If you’re planning a trip to Costa Rica, you will have to decide between the Caribbean Coast and Pacific Coast and choosing which area to visit should depend on your preferences and what you are after.

One of the biggest and best advantages of visiting Costa Rica is its ecosystems, which vary widely. You will be able to have different experiences along the same coastline and will be able to see a lot of diversity despite the fact that Costa Rica is a small country. In order to make the right decision, you need to figure out your priorities so that you can visit the coast that is best for you.

If you are looking for a resort, the Pacific Coast is the better option because Guanacaste is where you will be able to find a large resort that will allow you to cash in your hotel reward points. It’s important to note that Costa Rica is better known for its boutique hotels and the majority of the accommodation options are intimate, but if you want a big resort, the Pacific Coast is the place to go. Lodging is one of the biggest differences between the two coasts, and the Caribbean side has limited luxury lodging options and no large resorts, so you need to factor this in. This coast is more rustic and is ideal for those looking for a laid-back experience, while the Pacific side will offer you more choices in this regard, so you really have to consider your preferences.

If you want to be adventurous, both coasts will be able to provide you with what you’re after. There are beach towns, surfing adventures and yoga retreats available, and you will be able to book accommodations in remote areas to really get a feel of the country. These areas are considered off-grid, so getting to these destinations is an adventure on its own.

One of the main reasons why people go on vacation is to enjoy the beach and if this is your priority, both the Pacific Coast and Caribbean Coast will accommodate this need. The Pacific Coast has the greatest diversity in beaches, and the Caribbean side has that beautiful turquoise water that so many people are after. This side also has white sand beaches, swaying palm trees, and rainforests, so you will be surrounded by nature and its beauty. There are a ton of different beaches to discover in Costa Rica, and both coasts will allow you to access a beach.

Whether you want to visit one of these coasts or want to visit both coasts during your vacation, AXR Jaco can help you plan your trip. We can make professional recommendations based on your preferences and offer Tortuga Island tours, Canopy tours, and fishing packages, so if you want to have a memorable experience, contact us today!