The top 5 classic destinations in Costa Rica
This conical beauty is an active volcano towering above the small town of La Fortuna. You can’t visit Costa Rica without stopping by the Arenal Volcano for a couple of nights. It is the kind of destination with a lot to offer from adventure to natural wonders and relaxation. White-water rafting, ziplining over the forest canopy, horseback riding and hiking in the tropical rainforest to soaking in the natural hot springs and strolling along the stunning hanging bridges. You can stay at a beautiful hotel with view of the forest and volcano, a lodge popular with avid birders or opt for the most famous resort in the world where guests can experience every possible luxury and comfort. Either way, you are guaranteed a wonderful trip!
The cloud forest has plenty of secrets to reveal to the traveler looking for adventure, wildlife and a real cultural experience. You can take either a guided or self-guided hike and sport sloths, monkeys, and bird species like the Resplendent Quetzal. Additionally, you can visit a coffee plantation and learn all about how the most delicious coffee in the world is produced. Another amazing experience in Monteverde is the canopy tour which is not only the longest in Latin America, but also includes the Tarzan Swing. We can put you into touch with the best tour operator in the region!
When not flying into San Jose Costa Rica, you will be arriving in the international airport of Liberia! This is the perfect destination for those looking for endless sun as well as adventure. Guanacaste is most famous for its beaches and is a top destination for those looking for a luxury retreat complete with spa, swimming pool and acres of lush gardens.
The Gulf of Papagayo offers some of the best family beaches due to the tranquil waters and generally lesser crowds in Playa Hermosa and Playa Panama.
Tamarindo is the beach to visit when looking for bustling nightlife, shops and restaurants as well as that first swimming lesson. From here you can also take a catamaran tour and various snorkeling and scuba diving tours can be arranged for you.
If you are looking for a cultural experience as well as some relaxing beach time, the Nicoya Peninsula should be on your list. Beaches like Samara and Nosara will introduce you to the local Tico lifestyle as well as countless activities such as ATV tours, horseback riding, motorcycle and bicycle rental, surfing, hiking and many more.
Visit during turtle nesting season and visit Ostional Wildlife Refuge. Here you are guaranteed to see the Olive Ridley Turtle nesting and the eggs hatching in the morning.
The most famous yet the smallest national park in Costa Rica is calling you! Manuel Antonio is as beautiful as it is varied and you can take canopy tours as well as a rafting trip, go parasailing, surfing, snorkeling, sport fishing, but make sure to hike the various trails of the national park. Spot sloths, birds like the scarlet macaws, monkeys like the capuchin and the endangered squirrel monkey, and many more.
A classic destination top 5 must include at least one destination at the Caribbean coast! As part of the expansive province of Limon, Tortuguero is one of those destinations that is a little rough around the edges, but full of magic nonetheless. Here you can take a boat tour along the canals and spot crocodiles, caimans, aquatic bird species, as well as the sea turtles nesting! Further south you can visit Cahuita and Puerto Viejo, both known for their stunning Caribbean beaches and variety of wildlife.
These are the most popular destinations but they only scratch the Surface! Contact us and we can get you great deals when you travel to Costa Rica. Our sales team are Costa Rica experts and will be able to answer every one of your questions! Let us help you plan the Costa Rica vacation of a lifetime!