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The Friendliest Towns in Costa Rica 

Costa Rica is a super friendly country, but some towns are more welcoming than others. Discover more here.

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Costa Rica, known for its stunning biodiversity and landscapes, is also famous for its laidback lifestyle, the warmth of its people, and the beauty of its landscape. Certain towns, however, stand out for their exceptional hospitality and friendly communities. There’s so much culture, beauty, and excitement to soak up from Costa Rica.

If you’re on the hunt for some of the most welcoming spots in Costa Rica, here’s where you might want to start:

La Fortuna

Closest to Lake Arenal, La Fortuna is a gateway to the Arenal Volcano and the lake itself. The locals, or Ticos, are accustomed to visitors, given its proximity to a popular tourist attraction, but they maintain an authentic charm. The town has a blend of locals and expatriates, resulting in a multicultural mix. Engage with the community by visiting local eateries, or sodas, and you’re likely to be treated with delicious food and delightful stories about the area.

Arguably, however, the lake is the most beautiful attraction. Its glistening waters attract thousands of tourists a year – some people bask in the luxury of the sun with the best boat rental Costa Rica has to offer, whilst others take in the beauty from the shore. It’s a location for everyone!

Santa Teresa

Located on the Nicoya Peninsula, Santa Teresa started as a humble fishing village and has since transformed into a globally recognized haven for surfers, yoga enthusiasts, and digital nomads. This beach town’s sun-kissed shores and consistent waves attract surfers, while the tranquil ambiance makes it ideal for yoga retreats. 

The relaxed vibe, combined with a mosaic of cultures, ensures a medley of experiences. Roaming the streets, you’ll encounter cafes serving world cuisines, artisanal boutiques, and spontaneous beach parties. The harmonious blend of Tico hospitality with international flavors provides an unparalleled welcoming atmosphere, making every visitor feel right at home.


Not far from Santa Teresa, Montezuma is a bohemian paradise. Famous for its waterfalls and vibrant arts scene, the town has a close-knit community feel. The friendly locals are always keen to share tips about the best spots to visit. Moreover, the town’s eclectic mix of cafes, boutique shops, and artisan stalls provides a unique cultural experience. 

The regular drum circles on the beach offer a chance for everyone, local and visitor alike, to bond over music, dance, and the rhythm of the ocean waves, encapsulating the very essence of Montezuma’s free spirit.


Known as Costa Rica’s craft capital, Sarchí is where traditional oxcarts are designed and painted. This town offers visitors a glimpse into the nation’s rich heritage. Interactions with the artisans, as they proudly share their craft, give tourists an intimate understanding of Tico culture. Their passion is infectious, making you appreciate their artistry even more. Venturing through the town, you’ll find numerous workshops showcasing a variety of handicrafts, from wooden furniture to intricately patterned textiles. 

The vibrant colors of Sarchí are not limited to oxcarts; they permeate every corner, reflecting the town’s spirit. Exploring Sarchí truly feels like stepping into a living museum of Costa Rican craftsmanship and tradition.

Whether it’s the laid-back surf towns, artsy villages, or those located by mesmerizing natural wonders, Costa Rica’s towns have a unique charm and welcoming spirit. Dive deep into these communities, and you’ll find the real essence of “pura vida” in every smile and conversation.


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