try out the Watersports at Clearwater Beach

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Parasailing in Florida is a must… as long as you don’t mind the heights!

Clearwater Beach is a gorgeous strip of white sand stretching for miles along the Gulf of Mexico. Touristy? Yes, definitely, but that’s Florida. Anyone looking for fun things to do in Tampa with kids has come across the various local beaches, so why is Clearwater different? The prices! Competition in Clearwater has made it affordable for most to try their favorite watersports. We decided to choose three levels of adventures for this post. They start as the most exciting and expensive (for your time) and work towards activities geared for younger children that are more budget friendly. The three adventures are parasailing, jet skiing, and paddle boarding but we hope you’ll check out other options too!

For parasailing check out Parasail Clearwater, Chute Em Up Parasail, and Clearwater Watersports. All three offer different line heights, some up to 1,000 feet, convenient locations, and fair pricing. It really just comes down to where you are on the beach and the time you want to go! Most rides are around 10 minutes and total time on the boat is around 45 minutes.

For jet skiing (or waverunners as the pros say) we recommend BouYah Watersports, Cleartwater Beach Jet Ski Rentals, and H2O Jet Ski Rentals. Again, all three are affordable and convenient and come down to your time and location. They also offer a guided tour option that sounds spectacular. It affords you the chance to explore local hidden gems you wouldn’t otherwise find!

For paddleboards we loved Clearwater Beach Paddle Board Rental Co. and Tampa Bay SUP. Both offer rentals and lessons! Now you and the kids spend more time on the board and lesson below it! Really though, both companies are great; however, if you’re looking for a longer rental try Clearwater Beach and if you’d like a shorter term try Tampa Bay. Which of the three adventures would you and your kids like the most? Let us know below in the comments!

Mini Golf is another Fun Thing to do in Tampa with Kids

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Check out Tampa, Florida’s best mini golf courses for a fun family adventure!

For those of you who know us personally you know we love mini golf. Not just jokingly love, but seriously love and compete at mini golf. We find the best way to celebrate a victory is to have the loser buy ice cream. Let’s just say Kestra won ice cream in Tampa Bay. Good work Kes 🙂 Do you have any similar family traditions? We personally didn’t play all of these courses, but we carefully vetted them all before including them on our list of fun things to do in Tampa with kids.

Congo River Golf has plane wrecks, waterfalls, and live gators. Smuggler’s Cove Adventure Golf, where Kestra and I played, has baby alligators, pirate ships, and caves. Ace Golf is well landscaped, beautifully maintained, and super affordable. Captain Bligh’s Landing is a pirate themed course with different interactive scenes on each hole, and they have a talking parrot the kids will love. The Fish Hole Miniature Golf is a beautiful course in a quiet setting on the water and is better for older and younger crowds.

Local Amusement Parks – Fun Things to do in Tampa with Kids

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Busch Gardens was a blast for is and will be for your family too! Thanks Emily!

Sure Orlando has Disney, but Tampa also has great amusement and water parks! We tried Busch Gardens and had an absolute blast with Kestra’s family. Say hi to Bria, Meghan, Colin, and Emily! Busch Gardens is a 335-acre African Safari themed amusement park. Scattered between its many rides are over 12,000 animals including rhinos, giraffes, and elephants.

Dinosaur World is a more budget-friendly option and great for smaller children. With over 200 life-size dinosaurs in the park, fossil and gemstone excavation, your kids will love the park. They even allow you to bring in your own food and drinks to save some money. We highly recommend the park to any little dino lovers!

For water lovers be sure to try out Adventure Island. The 30-acre park is just across the street from Busch Gardens. With zippy waterslides, lazy rivers, wave pools,and sandy bottom cabanas, the park has something for all ages. It is a spectacular way to beat the heat and enjoy the Florida sun as a family!

As you can see there are tons of fun things to do with kids in Tampa. Some are more budget-friendly than others but all are guaranteed to deliver smiles! Be sure to let us know below in the comments which adventure sounds the most fun to you. Do you know of any other fun things to do with kids in Tampa? Please remember to subscribe and share our blog on social media with your friends and family, God Bless!

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