A magnificent country known for its pristine beauty, amazing culture and friendly natives, Costa Rica offers you an abundance of places to see and things to do. One thing is for sure though; out here you are never bored. Beaches, national parks, rainforests, volcanoes and wildlife, this tiny country is abound with natural beauty, unlike any other place in the world. In fact, once you visit Costa Rica, you never want to leave!
A top ecotourism destination Costa Rica, which means 'rich coast' is home to some of the most varied landscapes in the world. Drawing more than a million tourists yearly, this small Central American nation is also the habitat for some of the most rare and endangered wildlife species on the planet.
Costa Rica is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire and has five active volcanoes within its boundaries. The most spectacular volcano here that you must see is the Volcan Arenal, which erupts daily with molten lava fireworks lighting the sky! An excellent volcano to climb is the dormant Volcan Irazu, which has a stunning green lake in its crater.
One of the most bio-diverse nations in the world, Costa Rica is home to 12 key ecological zones. Over 60 national parks, reserves, refuges and biological zones have been created to protect many plants and animals found in this 'living Eden.' Some popular parks in Costa Rica include the Parque Nacional Manuel, The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and the Corcovado National Park.
Manuel Antonio National Park
What this park lacks in size, it makes up for in the incredible wealth of attractions found here. Stunning tropical beaches, an amazing array of birds and wildlife, rich dense forestation, easy accessibility and a plethora of things to do, all make this park one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country.
Arenal Volcano & Hot Springs
The most active volcano in Costa Rica, the fiery Arenal is indeed a sight to behold. Visit La Fortuna, a tiny town near the base of the volcano, to catch a glimpse of the fireworks on display. While here don’t forget to check out the marvellous Hot Springs, a tropical paradise where you can relax both your mind and body.
Drake Bay & Corcovado National Park
Located on the gorgeous Osa Peninsula, the Corcovado National Park has been called as one of the most bio-diverse places on earth. Together with Drake Bay, this region has become an ecotourism hot spot for those who want to be one with nature.
Jaco & Playa Hermosa
Situated along the Central Pacific Coast, Jaco and Playa Hermosa are topnotch surf zones with consistent breaks all year round. Ideal surfing beaches for experts as well as beginners. Playa Hermosa is for the expert surfer, and holds an international surfing competition here every year.
Tortuguero National Park
A key turtle breeding ground in the Caribbean, the Tortuguero National Park is the habitat and nesting ground of four of the eight species of marine turtles in the world. Known for its meandering rivers and lovely lagoons, this area is also home to the endangered West Indian manatee.