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Costa Rica is a country filled with beautiful beaches, delicious local fruits, and so much nature it’s kinda crazy.
So where exactly is Costa Rica?
Costa Rica is located in Central America, between Nicaragua and Panama. It borders the Caribbean Sea (to the east) and the Pacific Ocean (to the west).
Tortuguero National Park
Despite it’s remote location, Tortuguero National Park is the third-most visited park in Costa Rica, which can only be reached by airplane or boat. It encompasses 11 different habitats, including lagoons, beaches, swamps, rainforest, and mangrove forests. The park has over 20 miles of coastline, providing sea turtles a protected place to safely lay their eggs. Be prepared for lots of rain and harsh humidity, as the park receives about 250 inches of rain a year.
Manuel Antonio National Park
Manuel Antonio is the best of both world’s: beach and rainforest. Over 270 species of birds can be found here, all with colors bursting on each feather. Monkeys are also hanging around the forest as well, including White-Faced Capuchin Monkeys, Squirrel Monkeys, and Mantled Howler Monkeys! Watch out for large poisonous snakes that are camouflaged with the branches, and look out for big iguanas! The beach is gorgeous, with warm blue water, white mineral free sand.
Monteverde is considered a major ecotourism destination in Costa Rica, with it’s main attraction being the Cloud Forest Reserve. The area rests about 4,600 feet above sea making, making Monteverde misty, humid, and windy. It’s annual temperature is 64°F, with annual rainfall around 118 inches. Talk about a lot of rain! The humidity oscillates between 74% and 97% >> definitely not great for the hair! Ready for some adventure?! Go zip-lining on the cloud forest and/or walk on the hanging bridge!
Take Surfing Lessons
The surf is great all around Costa Rica, and being less crowded than the beaches of Sydney, Hawaii, or Southern California, one shouldn’t miss this area!
Costa Rica’s capital and the nation’s largest city, San Jose is almost entirely European influenced. Being the most important working area of the country, more than one million people flock to San Jose on a daily basis. Although problems exist, it is still one of the safest and least violent cities in the region. There are numerous theatres, museums, and park plazas to check out.
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
A large waterfall awaits, with a short path leading behind. A hotel and park can be found upstream from the waterfalls, where visitors can observe many different species of local wildlife.
This town is located in Costa Rica’s warmest region, in the province of Limon. Puerto Viejo is known for its beaches and great surfing conditions. Surfers show up every year to try and master Salsa Brava, the country’s most powerful wave.
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