La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano

La FortunaLa Fortuna is the closest town to Arenal Volcano and considered by many to be the Adventure Capital of Central America.  Visitors to this area are in for a treat as the volcano provides a magnificent backdrop to the day trip adventures.  Though not erupting anymore, there are still many hot springs at the base of the volcano and a lot of the resorts offer them right on the grounds.  Not a bad way to unwind after a day of adventuring if you ask me!  Click on the link above to learn more about La Fortuna.

Location: North Central Part of Costa Rica 
Why La Fortuna? Adventure, Wildlife, Volcano
Destination type:  Popular destination for tourists.
Combines well with: Monteverde, Manuel Antonio, Jaco, Caribbean, all Guanacaste beaches
Closest Airport:  San Jose - SJO, but LIR is almost as close interms of drive times


Monteverde

MonteverdeMonteverde is the most famous cloud forest in the world.  Birdwatchers come to this area from all over the world in search of the Resplendent Quetzal , Emerald Toucanettes and Bellbirds.  Adventurers come for the best ziplines in the world and others come for the sheer beauty as the forest has life on top of life.  Click on the link above to learn more about Monteverde.

Location: North Central Part of Costa Rica 
Why Monteverde? Adventure, Wildlife, Birdwatching, Cloud Forest
Destination type:  Popular destination for tourists.
Combines well with: La Fortuna, Manuel Antonio, Jaco, Caribbean, all Guanacaste beaches
Closest Airport:  LiberiaLIR, but SJO is almost as close interms of drive times


Rio Celeste

Rio CelesteThe Rio Celeste is home to the most beautiful waterfall in Costa Rica as well as vast expanses of jungle.  The river is located within Tenorio National Park, which is also home to the extinct Tenorio Volcano.  Most visitors to this area stay in a little town named Bijagua, which is around 10 kilometers from the park entrance.  Click on the link above to read more about Rio Celeste.

Location: North Central Part of Costa Rica 
Why Rio Celeste? Wildlife, Birdwatching, Waterfall
Destination type:  Ofv the beaten path
Combines well with: La Fortuna, Monteverde, all Guanacaste beaches
Closest Airport:  Liberia - LIR


Sarapiqui

SarapiquiThe Sarapiqui region is a well-known birdwatching destination.  Most visitors to this area stay in ecolodges near the town of Puerto Viejo.  Guided hikes, riverboat rides and whitewater rafting are the main activities in this off the beaten path destination.  Click on the link above to read more about Sarapiqui.

Location: North Central Part of Costa Rica 
Why Sarapiqui? Adventure, Wildlife, Birdwatching
Destination type:  Off the beaten path
Combines well with: La Fortuna, Caribbean, Turrialba
Closest Airport:  San Jose - SJO


Nuevo Arenal

Nuevo Arenal Nuevo Arenal is a quiet village located on the north shore of Lake Arenal.  Visitors to this off the beaten path paradise come for the local feel, birdwatching and activities on the lake such as fishing, wind surfing and wake boarding.  Click on the link above to learn more about Nuevo Arenal.

Location: North Central Part of Costa Rica 
Why Nuevo Arenal? Birdwatching, Freshwater Fishing, Volcano
Destination type:  Off the beaten path
Combines well with: La Fortuna, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio, Jaco, all Guanacaste beaches
Closest Airport:  LiberiaLIR is almost as close interms of drive times


Santa Elena

Santa ElenaSanta Elena is the main village in the Monteverde region.  This small cloud forest town has played host to many birdwatchers and canopy zipline thrill seekers over the years.  Santa Elena is not only known for birdwatching and ziplining though as it is home to some of the best dining options in Costa Rica.  Click on the link above to learn more about Santa Elena.

Location: North Central Part of Costa Rica 
Why Santa Elena? Adventure, Wildlife, Birdwatching, Cloud Forest
Destination type:  Popular destination for tourists.
Combines well with: La Fortuna, Manuel Antonio, Jaco, Caribbean, all Guanacaste beaches
Closest Airport:  Liberia - LIR, but SJO is almost as close interms of drive times

 

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