If you’re planning a trip to Costa Rica, you’re probably already aware that when it comes to things to see and do, this country has an abundance of choices. It would take months, perhaps years to fully explore Costa Rica, therefore, if you’re planning a vacation of a few weeks or so, having an itinerary planned out will help to ensure that you don’t miss out on any of the main must-see attractions. We’ve listed some of the most popular and essential attractions in Costa Rica that all tourists to the area should put on their list.
Although the regular eruptions came to an end back in 2010, volcano Arenal is still classed as an active volcano and if you’re lucky, you may be able to see it erupt every now and then whilst you’re in Costa Rica. One of the most impressive attractions boasted by the country, it’s no surprise that thousands of tourists flock to the area each day to see the volcano and the equally impressive natural hot springs in the region. Close by to many villa rentals and hotels, the volcano is located in a national park and there’s much more to it than meets the eye!
Parque Nacional Tortuguero
One of the most unrivalled eco-destinations in Costa Rica, Parque Nacional Tortuguero consists of an elaborate canal network, winding its way through coastal wetlands and stunning tropical jungles. Explore the canal networks, and the jungle, from the comfort and safety of your own canoe. Along with the stunning vegetation, you’ll also be able to look for hidden wildlife as you paddle along.
When it comes to beaches, Costa Rica has an abundance of white, sandy shores to offer. However, any serious beach lover visiting this country must make the time to visit Playa Samara, one of the most picture-perfect beaches in Costa Rica. A gorgeous strip of white sand which lies between gentle, clear turquoise seas and on the other side a string of trendy cafes and restaurants, Samara is both peaceful and sophisticated, making it the perfect destination for travelers who are hoping to find some peace, tranquility and quiet.
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is a fun and vibrant destination where you’ll be able to feast on tasty, traditional Caribbean foods such as jerk chicken and coconut rice, whilst spending your evenings dancing the night away to reggae beats. Known as ‘the other Costa Rica’ where English is spoken more widely than Spanish and Afro-Caribbean culture thrives, anyone interested in learning first hand about Rastafarian culture must visit this place. Otherwise, it’s definitely one of the most fun places on the island to visit and a must-do for foodies!
Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio
Lastly, the Manuel Antonio National Park is one of the most popular in Costa Rica and home to many activities and sights. When you enter the park, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a tourist brochure, with stunning landscapes, palm-fringed shores, and monkeys swinging through the tress overhead!
There are hundreds of things to do and see in Costa Rica, but these five are essentials!