Costa Rica is a rugged, rainforested Central American country with coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific. Costa Rica is most famous for its beaches, volcanoes, and biodiversity. At large a quarter of its place is made up of protected jungle, teeming with wildlife including spider monkeys and quetzal birds.
1.Tortuguero National Park
Costa Rica’s vast array of wildlife is a big draw and, to make sure you see as much of it as possible, head to a national park. Here, the animals are protected, and you can see the creatures in their natural habitats.
While Costa Rica has almost too many parks to choose from, Tortuguero is one of the favorites for one simple reason: it’s home to turtles and, come nesting season, the females lay their eggs here. A short while after, they hatch and enter the ocean – an incredible sight.
The park is a little hard to get to, located in the remote northeast, but you’ll be rewarded with all the crazy cute animals you get to see. You can explore the park while canoeing down the narrow canals or trekking with a guide, all the while keeping your eyes peeled for creatures like the three-toed sloth or toucan.
Depending on your timeline, you can even consider staying put and helping with the conservation of these rare animals.
2. Santa Teresa
You could almost believe this town was crafted purely for the wanderlust traveler. Santa Teresa is located south of the country’s capital, San Jose, at the bottom of the Nicoya coast. It takes just 6 hours to reach by bus for less than $20.
It’s a small, almost hipster town, giving off an anything goes and easy-living vibe. It has a pretty beach and a few authentic eateries, making it the perfect spot to lay down the backpack and pick up a board. The waves here are world-renowned and, with an abundance of surf shops and board rental places, you’ll soon find someone willing to give you a quick tutorial.
It doesn’t take long to see that, for many, a few days in Santa Teresa have transpired into a few weeks, so be warned.
3. Arenal Volcano National Park and La Fortuna
Yes, you read it right! It’s a volcano. Believe it or not, a volcano can be one of the best places to go in Costa Rica. You can make a relaxed tour to La Fortuna, this is a small town in Costa Rica and here you can get a sight of active volcanoes. The place is popularly famous for its sheer charm that will leave you awestruck and make you want to visit the site again and again.
4. Tamarindo, Playa Langosta & Playa Grande
Being one of the most popular and best places to visit in Costa Rica, Tamarindo and its surrounding beaches located along the north Pacific Coast is the most fantastic place to visit. The crystal clear turquoise water and pristine weather are what you can enjoy at this place. It’s a sure bet to relax your mind and body. The soothing atmosphere has made it a prime choice of vacations for families and honeymooners. Besides enjoying your holiday with an exotic view and fresh air, remember to prepare some outdoor activities to make your trip memorial.
5. Conchal Beach(Shell Beach)
The beach is surrounded by crystal-clear blue water and white sand. The kids and adults can walk along the beach, picking all the shells on the white sand. That is exactly what has given the beach its name.
Also, if tourists want to make their stay close to the beach, there is no other better picturesque beach than Conchal Beach—Shell Beach in Costa Rica. Various luxury places are available here on the beach, especially planned for visitors to make their visit an unforgettable one.
From lush green rainforests, mesmerizing beaches, splendid coastline, to active volcanoes, Costa Rica’s brings quite a spectacle of natural diversity. Costa Rica has got some of the best places to make a tour in the world.
7 Costa Rican Food Staples You Must Try:
- Gallo Pinto
- Sopa de Pejibaye
- Chifrijo, chicharron
- Tropical Fruit
- Guaro Cacique
We hope you LOVE Costa Rica as much as we did!