Photo by : Melissa M. King

Costa Rica is home to such a diverse population of wildlife and unique places to explore. It would be very difficult to fit all the activities in a short trip to the country. Though it won’t make it any easier to decide which places to visit. I have listed seven popular destinations and activities for Costa Rica.

  1. San Jose

You could visit the Museo de Oro Precolombiano also known as the Gold Museum. There are over 1600 artifacts dated 500AD to 1500AD.

Also the Museo del Jade is another option.

  1. Arenal Volcano

You could take a dip in the many hot springs Arenal has to offer, go canyoning and repelling down waterfalls, and even visit the La Fortuna waterfall and river.

  1. Monteverde

Famous for their cloud forests, nature, hanging bridges, and zip lining. You could even go on a coffee tour or visit the Cheese Factory.

  1. Rio Celeste

Located in the rainforest of Tenorio Volcano National Park, this bright blue river is surrounded by things such as hot springs, a blue lagoon, and even a magnificent bright blue waterfall.

  1. Manuel Antonio

Located on the central Pacific, there is so much to do here and abundant wildlife to observe. You can visit the beach, or go on the various tours for snorkeling, fishing, scuba diving, or even tour the mangroves as a ride along. You can enjoy nature in the canopy tours, go horseback riding, river rafting, and so much more.

  1. Nicoya Peninsula

Enjoy bioluminescent views on the southern end of the Nicoya Peninsula at Playa Organos, Hotel Vista Las Islas offers a night tour on the river.

  1. Puerto Viejo

On the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica you can enjoy the unique cultural lure, wildlife, and white sand beaches all with proximity to national parks and refuges.


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