This small country will captivate you and make you fall in love during your Costa Rican vacation. It’s a great place to take the kids. Here you can discover the greatest biodiversity on the planet. Nestled in the heart of Central America, bathed by two oceans, it has a privileged climate. Costa Rica is that dream destination that will allow you to enjoy indelible images and emotions during your vacations. The country has idyllic beaches, rain and tropical forests that are home to some of the most amazing animals, and imposing volcanoes. How can you resist this combination of sensations?
Although the greatest charm and wealth lies in ecotourism, it isn’t the only thing that Costa Rica offers for your vacations. The country has a wide variety of urban activities and fantastic excursions.
However, nature is present everywhere, at all times, in every corner. This country is different from any other country in the world, among other things because of that. At every moment we are reminded that millions of animals and plants live out there, that we are in a territory where man is only passing through and that nature, indeed, is everywhere, at all times and in every corner: !Pura Vida! (Pure Life)
Rest assured that there is no other corner of the world that offers this variety of landscapes. Singular, like few others, this destination will also surprise you with the hospitality of its inhabitants: the Ticos (as its people are affectionately called) and their delicious traditional cuisine. They will make your Costa Rican vacation unforgettable.
This trip will take you to the most beautiful places in this beautiful country: from natural parks to its hypnotic coastline, passing through the majestic Arenal volcano. Pack your suitcase, one of the greatest adventures of your life awaits you.
A curious fact about Costa Rica
The slogan of ¡Pura Vida! will accompany you during all your Costa Rican vacations. Not by chance, Michael Crichton chose it to be the location of his novel Jurassic Park. Not many people know that it was on one of the Costa Rican islands where these adventures take place. Of course, it was due to the great biodiversity and the large number of parks and nature reserves that this country has.
What are the best places to go on Costa Rican vacation?
Costa Rican vacation in Tortuguero National Park
Live a unique experience during your Costa Rican vacation. Tortuguero National Park gives you the opportunity to witness one of the most wonderful and unique events in nature: the spawning of sea turtles. Haven’t any of your friends seen anything like this? Well, unless they’ve been to Costa Rica too.
The number of species identified in the Tortuguero National Park is surprising. It’s considered one of the richest regions in flora and fauna in Costa Rica, with the largest biological variety. But if the Tortuguero National Park is known for something, it is for being the most important area in the entire western half of the Caribbean for the spawning of the green turtle.
Arenal and Poás volcanoes
The beautiful views from these immense volcanoes will be a radical change in your Costa Rican vacation, especially if you passed through Tortuguero before. These incredible volcanoes offer you, in addition to their unique fauna and landscapes, a variety of activities, such as horseback riding, the hot springs as well as rafting tours on the Peñas Blancas River, windsurfing, and kitesurfing, cable car ascent, Zip line descent, walk along trails and suspension bridges between the treetops or a horseback ride to the La Fortuna Waterfall.
Monteverde Cloud Forest
In this magnificent forest, you will find one of the most exotic and rare birds in the world: the quetzal. The sighting of this bird and photographing it will be another thing that you can brag about and tell about your Costa Rican vacation. But you will not only see the quetzal. As we had anticipated, this country has one of the greatest biodiversity on the planet.
In this forest you will find more than 700 species of mammals, birds and reptiles. Some of them unique in the world.
Rincón de la Vieja National Park
Rincón de la Vieja is well known for its volcanoes, hot springs, rivers, lagoons, waterfalls and above all for the indigenous legend of Rincón de la Vieja. Didn’t you want a magical place for your Costa Rican vacation? Well, you came to the right place. This site is magical in every sense of the word. Not only in literally, but also for its landscapes.
Manuel Antonio National Park
The great natural attraction of the area is the beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park, surrounded by an exuberant, very humid tropical forest. Walking along its trails you will be able to observe white-faced and squirrel monkeys, sloths, raccoons, iguanas and hundreds of other species of animals.
It also protects twelve islands that represent refuges for various species of seabirds. And of course, by having twelve islands you will be able to find excellent beaches and sail in a catamaran through the surroundings of the National Park between its islands, cliffs and rock formations.
Costa Rican vacation in San José
San José is a colonial city. It still retains its buildings and architecture of the time. However, in the mid-19th century, the city began to urbanize. The city is surrounded by wide and green mountains and as commerce and industry began to take off in the periphery, that is where the highest population density is. It should be noted that it is one of the safest cities in Latin America.
If what you want is to stay in San José, there are hundreds of offers that may interest you. During your Costa Rican vacation, there are certain places that you cannot miss.
Among the main places of interest you have:
- The National Theater of Costa Rica.
- Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.
- Jade Museum.
- National Museum.
- Central Market.
- Amusement park.
In addition, you must take a walking tour of the city. Enter its restaurants and consume the local gastronomy. Live the “Tica” passion for soccer. And, of course, enjoy the wonders of all its hotels. Costa Rica has magnificent 5-star hotels in each of its many natural parks. Not just these that I recommended in this article, but all of them.