14 Reasons You’d Hate to Vacation in Costa Rica

beach sunset in Costa Rica

Buckle up, buttercup. We have the cold, hard truth about that vacation in Costa Rica…

Planning a vacation in Costa Rica? We are so sorry. Pura vida, schmura vida. We’ve been in “paradise” long enough to know, Costa Rica’s not all it’s cracked up to be.

Want some proof? We have it. Fourteen proofs, to be exact. That’s right – 14 reasons you’d hate to vacation in Costa Rica:

1. There’s no way you could relax here. 

Costa Rica is ugly

I mean, it’s not like you could rent a private, oceanview villa. And spend your days by the pool. And book a few relaxing massages in your villa.

2. There’s nothing to see in Costa Rica.


Who cares that Costa Rica has the longest humpback whale-watching season in the world? Or a spectacular 6% of the planet’s total biodiversity (in just 0.3% of the Earth’s surface)? There’s nothing to see when you vacation in Costa Rica. Nothing.

3. Or do, while we’re on the subject.

Tamarindo bachelorette party - trash the dress

Get ready to sit around all day, because there’s nothing to do. Especially not in Tamarindo, one of the world’s 50 best surfing spots.

4. The scenery’s not even that special.

Costa Rica scenery

Photo courtesy Tamarindowiki, via Wikimedia Commons

Those greens… those blues… they could never take your breath away, could they?

5. And the wildlife? Please.

Central American squirrel monkey in Costa Rica

It’s not like Costa Rica protects more than 25% of its land in national parks, private reserves, and wildlife refuges. It’s not like we’re working toward the protection, conservation, and repopulation of 100+ endangered species.

… Including the adorable Central American squirrel monkey (pictured) and its subspecies, the grey-crowned Central American squirrel monkey, which were each upgraded in status – the first, from endangered to vulnerable and the second, from critically endangered to endangered – due in large part to Costa Rica’s conservation efforts. (Central American squirrel monkeys live only in Costa Rica and the northwestern tip of Panama; grey-crowned Central American squirrel monkey live only in Costa Rica. It’s us, or nothing!)

6. The animals aren’t even cute.

Costa Rica three-toed sloth

This does nothing for you, does it? Yeah, it doesn’t for us, either.

7. The food is terrible, too.

food in Costa Rica

Fresh fish? Tropical fruits? Just-picked vegetables? Someone, save us.

8.  And did we mention the coffee? Terrible.

Costa Rican coffee latte

I mean, it’s not like Costa Rica’s actually famous for its Arabica coffee. Which we grow in rich volcanic soil. And win awards for, every year.

9. The views in general? Totally uninspiring.

Casa Vista Flamingo

No one should be subjected to this. No one.

10. And don’t get us started on the woeful day trip possibilities.

Catarata del Toro Costa Rica

Photo courtesy Steve Jurvetson [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

We know the rule: Don’t go chasing waterfalls! Especially not in Costa Rica, where they’re basically everywhere.

11. Everything is so mundane.

Arenal Volcano

No one wants to tick “hike an active volcano” or “swim in volcanic hot springs” off their travel bucket list, amiright?

10. The beaches are super crowded.

tip of Playa Flamingo

Photo courtesy NoTalkMan [CC0], from Wikimedia Commons

You cannot seriously be expected to fight through with crowds like these.

11. And totally unattractive.

Playa Naranjo Witchs Rock

We’re out. We just can’t. There’s not even a spot to lay out a towel.

12. You want unattractive? Don’t get us started on the sunsets.

Sunset sail in Tamarindo

We are so sorry you have to see this.

13.How will you ever fill your days (and evenings)?

girl doing yoga on Tamarindo beach

You’re going to be so bored.

14. Really, we don’t know how you’ll put up with this.

Found a starfish snubaing

Is there anything worse than sun, sand, spectacular views, and all the adventure you can pack into one vacation? We think not.

So, don’t say we didn’t warn you: You’re going to HATE your vacation to Costa Rica.