Tucked between Panama and Nicaragua and surrounded by the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, the Republic of Costa Rica prides itself with its impeccable geographical location, which is one of the main reasons why this rugged, rainforest-covered country is deserving of its name – the Rich Coast. With approximately fourth of the country covered with protective jungles and rainforests, inhabited by an immense number of animal and plant species, it is said that Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse areas in the whole world. Let’s see what are the hidden wonders of Costa Rica.
When to Go?
Being located between 8 and 12 degrees north of Equator, Costa Rica is a country with tropical climate throughout the year. The year is divided into two periods: the dry season or summer which lasts from December to April and the rainy season or typically known as winter, which is from May to November. The average temperature throughout the year is between 20˚C and 28˚C, so there’s never actually a bad time to go. Of course, the precipitation and humidity levels might be slightly elevated in comparison to some other tropical areas, so most people decide on exploring Costa Rica during its dry season.
What to See?
Don’t let the size of this country fool you, because Costa Rica offers plenty of attractions and destinations worth seeing. If you’re willing to experience the ravishing blend of Mesoamerican and South American cultures, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the capital San Jose and one of its many cultural establishments such as the National Museum, Jade Museum or the Teatro Nacional Costa Rica. If you decide to head to the north of the country, you might be lucky to catch a glimpse of the spewing lava from the active Arenal Volcano and pass through the National Park to reach the waterfalls and rainforests in the humble city of La Fortuna. If you decide to continue your journey and reach Guanacaste, remember that this province hides some of the most mesmerizing beaches in the country. The calm waters of Playa Blanca will surely dazzle you, while the coral reefs and white-sand beaches of Playa Samara will provide a tranquil place for relaxation. Don’t forget to explore one of the country’s greatest attractions – the cloud forest of Monteverde and the magnificent Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio.
What to Do?
While Costa Rican natural splendors are rather sensational, another great thing about this country is that it provides quite a number of adventure activities to keep you occupied. If you’re looking for an active holiday, don’t hesitate to go rafting, kayaking, rappelling, surfing or even cross the jungles on a zip line. Of course, for a gentler approach, you can always try hiking and trekking through national parks, watching turtles nest, snorkeling and observing marine wildlife. Horseback riding on the coast, birdwatching and coffee tours are also quite popular in Costa Rica, but you surely won’t regret indulging in Costa Rican nightlife after a long day of exploring.
Where to Stay?
Being a predominately agricultural country, this Central American country is known for its eco-tourism, agronomy and its charming hamlets and settlements. The rustic appeal of its eco-lodges will surely enchant you and provide with necessary peace and quiet. Of course, because of its favorable reputation, there are many properties you can rent or buy in Costa Rica, that you can later use as a getaway lodge or even a home when you decide to retire and decide to live a pura vida.
The moment you set your foot on the ground of this Central American country, you will learn that its enthralling natural life, multitude of captivating destinations and its tropical climate all year round, are simply waiting to be explored. Dive into the paradise of Costa Rica and learn why it’s called the happiest place on earth.