Costa Rica is a country that should be explored outside the capital. While I had some great times in San Jose, I don’t think I’ll ever venture back. The city just wasn’t that great. However, the beach towns and mountain villages is the reason you should visit Costa Rica. You don’t go to Costa Rica to stay in San Jose all the time. No, you go to Costa Rica to visit beautiful beaches and to go surfing. You visit Costa Rica to hike volcanoes and zip line in the cloud forest.