Measuring just 460 km from Northwest to Southwest and just 120 km at its narrowest, this island is smaller than Michigan. First named as Costa Rica to distinguish it from Panama and Nicaragua, the country has since then flourished- from a 96% literacy rate to having 57 words for rain and calling speed bumps ‘dead persons’, it has carved out a place for itself in this world with its culture, mythos, and tradition. Filled with natural treasures like beautiful hiking trails to serene water bodies and rampaging rivers, Costa Rica is a haven to spend one’s vacations in. Moreover, the Costa Rica vacation rentals are affordable and are available in beautiful panoramic locations.
So let us see some places which are perfect for tourists to visit:
- Arenal Volcano: Located in the province of Alajuela, Arenal Volcano is undoubtedly the most famous of Costa Rica’s active volcanoes and has even erupted in 1968. Since then there have been regular pyroclastic surges which have sent hot rivers of lava flowing down. But it is closely monitored to keep visitors of the National park safe. If you enjoy engaging in some adventures like hiking or river rafting then this is the place to go to. Or if you would rather watch some feathered friends then there are 500 varieties of birds which can be spotted during hikes. However, if you just want to cool down and relax then you can opt to have a bath in the hot water springs as well.
- Bajos Del Toro: Bajos Del Toro is more of a hidden paradise for many outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. Located in the Amarillo Valley of the central highlands, this rainforest is situated well off the trodden path. This is a great spot for hikers due to the rigged trails which go through the intimidating rainforest and then up the back of Poas Volcano. But if you would much rather do something else then mountain biking, horseback riding, trout fishing, and river rafting are also viable options. There is also something exciting for the extreme thrill seekers- a 300-foot waterfall rappel, right into the crater of an extinct volcano.
- Turrialba Volcano National Park: Reaching an elevation of over 10,000 feet, the Turrialba Volcano is located around 45 miles east of San Jose. Covered in verdant and pristine, Montane rain forest; the volcano last witnessed a major eruption in 2016. Perfect for hiking and enjoying some scenic views- mostly when you reach the summit.
- The Butterfly Conservatory: Located on the shores of Lake Arenal in the Alajuela Province, the fascinating Butterfly Conservatory is a place where nature lovers can engage in an educational and interesting tour. You will find loads about the life of butterflies along with the other creatures that inhabit the lake and its surroundings. It’s not just all talk as you will be able to visit the greenhouse where the butterflies are bred, the orchid exhibition as well as the frog habitat. But mostly, you will also get the option to be a part of the Rainforest River Walk where you will be able to spot parrots, sloths, toucans, and monkeys. At the end of it all, if you go to the Volcano View Gazebo, you will be able to get a fantastic view of the Arenal Lake, Arenal Volcano and more.
- The Coral Gardens: With a depth of 15 to 40 feet, this is the perfect spot for enjoying fascinating and spectacular coral reefs. But reefs are not all that you can feast your eyes on as a variety of species call this habitat their home as well. While the depth is good for enjoying coral environments, it is ultimately a shallow dive. But scuba divers will still be able to take a dive to swim with the parrotfish, the damselfish, the porcupine fish, the butterfly fish, the goby and if lucky then an octopus. What is absolutely stunning to watch is the variety of colours which forms a beautiful sparkling underwater rainbow.
- Paraíso: As you might have guessed, the name is Spanish for ‘Paradise’ and is the perfect name for this place. Harboring a depth of 65 to 70 feet, the volcanic lava formation is called home by thousands of gold and blue snappers. Apart from snappers, there are also barracudas which are always on the lookout for horse-eye jacks to pounce on. The underwater drama is just breathtaking and spells bounding; the best part is that you get to watch it all unfold right in front of your eyes.
- Monteverde Lodge: Named as one of the 7 natural wonders of Costa Rica by its own citizens in 2007, the Monteverde Lodge is located in a unique location where it has different ecological zones- 90% of which are untouched forests. What’s more breathtaking is the cloud cover which hovers above the forest’s verdant canopy, creating a stunning environment seldom seen elsewhere. Many of its inhabitants can’t be found anywhere else in the world and besides harboring the most orchid species in a single place, Monteverde is also home to more than 400 different bird species. This makes it a perfect spot for nature enthusiasts and bird watchers. Pro tip: If you are interested in watching the birdies, we suggest opting for an early morning tour when the sun, clouds, and birds will create an unforgettable atmosphere.
Costa Rica is where nature rules with a powerful authority- the streams, waves, and forests are all witnesses of it. Being in this country is like being in a paradise on earth.