Costa Rica has numerous natural treasures and vistas to offer, including stunning national parks, brooding volcanoes, and unspoiled beaches. In lush jungles, curious creatures abound. Adventure enthusiasts are drawn to the network of flowing rivers and animal sanctuaries. Though it is impossible to visit everything in Costa Rica in a single trip, here is our list of the finest things to do in Costa Rica.
Trekking in Corcovado nacional parque
This ecologically diverse reserve, which straddles the Osa Peninsula in the country’s extreme south, is one of Costa Rica’s best walking locations. Corcovado National Park is one of the most biodiverse areas in the nation, with ocean beaches giving way to mangrove swamps and tropical rainforest.
If you visit Costa Rica during turtle nesting season, you may see one of the most stunning wildlife spectacles: the arribada, or arrival. Female sea turtles rise out of the surf in September and October, often in groups of 100,000, and return to the beaches where they were born to deposit their eggs.
The Arenal volcano, one of Costa Rica’s most active, is a breathtaking sight not to be missed. The volcano looms over the local community of La Fortuna, which is next to Lake Arenal, and provides a dramatic display of clouds of gas and steam shooting from its summit.
Costa Rican indigenous peoples
Learn how the Maleku utilises medicinal herbs, buy for crafts at a women’s cooperative on the Gulf of Nicoya, or join a Bribr walking tour. There are several opportunities to learn more about Costa Rica’s surviving indigenous groups.
Exploring Manuel Antonio nacional parque
This renowned park has three pristine white sand beaches surrounded by thick tropical rainforest. Tall cliffs above are covered in dense jungle vegetation. Manuel Antonio National Park is one of Costa Rica’s most well-known parks, and its beaches on the central Pacific coast are ideal for snorkelling and swimming with children.
Reserva Rara Avis
The finest ecotourism site in Costa Rica is a pristine 600-hectare (1,500-acre) rainforest reserve teeming with primitive ferns. There are more plant, bird, and butterfly species in the reserve than in the whole of Europe.
A journey to the Rara Avis Reserve, whether by horseback or tractor-drawn cart, is one of the many wonderful things to do in Costa Rica.
Visiting an eco-lodge
Staying at an eco-lodge is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the natural environment in Costa Rica. The nation features some of the most stunning and sustainable resorts in the Americas, ranging from rustic simplicity to luxury in the forest.
Relax at Playa Cocles
Playa Cocles is one of the most beautiful beaches along the Caribbean coast. A vast swath of fine sand is bordered by swinging palms and splashed by raging waves.
From December through April, then again in June and July, this beach is recognised in surfing circles for the hot, fast, and explosive waves that crash over the reef. Surfers from all over the globe visit.
Visit The Jaguar Rescue Center
Do you want to get up up and personal with nature? The Jaguar Rescue Center is a wildlife rehabilitation centre where visitors may have up-close interactions with howler monkeys, sloths, snakes, and other species.
Before releasing them back into the wild, this non-profit supplies them with food, housing, and veterinary care. For any animal lover, visiting this centre is one of the most amazing things to do in Costa Rica.
Rafting on whitewater
Whitewater rafting, often known as river running, is one of the top things to do in Costa Rica for anybody looking for a thrilling way to explore nature and animals. Wander down the Peas Blancas or ride the Pacuare’s Class V rapids. The geology of this county makes whitewater rivers and rapids more accessible than anywhere else in the globe.
On Dia de la Raza, Dance at Puerto Limón
Visiting Puerto Limón during the yearly Carnaval (Carnival) is one of the most enjoyable things to do in Costa Rica for many people. This week-long celebration is conducted in October (rather than February) and coincides with El Da de la Raza, ‘The Day of the People,’ newly renamed Da de las Culturas (Day of the Cultures).
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