Costa Rica is a nature lover’s dream. One of the first true eco-destinations, this tiny country gives you almost unlimited wildlife viewing and many other activities. Some travelers choose to spend a week in one place, but the more popular option is to spend a few nights in San Jose and then visit other areas so that you can enjoy all that Costa Rica has to offer such as Arenal, Tortuguero and Sarapiquie.
San Jose: San Jose is the capitol of Costa Rica. Visit the National Theatre, Central Park, the cathedral, Congress Building and Justice Court. Take a short drive to Sarchi, which is famous for hand-painted oxcarts. It is a great place to shop for souvenirs.
Central Valley Region: Home to the capital city of San Jose, this is a region of coffee plantations, rolling hills, towering volcanoes and rain forest reserves.
Tortuguero: Also called the “Amazon of Costa Rica,” for its unique eco-system, this remote area is a place for real nature enjoyment.
Arenal Volcano and Lake: There’s a lot to do and see in this area: hike over lava from the eruption in the 60’s, take a canopy tour, see Tabacon hot springs, horseback ride to La Fortuna waterfall, visit the Venado Caves and Cano Negras Biological Reserve.
Southern Pacific Coast: This is an area of popular beach spots full of action. The Manuel Antonio National Park is a lush blend of jungle and beaches.
Caribbean Coast: Home to Limon, this is a unique region of the country with beautiful palm-lined beaches, coral reefs, national parks and an Afro-Caribbean flavor.
Monteverde: Monteverde is famous for its cloud forests and incredible biodiversity. A highlight of the region is the famous Skywalk Canopy tour.
Guanacaste: The most popular beach area in the country. Home to Tamarindo. Guanacaste is blessed with hundreds of miles of pristine, sandy beaches.
Choose from a vareity of escorted tours, or hosted packages where you are on your own most of the time, but have a contact in the country to help you arrange excursions.