3 Spots to Visit on Your First Visit to Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a country that is filled with lots of beautiful touristic places that you can visit when you are on a family vacation, a honeymoon or a trip with friends. That is why it is very hard to try to see them all in one trip so I decided to make a list of the 3 best areas that you can’t miss. This route is most popular if you are flying into San Jose International Airport.

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Arenal

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The natural beauty of the Arenal area is perfect for relaxation and enjoyment. You will find Arenal in the northern region of Costa Rica. This is the perfect place to take pleasure in one of its many hot springs at the base of Arenal Volcano while delighting yourself with an amazing lava show almost every night. All of these of course at a safe distance.

Here is where you will find the famous Arenal Volcano. It is one of the top 10 most active volcanoes in the world and rises 1,633 meters above sea level. It has been active since 1968. This beautiful volcano is situated at the end of La Fortuna town. You will also find in Arenal the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge.

There is a huge amount of adventure tours available in the area some are: canopy tours, hiking, naturally heated thermal springs, canyoneering, caving and plenty of wildlife spotting.

Monteverde

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Monteverde is the only place in Costa Rica where all the parks are privately endorsed and protected. Here you will be able to experience its rich biodiversity of the cloud forests, living museums, canopy tours and Spanish schools.

This place is full of nature, educational and living museums such as butterfly gardens, frog ponds and serpentaruims. But for the adventurous traveler there’s canopy and hiking. As a matter of fact this is where the first canopy was built, along with hanging bridges high overlooking the cloud forest.

In Monteverde you can visit the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve which is the largest privately owned reserve or the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. In them you will find more than 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds including 30 species of hummingbirds, 5000 species of moths, 2500 species of plants and over 500 species of orchids.

Manuel Antonio

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Do you want adventure, sun, crystal clear waters, restaurants to satiate all palates, luxury hotels and spas, and relaxation? Well you’ve come to the right place. Manuel Antonio has something for everyone.

Manuel Antonio is located 177 km. (110 miles) southwest of San Jose, on the Costa Rica Pacific coast. In the 1800’s this land was filled with banana plantations and docks to ship bananas worldwide. Today, the docks in Quepos are used for the sport-fishing industry, which is one of the major attractions of this area.

Here you will find the Manuel Antonio National Park and its beautiful beaches along with endangered and exotic wildlife.

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About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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