The Republic of Costa Rica is a tiny country linking North American Continent to the South American one. This beautiful country has developed well in the past few decades and yet there is a lot that hasn’t been explored in the tourism sector. This relatively untouched tourist destination has lots to offer. Here are the top 10 things to do when you visit Costa Rica.
- Arenal Volcano
One of the most active volcanoes in the world, the Arenal Volcano is more than 5000 feet high. Though eruptions have stopped since 7 years now, this mountain still remains one of the most popular landmarks in the country and rises above various towns around like La Fortuna. The region surrounding this volcano is a vast national park that is dotted with many natural hot springs thanks to the volcanic activity.
- Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio
The Manuel Antonio National Park is one of the most famous national parks in the country and here you can walk through the lush cover of the forest and watch various species of monkeys. You will also get an opportunity to spot rare birds, camouflaged iguanas and purple-and-orange crabs! The coastal end of the park has some of the country’s most beautiful beaches as well.
- Monteverde and Santa Elena
These quaint towns are located right next to the famous cloud forests of Costa Rica where you can go trekking at high altitudes and enjoy the scenic views of the country and mountain peaks below. These cloud forests literally have a thick cover of clouds throughout the year and they are hotbeds for biodiversity. So prepare yourself for finding some unique species here!
- Nicoya Peninsula
This 80 mile long coastline of Costa Rica boasts of tiny towns by quaint beaches. This sandy coastline has a wide variety of restaurants and hotels catering to tourists and you can find colorful fish and turquoise waters here which are ideal for surfing! These places give you a chance to have a romantic sunset walk with your partner on the soft sand of the beaches. You could also visit Montezuma, where you can find splendid waterfalls and challenging waves for surfing!
The Gold Coast of Costa Rica is one of the finest destinations in the country and is known not only for its secluded beaches but also for its dry and sunny savannahs. You can also visit the Playa Carrillo Beach and the Santa Rosa National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and encompasses the site of the 1856 Battle of Santa Rosa. If you’re looking for some hot springs and volcanic activity, the Rincon de la Vieja National Park is the place you can go to.
- Cerro Chirripo
Cerro Chirripo is the highest peak in the country and by climbing to the summit of this mountain, you can get panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea along with the towns and lush covers of the country. This is the perfect place for trekking enthusiasts as the trek to the top is an arduous one but is equally rewarding too!
- San Jose
The capital of Costa Rica is a well-developed city and you can use this as a central point for your exploration of the country. From vast government buildings to museums, you can find all sorts of modern buildings here. You can make a visit to the Jade Museum or the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and dive into the history of the nation. The city also has a thriving nightlife and all you need to do is drive to Escazu to immerse yourself in its lively atmosphere.
- Central Valley
The Central Valley is known for its tranquil lifestyle. However, there are some adrenaline-fueled sports like white-water rafting here that will grab the attention of the adventure lover in you. You could also head over to the tiny town of Turrialba and have a cuppa Costa Rican coffee and immerse yourself into its rich aroma.
This is a beautiful coastal town dotted with beachfront hotels and restaurants away from the rainforests of Costa Rica. Here, you could relax on the palm-lined beaches or take your surfboard and ride on the crests of waves! You could also head over to the Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls to see colorful birds and playful monkeys in the backdrop of mountains. The city is also known for its bustling nightlife.
- La Paz Waterfall Gardens
The La Paz Waterfall literally means the peace waterfall and it stays true to its meaning. This rainforest remains peaceful and is indeed a nature-lover’s paradise. With creatures ranging from jaguars to spider monkeys, this is one forest that you must visit if you’re a wildlife lover. The garden consists of five waterfalls and this is reason enough for you to make a visit to this heaven on Earth.
Costa Rica has a lot to offer to the discerning traveler and this is what makes it an attractive tourist destination. From sprawling rainforests to vast stretches of beaches to the buzzing nightlife, this country has something to offer to all!