Costa Rica is the jewel of the Americas, an easygoing country with an abundance of wildlife and ecosystems. With only a tiny fraction of the world's landmass, Costa Rica boasts an astonishing 5% of the world's biodiversity. Travelers looking for nature, adventure, and recreation are drawn to Costa Rica's excellent system of national parks and nature preserves, which cover over 20% of the entire country, the highest amount in the world. In addition to the lush flora and fauna, Costa Rica offers visitors inviting beaches, world-class surf spots, and cultural and historical attractions as well.
San Jose Tourist Attractions
Most visitors will arrive in San Jose, the capital and largest city in Costa Rica. San Jose offers plenty to do for the museum buff, such as the National Museum, a gold museum, and a children's museum. Two active volcanoes, Poas and Irazu, are just a short distance from San Jose, and they make for a great day trip.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Situated atop the ridge of the Continental Divide, Monteverde is in a lush “cloud forest” due to its elevation at over 4500 feet above sea level. The moist air and dense vegetation contain a unique ecosystem of over 100 species of mammals and 400 species of birds, plus thousands of different types of plants. It's one of the country's most mesmerizing destinations.
Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast
Puntarenas is a coastal region of Costa Rica with a breathtaking array of beaches, islands, inlets, and surf spots. The nearby Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio is one of Costa Rica's most popular and diverse ecological areas, and the ubiquitous monkeys are the star attraction. The serene Nicoya peninsula lies to the west, and this beautiful region has one of the highest life expectancies in the world.
Arenal Volcano at La Fortuna de San Carlos
A trip to the Arenal Volcano lets visitors get an up-close look at an active volcano, which reaches up over a mile above sea level and has been active for over 7000 years. The spectacular La Fortuna waterfall sits at the base of the nearby dormant Chato volcano, and it's definitely worth a visit. Corcovado National Park lies in the far southeast corner of the country, and it provides visitors with a more secluded nature experience.
Customized Vacation Packages
These are just a few of the many things to see and do in Costa Rica, and the best way to see all of the varied attractions that this beautiful country has to offer is to book with a tour operator that provides high-quality service and customized Costa Rica vacation packages. Whichever destinations and attractions you wish to experience, Best of Costa Rica is pleased to help you make your dream vacation a reality.