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Top 5 Of The Best Attractions in Costa Rica

Where else in the world can you see an active volcano with a nightly lava show, visit a national park where monkeys and other wildlife creatures welcome you with open arms, and that has over 800 miles of amazing coastline? Costa Rica!

This tiny country, known to have 5% of the world’s bio diversity, has so much to offer you’ll be wishing you simply moved here! I did:)

On top of all the beautiful places, Costa Rica’s accommodations are unique with a personality matching the country.

Poas Volcano one of the Top 5 Attractions in Costa Rica

Best Attractions in Costa Rica

1. Volcano Arenal

Every day and every night this magnificent volcano, Arenal Volcano, spews out lava that calmly flows off the side of it. It is also surrounded by lush forests and has a beautiful manmade lake right next to it.

You can safely do the volcano walk to witness this phenomenon for yourself. Or, why don’t you just hang out in any of the naturally heated hot springs at the base watching it with a cocktail in hand? You could also take a horse tour in the Arenal forest or go for a zip-line tour if you are feeling adventurous.

2. Poas Volcano

If you don’t have a chance to visit Arenal, no worries. Less than 1 hour from San Jose City is another active volcano – Poas Volcano. What’s so cool about this place? For starters, you can walk up to the crater and look down on its boiling crater full of sulfur!

The hike is amazing and allows you to enjoy the local fauna, but the absolute best part of this adventure is seeing the turquoise lagoon that is in the middle of the volcano’s crater.

3. Manuel Antonio National Park

The most accessible park in Costa Rica that is so ripe with wildlife, it will be a miracle if you don’t have a close encounter with a monkey, or sloth or iguana! Plus, to end your day with a reward, hang out on one of the pristine white-sanded beaches inside the park, while monkeys fight with you over your food!

Sunset at Manuel Antonio in costa rica

You can also enjoy the beaches, but with a lot more people around, at one of the many hotels that have access to it. Sunset horseback riding tours are another great option to enjoy the area.

4. The Gold Coast Beaches

Costa Rica is a country that has over 800 miles of coastline that it is hard to go wrong with beach locations. However, on the top of the list are the Gold Coast beaches in the Guanacaste area: Tamarindo, Playa Grande, Flamingo, Conchal and Ocotal are some of the best choices for fun!

This is where some of the most stunning beaches of the country are located.

5. Corcovado National Park

This park, Corcovado National Park, located all the way south in Costa Rica in the Osa Peninsula, has been called by National Geographic ‘The most biologically diverse place on earth’.

concorvado national park in costa rica

There are over 100 mammal species, 700 birds, and practically an infinite number of insects that are being discovered daily living in this gorgeous rain forest.

So come for a week, or a month or a year. You’ll never run out of things to do 🙂

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Top 5 Attractions in Costa Rica

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