Tourist Attractions in Costa Rica

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In land mass, Costa Rica might be a small country but it possesses some of the most diverse geography on the planet. Known as the ‘Switzerland of Central America’, this country has a lot of tourist attractions that attract many tourists each year from all around the world. In this country you will find dry forests, volcanoes, mountains, wetlands and cloud forests that make this country just like a paradise for the tourists. There are also many places that encompass and epitomize the historic and cultural essence of the country. Here goes some of the tourist attractions in Costa Rica:

San Jose:

Many tourists usually land in San Jose but few of them stays longer in this town. Surrounded by lush green valleys and mountains, this modern city also offers plenty to explore and enjoy. In this capital and large city you can enjoy shopping, dining, nightlife, arts and culture. This city also features some of the country’s most fascinating museums. It occupies a plateau in the country’s geographical center and is the base from where you can go for exploring the other places of Costa Rica.

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Chirripo National Park:

Located in Chirripo National Park, Cerro Chirripo is the highest peak in Central America. Just south of San Jose, this place is another tourist attraction in Costa Rica. If you hike on a clear day, you can enjoy watching the amazing view of both the Pacific and Caribbean Ocean from the mountains tallest peak. The park and the mountain encompasses five different ecosystems including the rare paramo system and this is why this place attract many scientists and researchers. If you are an adventure lover and fearless hikers, you can visit the most remote areas of the parks. There is Savannah of the Lions, where a large puma population resides.  This park only allows the hikers with guides to in and aims to remain untouched by the tourists.


Located between Jaco and Tamarindo, Montazuma is another attraction for the tourists in Costa Rica. Populated by a creative and expat community, the village has many restaurants where you can enjoy organic or vegetarian plates. With a short hike from the town, you can reach to the three waterfalls among which the tallest waterfall is over 100 feet tall. Along with nearby beach towns Santa Teresa and Mal Pais, Montezuma is considered a surfer’s paradise. Within a 30 minute walk distance north of the town, along the coastline, you will reach Playa Grande that is a sandy secluded beach.

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca:

This place is the epitome of Afro-Caribbean culture. In the surrounding area you will find restaurants that serve fresh fish and there are some beachfront bars where you can enjoy your favorite drink as well as amazing beach view. This area attract many tourists each year and now it is overrun with tourists. Situated a few minutes walking distance from the downtown Puerto Viejo, Rocking J’s Hostel is ideal for the budget travelers. This hostel is a large open area full of hammocks and also featured with a few private rooms and tents.

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