Costa Rica waterfalls

There is nothing more picturesque than bathing in the cool waters beneath a rushing waterfall. The varied landscapes of Costa Rica offer many hidden falls, each with their own story and setting. Pack a lunch and a bathing suit and set off on foot or horseback to discover your own secret waterfall, or visit one of our favorites below.

There is nothing like a cold swim after a long hike, to reward you for your efforts. Not to mention the pictures that will tell your friends and family all they need to know about your Costa Rica getaway.

breathtaking waterfalls in costa rica

The location of the waterfalls below are not that easy to find on your own. Be sure to ask a local how to get there, or plan a tour in advance with one of our Nature Vacations travel experts.


Several sets of falls can be visited via Montezuma. A hike from the center of town will take you to a popular swimming hole, or a 2 hour hike will uncover falls that end directly in the ocean.


A local secret, the Salto de Cortez waterfall can be found between Bagaces and Liberia and offers parking and picnic area for visitors.

rio celeste

This waterfall along the thermal Blue River is accessible via a 2 hour hike. The reward is truly picture-perfect.

la paz

The La Paz Waterfall Gardens is a beautiful wildlife sanctuary with excellent facilities to allow young and old alike to experience Costa Rica's past and natural wonders. Best visited on a day trip from San Jose.


The San Luis waterfalls are found just outside the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. The cold, towering falls have an enchanted touch thanks to the constant cloud cover in the region.