Top 10 Attractions Of Costa Rica

If you want to explore the beauty of nature on your vacation, take a visit to Costa Rica. It has number of natural eco-systems that itself is enough to attract large number of visitors over here. The highlights are rain forests, National Parks, pristine beaches, best snorkeling destinations, active volcanoes, hiking, coffee plantations etc. Popular destinations include:

1. Corcovado National Park

Address: Los Patos Sirena Trail, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica.

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Corcovado National Park Photo

This National Park was established in 1975 and is rich in different types of tropical ecosystems like rain forests, mangrove swamps, beaches, cloud forest and coastal marine etc. It is popular for its biodiversity includes harpy eagles, White-lipped Peccaries, Scarlet Macaws, Jaguars etc and Osa peninsula is a popular hiking and camping destination.

2. Manuel Antonio National Park

Address: Puntarenas Province, Quepos, Costa Rica.

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Manuel Antonio National Park Photo

Manuel Antonio National Park is a combination of different and beautiful natural eco-systems like white sand beaches, coral reefs and rain forests. You can do number of entertaining activities here includes swimming & snorkeling on the clear waters, can take a train through the rain forests , hiking the surrounding mountains, or there are number of variety of birds and animals you can find on this Park.

3. Arenal Volcano

Address: Arenal Volcano, Alajuela Province, San Carlos, Costa Rica.

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Arenal Volcano Photo

Another popular attraction of Costa Rica is the attractive Arenal Volcano. You can find this stratovolcano in Alajuela province and it is believed that it is 7500 years old. This will be an adventurous zone for visitors and various activities you can enjoy here includes hiking, mountain biking, Lake Arenal, waterfalls and chances of seeing rare species of birds and animals.

4. Monteverde

Address: Carretera a Reserva de Monteverde, Provincia de Puntarenas, Monteverde, Costa Rica.

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Monteverde Photo

This is a popular eco-tourism destination in Costa-Rica and located in Cordillera de Tilaran mountain range. This is a Natural cloud forest Reserve and The Bosque Eterno is the largest preserve in the area. Another attraction is you can find more than 500 species of orchids, 58 species of amphibians, 91 species of migratory birds etc and the area is surrounded by rich flora and fauna. You can also enjoy visiting coffee plantations, hiking, canopy tours etc over here.

5. Golfo Dulce

Address: Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica.

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Golfo Dulce Photo

One of the popular bird watching destinations in Costa-Rica and this forest reserve is extremely beautiful with its natural resources and bio-diversities. It has pristine beaches, tallest ancient trees, beautiful rivers etc make this reserve so special for visitors and remember you are on the one of the wettest places on earth.

6. Nicoya Peninsula


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Nicoya Peninsula Photo

Nicoya peninsula is a home to number of stunning beaches. If you want to relax sometimes from all rushes, or want to enjoy playing golf, or want to experience some thrilling water sports activities or want to take a beach side walking on the white sand, you are on the right place. Also you can take small trips to the nearby fishing villages and some of the popular beaches are Playa Manzanillo, Playa Samara, Playa Caletas and Playa Guiones.

7. Barra Honda National Park

Address: Avenida 15, Tournón, San José Province, San Francisco District, Goicoechea, Costa Rica.

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Barra Honda National Park Photo

This national park attracts you with soft limestone caverns, quite different from other National Parks. There are 42 caves were discovered here and the Santa Ana, the deepest cave among them. You can also enjoy a thrilling hiking through the tropical rain forests over here and chances to meet rarest habitats on earth would definitely an unforgettable experience for you.

8. Tortuguero National Park

Address: Limón Province, Pococí, Costa Rica.

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Tortuguero National Park Photo

This National Park was established in 1975, and one of the wettest areas on costa-Rica. The attractions here to enjoy includes wildlife rich rainforests, stunning beaches, lagoons and fresh water creeks, chances of seeing green turtles, different bird species etc and the only way to reach is National Park is either through boat or by air.

9. Cano Island Biological Reserve

Address: Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica.

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Cano Island Biological Reserve Photo

The crystal clear water and rich marine species makes this Island a popular snorkeling and scuba-diving destination in Costa Rica. The clear blue waters enable you to interact with colourful marine species very closely. Through a boat trip, there are chances to meet dolphins and humpback whales.

10. Hot Springs

Address: 142, Provincia de Alajuela, San Carlos, Costa Rica.

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Hot Springs Photo

Costa Rica is popular for number of natural hot springs. Most of the hot springs is made due to the geothermal activity beneath the volcano. Bathing in these healthy waters makes you fresh and the popular among them are Baldi, Paraiso, Tabacon etc.

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