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Best things to do in Santa Elena

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Point of Interest
“Embark on an enchanted treetop tour led by your personal guide. Walk along eight different bridges ranging in length from 150-510 feet. Enjoy more than 400 species of birds, such as the three-wattled bellbird, the bare-necked umbrella bird, and the resplendent quetzal. After approximately 2 hours in the tree tops, descend to the forest floor and head to the Monteverde Butterfly Garden (or mariposario), that supports more than 20 butterfly species. You will also have the chance to see the Hummingbird Garden, a spectacular scene. You can also learn about the insects’ life cycle and adaptations in the Insect Exhibition.”
2 locals recommend
Bar
“Good food, friday nights you can see locals dancing to salsa, merengue, cumbia and bachata.”
13 locals recommend
Store
“Art Gallery and Souvenir shop. Local coop with all products made in the area.”
16 locals recommend
Food
“I like Sabor Tico because they have reasonable prices and it is a typical costarican food restaurant, I really like the typical costarican plates like the "Casado" or "Gallo Pinto".”
8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great wood-fired brick oven pizza. Extensive menu. Super-friendly proprietors.”
9 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“This is where you get the bus to San Jose, to Puntarenas and to Las Juntas. www.laterminalcostarica.com ”
4 locals recommend
Bakery
“If you've want to bird watch while eating breakfast this is the place to be. Try their house-made granola chocolate bar ”
8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is a good spot for drinks with friends, normally they would have live music at night and variety of gastromy”
7 locals recommend
Café
“Great service, the baristas have great knowledge of the local coffee and cacao, free wifi, and a beautiful view for sunsets.”
5 locals recommend
Restaurant
2 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Sports lounge, that has great drinks and has live music to sing along with, for a day out with family or friends.”
4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Locally owned and run, this place gives you a variety of food options at great price. Yum!”
6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Tipical tradicional costarican food , good and fresh ingredients nice service. ”
3 locals recommend
Lodging
“In this activity you have the opportunity to walk along eight different bridges, treetop walkways, butterfly garden, hummingbird garden, and insect exhibition”
2 locals recommend
Pharmacy
“Pharmacy, upstairs is a "tech: repair place if you need a SIM card or cell phone repair, camera items like SD cards. ”
3 locals recommend