Sun, Sand & Wildlife
Costa Rica is one of the best countries I have visited, and an all-time favourite of mine! It truly has something for everyone, from vibrant cloud forests and national parks teeming with exotic wildlife, to beautiful coastal beaches and several active volcanoes that serve as the perfect base for adventure activities.
Number one on my bucket list was seeing the infamous three toed sloth. Although it was these fascinating creatures that drew me to the country, I soon discovered there was so much more to see. A well-established system of national parks covers more than 25% of its territory, and despite its small size, the country is home to around 5% of the world’s biodiversity, ranking first as the ‘greenest country’ in the world. My top places to visit are:
Visit the third most active volcano in the world. The volcano, which can be heard rumbling several times an hour, is located on the stunning Arenal Lake. I would recommend a volcano hike or a scenic bike ride around the lake. In the evenings, a visit to the local hot springs is a must.
Monteverde Cloud Forest
One of the most scenic places in Costa Rica, Monteverde Cloud forest has something for everyone. Enjoy ziplining, night walks and canopy tours. If you are after something a little more relaxing, there is a beautiful botanical garden, a butterfly garden, and a frog pond you can visit to meet some of the local flora and fauna.
Corcovado National Park
This national park is off the beaten track, but while it does involve a little effort to get to, the excellent wildlife opportunities makes it more than worthwhile.
National Geographic has named Corcovado the ‘most biologically intense place on earth’ and they are not wrong! Walk the many trails and look out for monkeys, crocodiles, caimans, sloths, and tapirs, all regularly spotted in the park! If you are very lucky you may even see a jaguar, puma or ocelot. The park is also excellent for bird enthusiasts.
Manuel Antonio National Park
There is something for everyone in Manuel Antonio, being one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. This excellent national park is home to a number of walking trails and a wide array of wildlife, as well as some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. It is an excellent place to relax at the end of your trip, where you can enjoy monkey sightings as they scutter across the road in the afternoon before a beautiful sunset.
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