Bordered between Panama and Nicaragua, Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. Costa Rica may be smaller in size, but it offers a vast range of flora and fauna. The country is full of the strikingly beautiful landscape, which includes lush forests, mountains, lakes, beaches, and much more. No matter where you go, Costa Rica will offer an abundance of stunning places and also unlimited activities to the tourists to enjoy, such as swimming, surfing, and hiking. You can also witness exotic wildlife and erupting volcanoes in this most beautiful country in Central America.
Costa Rica is undoubtedly one of the most visited countries, and why not! This country has too much to offer to everyone. See below our list of some of the most beautiful places to visit in Costa Rica: Read More
Costa Rica is home to many volcanoes; some of them are active. Arenal Volcano is one of the most famous volcanoes in Costa Rica and also the most visited by locals and tourists. The volcano is now resting, but before that, it was known for over 40 eruptions per day. You cannot hike up the volcano yourself. It is recommended to go for a guided tour. Many tours take you to this volcano where you can witness not only the surreal views but also access waterfalls, rainforest, and the largest lake of Costa Rica.
Besides the volcano, one major attraction of Arenal Volcano Natural Park is “Hot Springs”. Costa Rica’s natural thermal waters have been used as therapeutic baths for many years. These baths are known to cure many ailments. Nothing better than a relaxing bath surrounded by a lush green forest and a volcano!
Tortuguero National Park
This famous national park is located in the Limon province of Costa Rica. The park is widely known for being one of the most important sites in the Costa Rican Caribbean for the nesting of sea turtles, including the leatherback turtle, the green turtle, and the hawksbill turtle, among many others.
This national park also stands out for its breathtaking natural beauty. Home to the network of beautiful canals, beaches, rivers, lagoons all nestled in the rainforest, the national park is a place worth visiting when you are in Costa Rica. The park is also the home to several mammals, amphibians, birds, and fish. There is a lot to see and do in Tortuguero National Park. You can explore this stunning place by kayak, canoe, or boat.
Tamarindo used to be a fishing village, but in the last couple of years, it has witnessed an influx of tourists, thanks to its breathtaking locations, Tamarindo Beach mainly. Today, Tamarindo is considered one of the largest and best tourist sites in Costa Rica.
Tamarindo Beach is a stunning long beach with high waves for surfing. The waves can be too intense sometimes that you need to be very careful before swimming in it though the beach is perfect for those who want to surf or go fishing. You can enjoy a relaxing day under the sun in the morning till afternoon and see the vibrant nightlife after the sunset. There are many locals bars around the beach to sip a beer while enjoying the stunning views of Tamarindo Beach.
Jaco is another beautiful beach town in Costa Rica. Jaco has some of the most spectacular beaches perfect for all the adventure lovers. Besides swimming, there are plenty of other things to enjoy here, including horseback riding, quadricycles, kayaking, boating along the shores of the coast, and fishing.
Natural parks are also a great attraction of Jaco, such as Manuel Antonio National Park, famous for its striking natural beauty and a large marine reserve.
The Carara Biological Reserve is another national park close to Jaco. Here, you’ll find exotic wildlife, including monkeys, jaguars, scarlet macaws, and many others. You’ll also get a chance to visit the archeological sites that are over 2000 years old.
Discovered in the 16th century by Sir Francis Drake on one of his trips around the world, Drake Bay is one of the famous historical places in Costa Rica that has beautiful waves and abundant vegetation. Drake Bay in Costa Rica can be reached by guided 2-hour boat tour along the Sierpe River.
The stunning Drake Bay offers many activities for individuals and families, including diving, horseback riding, hiking, swimming, bird watching, and fishing. Due to its calm environment, Drake Bay is perfect for those who want their vacation at a relaxing place far away from city crowds.
Corcovado National Park
If you like to trek through the jungle and find virtually no one on your way, Corcovado is the place in Costa Rica that you must visit. The park is known as “nature full of adventure,” and it is over 163 square miles covering the half of the beautiful Osa Peninsula. Despite being famous for its natural views and unlimited adventure, the park is still considered one of the most remote areas of Costa Rica due to its difficult accessibility. Therefore, most of the area of the park is still untouched.
Another significant fact about the Corcovado National Park is the natural habitat in which animals are thriving. Due to no human encounter, the animals of Corcovado are enjoying their healthy natural environments. There is a lot to do and see in this park, and you can even visit its famous surrounding areas, including La Palma, Drake Bay, Rancho Quemado, Los Planes, and El Tigre.
Manuel Antonio National Park
Among the most beautiful National Beach Parks in Costa Rica is the Manuel Antonio National Park. Home to several white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, you are bound to fall in love with this place. Not forgetting the abundant wildlife you will find on its many trails such as snakes, raccoons, monkeys, butterflies, deer, frogs toucans, and many others.
Once you enter the park, you can hike to the two main beaches; Manuel Antonio Beach and Espadilla Sur Beach. The hike is for about 30 minutes from the entrance of Antonio National Park. If you want to relax in a place with no crowds, go further down to the main trail that will take you to the stunning Playa Espadilla Sur.
You might not get any beachfront hotels here due to the changing environment, but you can book any hotel on the cliffside with sea views. Only a few hotels are having direct access to the beach. To reach the entrance of the park, many hotels provide a shuttle. Alternatively, you can use the public shuttle easily available in the area.
The little town of Monteverde is a famous tourist spot offering a variety of food places and adventure tours. Though the village is small, it provides an unlimited number of adventures, such as Monteverde Cloud Forest. The Monteverde Cloud Forest is one of the most incredible forests in Costa Rica. This place is no less than a paradise that is home to exotic wildlife and never-ending adventures such as Bungee Jumping, bird watching, zip-line among many others.
A great way to explore the Monteverde Cloud Forest is through hiking. Go for a day trip and enjoy the serene atmosphere of the forest. It is recommended to take a guide with you for the best experience. You can explore the forest at night when you can hear the animals rustling in the trees.