The Places in Costa Rica you'd never thought to Visit (But Really Should)
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The Places in Costa Rica you’d never thought to Visit (But Really Should)

Published on March 31, 2016 5:55 PM EST
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Costa Rica is not just a vacation destination; it’s an interactive sensory experience. The country has a wide array of environmental attractions such as river valleys, cloud forest, volcanoes, and hundreds of beaches along the Caribbean coasts and Pacific. It is also a country that full of exciting and thrilling activities such as surfing in some of the most famous surf spots in the world, kayaking, white water river rafting, down roaring rapids, floating through the jungle marsh, hiking around a volcano, strolling across high-up hanging bridges, horseback riding, rappelling down waterfalls, and zip lining.

Since there is so much to do and see here, a lot of people visit this beautiful country for the first time and start planning their next Costa Rica luxury vacations to explore more of this nature-rich, charming country. Whichever type of traveler you are, Costa Rica offers something for everyone.

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Montezuma is a town located in the southern part of Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula. It’s best known for its long stretch of white-sand beach, Playa Montezuma. While on the northeast side, a trail leads through a jungle and around coves to a popular surf beach spot, Playa Grande. Just near the beach, you’ll see a turtle sanctuary and hatchery called Romelia Wildlife Reserve.

One of the things that make Montezuma unique is it almost bohemian feel. This town is a vibrant community full of like-minded expats and locals. Adding to this, Montezuma has a great selection of restaurants serving food from all around the globe.

Rincon de la Vieja National Park

Ecological diversity is so rich at Rincon de la Vieja National Park, one of the parks in the Guanacaste Conservation Area. If you’re in the area of Guanacaste Province, this park is a must-visit destination. Yellowstone or Rotorua are the two places where you can visit in the area – like geothermal sites. In Las Pilas and Las Hornillas on the southern slope of the volcano inside the park you’ll surely enjoy the boiling hot mud springs, sulfur springs, fumaroles and steam vents which are overflowing in the area.

For a family, a picnic along the areas is also available to re-energize and rest before hitting the trails again. You can also spend the night at the campground located next to Pailas ranger station.

Cartago, Costa Rica

Cartago is the residential and commercial center, though the beauty of the surrounding mountains helps take the edge off modern life. Also in nearby commercial towns, you’ll notice functional concrete structures.

Drive northeast of Cartago and you’ll find the largest and highest active volcano of Costa Rica – Irazu. Its name came from the indigenous word ara-tzu which means “thunderpoint”. One of the best things to see here includes Turrialba for white water rafting that gives access to the tourists for both Pacuare and Reventazon rivers. If you’re looking for thrilling activities, this place is for you. Another highlight is the Irazu Volcano National Park, a place where you can hike and for an A-class bird-watching.

Chirripó National Park, Costa Rica

Chirripo National Park is one of Costa Rica’s national parks and is relatively reach by foot. The park boasts it well-maintained hiking trails that will take you through different ecological zones, from lowland tropical wet forest up to the subalpine wet forest, known as high moorland or paramo. It is open daily to the public from 5:00 am to 5:00 pm and public restrooms are also available. The admission fee is $18 per person.

Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica

Tortuguero National Park is situated on the northern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. It was created mainly to protect the endangered nesting sea turtles. Having located in the remote area, Tortuguero still one of the widest national parks in Costa Rica. Visitors can only reach the park by boat. Aside from the sea turtles, the park also gives essential habitat to numerous other species of wildlife. Tourists and visitors can witness sea turtles lay eggs after sundown when the turtles begin their arribadas. Due to its best effort in conservation, turtles have always made a huge comeback to Tortuguero National Park. Leatherbacks lay eggs from February to July that allows tourists to see the arribadas all year-round.

Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

From a rural coastal village, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica has blossomed into a thriving beach town in the past decade. It attracts visitors from all over the globe looking for an ultimate surf, sun and relaxing beach destination. With beautiful white sand beaches, huge surfing waves, and a laid-back vibe, visitors admired Santa Teresa that most of them never leave and stay too long and others build their dream vacation home in the hills.

For surfers or someone who just want to learn surfing, this place is perfect for you. This town is known for different beaks and a constant swell all year around.

Surfer – Jacó, Costa Rica

Located in the Puntarenas province of Costa Rica on the Central Pacific coast, Jaco is a resort town that features an impressive wildlife, marvelous mountains, best sand beaches, different sports activities and a laid-back vibe. This town is a perfect destination to spend a fun-filled and sporty holiday. It is known to the world as one of the best places to surf. Thousands of surfers of all levels visit Costa Rica every year. If you’re a beginner and willing to learn, Jaco in Puntarenas is a go-to place. The waves are ideal for beginners. 

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