Costa Rica, a leading destination in ecotourism, is an extremely biologically diverse country, offering tourists chance to explore beaches, rainforests, volcanoes and see an abundance of wildlife and differing cultures despite its relatively small size.
Here we break down 6 different adventures you can have in this fascinating country, therefore ensuring you do not miss out!
Quepos: Quepos is a cool harbor town which holds plenty of opportunities for adventure. You can kayak, surf, go fishing, explore the forest canopy or venture into the nearby Manuel Antonio National Park. Peak season is from December to April as the weather is dry and the Festival del Mar runs for a month each February.
Matapalo: This remote town is known for having beaches ideal for swimming, birdlife and monkeys aplenty and a dedication to conservation and environmental protection that has earned it a Blue Ecological Flag.
Monteverde: Home to a huge amount of flora and fauna and thanks to its humidity levels, an ever-present mist that looks like a cloud canopy, Monteverde is certainly a unique place and one which provides plenty of hiking opportunities. One of the best ways to witness this spectacular place is by zip-lining, which will give you a stunning birds-eye view of your surroundings.
La Fortuna: The closest place to Arenal Volcano, this rural town again does not disappoint in terms of outdoor adventure opportunities. The volcano, which until 2010 was Costa Rica’s most active, is certainly worth a visit, as is La Fortuna Waterfall and the Tabacon Hot Springs; these natural hot springs will allow you to relax, refresh and unwind after your exciting escapades. There are plenty of accommodation options to suit all budgets, but our tip would be to try and get something central with a view of the volcano.
Tortuguero: On Costa Rica’s northern coast on the Caribbean side, you will find Tortuguero, most well-known for the sea turtles that come to nest in these parts. Time your visit to coincide with nesting season if this is something which interests you as the area is home to the Green, Leatherback, Hawksbill and the mighty Loggerhead sea turtle. The season is mostly between March and mid-October and you can take a night-time tour led by an expert guide to see this amazing phenomenon. Although this is one of the rainiest areas of the country – so prepare for this – make sure you also factor in time for a trip down the canals, whether by boat, canoe or kayak, as you will be sure to see and hear an array of wildlife en route.
Montezuma: This relatively remote but super chilled and laid back place is the perfect spot for some much needed rest and relaxation following your adventures elsewhere. The town is artsy and small but there is no shortage of restaurants, eco-lodges and wild camp spots as well as plenty of beaches to explore along the coastline. You can also take a day trip to Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve National Park.