Great places for nature-enthusiasts in Costa Rica


Situated between two oceans and two continents, Costa Rica boasts private reserves and natural parks that cover a quarter of the country and the most highly concentrated biodiversity on the planet. Nature-enthusiasts who are ready to unplug and enjoy some of the most diverse habitat, rare birds, plants and nesting turtles, they will find Costa Rica a perfect destination. In each of the region of this country you will discover unique habitats and ecosystems that support a wide range of species. Costa Rica has a lot to offer for everyone. It is a perfect destination for those who want to appreciate hiking through the forest and also for travelers hoping to spot monkeys in the canopy, spot rare colorful birds tending to their nests, or see enormous whales breaching the surface of the Pacific. Here goes some of the great places for nature-enthusiasts in Costa Rica:


Arenal Volcano is one of the most notable natural features in Costa Rica. Resides within the 29,960-acre Arenal Volcano National Park, it produces massive explosions, ash columns and streamers of glowing molten rock almost daily since 1968. In the surrounding area you will find romantic restaurants, luxurious hotels, man’s recreation of the Garden of Eden, Tabacón Hot Springs and many more. In 2010 the eruptions of the volcano have paused but it is still an amazing sight rising above the rainforest that surrounds its base and the skyline with near symmetry is also framed by the Arenal. In the surrounding area you can enjoy whitewater rafting, hiking, waterfall rappelling and also canopy tours and can visit the friendly town of La Fortuna.


Monteverde is an ecotourism hot spot. With its cool, misty cloudforest and deep green foliage this area home to a string of volcanoes, both active and dormant, beautiful national parks. Nature lovers will enjoy walking around in the early morning and listening the bird singing, towering trees hung heavy in the broad bromeliads, flowering orchids, and hanging moss and vines. In the Monteverde and Santa Elena you can enjoy a variety of activities such as canopy tours. During this tour while swinging from treetop to treetop while hanging from a skinny cable you will also enjoy watching amazing beauty of the surrounding area.

Manuel Antonio:

Manuel Antonio is one of the original ecotourism destinations. Located near Quepos on the central Pacific coast, this area is renowned for its monkeys. There are a lot of monkeys in the national park of the area and even spot the endangered squirrel monkeys. It is also popular as a coconut-filled paradise. Nature lovers will love the views across the bay to the pristine outer islands and also love to visit the beaches with the perfect crescents of soft, white sand.


Corcovado National Park is famously labeled as ‘the most biologically intense place on earth’ by the National Geographic. In this park Costa Rica’s largest population of scarlet macaws are recorded. This park is also home to countless other endangered species, including Baird’s tapir, the giant anteater and also the largest bird of prey, the harpy eagle.


Located in the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, Montezuma is a perfect travel destination, especially for those who want to avoid mega resorts and traffic. Here one can enjoy an unforgettable beach trip as well as a postcard-like jungle beach experience. Montezuma is called as ‘Montefuma’ by the locals. It is a laid-back, budget beach town boasting a chill atmosphere and beautiful beaches. Nature lovers who want to enjoy watching the beauty of the southern part of the Peninsula de Nicoya, they will find this beach town as a perfect base. This area offers a perfect thick blend of ethnicity, culture and flavor.


Jaco is one of the country’s most developing cities in Costa Rica. Playa Jaco is the closest beach to San Jose. Nature lovers and surf lovers will find this area a perfect place for enjoying a memorable vacation. In this area you will find restaurants, bars, bar, post office and many more. There are national parks and reserves where you can enjoy exploring amazing natural beauty and also enjoy a variety of adventure and fun activities.

Cahuita and Puerto Viejo:

People who are seeking a place to spend a few days of easy living close to the nature, they can visit Cahuita. In this small village you can see everything by walking around. You can visit the Playa Negra beach, a black sand beach absolutely perfect for lounging or enjoy a leisurely swim. You can also go to the Cahuita National Park that has a white-sand beach inside. Located in the province of Limon, Puerto Viejo is a small coastal town. With its white-sand beaches and exotic flora and fauna, Puerto Viejo is a melting point of several Costa Rican cultural influences. It is just an ideal location for laying back and enjoying the sights, sounds, and tastes of Costa Rica.


Tortuguero, a secluded island, is situated in an isolated part of Costa Rica. There are no roads leading to this area and it can only be reached by boat from the town of Moin found near the port town of Limon. Nature lovers will love to visit the Tortuguero National Park that is one of the most varied parks boasting high rainforests to marshy lands. There are also wide open canals where you can spot crocodiles. At night you can visit the nesting beaches with the help of a guide and enjoy watching the turtles laying eggs or eggs hatching.


Dominical, a chilled-out beach town, is situated about 27 mi (44 km) south of Quepos. In this area you will enjoy watching a scenic landscape full of small coves for truly precious views. Playa Dominical is just like a paradise for the surfers. Not only the surfers but also the nature lovers will love to spend some tranquil time at the beach and watching the beautiful sunset as well as listening the sound of the waves. Surrounded by plantations, estuaries, mangroves and marshes, this laid back beach town is an ideal location for enjoying a memorable vacation.


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