Travel Experta’s Interesting Facts – Did you know? Costa Rica has 7 Tourism Regions

Costa Rica is home to 800 miles of gorgeous beaches, 110 volcanoes, five of them are active and love to show off by putting on amazing lava shows every day for its adoring public: There is also a crazy amount of wildlife that is just dying to say hello! But that’s just the tip of the volcano. Costa Rica is one of the most kid friendly countries I have ever been to, a place for adrenaline junkies to get their fix, nature lovers to come face to face with endangered and exotic wildlife, and for couples to experience a rare tropical romance!

Can’t Miss This!

…..* Enjoy naturally heated hot springs with Arenal Volcano‘s lava show
…..* Fly over the rain forest in a canopy tour
…..* Surf some of the best breaks that Central America has to offer
…..* Hike to huge waterfalls in the middle of the forest
…..* Chill out in a hammock while enjoying the Caribbean vibe
…..* Walk through tropical rain forests where sloths, monkeys and birds will be waiting for you

Costa Rica Regions

South Caribbean Region

a hammock by the beach in south caribbean, costa rica

In case you were wondering: Reggae music, lapping surf, and the rustling of palm trees is what you’ll surely hear when you arrive to the South Caribbean. This is a super laid-back area, and it is popular for it. In it, you will find beautifully colored marine life lazily swimming around the coral reefs. So grab a coconut, find a hammock and relax!

San Jose (Central Valley)

san jose, costa rica night view

The Central Valley and San Jose have become much more than a layover before moving on to the other great attractions. As a matter of fact, San Jose has become one of the best places if you are looking for fun day trips to some of the country’s most visited attractions: Poas and Irazu Volcanoes, coffee plantation tours, nature parks, and a lot more.

Central Pacific Region

a beach in central pacific region, costa rica

This is the most visited region in all of Costa Rica with good reason. Some of the things you can do here are: Enjoy beautiful coves and bays either from afar as you relax in your beautiful hotel or even better, take a sunset, snorkel cruise for a closer and more fun experience. Go for a relaxing hike along with national parks full of macaws, monkeys, sloths and many more animals that are just waiting for you. I bet you’ve never come super close to an American Crocodile reaching lengths of 12 feet, here you will get the chance. This place will blow your mind! Also, Jaco and Manuel Antonio‘s reputation for great food and fun nightlife is proven over and over again.

North Caribbean Region

birds in a canal at north caribbean region, costa rica

Whoever said that Venice has the best canals hasn’t been to Costa Rica’s Northern Caribbean area. Here you will find an intricate canal and wetland system that is a must-see! You’ll get the chance to see the magical event of  nesting sea turtles, an abundance of exotic wildlife, and even world-class fishing. Even though the village of Tortuguero is small, it’s rich with culture and life that will make you never want to leave.

Monteverde, Arenal and the Northern Region

arenal region, costa rica

Monteverde Cloud Forest sits high in the Tilaran Mountain Range and majestically overlooks the Gulf of Nicoya. This is one of the unique places in all of Costa Rica for its history, heritage, and pride in protecting its lands and forests through private endeavors. Plus, when you get here the unique climate and vegetation make you feel like you were in a whole new world.

Arenal is a Can’t-Miss-This type of place! Where else can you lounge out in naturally heated hot springs while watching an active volcano put on a show for you? But that’s not all there is to do here. Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge is full of wildlife, while the Sarapiqui River is best known for its white water rafting.

The North Pacific Region

beach at north pacific region in costa rica

The Gold Coast, one of Costa Rica’s most famed and popular destinations, sits at the northern end of the Guanacaste province. It is called the gold coast because it’s home to some of Costa Rica’s most beautful beaches. A bit further, and you’ll find yourself entering the Nicoya Peninsula with more wonderful, much less populated beaches surrounded by islands that are great for day trips and snorkel cruises.

South Pacific Region

a guy in corcovado at South Pacific Region, costa rica

More national parks and other reserves are what you will find at the South Pacific region. This area is better known as the Osa Peninsula. From pristine untouched beaches starting from Dominical to Carate, you’ll cross the highest mountain in Central America “Mount Chirripo” (12,530 feet), and the largest national park “ Corcovado” – which by the way is also known as one of the most intense biological places on earth!

Looking for fun trips? Check out some that will be great for all ages.

Last Updated on May 27, 2023

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