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10 Reasons Costa Rica Needs to Be Your Next Vacation Destination
Tourists get a wide variety of options in terms of ecosystem, climate, terrain, wildlife, scenery, proximity to urban centers, and more. It’s safe to say that most visitors to this Central American environmental oasis spend some time in at least one national park. If you’re a thrill-seeker, Costa Rica is definitely the place for you.
Not only is Playa Avellanas a beautiful beach to swim, surf and relax but there’s also a great beach bar (with a resident pig, Lola) that is the perfect place to relax the day away with a frosty Imperial.
Tamarindo is a town in the Guanacaste Province on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. It’s known for beaches with strong surf, like Playa Tamarindo and Playa Langosta. To the north, Playa Grande is a major nesting site for huge leatherback turtles and forms part of Las Baulas National Marine Park. The mangrove-lined estuary of Tamarindo Wildlife Refuge protects animals such as howler monkeys and crocodiles. Gorgeous beach houses and luxury hotels line the sunny sands. Shopping and dining options are superb and plentiful, perfect for sampling the true flavors of Costa Rica.
The beach of Ostional is the scenery for a rarely-seen biological wonder. In rainy season, the week before a new moon, hundreds and sometimes hundreds of thousand sea turtles come to one specific mile of beach at Ostional to dig their eggs into the black, volcanic sand. Turtles nest at Ostional year round, but peak time is during rainy season.
Rincon de La Vija
Ecological diversity abounds at Rincón de la Vieja National Park, one of the parks in the Guanacaste Conservation Area. This park is a must-visit destination when you are in the Guanacaste Province. At over 34,000 acres, Rincón de la Vieja has room for two volcanoes, 32 rivers and streams, and an incredible variety of flora and fauna. A number of activities can be enjoyed at the park such as hiking, horseback riding, enjoying hot springs, swimming, picnicking, and camping. Stay at the Guachipelin where there is an Adventure Center onsite to book rappelling, canyoning, zip lining, and river tubing adventures.
Surfing Witches Rock and Ollies Point
You have definitely heard about Witch’s Rock and Ollie’s Point if you are a surf enthusiast or have seen the famous surf movie Endless Summer. Assessing Witch’s Rock is not an easy task. You can reach it by flying into the city of Liberia, south to the Santa Rosa National Park, or you can drive by either renting a car or riding a bus. Later, you can sail out on a boat from Santa Rosa National Park. There are many tour companies and surf camps that offer guided surf trips to the place. Witch's Rock at Playa Naranjo is not as popular as some of the other beaches in the country, meaning that the beach is rarely crowded and the waves are often open.
Volcanic Hot Springs
For travelers looking to warm themselves in thermal waters heated by active volcanoes, there’s no better destination than Costa Rica. Tabacon Grand Spa and Thermal Resort Tabacon was the first hot springs facility in Costa Rica, and it remains the most impressive. Its two natural rivers are divided into dozens of bathing areas, and if you wander around enough, you’ll find secret bars and private spaces. Oh yeah, and there’s a waterslide and a swim-up bar with yummy cocktails. Vandara Hot Springs and Adventure includes zip-lining, horseback riding, and a giant waterslide. After you’ve finished with the activities, it’s time for a dip in the Tizate hot springs, which are man-made pools filled with thermal waters heated by the nearby volcano. Mud baths and mineral treatments are also available.
Wake to the sounds of the jungle. Walk two minutes to Playa Guiones and do a few yoga poses at sunrise while surfers ride the waves. Wander north to Playa Pelada for a swim and spectacular views of the Pacific. Guiones beach is considered to be one of the country's better surfing destinations, both for beginners and advanced surfers. The yoga at The Bodhi Tree is some of the best in the world. Stay at the Harmony Hotel and make sure to catch the incredible sunset with cocktails and incredible fish tacos at La Luna.
Zip lining in Monteverde
The major draw of the zip lining and/or aerial tram tour in Monteverde is the plants and animals of the region, and the ability that the tour grants to see them from above. The climate of this famous cloud forest has resulted in it being an extremely diverse biome, home to over 100 species of mammals, over 400 species of birds, thousands of insect species, and about 2,500 species of plants. Monteverde also contains the largest number of orchids in the world.
Monkeys and Sloths
Manuel Antonio National Park is perhaps Costa Rica’s most famous wildlife viewing destination and rightly so. There are dozens of qualified guides who know every inch of the trails and also communicate with each other about the location of sleepy sloths (they rarely move very far during the day) and troops of monkeys. If you want the very best odds of seeing sloths or monkeys in the wild include Manuel Antonio in your vacation.
In Costa Rica, watching the sun make its dramatic, multicolored exit is a daily privilege and beloved ritual. In the northwest, pinks and purples explode across the sky as surfers paddle out for to catch the last wave of the day.