Costa Rica (or Rich Coast in English) is the most popular tourist destination in Central America, averaging over 3 million tourists annually. The beautiful natural scenery and low crime rate attract tourists from all over the globe; not only that, Costa Rica’s approach toward eco-tourism and conservation is paving the way for other tourist-centric economies the minimize the impacts of tourism on the natural environment.
Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa
Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa is a thermal spring located in the Alajuela Province, North Costa Rica and a short distance from the Arenal Volcano National park (see further down the list). The Source Tabacon resort’s unique temperate waters are the geothermal hotspots located around the currently dormant volcano. These magnificent tranquil rich waters pass into no fewer than 20 secluded thermal pools and cascade down countless miniature waterfalls. Tabacon is an expensive place to visit, but, in our opinion, well worth the associated price tag.
The Arenal Volcano National Park
The Arenal Volcano National Park is characterized by the well-known cone-shaped volcano that sits within its boundaries. The volcano became dormant around seven years ago, so there is a negligible chance of an eruption. As is often the case, volcanic areas have the most biodiverse wildlife due to mineral-rich soil and water; the Arenal Volcano National Park is certainly no exception to this! The park is full of magical creatures, including monkeys, sloths, butterflies, and many more.
Costa Rican Beaches
Costa Rica is home to some of the most spectacular coastline globally, with over 800 miles of pristine coastline and 300 enchanting beaches at your disposal! The Pacific side of the island is a surfer’s dream, with endless perfect beach breaks and magnificent resorts. Conversely, the Caribbean side offers a quieter, more tranquil setting and is generally preferred by the locals.
The Jaguar Rescue Center
“The Jaguar Rescue Center is a temporary or permanent home for ill, injured and orphaned animals.” Contrary to its name, the Jaguar rescue centre works with numerous animal species, including monkeys, anteaters and turtles. Through tours and education, the rescue centre conveys its love for animals. It is a real example of how Costa Rica is leading the world in sustainable tourism and the conservation of animal life.
The Wilson Botanical Gardens
the Wilson Botanical Gardens are yet another demonstration of Costa Rica’s conservation efforts. The world-renowned gardens are the basis of many biological academic studies and are, unsurprisingly, home to thousands of native plant species and majestic birds, butterflies, and other mammals. You can go animal spotting/explore the forests via a network of well-maintained trails littered in the park.
The Monteverde Cloud Forest
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, or simply the Cloud forest, is a Costa Rican reserve located along the Cordillera de Tilarán within the Puntarenas and Alajuela provinces. The reserve is home to a wealth of wildlife and plant species that you can enjoy at your own pace via the relaxing skywalk or with a quick hit of adrenaline on the ziplines!
Bonus: seasonal turtle hatching
Visiting Costa Rica between March and November improves your chance of catching a glimpse of these majestic creatures.
Travel top tips
- Rent a car (4×4 if you can) – public transport is not ideal, especially when visiting some “off the beaten track” destinations.
- We would recommend that you try to avoid October (rain month)
- Costa Rica is located very near the equator, which means that it is humid and prone to heavy rain showers. Be prepared and always carry waterproof clothing.