There are so many things to do in Costa Rica, the country is beautiful with stunning beaches and welcoming locals that will introduce you to their culture as well as the local cuisine.

However, the most stand out point of Costa Rica is its natural beauty, with volcanoes, waterfalls, the rain forest and of course the spectacular wildlife.

These are our top three recommendations for Costa Rica.

1 – A visit to Arenal Volcano National Park is a must. Enjoy long cycle rides or hikes admiring the hot springs and wildlife which includes tree frogs, toucans, parrots and even jaguars. Arenal Volcano is still active and the remnants of the 1968 eruptions can be seen in the cooled lava fields. The area is popular for fishing and water sports.

Take a dip in one of the hot springs, which is perfectly safe as the volcano has been dormant since 2010. La Fortuna Waterfall, southwest of La Fortuna, is another attraction worth a visit within the national park.

Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica

2 – Snorkelling and scuba diving in Caño Island Biological Reserve is so rewarding, enjoy the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean and discover the colourful life beneath the ocean.

The opportunities are here to admire a large variety of exotic marine life with species such as turtles, sharks and manta ray. There are also dolphins and humpback whales, that you may come across during your dive?

3 – The Gold Coast another beautiful location of Costa Rica with secluded beaches and a sunny climate, very different to the rain forests. With a fantastic landscape which includes volcanoes, small fishing villages and traditional hotels.

Of all the beaches on the Gold Coast, the Playa Carrillo beach is the ideal place for a beach location, with white sand, palm tree forests and clear waters, although these traits are typical of most beaches in Costa Rica.