There are so many things to do in Costa Rica! And so many of them have to do with its amazing culture and food. And with its gorgeous beaches and friendly people. However, there is little doubt among the top Costa Rica attractions is its natural beauty. Must See In Costa Rica!
Must See In Costa Rica
Costa Rica’s strikingly diverse terrain, lush forests. Wildlife reserves, and tropical beaches — offers a little something for every traveler. Beach-lovers staying along the Pacific Coast should head to Guanacaste. And the Nicoya Peninsula’s palm-fringed coastline for sun and surf.
Nature-seekers staying in the Northern Plains. Or along the Caribbean coast should pay a visit to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca before venturing inland to zip line above Monteverde’s Cloud Rainforest and hike Arenal Volcano. Whether you seek sun, nature or adventure, there’s much to discover in this paradise.
Arenal and La Fortuna de San Carlos area
Don’t miss the Arenal volcano! It’s even large enough and hot enough to generate its own weather! It growls, explodes and real lava flows! Catch it at night in the rainy season and watch it generate its own lightning.
Then, watch the lightning strike over the top of the volcano. Illuminate a dark, cloudy night, and exposing the smoke from med-sized explosions. Very often, if you’re on the right side of the volcano you can actually see flowing lava.
La Fortuna Waterfall
The La Fortuna Waterfall is one of the top waterfalls to visit in Costa Rica. There are multiple ways to get to the hiking trail. One being via horseback, where you will then walk down 500 steps to the basin of the waterfall. La Fortuna Waterfall is 230 feet (70 meters) high!
The raw power of this waterfall is mesmerizing. After hiking down, you can swim in the pool beneath the cascade of water. Which is an incredible experience in and of itself. The surrounding forest is stunning and it is likely that you will see toucans, butterflies, monkeys, and sloths.
Romantic Things to Do in Costa Rica
Adventure tours aren’t your only options when visiting this amazing country! While a common perception of Costa Rica involves untouched jungles and deserted white-sand beaches. There are areas of the country that delight in providing a combination of romantic experiences, adventure tours, and 5-star hospitality.
Do you dream of a personal balcony Jacuzzi? Champagne in hand, with stunning views of Pacific Ocean coastline? How about heading out to watch the sunset from a luxurious sailboat? Eat a romantic private dinner, prepared by a personal chef. Just steps from the rain forest. Or enjoy a couples’ massage in a casita on the beach – the possibilities are nearly endless!
Saddle Up As A Costa Rican Cowboy
Liberia is the capital of Costa Rica’s sabanero culture. Named for the cowboys who live on the surrounding sabana (savannah). Tourism now rivals beef production in the local economy. Liberia has its own bijou international airport – but there are plenty of ranches hereabouts.
You can saddle up and combine an easy horseride with wildlife watching. The park is known for its orchids, more than 300 species of birds (including quetzals, toucanets and curassows). Easy-to-spot sloths and howler and spider monkeys, as well as shy pumas, tapirs and jaguars.
Reggae In Puerto Viejo
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is where you can feast on coconut-scented rice and spice-rubbed jerk chicken. Then burn off the calories while dancing the night away to reggae beats.
This is the so-called ‘other Costa Rica,’ where English trumps Spanish. Rastafarians praise I and I, and Afro-Caribbean culture thrives.
There is a section of Rio Tárcoles that is especially famous for its abundance of very large American crocodiles. You can walk out onto a bridge and look down to see dozens of massive crocodiles laying on the embankment or just floating at the surface. A view that is straight out of a nightmare!
You will pass this bridge when you are driving from San Jose toward Jaco Beach. You can’t miss it because you will see plenty of people on the side of the bridge admiring these ancient beasts.
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Short for “Catarata La Paz” (or “peace waterfall”). La Paz may seem quiet and still at first glance. But take another look, and you’ll find this rainforest buzzing with activity. From croaking frogs and fluttering butterflies to rumbling jaguars and howling spider monkeys.
There are plenty of creatures to be found in this wildlife-lover’s paradise. And there is much for nature-seekers to admire too, from the garden’s five flowing waterfalls to its colorful orchids and sea of leafy green canopies.