Things to Do in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is home to several different habitats and landscapes, and combines lush rainforests and gorgeous beaches with interesting and vibrant cities. The country also has a rich culture and a plethora of attractions and activities for all visitors. With so many things to do in Costa Rica, it is a definite highlight of Central America.

The best time to visit is around January, which is the country’s dry season. It is not so expensive in the country, making travel around Costa Rica very accessible.

Some great things to do in Costa Rica include the following:

San Jose

Spend some time acquainting yourself with the country’s exciting capital city of San Jose. You can see the Metropolitan Cathedral, the old Bellavista Fortress that is now home to the National Museum, the elegant and historic neighbourhood of Barrio Amon, and the Jade Museum. Visit the Gold Museum for a step back in time, and go to the Biesanz Woodworks to see skilled craftsmen and women at work. The National Park is a pleasant green spot in the city, offering some respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. Take in a show at the fabulous National Theatre, which is housed in an impressive neoclassical building.

La Fortuna

La Fortuna is a small community at the bottom of the mighty Arenal Volcano. Enjoy speaking with the local inhabitants, admiring stunning views, and perhaps do a spot of hiking. Adventurous souls can also do dizzyingly high canopy zip lining and wet and wild rafting.

Tortuguero National Park

This spectacular national park is home to a vast selection of creatures and plant life. You can enjoy an incredible boat trip, from which sightings of various wildlife are all but guaranteed. As well as colourful and beautiful birds you will also likely see (and hear!) howler monkeys. Drift along and simply live in the moment, enjoying the wonderful surrounding nature.

Cloud Forests

High up in the sky and at soaring altitudes, visit one of Costa Rica’s famed cloud forests for a different view of nature and the world. A favourite includes the cloud forest reserve at Monteverde, where you can explore the area with a guide on a magnificent and revealing trek. You can also enjoy the area from the back of a horse, as you gently trot through the stunning landscapes.

Beaches

Costa Rica is home to some fantastic tropical-esque beaches, which are perfect for some rest and relaxation, a dip in the waters, or active water sports. Tortuga Island is home to stretches of golden sands backed with lush, verdant forests. The uninhabited Isla de Cano is an ideal place to do some diving and snorkeling. Playa Tamarindo is a mega popular spot with tourists, and other favourites include the tiny but pretty Playa Conchal, the lively Playa Negra, Playa Ventanas with its caves, the authentic Playa Carrillo, and the castaway-esque Playa Cocalito.

Jungles

Costa Rica is home to some of the best rainforests and jungles on the planet. No more needs to be said about them – their reputation speaks volumes – other than spending some time in them is an absolute must when in Costa Rica!

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