Date Place Comment
November 25th, 2016 CabaƱas Herera

Closed. Couldn't make it past the puesto de control (1.5 miles before) to get here.

November 23rd, 2016 Cabanas Kanwara

Park is closed and this place is technically closed but we were lucky to encounter a park ranger at the puesto de control who was kind enough to let us still camp here. Not sure if it's always allowed but it's definitely worth trying! (~1hr from Guican) One of the most beautiful, tranquil, and cold places we've stayed yet. And if you wake up early enough (5am) you'll have amazing views of 3 of the glaciers before the clouds roll in. The ranger said sometimes the owner, Hernando, comes by and asks for 10-20k for camping on his property. We stayed 2 nights and he never came. Don't need 4x4 to get here but high clearance recommended. Gate is narrow (we're in a 4Runner and barely squeezed through).

November 23rd, 2016 Parque Nacional El Cocuy Office

Park is still closed, unfortunately. The government and indigenous are trying to work out an agreement. You *may* be able to make it to Cabanas Kanwara to camp (see Kanwara post) and you can still go to Hacienda La Esperanza and do a 2hr round trip hike to a waterfall with views of the El Pulpito del Diablo glacier.

November 23rd, 2016 Parque Nacional El Cocuy Office

Park is still closed, unfortunately. The government and indigenous are still trying to work out an agreement. You *may* be able to make it to Cabanas Kanwara to camp (see Kanwara post) and you can still go to Hacienda La Esperanza and do a 2hr round trip hike to a waterfall with views of the El Pulpito del Diablo glacier.

November 20th, 2016 Capilla Real

Such a lovely, clean, and comfortable hotel for only 30k/ we stayed for 3! Secure parking down the block (with electricity so we were able to charge our aux battery). Super friendly owner who brought us cafe tinto every morning and afternoon. Good stop before heading toward Cocuy.

November 19th, 2016 Top of the world

Safe and convenient stop if you're heading toWard Cocuy. Plenty of flat space with great views of the surrounding mountains. A few dogs around but they'll warm up to you. In the evening and morning there were some workers dropping stuff off from the fincas nearby but were super friendly and said they've seen many other foreigners camping here.

November 18th, 2016 Overnight parking Barichara

Beautiful and flat spot overlooking the valley below. Same thing - friendly police stopped by twice and said it was totally safe to camp there. Unfortunately, because it was a Friday night, there was some loud music from a bar nearby and a couple of loud drunks walked by around 3am but it was more annoying than worrisome. Free!

November 17th, 2016 Cabanas Campestres

So tranquil! We loved it here. Beautiful views, fresh mountain air (at night), and super friendly hosts who gifted us some fruits from the farm. Bathroom w shower. Not sure about electricity. 10k per person.

November 12th, 2016 Pilon Azucar Beach

One of our fav wild camp spots yet on this trip. Tuck yourself behind one of the dunes if the wind is super strong. We set up our ground tent and slept like babies. Felt super safe. The locals are very friendly.

November 9th, 2016 Kite Addict School/Camp

Secure, cheap, and basic spot to post up in Cabo. 10k for two people with bucket-flush toilets. Tons of flies in the back where you park your car but they all leave once the sun sets. Best part about this place was that we were able to leave our car there for free for two days while we took a boat trip to punta gallinas. Super kind owners/employees!

November 8th, 2016 CASA PATIO BONTIA

Really great spot to prep for a trip to Cabo de La Vela. Gated parking that can definitely fit larger vehicles. We stayed in the simplest room for 80k and it was small but very comfortable (AC!), clean, and included a delicious breakfast. 20k to sleep in car in parking lot, which still would be very comfortable. Very friendly owners!

November 7th, 2016 el arbol ecologes

Nice place with lots of space. The heat was pretty brutal but they've got a few nice shaded areas to hang out in. 10k per person and an extra 2k per day if you want electricity. They do have wifi but it's limited to Facebook and WhatsApp. (A couple we met went to the hotel next door to buy a coffee and got their wifi which reaches El Ocelote). Lots of skeeters. Nice owner!

November 6th, 2016 Mundo Nuevo

Beautiful location but unfortunately no camping allowed. We stayed in a room for 35k per person and really enjoyed being high up in the mountains with some incredible views. The road is terrible - it took us an hour to go 2 miles - but it was also the kind of adventure we were looking for :) 4x4 and high clearance a MUST. They serve vegetarian food (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) for 15k per meal

October 11th, 2016 Pension Topas


October 10th, 2016 Jansen Family Coffee Plantation


October 10th, 2016 Waterfall Hostel


October 5th, 2016 Beach Parking Lot

Spacious and safe parking area just steps away from the beach. 4,000c per night per car (he originally asked 5,000c but we said we didn't need the shower so he lowered it). There aren't bathrooms but you can pay 500c at the restaurant across the way to use theirs. Joey, the super nice security guard who collected our money, lives in the truck container and is also the vigilante at night.

October 4th, 2016 House of Don Gelbert

Front yard of a really sweet old man, Gelbert (sp?). We checked out Casa Mariposa and there was only space for 2 cars in a super tight parking lot so we ended up here. Such a great [flat] spot with a view of the valley below and plenty of space for at least 3 cars. 3,000c per car per night and we used the bathrooms at the restaurant across the way (buy a coffee so they continue to let overlanders use them!) 2 min walk to the trailhead to Chirripo and we left our cars here while we were gone (same price as camping). No gate but it's a very safe area with lots of light at night.

September 25th, 2016 Ranchos La Isla

Beautiful spot on the river!! (Way nicer and cheaper than Suenos del Bosque). Originally Luis, the owner, wanted $20 for two people but we told him we didn't need electricity or the palapa and he lowered it to $10 total. There are 3 really nice spots to park your car: the first is on the flat grassy area as you're heading down toward the river and the other two are actually on the river. Super quiet and relaxing place. Wear those layers because it's coldddddd. Also, Los Lagos Restaurante (across the street) is in the same family and they have wifi and huge portions of delicious food.

September 25th, 2016 Parque Nacional Los Quetzales

The ranger we talked to would not allow us to camp inside the gate but said it would be fine to camp outside of it. Entry to the park was free but, after staying at El Mirador de Los Quetzales (on iOverlander) where the property was beautiful and we saw TWO quetzales, we weren't very impressed with this. Nice to take a short hike and use free wifi after driving a lot, though.

September 23rd, 2016 Paraiso Mirador Quetzales Lodge NP

Beautiful and tranquil place! 2 separate businesses: El Mirador de Los Quetzales is what you want. Paraiso Lodge does not offer camping. This listing name should be corrected. $15 per car in the low season ($20 in high) if you want access to bathrooms, wifi, and a guided tour on their property. Otherwise, $10 per car. There are 2 parking/camping areas - one with a view of the valley but less private and one without a view but more private. Super friendly people. And we saw 2 quetzales on our hike!! Highly recommend taking them up on the guided tour because Jason, our guy, really knows how and where to look for them.

September 22nd, 2016 Finca Los Maestros

Beautiful finca tucked up in the mountains near Parque Nacional Tapanti. We were not able to camp inside the national park but this place is literally 2 minutes down the road. $10 per car per night. Super tranquil and there's no one else here! Bathrooms w shower but not sure about electricity or wifi. Restaurant, as well.

August 8th, 2016 Unlimited public place by the lake in Nuevo Arenal

Such a beautiful area to camp!! Super tranquilo. We went further down to the left and didn't see or hear anybody after 6pm. Felt really safe. FREE. Highly recommended!!

August 8th, 2016 Parking Boutique Las Fresas Del Volcan

What an awesome surprise this place was! We were a little weary as we pulled up because we didn't see any space to pitch our tent, but as soon as we met Oscar, the manager, everything changed and he showed us the beautiful grounds in the back. And it was FREE. Bathrooms and wifi available when the place is open (~7am - ~5pm) but (free) water is outside. The highlight for us was Oscar, though. He's one of the most welcoming people we've met on this trip. We bought a box of delicious strawberries to support the business :)

August 7th, 2016 Posada Rio Celeste

Really lovely place only a few minutes from the entrance to Volcan Tenorio where the famous Rio Celeste lives. $5 per person with bathrooms, shower, wifi, and probably electricity if you need it. The tent camping area is ~50 ft from the parking area but it was fine for us. Super quiet at night and tons of wildlife!

August 5th, 2016 Restaurante Camping Turin Costa Rica

Lovely spot on the way to Monteverde. Beautiful (flat) grounds and super quiet at night. $8/person, which is a bit pricey, but it was worth it for one night.

July 30th, 2016 zeneidas cabinas & camping

Good spot on the ocean side! Not the prettiest place but there's plenty of flat space and it was super quiet at night. Plus we ended up spending most of our day on the beach, so it was fine. $7/person with pretty dingy bathrooms/shower, wifi (close to the reception), and maybe electricity.

July 28th, 2016 Playa Zapotal

Technically a public beach but I'll call it private based on our experience. (You need 4x4!!) With the exception of a few cars that drove in around 10am to take a picture and then left essentially 30 seconds later, we've been totally alone since we got here yesterday around 4pm. Unfortunately, you can't drive all the way up onto the beach and it kind of smells like dead animal near where you leave your car because of some crab carcasses that are around. But we loved it here. We pitched our ground tent a bit closer to the water than where we left our car and felt totally safe. No surfing because it's in a cove and the water is too calm, but it made for some amazing swimming in super clear water (not cold at all!) No facilities.

July 24th, 2016 El Sol Verde

Really lovely spot not far from the entrance to the park. Definitely on the pricier side at $8/person but we ended up spending 3 nights because we were getting such good sleep! The owner did a really good job with the camping area - a huge sink, a stove, and really clean bathrooms and showers. There is electricity and wifi (down near the reception area). Note: as mentioned before, the gate is narrow and the small but steep hill up to the camping area could warrant 4x4 in the rainy season.

July 23rd, 2016 Playa Rajada

This was our first wild camping experience and, though we were a bit on edge once the sun set just because it was new for us, we loved waking up on the beach to the sound of the ocean! It is such a beautiful cove and is perfect for swimming. It was one of our fav camping experiences yet! Note: We ignored the "no camping" signs but asked locals if it was safe/ok to camp and they said yes. Around 7pm, we saw the police coming down the road but because we were at the far left end and tucked behind a tree, they didn't see us. They were probably just doing rounds. Also, we stayed on a Saturday night of a holiday weekend and some people were partying until 3am a few hundred feet away. If we did it again, I'd make sure it was a weekday.