No wonder they call Costa Rica the Rich Coast
Costa Rica is a country with no shortage of things to see. There are dozens of natural wonders such as volcanoes, rainforests, and beaches. Over 25% of the country is protected natural forests and the country has coasts on both the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans. We have put together the places that we feel are must sees when visiting Costa Rica.
Manuel Antonio is ranked one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The Manuel Antonio National Park offers tourists the chance to see monkeys, sloths, and other wildlife through guided tours or you can make your way through the park yourself. Aside from the nature to enjoy during the day, there are dozens of restaurants and hotels to enjoy in the evening.
Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna
Arenal Volcano is a dormant volcano (as of 2010) and is one of Costa Rica’s most notable natural features. Around the base there is countless things to do such as white water rafting, rappelling water falls, ziplining, and hiking through the rainforest. La Fortuna is the nearby town where you can find a number of hotels to stay at. While visiting La Fortuna, make sure to check out the La Fortuna waterfall and take a dip in the clear blue water.
Puerto Viejo is known for its laid back attitude and is popular for surfers and backpackers. It is influenced by the caribbean, ticos, and hippies. Its a great place for tourists because English is spoken almost as much as Spanish. There are beaches, wildlife, and forests to explore.
La Paz Waterfall and Poas Volcano
La Paz Waterfall and the Poas Volcano is a perfect day trip from San Jose. It can be reached by bus in under an hour. The Poas Volcano is an active volcano that is known for its picturesque teal colored water. La Paz Waterfall is located on the slopes of the Poas Volcano and has beautiful gardens as well as 5 separate waterfalls.
Monteverde is in the central highlands region of Costa Rica and is known for its Cloud Forest Reserve. Popular activities include canopy tours, the butterfly gardens, and horseback riding. There are some quaint small towns surrounding Monteverde connected by dirt roads that are definitely worth checking out.
The Celeste River is located in the Tenorio Volcano National Park. It is known for its distinct turquois color. In addition to the river, there are several hot springs and a picturesque waterfall.