Costa Rica is a dream destination for the intrepid traveler. The country’s unique ecosystem supports unlimited outdoor adventures, world-class surfing, teeming wildlife, and ocean-to-table dining. Add to all this a government-led sustainability program, harvesting 98% of its energy from renewable sources. With its year-round tropical climate and proximity to the U.S., Costa Rica’s nature-filled paradise is vacation heaven, offering something for everyone.
Situated in Central America bordered by Nicaragua (north), Panama (south), and the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, Costa Rica contains mountainous terrain, volcanic peaks, fertile valleys, dense jungle, and wild-rugged beaches. Fly into the centrally located capital of San Jose, or into Liberia, the northern airport situated near the country’s most popular beaches, to begin your adventure.
Once you land it’s time for a drive; through rugged mountain terrain and over dirt roads winding their way through rainforests and small towns. From Liberia, experience the mountainous areas of Arenal Volcano and the Monteverde Cloud Forest, which offer active holiday sports such as jungle hikes, mountain biking, zip-lining, and windsurfing on the lake. Head west to the Nicoya Peninsula, one of the world’s five Blue Zones, where people statistically live the longest and healthiest lives. There you’ll find the beach towns of Malpais and Santa Teresa, which attract people looking to unplug and chill out as well as Nosara, the trendier upscale beach town dotted with high-end boutique hotels and smoothie bars.
Further north along the coastline sits Playa Hermosa and Tamarindo, famous beach destinations offering high-end hotels and luxury golf resorts. This area plays host to the country’s largest foreign population, many of whom have chosen to retire to Costa Rica’s beaches.
Land in the capital of San Jose and discover historic neighborhoods, contemporary art galleries, and a burgeoning contemporary food scene, all situated on narrow, traffic-filled streets. The area just outside the city limits is home to numerous fincas (farmhouses), coffee plantations, and wellness resorts that offer incredible views, both of the city and vast swaths of nature.
Continuing south through the central valley and the Central Pacific Coast, you’ll pass through the rolling green hills of the agricultural region before reaching the coastline. Jacó, a backpacker beach town, and Manuel Antonio, one of the country’s most famous national parks (known for its wildlife spotting, including the elusive sloth), lead to Uvita, a highland sanctuary offering a whale’s-tail shaped coastline, virtually uninhabited beaches, and new luxury boutique hotels.
Further south along the Pan American Highway you’ll encounter the southernmost part of the country. Most of this area is uninhabited, being that protected land forms Corcovado national park. The country’s most famous luxury eco-lodges can be found in the Osa Peninsula, where people come for a glimpse of the country’s big cats, scarlet macaws, and the endangered giant anteater.
The Caribbean coast (lesser-traveled terrain, as some is only accessible by boat or small plane) plays host to banana plantations and Afro-Caribbean cuisine. No matter where you send your travelers, Costa Rica will excite them with its adventure and thrill them with its rich biodiversity.
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