Costa Rica, a small country in Central America, is renowned for its rich bio-diversity. This country boasts one of the greatest varieties of plant and animal on the world. It is not only a vacation destination rather it is more than that. There are majestic volcanoes, amazing river valleys, misty cloud forests and hundreds of beaches along the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. Costa Rica has something to please everyone from adventure activities, wildlife encounters, surfing, Yoga retreats to bird watching. There are plenty of excellent reasons to visit glorious, beautiful, unexpected, charming country. Here goes 10 reasons you should visit Costa Rica:
People who are thrill-seeker, they will find plenty of options in Costa Rica. This country is an adventure lover’s dream destination. Many adventure activities offer a fun adrenaline rush as well as great opportunities to enjoy watching the beautiful landscape. You can enjoy flying over the jungle canopy, zooming through muddy roads on an ATV, whitewater rafting on world class rapids, kayaking, scuba diving, sky diving, horseback riding and many more.
With almost 1,000 miles of coastline, Costa Rica has some lovely beaches that rank among the best in the world. People who want to enjoy tranquil time, they will like the soft sands for lazing on. Crystal clear waters are safe for enjoying swimming. There you can enjoy a variety of water sports like surfing, diving and snorkeling. If you choose Caribbean side, you will enjoy the delights of beaches lined with swaying coconut palms like, Cahuita, Manzanillo, Puerto Viejo and Gandoca. If you choose Pacific coast, you will fin Jaco beach that is one of the party destination of the country. Sand of the beaches can vary from white, black, or brown coloration. You will find some beaches are full of shells or scattered with rocks and some others are soft with fluffy fine sand. Some beaches are ideal for swimming and some are perfect for surfing.
Costa Rica is staggeringly diverse and it represents barely 0.3% of the earth’s total surface area and houses 5% of the global biodiversity. 4% of the world’s total species are live in this small country. Thirteen thousands plant species, about 870 types of bird species, 163 varieties of amphibians, 1600 species of fresh and salt-water fish, 220 types of reptiles, and 2,000 moth and 4,500 butterfly species are founded here. Around 25% of the country’s land area is in protected national parks and protected areas. Among ecologists Corcovado National Park, is internationally renowned for its biodiversity. Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve has about 2,000 plant species and is home to 400 types of birds and more than 100 species of mammals. 320 species of birds, howler and white-throated capuchin monkeys, the three-toed sloth and two-toed sloth and a variety of reptiles are founded in Tortuguero National Park.
Just like the natural beauty, the culture and people of Costa Rica are also beautiful. In its capital, San Jose, half of the population lives. In this city you will find much of the country’s heritage including major monuments, museums, major churches, universities and many more. Costa Rica’s most important archaeological site, Guayabo National Monument features a 700-year old aqueduct that is still functional. You can also visit Museum of Popular Culture in the city of Heredia. The national religion is Catholicism as determined by the constitution of 1949.
Costa Rica has its own tastes like any other country. Costa Rican food is perfect for anyone with special dietary needs. In this country bread is usually made from cornmeal instead of flour. Black beans and rice are the staple of most diets. A sauce called Lizano Salsa is used for a lot of its main dishes. Costa Rica is also a huge grower of bananas, coffee and chocolate. You can visit Quepos and enjoy a tour at Villa Vanilla farms where you can get opportunity to see the process of making chocolate as well as pepper, vanilla, cinnamon and more. In Costa Rica you will also find an abundance of unique crops that are rare in many other parts of the world.
Tropical Rainforests are often referred to as “jewels of the earth.” In Costa Rica there are humid, tropical rainforests and misty, cool cloud forests that are home to two-thirds of all living animal and plant species on the planet. There are numerous destinations have rainforest walking trails. With the help of a local naturalist guide you can enjoy discovering the magnificent world within.
In Costa Rica, there are five listed active volcanoes and 200+ volcanic formations. These volcanoes make the soil fertile and helps makeing it lush and full of lie. The volcanoes and the surrounding areas are renowned for many adventure activities and also for camping. Arenal volcano, which is over 5,500 feet tall, is nestled in the Northern zone of Costa Rica. Several national parks in Costa Rica, are on the Pacific Ring of Fire, feature a volcano as the main attraction. The tallest volcano of the country is Irazu that towers 11,259 feet above sea level and is also very active. Poas Volcano National Park is the country’s most visited national park.
Costa Rican are blessed with almost perfect weather all year round. This tropical country has two distinct season-dry and wet. Dry season is the best time to enjoy a vacation in Costa Rica. This season lasts from December to May and it is ideally sunny and hot little to no showers. With thundering showers the rainy season is from May to November. During this season the prices are lower and the rain allows the hot temperatures to cool during day and night at ideal for those who prefer rain.
In Costa Rica there are critters and animals. If you walk through rainforest trails, you will get the opportunity to spot sloth, howler monkeys, white-faced monkeys, many types of reptiles and amphibians, huge spiders, venomous and non-venomous snakes and also glass frogs. You can also go for night walk and find the wild animals that only come out at night. Costa Rica is also a Paradise for the bird watchers as there are over 812 different species of colorful birds. You can also go for witnessing thousands of turtles come out from the ocean to lay their eggs in the sand.
Costa Rica is a great place for enjoying Yoga vacation. There are many Yoga retreat centers that offers Yoga sessions, workshops, Yoga teacher training programs. Many of the centers also offers Yoga packages including comfortable accommodation facilities, meals, tours and activities. Some yoga centers also offers volunteer projects that will make your vacation more enjoyable. Some centers are nestled close to the beach and some are set in mountain in a natural setting. Some of the centers also offers Surfing sessions with Yoga. You can take any Yoga lesson and find yourself refreshed, rejuvenated and energetic.