Costa Rica’s strikingly diverse terrain encompassing tropical beaches, wildlife reserves and lush forests offers a little something for every tourist. In fact, here you’ll be able to experience and marvel at some of the most breathtaking natural sites and wildlife on the planet while the sound of waves and chirping birds envelop your mind and baffle your senses.
Costa Rica is an ecological treasure-trove whose diverse assortment of habitats (ranging from mangrove swamps to volcanoes, beaches and rainforests) support an incredible array of wild animals and plants, with the majority of it being protected by a unique and enlightened national conservation system. In fact, whether you seek adventure, nature or sun, there’s a lot to discover in this paradise.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Just picture winding through a misty oasis: incredibly tall trees surround and wrap you in a sea of green and everything around you breathes life. Add to that more than twenty five hundred plant species, four hundred types of birds and over one hundred mammals and you get an idea about the incredible wildlife variety of Monteverde’s lush 25700 acre reserve. As you’ll wonder along one of the many hiking trails here, don’t be surprised if you’re going to spot a resplendent quetzal feasting on aguacatillos or small groups of hummingbirds that just happen to be flying by: it’s all a regular day in this vibrant, yet incredibly active ecosystem.
Central Valley thrills
While looking at it on the map, the small town of Turrialba in the Central Valley may not seem like such a great place to visit, but the surrounding area is where you can experience some of the most intense white water rafting on the continent. Therefore, if you’re the adventurous type and would like to get that adrenaline pumping, making some time to visit this place should certainly be on your to-do list.
Playa Grande, Playa Langosta and Tamarindo
Boasting pristine weather and crystal clear azure water, Tamarindo and its adjacent beaches are by far one of the most select and favored locations by tourists who love spending time in the sun, swimming, snorkeling and playing water games. Whether you’re a couple who plans on relaxing on your honeymoon or a family who is looking for adventure, this place has the serenity and amenities of several other destinations in one place.
Until the nineteen eighties, Montezuma was a small remote fishing village lying on the S part of the Nicoya Peninsula when it started becoming one of the most accessible destinations for tourists looking for a great time on a budget. These days, thousands of foreign tourists come here in order to enjoy the laidback and traditional lifestyle of the village and also indulge in some of the local foods which are simply mouthwatering.
Standing more than five thousand feet high, Arenal is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. For the second part of the twentieth century, many tourists came to visit here in order to get a glimpse of molten lava and glowing rocks, but this volcano wasn’t always spewing fiery rocks, ash and molten lava. In fact, the last recorded activity was in 2010 when Arenal entered a dormant state and can therefore be safely visited by tourists who want to snap a picture of themselves with it or just marvel at its size and age old history.
Regardless if you’re here for the first time or have visited before, Costa Rica’s secrets won’t unfold that easily. This is a place that has a mysterious pull, especially felt by those who love exotic, culturally and historically rich places that are millions of years old and still hide many incredible stories.