Costa Rica is a small country in Central America that is known for its abundance of natural wonders. These range from dense forests to active volcanoes and fascinating nature reserves full of exotic animals. The country is sparsely populated and about 40% of its inhabitants live in the metropolitan area of its capital San José.
Because of its multiple attractions and tourist spots, Costa Rica has become the most-visited country in Central America with most of the visitors coming from the United States and Europe. The country is known to be a pioneer of ecotourism and is home to numerous resorts targeting adventurous people interested in nature.
In this article, you can find a list of the best things to do in Costa Rica and learn the most interesting facts about them.
1. Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is officially known as the “Reserva Biológica Bosque Nuboso Monteverde” is a biological preserve located in the northwestern part of the country. This fascinating cloud forest covers a total area of 10,500 hectares (26,000 acres) of which over 90% is so-called “virgin forest.”
This has turned this amazingly pristine forest into one of the richest biodiverse areas in the world and one of the most popular attractions for both tourists and scientists in Costa Rica. There’s a lodge located within the first itself and the nearby town has all the facilities needed for an enjoyable stay.
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Official website: Cloud Forest Monteverde
2. Arenal Volcano National Park
The Arenal Volcano National Park is one of the most popular of many national parks in Costa Rica, mainly because of its infamous attraction, the Arenal Volcano. This is one of the most active volcanoes on the planet and has only recently stopped erupting after doing so for multiple decades since the 1960s.
This means that this natural park is one of the best places in the world to hike as it features paths going through lava fields and dense forests. It’s also a popular spot for bird-lovers as this national park is home to just about all of the 850 identified bird species in Costa Rica. This is the perfect place to visit if you’re into adventure, that’s for sure!
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Official website: Arenal Volcano National Park
3. La Fortuna Waterfall
La Fortuna Waterfall literally translates to “The Fortune Waterfall” and is one of the most amazing waterfalls in Costa Rica. It’s situated just 5.5 kilometers (3.41 miles) from the town of La Fortuna which is located just near Arenal Volcano. This also means that it’s located within the borders of the Arenal Volcano National Park and the perfect place to relax after a thrilling hike.
The waterfall is situated at the base of another volcano called the “Chato Volcano,” but no need to worry, this is a dormant one. The waterfall plunges about 70 meters (229 feet) into a pool in which you can take an amazing dive right inside the dense forest of central Costa Rica.
Official website: La Fortuna Waterfall
4. Parque Nacional Tortuguero
The Parque Nacional Tortuguero or “Tortuguero National Park” is one of the most isolated areas in all of Coast Rica because it can only be reached by boat or airplane. This makes it all the more attractive because it’s the third-most visited national park in the country and is described as the “land of turtles and wetlands.”
The national park offers a wide variety of natural habitats such as rainforest, mangrove forests, swamps, beaches, and lagoons, and is situated in the northeastern part of the country. It’s another area in Costa Rica known for its rich biodiversity. One of the most popular activities is a boat trip inside the dense jungle on one of the canals of this amazing natural park.
Official website: Tortuguero National Park
5. Parque Nacional Corcovado
The Parque Nacional Corcovado or “Corcovado National Park” is yet another national park and is the largest of its kind in Costa Rica as it covers an area of Corcovado National Park. It’s located on the Osa Peninsula in the utmost southern part of the country and it’s considered to be one of the most fascinating biological preserves on the planet.
National Geographic even describes this national park as “the most biologically intense place on Earth in terms of biodiversity.” This means that you’ll find an abundance of fauna and flora that you won’t find anywhere on the planet, making it a popular tourist attraction for scientists and regular tourists alike!
Official website: Corcovado National Park
6. National Museum of Costa Rica
Costa Rica is much more than natural parks full of wonders of nature, it has a rich history as well. The best place to learn everything about the history of this fascinating country in Central America is the “Museo Nacional de Costa Rica,” or “National Museum of Costa Rica,” located in the capital city of the country San José.
The museum was established in 1950 and is pretty much a must-visit attraction if you want to discover everything about culture in Costa Rica, the country’s national history, and its heritage. The museum also features a butterfly garden and plenty more.
Official website: Museo Nacional de Costa Rica