Costa Rica is one vacation hotspot that has been on the rise in recent years, giving a beautiful warm weather destination to those looking to find someplace to escape the cold. When planning a trip to Costa Rica, there is a ton of really incredible places to see, so how do you narrow it down to what will fit into the duration of your trip? Breaking it down to the must-see locations is a great start, and 6 places to see on your next trip to Costa Rica include:
1. Corcovado National Park
For nature lovers who want to escape the tourist regions of Costa Rica in favor of seeing the natural beauty of the land, there is no better location than Corcovado National Park. The area is located on the Osa Peninsula, and it’s touted as one of the single most biodiverse places in the world. Due to its natural beauty and incredible ecosystem, Corcovado National Park has become one of the hottest ecotourism locations in all of Costa Rica.
Along the north Pacific coast of Costa Rica, Tamarindo is surrounded by some of the most picturesque beaches travelers can enjoy. Tamarindo is the top spot for those looking to travel to Costa Rica to experience the perfect beach vacation, with either Playa Langosta or Playa Grande to choose from. These beaches are surrounded by charming beach towns filled with shopping and local restaurants travelers come back to again and again.
3. Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
For an experience quite unlike anything even the most experienced travelers have seen before, you must pay a visit to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. The tropical forest is typically in a state of 100% humidity, and completely shrouded in ethereal low lying clouds. For nature lovers, walking through the forest and observing the over 3,000 different species of plants and animals through the cloudy veil is like stepping into another world.
4. Tortuguero National Park
In Tortuguero National Park, animal lovers will find their favorite part of Costa Rica. The park is a key breeding ground for turtles found all throughout the Caribbean, and for 4 of 8 global marine turtle species. Traveling through the rivers and lagoons, travelers may even catch a glimpse of the rare and endangered West Indian Manatee.
5. Santa Teresa
Santa Teresa, located in the south portion of the Nicoya Peninsula, is a small and quiet beach town perfect for surfers and beach lovers. This more secluded Costa Rican beach is typically described as a paradise by travelers, and it has some of the best surfing one can find in the area.
On the very southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula lies Montezuma, a former remote fishing village. During the 1980’s, the town underwent something of a resurgence, turning it into the lazy, but still bustling, beach town it is today. Montezuma is a favorite of young travelers, who enjoy the carefree feeling of the authentic Costa Rican peninsula town.
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