All About Costa Rica

Costa Rica:

Costa Rica WaterfallCosta Rica is located in Central America and is ranked as one of the most visited honeymoon international destinations. Costa Rica is a democratic and peaceful country, and it has not had an army since the year 1949. Although the country is small and it covers only 0.03 % of the surface of the globe, it shelters a 5% of the existing biodiversity in the entire world. 25.58 % of the country is composed of conservation and natural protected territory.  Costa Rica is noted for it's amazing ecotourism opportunities.

Rugged highlands are found throughout most of the country, as well as numerous unspoiled rain forests, and deserted beaches. There are several active volcanoes (Arenal Volcano, Irazu Volcano, Rincon de la Vieja Volcano and Turrialba Volcano). The country has a relatively long coastline in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, as well as a number of rivers and streams that attract specialist kayakers and rafters from all over the world.

San Jose:

San Jose, Costa RicaCosta Rica’s capital, San José, is in the Central Valley. It’s an extensive plain, guarded by majestic volcanoes and green hills, honoring the natural richness that exists throughout the national territory. Founded in the first half of the eighteenth century, San José is nowadays a city where visitors of the entire world converge; metropolis full of interesting places, faces, and colors reflecting the history of a prosperous population.



Guanacaste:

GuanacasteGuanacaste is well known for its beaches and the sun, which is exactly what visitors find along its coastline, with an abundance of hotels, resorts, and restaurants. Tamarindo offers a blend of white-sand beaches and mangroves, sea birds and iguanas, making it a paradisiacal and perfect spot for those wishing to live in harmony with nature.

Guanacaste is undoubtedly a privileged land. Possessing a mixture of forests dry and rainy, warm beaches, extensive plains and an impressive volcanic range - a natural world awaiting to be explored.

Puntarenas and Manuel Antonio National Park:

Known as the “Pearl of the Pacific”, Puntarenas is the largest province of Costa Rica. Its main attraction is its Pacific coastline, extending over more than 500 miles down to the Panamanian boarder. This vast province offers a variety of beaches, national parks, and natural reserves of an extraordinary ecological importance, since it is a transition area between the dry tropical lands of Guanacaste and the green forests of the Central Pacific.

Carara’s Biological Reserve constitutes one of the best showcases to the natural heritage of Puntarenas. This reserve includes an extension of 11.600 acres of forests and mangroves. Today, only some portions of the reserve are available to tourists, but professional guides, who are allowed to explore some restricted areas, may be hired.

Manuel Antonio National Park is another destination of the province of Puntarenas. With its impressive white-sand beaches, blue waters of the Pacific and hundreds of hectares of rainforest, this park is one of the smallest in Costa Rica, but at the same time, one of the most highly visited. Manuel Antonio is one of the few places in Costa Rica where the spider monkey (tití) still lives. Within the park you may also find over 100 species of mammals and an equal number of bird types.

Arenal Volcano:

Arenal VolcanoPositioned within Costa Rica’s fertile northern lowlands, Arenal Volcano is tall and imposing and has a reputation that precedes itself.  Arenal’s perfectly symmetrical shape makes it a visitor’s delight, while its abundance of outdoor activities makes it an easy place to check things off your “must-do in Costa Rica” list. Honeymooners to Arenal will still enjoy its profuse sights, sounds and activities— there are mountains and rain forests to be hiked, lakes to be fished and rivers to be floated. As one of the country’s most scenic and accessible areas, it is a requisite stop on any tour of Costa Rica honeymoon.

Monteverde and the Cloud Forest:

MonteverdeSet atop the spine of Costa Rica’s continental divide, Monteverde is a world above the coastal towns that dot the country's famous shoreline. It is a place of cloud forests and coffee plantations, monkeys, mist, and friendly locals.  Due to its high altitude – some 4,662 ft. above sea level – Monteverde receives a steady supply of clouds and the life-giving moisture that they contain.  This moisture, often in the form of fog, catches on the branches of the tallest trees and drips down to the other organisms below. This helps to support a complex and far-reaching ecosystem, one that harbors over 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds, tens of thousands of insect species, and over 2,500 varieties of plants, 420 of which are orchids alone.

Visitors can explore this internationally recognized environment from trails and trams, along canopy tours or inside museums. It’s wise to plan on spending at least a day or two to explore this verdant and mountainous world.

Tortuguero and its National Park:

Tortuguero and is most commonly accessed by taking a short plane ride from San Jose.  The village itself is small with a collection of houses, a hand full of hotels, gift shops, and lots of wildlife attractions. 

Tortuguero National ParkThe Tortuguero National Park is one of the most varied parks boasting high rainforests to marshy lands, long stretches of beach, wide open canals perfect for crocodile spotting, and is also one of the most important breeding grounds for the Green Sea Turtle. The wildlife here is rich and diverse with unusually large populations of monkeys, birds and fish.

Though relatively small, Tortuguro offers a variety of activities. An absolutely awesome experience is to visit the nesting beaches at night with a guide and watch the turtles laying eggs or eggs hatching. Rent a canoe or Kayak and go exploring on the canal where you’ll be able to spot creatures such as the caimans, birds, and crocodiles. The park also offers various trails great for wildlife viewing and bird watching. Also popular here are fishing and sports fishing tours as well as the zip line and suspension bridges.