Costa Rica, An Overview
This is Costa Rica
Explore the biodiverse country of Costa Rica and get an overview of its six regions with instructor Jordan Sparrow.
How to Use This Course
Jordan explains how to get the most out of this course and the Bright Trip platform.
History of Costa Rica
Learn a brief history of how Costa Rica came to be, including the story of how the country became independent from Spain.
Costa Rica Today
Get to know Costa Rica’s modern culture, as Jordan shares some key facets of the country’s society and why Costa Ricans live by the saying, “Pura Vida.”
Jordan explains Costa Rica’s incredible biodiversity as well as how the country is working to conserve its natural environment.
Region By Region
Get to know Costa Rica’s largest metropolitan area: the region of San Jóse. Jordan recommends some great spots to check out and explains why this region is a good place to start your trip.
Central Pacific Coast
Explore the Central Pacific Coast, where you’ll find beaches, waterfalls, wildlife, and rainforests.
The Guanacaste region has the highest concentration of beaches in Costa Rica. in this lesson, Jordan breaks down travel and accommodation options to enjoy throughout this beachy area.
For those interested in more adventurous travel, the Osa Peninsula should be on your list. Though it is difficult to access, Jordan recommends visiting this region and taking a guided tour to best experience it.
Central Costa Rica
Discover the region of Central Costa Rica. Learn about the top sites and activities to visit within this region, like the magical Monteverde Cloud Forest, and more.
The Caribbean Coast
Learn about the Caribbean Coast’s unique history, language, and food, as well as other cultural aspects that make this area of Costa Rica, one-of-a-kind.
Review of the Regions
Review the six regions of Costa Rica discussed in this chapter: San Jóse, Central Pacific Coast, Guanacaste, Osa Peninsula, Central Costa Rica, and the Caribbean Coast.
Building Your Itinerary
Explore five different sample itineraries to get a taste of what the small country of Costa Rica has to offer, no matter what type of vacation you’re looking for.
Getting Around the Country
Get an overview of all your transportation options to help plan your Costa Rica itinerary.
Choosing a Beach
Discover many of Costa Rica’s popular beaches and beach towns, including Jaco, Manuel Antonio, Dominical, and more.
Jungles and Mountains
Explore the nature and adventures that can be found in the jungles and mountains of Costa Rica, including the rare opportunity to visit a cloud forest.