With one of the most diverse landscapes in the world, Costa Rica has become an adventure playground for anyone looking to spice up their typical beach vacation. From whitewater rapids to active volcanoes, visitors are able to see a part of Mother Nature that never sleeps! Get lost in the serenity of Manuel Antonio’s National Park, unwind ocean-side in the Caribbean’s Puerto Viejo, experience Tamarindo’s endless nightlife, or surf the slow-breaking waves of Santa Teresa, because regardless of what you choose, you’ll be having the time of your life.
Depending on the region of Costa Rica you choose to visit, will determine the landscape you’ll become familiar with. For those interested in long, scenic hikes, should head to La Fortuna’s Arenal Volcano or Monteverde’s Cloud Forest. Located thousands of feet above sea level, the Monteverde Cloud Forest is immersed deep within the clouds, creating a heaven-like atmosphere. Nearly all of Costa Rica’s northern territory is national park, allowing thousands of species of birds, mammals, and reptiles to thrive.
Travelers looking for a beach getaway should head to the Northwest Pacific region, where Costa Rica’s Guanacaste can be found. Equipped with white-sand, black-sand, and secluded beaches, Guanacaste is home to some of the most breathtaking beaches in Central America. Popular destinations include, Tamarindo, Samara, Nosara, and Santa Teresa, but hundreds of more serene beaches align the Pacific Coast. Sea turtles have become idolized in this area, with tours leaving every night through the months of August through mid-November. Surfers looking to chase that epic, barreling wave should make their way to Playa Naranjo, where a boat will transport you to Costa Rica’s Witch’s Rock, a wave worthy of the Gods.
If you’re looking for a traditional biological adventure, combined with some great waves, you’d best head to the Central Pacific region and discover what Manuel Antonio and Jaco have to offer. Manuel Antonio boasts hundreds of species of wildlife in the national park as well as gorgeous palm studded beaches. Jaco has one of the rowdiest nightlifes in all of Costa Rica, but surfers looking for Hawaiian-sized waves should head 10 minutes south to Playa Hermosa.
A trip to the South Pacific will bring relaxation, positivity, and an increased well-being for its visitors. Located in one of the most remote regions of the country, it’s possible to walk for miles without seeing another person. Animal lovers should make their way to the Osa Peninsula, where they’ll find Corcovado National Park. Protected under Costa Rican government, Corcovado has become a remote playground for all types of life. Also, surfers should head to Dominical for competition-sized waves, while those interested in the vast marine life of the area will find happiness at Uvita’s Marino Ballena National Park.
Irie mon! If you’re looking for an Afro-Caribbean experience full of Rastafari, colorful restaurants, and arguably, some of the best cuisine of Costa Rica, discover what Cahuita or Puerto Viejo have to offer. Crystal clear waters, steel drums sounding in the street, and a whole lot of marine life all can be found in this tropical paradise. From jaguars to sloths to manatees, the Caribbean coast offers a multitude of bio-diversity that cannot be matched!
Clearly, Costa Rica offers an experience that caters to all types of preferences. Whether that be a beach getaway in Tamarindo or a biological adventure in Manuel Antonio, we guarantee that your vacation will something you remember for the rest of your life!
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