Top Attractions in Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a popular vacation destination that offers a unique and exciting variety of things to see and do. Here are some of the top attractions that you don't want to miss when visiting this beautiful country.
Manuel Antonio National Park
The smallest protected green space in Costa Rica is the Manuel Antonio National Park, but visitors learn quickly that the small size does not mean much. Within the three-square miles of the park, there are untamed beaches, secluded coves, nature trails, and a thick rainforest all waiting to be explored.
One of the world’s most active volcanoes is Arenal and it stands more than 5,000 feet high. Arenal hasn’t always been active and for hundreds of years it did not spew out any fiery lava, rocks, or ash and lay dormant. However, on July 29, 1968, Arenal awoke from its slumber and it is now where volcano enthusiasts travel to watch glowing rocks and molten lava tumble down the sides.
Guanacaste is Costa Rica’s “Gold Coast” and it is one of the nation’s most unique destinations. While the secluded beaches are part of the uniqueness, in reality it is the dry, sunny savannas that turn this area into a place like no other. The savannas are quite different than the cloud-covered rainforests that fill most of the rest of Costa Rica.
The Nicoya Peninsula’s eight miles of sparkling shoreline boasts beach-centric towns that have cream colored shores and dense forests. The powdery sands of Nosara Beach line the Western edge of the Nicoya Peninsula.
San José is Costa Rica’s vibrant capital that serves as a central base for everyone touring the region. Inside San José, people will find many beautiful theaters, museums, parks, and plazas filled with fountains, statues, and sculptures that were created by Costa Rican artists.
Corcovado National Park
The Corcovado National Park has 11,000 acres of misty rainforests that are filled with diverse wildlife. While inside the park, visitors may catch a glimpse of the endangered Baird’s tapir or the rare harpy eagle. This park is the one of the only places in Central America with a strong jaguar presence and all four Costa Rican monkey species can be seen in the park as well.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
This forest is the perfect example of Costa Rica’s rich wildlife diversity and everyone must experience this majestic place for themselves. Inside the 26,000 acres, visitors can spot 2,500 plant species, 100 mammal species, 400 bird species, 120 reptilian and amphibian species, and thousands of insects.
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is a village on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast and while it is busy and exciting during the day, it comes alive at night with reggae music, funky bamboo bars, and a wild nightlife. Surfers crowd the coconut-fringed Cocles Beach during the day, while nature lovers venture inland to explore the rainforests. Foodies and anyone else who is hungry can be found downtown eating some delectable cuisine at the local restaurants.
Jacó is a beautiful town that is far away from the foggy rainforests of Northern Costa Rica. This town is teeming with shops, restaurants, and beachfront hotels. The town may be quite touristy, but that does not deter the backpackers from venturing in as they are passing by or the surfers who are looking for the next perfect wave.
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