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Junquillal Bay Wildlife Refuge

Verified: about 1 year ago
GPS: 10.968640, -85.686720
Alt.: 26.3 masl
The park entry fee is a bit steep if you're only staying one night. Tons of animals and a very well maintained camping area with friendly and helpful park rangers. Sunsets on the beach are amazing.
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Brasilito Lodge (No Camping)

Verified: 8 months ago
GPS: 10.407320, -85.797620
Alt.: 0.0 masl
Website says it has wifi, but it does not. Owners were rude and not at all helpful. OK place to pitch a tent if you want to get an early start heading down the Nicoya Peninsula.
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Camping Mora

Verified: 9 months ago
GPS: 9.868733, -85.501317
Alt.: 0.0 masl
Very friendly and helpful owners. Good covered areas to cook under. Showers are bit rustic. Lots of bugs and even more crabs! Close to Playa Carrillo which is a beautiful beach and less crowded than nearby Playa Samara.
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Arenal Volcano National Park

Verified: over 1 year ago
GPS: 10.462583, -84.739983
Alt.: 0.0 masl
Across the street from the main entrance to Arenal Volcano National Park. Camping in a field in the middle of a farm, lots of animals!
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Lake Arenal

Verified: 5 months ago
GPS: 10.431000, -84.758367
Alt.: 0.0 masl
On the shores of Lake Arenal in the town of El Castillo, just off the main road through town before the pizza shop (right across from Cafe Lago near the boat launch). No services, but it's free and chef bene in the soda is great
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Hostel

Pension Santa Elena (NO CAMPING)

Verified: 4 months ago
GPS: 10.317467, -84.823683
Alt.: 0.0 masl
A great, cheap place to stay in the middle of Santa Elena. Offers all the amenities, hot(!) showers and a great kitchen. NO LONGER OFFERS CAMPING Taco Taco restaurant is next door.
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El Rodeo Inn and Steakhouse

Verified: over 5 years ago
GPS: 9.977350, -84.199517
Alt.: Unknown
We stayed here when our parents flew in after dark, and again the night before they left early. Ten minutes from the airport. Had our parents not been paying we would not have stayed here. It is a very nice hotel, cheaper than other boutique hotel options. The steakhouse restaurant is also very good, and not expensive given Costa Rican prices. +$100 USD per room
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Camping

Truchas Selva Madre

Verified: 8 months ago
GPS: 9.669067, -83.878067
Alt.: 0.0 masl
High in the mountains, relatively cold weather. Crowded with locals on the weekend, especially Sunday, but very few overnighters. Covered areas for cooking. Trout pond for fishing, gear provided. $9 per kilo, no catch and release, expensive but delicious. Beautiful 1.5 mile hiking trail into the cloud forest behind the restaurant.
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Rancho Remos

Verified: about 2 months ago
GPS: 9.191300, -83.772250
Alt.: 100.9 masl
A lucky find. Look for the camping sign on the main street just outside Uvita. Beautiful view, lots of toucans. Brand new bathrooms and covered area to cook under. Very friendly owners who will made food in their restaurant on request.
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Vista Drake

Verified: about 2 years ago
GPS: 8.689817, -83.666150
Alt.: 29.4 masl
Parking in front of the hostel, it's a bit of a climb up to the camping area. Covered tent areas. A great view of Drake Bay. The roads to Drake aren't the greatest, they were newly graded but did involve a few shallow river crossings. 4x4 recommended.
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Playa Josecito

Verified: about 3 years ago
GPS: 8.652183, -83.712817
Alt.: Unknown
A beautiful free place to camp south of Drake Bay near the Corcovado. Scarlet macaws everywhere, an amazing beach and not a person in sight. River crossings and bad roads, 4x4 required. Pack your trash out. Camping on the grass in front of the house, next to the soccer field. Can use the covered shelter for cooking. Do not camp on the soccer field or beach, the tide is high, and low areas will flood if it rains. Freshwater hose and open shower on the beach. Bathrooms in the school you can use if you ask for a key. A lodge with a bar and restaurant 500m down the beach will also let you use their showers and bathrooms.
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Cabinas Jimenez

Verified: over 5 years ago
GPS: 8.540617, -83.306800
Alt.: Unknown
Can't recommend enough if you want to splurge after camping for free without facilities in the jungle for a few days. Fridge, microwave and coffee makers in rooms. Lots of restaurants nearby.
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Wild camp

Carate Beach

Verified: about 1 year ago
GPS: 8.442650, -83.462667
Alt.: 0.0 masl
4x4 required. River crossings can flood if rains are bad. Do not leave anything unattended on the beach. Pack your trash out. There's a shop at the end of the road offering cold beer, bathrooms, showers and food for a cost. If you're headed into Corcovado you can park your car behind the store for $5 a day. Buy the old Canadian expat a beer and listen to some of his stories!
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Sirena Ranger Station

Verified: over 5 years ago
GPS: 8.479850, -83.589600
Alt.: Unknown
Make reservations in Puerto Jimenez. You must do this, or arrange through a tour organizer. It's an 11 mile hike from Carate. You can take a boat from Bahia Drake, and you can take a boat or fly from Puerto Jimenez. Dorms are two bunk beds each in a screened room. Bugs can be a problem, bring mosquito nets or lots of DEET. Camping area is in a covered pavilion. Meals can be provided with reservation, but cost $20-25 per person per meal. There is a building for cooking next to the camping area. Water can be bought for $4 per 2 liter bottle, or purified from the tap. Pack out all trash.
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Informal camp

Car Park of Centro Turistica Neily

Verified: about 4 years ago
GPS: 8.652500, -82.945278
Alt.: Unknown
Our friend had a room here and we were allowed to sleep in the car park for no charge although we ate and drank in the restaurant.
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Informal camp

Car Park Hotel Los Crestones

Verified: about 4 years ago
GPS: 9.368611, -83.705833
Alt.: Unknown
Our friend had a room here and we were allowed to sleep in the car park for no charge although Neill gave the receptionist 3,000 (approx £4.00) as a goodwill gesture. Neill asked If he could use the pool, the guy charged him 3,000, he just wanted to cool down and was in there for all of 30 seconds. Our friend was ill and need to stay at 3pm the guy changed to conditions and said his manager wanted us to pay 10,000, so we left.
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Car Park Hotel Zima

Verified: about 2 months ago
GPS: 9.377778, -83.702222
Alt.: 722.5 masl
Flat area at the rear and had full access to all facilities and were allowed to shower in a vacated room the next morning. Restaurant (Closed Sunday), Pool and Wifi. Good location near to town. Restaurant was good and reasonably priced (for Costa Rica).
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Informal camp

Ursu Petrol Stn

Verified: over 1 year ago
GPS: 9.860556, -84.574722
Alt.: 155.8 masl
24 Hr garage with good restaurant and armed guard, toilet and wifi.
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Camping

Finca Cañas Castilla

Verified: about 2 months ago
GPS: 11.121470, -85.594040
Alt.: 110.0 masl
Fantastic Finca with camping possibility: wildlife, swimming at the bridge, boat and peddles available, horseriding, 3 marked walking trails, play room for the kids. Good chance you met other overlanders here. Must stop here when coming from or going at Nicaragua. Potable water, wifi, clean toilets and shower. WARNING Not pet friendly
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Informal camp

Parking NP Rincon del la Vieja

WARNING: THIS PLACE IS CLOSED!

Verified: over 1 year ago
GPS: 10.679430, -85.455390
Alt.: 0.0 masl
parking lot to the park entrance. In the countryside and super quiet. Price: Free
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Informal camp

thermal springs beneath the volcano Miravales

Verified: about 4 years ago
GPS: 10.737940, -85.191960
Alt.: Unknown
Very quiet and beautiful natural source, by José ask. Price: $ 12.00
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Wild camp

Informal campsite on beach

Verified: 5 months ago
GPS: 10.295800, -85.845000
Alt.: 0.0 masl
on the beach of Tamarindo. old camping grounds, no facilities, right on the beach! Price: Free
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Camping

Aloha camping and restaurant.

Verified: 3 months ago
GPS: 9.880000, -85.530500
Alt.: 28.0 masl
Come Down campsite, the view is great. on the beach of Samara Price: $ 8.00
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Informal campsite

Verified: 7 months ago
GPS: 9.656330, -85.066150
Alt.: 1.1 masl
Best place to park to check out Montezuma! Close walk to center of town. Spot is off the main road through the center on a large flat grass/sand clearing right next to the ocean.
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Informal campsite

Verified: about 1 month ago
GPS: 9.623867, -85.149439
Alt.: 21.4 masl
At Playa Mal Pais north on the beach. Lone parking space at the beach under palm trees. Price: free
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Informal camp

Catarata parking at the hotel

Verified: 6 months ago
GPS: 10.703170, -84.977540
Alt.: 652.0 masl
Caution: mud lawn, but right at the entrance of the trail. Catarata parking at the hotel at the entrance to Rio Celeste NP Price: $ 12.00
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Informal camp

Meadow Square camping

Verified: 7 months ago
GPS: 10.536510, -84.891490
Alt.: 0.0 masl
On the town square of Nuevo Arenal on Lake Arenal. meadow by the lake. Very quiet. Price: Free
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Hotel

Hotel Los Heroes

Verified: 2 months ago
GPS: 10.477100, -84.831770
Alt.: 0.0 masl
At the Hotel Los Heroes on Lake Arenal (Swiss). excellent Swiss cuisine, a bit more expensive. Price: Free
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Informal camp

Walmart

Verified: over 1 year ago
GPS: 10.001750, -84.206890
Alt.: 0.0 masl
on a small plot at the WalMart billboard. Price: free
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Informal camp

Informal camp at entrance

Verified: 4 months ago
GPS: 10.170010, -84.232320
Alt.: 2497.6 masl
At the entrance to Poas Volcano NP. side of the road, but it is the opening time of 8 clock in the Park (later there are clouds). Price: Free
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