Costa Rica is a country full of possibilities. Lush rain forests, majestic volcanoes, hot springs, waterfalls, gorgeous beaches and wildlife are just waiting to be explored.
Here are a few of our recommended top destinations to visit when traveling Costa Rica.
The Beaches of Guanacaste:
- Off the beaches of Costa Rica you can dive or snorkel to discover a wide range of marine life.
- Go on a fishing charter and do some sport fishing. We guarantee you will bring home stories and photos that will make all your friends green with envy.
- Costa Rica is also a great place for whale watching, infact, Costa Rica celebrates the longest humpback whale season in the world!
- Guanacaste offers some of the best resorts in Costa Rica. Book a stay at a luxurious resort, get pampered in the spa and relax on the wild, unspoiled beaches.
- Costa Rica is a coveted surfing destination and Guanacaste offers some of the top surfing locations in the world. With breaks for every level of surfer and all the top surfing spots within a short driving distance, Guanacaste is the perfect location for a surf trip.
- Costa Rica is full of wildlife. Bring your family to Costa Rica and experience nature like you never have before. Howler monkeys in the trees and star fish and sand dollars on the shores as well as many species of animals that are unique to the country of Costa Rica. You can also make a visit to one of Guanacaste’s most unique attractions – Africia Mia, Costa Rica’s African safari adventure. Here you can view over 150 animals and 11 species native to Africa – zebras, giraffes, warthogs, ostriches and more.
The Arenal Volcano:
- Arenal is the perfect location for adventure seekers. Hike the volcano, visit the hanging bridges or go zip lining.
- La Fortuna, the small town that is built around the Arenal volcano, is full of luxurious hot spring resorts. Spend the day relaxing in the warm volcanic mineral waters and enjoy the comforts of your resort located deep in the jungle at the base of the Arenal Volcano.
- Spend the day out on Lake Arenal – take a boat or kayak tour, go wake boarding, rent stand up paddle boards or go windsurfing.
- Cano Negro Boat Tour – The Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge is considered to be one of the richest areas for biodiversity in all of Costa Rica.
- From Pakistan to Panama, cloud forests (called bosque nuboso in Spanish) cover1% of the global woodlands. This rare forests are where atmospheric conditions allow for a consistent cover of clouds. This moisture helps promote a huge amount of biodiversity. Visit the Monteverde or Santa Elena Could Forest and hike, see, smell and touch these jungles first hand. Hanging bridges allow you to walk through the upper canopy and zip lines will send you flying right through it.
- Cloud Forest Night Walks – only a night hike through the cloud forests can give you a peek in to the nocturnal world of the jungle. Sleeping birds, tarantulas, crickets, frogs, snakes, raccoons and even a sleeping sloth.
- Coffee Tour – Monteverde offers coffee lovers a chance to learn the history and cultivation of coffee. Visit the farm and the coffee mill and at the end, enjoy a delicious cup of Costa Rican coffee.
- San Luis Waterfall – The impressive 100 meter waterfall is located right outside of town. A 45 minute hike up to the top of the falls will give you view of the falls and the beautiful jungle surrounding it. Take a dive in the natural pool at the bottom of the falls. This waterfall can also be reached on a horseback riding tour.
- Visit the Monteverde Butterfly Garden or the Monteverde Frog Pond
- Drake Bay remains one of the most secluded spots in all of Costa Rica. Miles of pristine beaches, lagoons and coves ideal for exploring, scuba diving and sport fishing.
- Corcovado National Park is one of the most biologically intense places on earth and the habitat of many endangered plant and animal species. Encompassing over 41,000 hectares and home to over thirteen eco-systems, Corcovado is a great place to see crocodiles, pumas, jaguars, the rare Harbor Squirrel monkey and poisonous dart frogs.
- Isla del Cano lies just 20 km offshore in the Pacific Ocean. This island is believed to have been formed when over 50 million years ago, the earth’s tectonic plates moved causing this island to emerge. The beauty of Isla del Cano is not found on the land but in it’s waters. Stunning blue waters containing marine flora and fauna, coral reefs, sea turtles, dolphins, stingrays, eels, barracuda, tuna, snapper, sharks and whales. Camping is allowed on the island and don’t forget to bring your scuba gear!