Mother Nature was obviously feeling generous when it came to Costa Rica...
This tiny country is bestowed with impressive biodiversity and awesome landscapes. Nestled between Panama and Nicaragua on the narrow bridge of land connecting North and South America, Costa Rica is blessed with not one, but two beautiful coastlines - the wilder Pacific shoreline drawing both surfers and humpback whales alike and the Caribbean coast with gentle waters, golden beaches and nesting turtles. The country’s lush, tropical interior beckons wildlife enthusiasts and thrill-seekers alike, with birdwatching, white-water rafting and zip lining, whilst coffee aficionados can enjoy bean to cup brews with a view in the cooler climes of Costa Rica’s Central Highlands.
Top three things to do in Costa Rica
There are many wonderful experiences to be had in this little jewel of a country. For further inspiration take a look at the trip ideas put together by our trusted local experts at the foot of this page, but in the meantime here are our top three things to do in Costa Rica.
Walk amongst volcanoes...
Costa Rica’s verdant interior is studded with volcanoes, and while the majority lie dormant, a few can get a little feisty at times. The mighty Poás Volcano in the Central Valley is one of the largest active volcanoes in the world at over 2,700m. To the north, the imposing Arenal Volcano lords it over bucolic pastures and national parkland. Despite its current sleeping state, Arenal’s fiery heart is still close enough to the surface to create some of Costa Rica’s most blissful thermal hot springs - don’t miss a dip!
Wake up to Costa Rican coffee
If sipping a cup of freshly brewed Arabica is a daily ritual for you, then exploring the process from plant to cup is a fascinating experience. Amidst cloud forests and sleepy villages, you’ll find small-scale coffee ‘fincas’, many of them organic, offering insightful guided tours. These coffee farms often cultivate tropical fruits too, such as pineapple, passion fruit and papaya… that’s breakfast sorted.
Quetzals, macaws, toucans, heron, hawk and hummingbird – these are just a few of our feathered friends that you might encounter while birdwatching in Costa Rica. The country welcomes a staggering 10% of the entire world’s bird species to its forests and fields, so it’s fair to say this is a birder’s paradise. Add to that a cornucopia of other flora and fauna, from butterflies and tree frogs to bromeliads and sloth.
Tailor-made holiday ideas for Costa Rica
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