Costa Rica is a dream holiday destination for many. With so many things to see and do, there is hardly ever going to be a time when you feel bored or lulled by its laidback pace. But if you need a head start to plan an ultimate holiday, then this article will share some exciting things to do while you are there.So read on to learn more about Costa Rica and its treasures.
Explore your love for nature
Costa Rica is one of the leading ecotourism destinations with as many as 6% of the world’s plants and animals. The beauty of this country lies in its national parks and reserves that cover 27% of its landmass. Therefore, all the tourist activities are carefully carried out to so as to avoid disturbing the environment. From eco-friendly lodges to minimal carbon foot print, the tourism industry ensures that they maintain its sustainable ethos.
Feel young again at the Nicoya Peninsula
Nicoya Peninsula is famed to be a hip and fun destination for travellers who want to enjoy the youthful vibe of this place. You can either enjoy its shack-styled bars or stay in its youngish accommodations. You can also experience the joys of snorkelling as well as scuba diving in its pristine beaches located at the tip of this peninsula.
Explore the volcanos
Costa Rica has many volcanos with only a few active ones. The most popular one is Arenal volcano and the surrounding national park that offers hiking options into the woods. You can also go biking on level trails surrounding the volcano’s base. When you are exploring the area, there is a good chance to see parrots, tanagers, and toucans. Other attractions in this area include La Fortuna Waterfall and a man-made lagoon, Lake Arenal, surrounded by small lakes.
Horse around Liberia
The Costa Rican capital, Liberia, is home to the sabanero culture. Tourism is one of the biggest industries in the region with plenty of ranches located in the surrounding savannah. This is the best place to take horse ride as you watch the wildlife, explore the orchids, meet more than 300 species of birds, spot sloths, spider monkeys, and even jaguars.
Enjoy some fun water activities
Caño Island is one of the best places for Inshore Fishing in Costa Rica. You can also enjoy the best snorkelling and scuba diving experience in the warm and clear waters of Pacific Ocean. The underwater world is perfect to touch and feel as many as 15 different species of coral. That’s not all. You can also go fishing in the water and spot some wide range of water mammals including turtles, small sharks and more. If you take a boat ride away from the mainland, you may even be able to see dolphins and humpback whales.
See the Sea Turtles at Tortuguero Canals
Tortugueo is located on the eastern coast of Costa Rica that can only be accessed by a boat. Due to very little technological advancement in the region, it is one of the best places to witness with the wildlife, especially sea turtles. From caimans to manatees and crocodiles, there are all kinds of animals in the region that quietly coexist without human intervention.
Meet with the country’s sloths
While one can spot an occasional jaguar and an elusive red eyed tree frog, the star of the country’s wildlife is its sloths. The two-fingered and three-fingered sloths are mainly found in the region. They are strictly vegetarian and are super selective about what they eat. According to research, they can eat as many as 96 species of plants but usually have 5-6 favourites that they munch on. You will love seeing these sloths living peacefully in their natural habitat, unbeknownst of people who come especially to see them.
Experience the rich biodiversity of Monteverde
The Montverde Cloud Forest Reserve is unbelievably unexplored and has a rich variety of rare flora and fauna in its ecological zones. Apart from attracting tourists from all over the world, there is also a healthy amount of educational tourism encouraged by the local biologists and ecologists. There are also many study programs where students from abroad come to study the local environment to understand its social and economic challenges and help the community to overcome them.
As you can see, Costa Rica is such a fine mix of variety of experiences that makes it one of the most sought after travel destinations in the world. With its wide range of activities and experiences, all kinds of tourists can enjoy its beautiful offerings. So if you are planning to travel to this part of Latin America, then make sure to include some of these activities if not all.