Costa Rica may look small, but its amazing distances are deceiving to all. There is so much to see in this country that it would be easy to spend months here and still not see it all. So, if you’re thinking about “what to see in Costa Rica?” this post is for you
What To See in Costa Rica?
See lava flows from one of the world’s most active volcanoes
Sunbathing on any of the beaches along 800 miles of coastline
Relax on a luxury private villa that rivals with some of the best villa in Tuscany, Italy.
Check out one of the 160 national parks, refuges, reserves, and conservation areas that Costa Rica is most famous for
Visit a number of butterfly and hummingbird gardens, serpentariums (live snake museums), and ranarios (live frog and reptile museums)
Museums and Gardens
Costa Rica is full of live historic museums where you can see plants and animals up close while learning all about them. The majority of the most popular Costa Rican attractions can be found in most parts of the country: butterfly and hummingbird gardens, live frog and reptile museums, snake museums, insect museums, botanical gardens, and zoo/rescue centers.
That’s not all. Check out one of the 30 plus museums dispersed all over the country and see artifacts from past generations and modern day art of the new generations.
Costa Rica, which sits directly on top of the Pacific Ring of Fire, is home to over 120 volcanoes. Gratefully, only five are active. However, one of the five is on the top ten list of most active volcanoes in the world: Volcano Arenal, which will gladly show off its red lava flow any day of the week when there’s no cloud coverage. The other active volcanoes are less reliable but a lot of fun to visit: Poas (also active, and easy to get to), Rincon de la Vieja, Irazu (the tallest volcano in Costa Rica), and Turrialba.
With lush tropical rainforests lining the shores, you might just get a few curious looks from the monkeys, iguanas and birds hanging out in the trees. As it could be expected there are many fantastic hotels, eco lodges and vacation rentals along the coast with breathtaking views that look a look like the ones from a Tuscany beach villa.
Parks, Reserves and Protected Areas
Costa Rica has over 160 national parks, wildlife refuges, biological reserves, wetland or other type of conservation areas in Costa Rica? This is the only country that decided to take their money that other countries used on the military and put into parks and protected areas. Visiting one of these gems should be on everyone’s list of must-dos.
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