Klara Owens, a Social Media Journalist has traveled all over Costa Rica. She wanted to share her top 12 places to visit and see while studying abroad in Costa Rica. So far, her favorite beach has been Marino Ballena where she saw many dolphins and sea life.


Arenal, Baldi Hot Springs, La Fortuna
Experience the beauty of the natural world. A town called “La Fortuna” in Costa Rica, surrounds the country’s most active volcano. Nature permitting, it is possible to see a once in a life time show starring Arenal Volcano featuring smoke and lava.  Swim in natural hot springs found all around the area. Jump into the crystal clear water of La Fortuna waterfall for an unforgettable experience. arenal_volcano-la_fortuna_1Monteverde
Get lost in nature in the intense cloud forest of Monteverde. One of Costa Rica’s most beautiful attractions. Feel the fresh breeze, and listen to the sounds of natural world. A paradise for anyone looking for a unique experience in the forest. Zip lining, bungee jumping, swinging bridges, horseback riding, ATV-ing, and an unforgettable Tarzan swing are just some of the attractions the cloud forest has to offer.monteverde-3Manuel Antonio
One of the most precious beaches in Costa Rica. A national park located on the Central Pacific. Swim in warm clear water, or walk on the white sands all surrounded by lush vegetation. Take a walk in the park, and see monkeys, sloths, birds, and butterfly’s. Experience the beauty the “playa” has to offer.manuelantoniobeachTamarindo
A beautiful tourist beach on the Pacific Coast. An ideal place to swim, and take long walks on the beach. Guaranteed to experience a beautiful sunset. Tamarindo is a perfect mix of natural tranquillity and exciting nightlife.TamarindoPuerto Viejo
A unique town on the Caribbean coast near Limon.  This city is the capital of the Afro-Caribbean culture in Costa Rica. A must see city in Costa Rica for anyone who loves culture and a beautiful beach.puerto_viejo_boatMarino Ballena
The word ¨preciosa¨ doesn´t even begin to describe this beautiful beach and National Park located on the Pacific coast. This beach is home to one of the most biologically diverse marine habitats in Costa Rica. Crystal clear waters make it easy to capture the beauty of dolphins and whales in their natural habitat. urlMontezuma
Montezuma has a small population with tropical Costa Rican customs. On the northern side of the town, you will find beautiful beaches with crystal clear water and separate beaches perfect for surfing. In the south, you will see rocky beaches and a beautiful waterfall.waterfall-at-montezumaIsla Tortuga
Called the “Amazon of Costa Rica” it is located in Tortuguero National Reserve. Its channels, rivers, and beaches create a perfect scenario to witness one of the most amazing spectacles of nature: the Green turtle laying its eggs.islatortuga3Volcan Poas
This is one of the most spectacular volcanoes in the country. The crater, which is 1Km. in diameter and 314 meters deep, is one of the largest in the world.Volcan_Poas_GrandLa Paz Waterfalls
Costa Rica’s most visited Natural Park and wildlife reserve. Features five waterfalls, a cloud forest and a rain forest, beautiful hiking trails and exciting wild life.lapazTortuguero
A one of a kind experience in Costa Rica. This national park, which is impossible to get to by land, is one of the most preserved places for turtles to lay their eggs. Watch the newly hatched turtles race towards sea, or take a boat tour along the rivers in Tortuguero to see all that nature has to offer.tortuguero-2Volcan Irazu
One of the active volcanoes closest to the country’s capital, located only one and a half hours from San Jose. In the surrounding areas, you will encounter the Orosi valley, one of the richest agricultural zones in Costa Rica generated by the volcanic ash and smoke.irazu-volcano-crater

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