Costa Rica, one of the most popular tourist destinations of the world is located in Central America. It offers lush green forest, beautiful beaches, volcanoes, and wide varieties of flora and fauna.This place is filled with endless attractions and natural beauty.
Are you planning for Costa Rica vacation, here are our top 5 popular places to visit in Costa Rica for you:
Manuel Antonio National Park
All at one place, the rain forest, the beaches, lagoons, mangroves and the coral reefs, you will find all of these at Manuel Antonio National Park. It is one of the most visited park in Costa Rica. The beaches looks amazing surrounded by beautiful lush green rain forest. It is a great spot for snorkeling as well. It is a small national park established in only 628 hectare area but it is home to 109 species of mammals and 184 species of birds. The park attracts around 150,000 visitors per year.
One of the great way to enjoy the park and it’s amazing vistas is to take a hike. There are guided tours available. You can book the guided tours from any of hotels you will be staying. The Punta Cathedral on the trail offers one of the most beautiful view. You will also get a chance to see white-faced monkeys and rare squirrel monkeys.
Arenal Volcano National Park
Arenal Volcano National Park is a must see places of Costa Rica. It is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. There are hiking trails here on the already hardened fields of lava where you can see the mighty force of nature from so close. There are guided tours available for such hiking trails and hot springs. While other ways people can enjoy the park is by taking the most famous Sky Tram Canopy Tour.
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Rincon de La Vieja National Park is the protected National park in Costa Rica with a very diverse ecosystem. It is popularly known for its wide variety of flora and fauna. It is also home to 2 volcanoes namely the Rincon de la Vieja and the Santa Maria. There are 6 different volcanic peaks in the park and 32 rivers and streams. It is a great place for the adventure lovers. There are waterfalls where you can swim around, warm mud pools, spectacular place for nature photography, a fresh water volcanic lagoons, and trails where you can hike all day long and enjoy the park.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is a very popular destination in Costa Rica. The unique thing about this place is its cloud canopy after which it has got its name. The Reserve is located just 6 km from town of Santa Elena in the Puntarenas province. It is one of the most breathtaking reserves of the world. The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve receives very less rain compared to that of the rain forest, however because of the unique cloud contents, it has very high humidity.
There are several trails available throughout the reserve, you can spend days of hiking with a guide in group or as single. The trails offers amazing views of the spectacular Forest Reserve. Throughout the trail you can enjoy beautiful waterfalls, swamp areas, and other attractions.
Tortuguero National Park
Well, the most adventurous thing about the Tortuguero National Park is that it can be reached only through water on boat or by air. The park has a nesting grounds for Hawksbill, leatherback and green sea turtles, etc. The turtles are the main attraction of the Tortuguero National Park. There are several marked trails where you can go for a hike but you have to watch for the nesting grounds on the way. One of the best way to explore the park is by boat. Don’t worry, there are many places from where you can rent kayaks and canoes.