Rich in tropical forest, perfect beaches and smoking volcanoes, Costa Rica is the ultimate adventure playground. Paired with its abundance of wildlife and friendly locals, it’s no wonder the country lives by the essence of ‘Pura Vida’ (Pure life). Located in the heart of Central America, this compact country has a wealth of things to see and do. With its world-class infrastructure, luxury accommodation and relatively small size, a holiday to Costa Rica ticks all the boxes- from family fun to romantic getaways, this superlative country has it all.
As one of the most bio-diverse countries on the planet, Costa Rica is the green jewel of Central America. Teeming with awe-inspiring scenery and natural wonders, this tiny coffee-growing republic offers a dizzying array of holiday attractions. Until you have encountered sloths lazing in the trees, looked deep inside the crater of an active volcano, experienced white-water rafting on adrenaline-charged rapids and whizzed across the jungle on a canopy zip line, you have not really captured its soul.
For those with a zest for pura vida, this pristine wilderness boasts 8,000 species of plants (including 1,500 varieties of orchids), 850 recorded bird species and over 200 species of mammals, accounting for around 5% of the world’s biodiversity. Home to the elusive jaguar, the playful kinkajou and coy tapir, searching for wildlife amid the thick green jungle or in a kayak through the swampy mangroves is a remarkable experience. Costa Rica’s most remote spot is the Osa Peninsula, where the shining star is Corcovado National Park. Hailed as ‘the most biologically intense place on the planet’, this untouched area of Costa Rica is completely raw, thick with dense green jungle and bursting with wildlife. Other wildlife-rich gems include Manuel Antonio National Park, Monteverde Cloud-Forest Reserve, Tortuguero National Park, and Tirimbina Rainforest Centre.
To see the cosmopolitan face of Costa Rica, venture to its capital, San José. Book a night at the opera at the extravagant 19th century neo-Baroque Teatro Nacional, visit Museo Nacional for fascinating archaeological displays, and don’t miss Museo de Oro Precolumbino to see that all that glitters is pre-Columbian gold. Surrounding the capital city lays the Central Valley, a lush green area full of picturesque highland villages, fertile valleys and jagged mountains. Home to a number of National Parks, active volcanoes and world-class rapids the Central Valley is packed with outdoor adventures and may even rival the adventure capital of the country that is Arenal.
Home to more than 600 miles of unspoiled tropical beaches, which span two contrasting coasts - the Pacific and Caribbean – beach holidays here are as varied as you can get. From wild-jungle fringed to sugary-white, coral reefs and turtle nesting, Costa Rica has it all. Surf at Pavones, swim in sapphire waters at Montezuma, and soak up the laid back Caribbean vibe in Puerto Viejo.
Costa Rica is the perfect destination for those looking for a mix of nature, adventure and beach relaxation. Revered for its natural splendour, peaceful democracy and sustainable practices to keep the country protected; holidays to this part of the world offer a unique and unmatched experience.
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