5 Things You Can’t Miss in Costa Rica

5 Top Things to do In Costa Rica

With little time and so much to see, planning is key to seeing as much as possible when on your Costa Rica vacation. To assist your planning, listed are 5 top things to do in Costa Rica.

1.  Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna Waterfall Region

As a traveller, you can kill two birds with one stone when you visit this region. With a spectacular  site at 5.437 feet,  the Arenal Volcano looms over the countryside. As the world’s most active volcano, its history is rich and sight spectacular especially at night when the molted red lava drips down its sides, lighting up the dark sky. Tours  available are varied and include hiking up the side of the volcano, exploring the rivers surrounding the area, winding through the beautiful rain forest and of course no visit would be complete without experiencing the crash of one of the most famous waterfalls of Costa Rica, the La Fortuna Waterfall.  For the more adventurous soul, waterfall rappelling, whitewater rafting and mountain biking are all available.

2. Monteverde Cloud Forest

This bio-diverse forest will astound visitors with its beauty and uniqueness. Described as a tropical environment where the atmospheric conditions create a consistent cover of clouds, this is a phenomenon that cannot be missed.

The clouds eventually condense and drip onto the plants below resulting in a bio-diverse ecological system with over 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds, tens of thousands of insect species, 420 orchid species including over 2,000 varieties of plants. A definite top destination when visiting Costa Rica that cannot be missed. – brought to you by CostaRicaCLOSEUP.com

3.  Surfing

Surrounded by water, Costa Rica is considered to be the Hawaii of Latin America. The surf accommodates all skill levels from novice to expert and Costa Rica is host to some of the most well-known surf competitions across the surfing circuit. If you want to experience the Daytona feel, Jaco Beach is the spot to be. Dubbed a surf town, this part of Costa Rica caters to the surfing crowd. With bars, clubs, surf shops and restaurants, Jaco Beach is the place to be. For a bit of peace and quiet and true luxury, Santa Teresa is one of Costa Rica’s best kept secrets for surfing. In addition to the breaks, Santa Teresa’s beaches are immaculate and rarely crowded, giving those who choose not to surf a chance to enjoy a beautiful beach and sunshine.

4. Tortuguero and Tortuguero National Park

As  the key nesting area for the endangered green sea turtle,  Tortuguero means “land of turtles”. Accessible only by boat through a series of canals, there are over 23 miles of beaches which are protected for turtle nesting.

The peak season to witness this unique phenomenon is between the months of July through to October. Tours are conducted during the evening and night hours and lights are used to see the nesting process without disturbing these unique and beautiful animals. Watching turtles nest is not only interesting but a unique experience that cannot be missed. If you are in Costa Rica during the noted months, arrange your tour early to avoid disappointment.

5. Whitewater Rafting

Famous for its whitewater raft trips through the rainforest, rafting is a great way to see Costa Rica from the river’s perspective. With day trips as well as overnight trips, you a spend a day or few on the some of the most challenging rivers of Costa Rica. Enjoy a stay at a riverside lodge nestled in the rainforest. One of the most popular tours is through the Pauare River offering challenges and speeds which carry you through primary and secondary forests and deep gorges.


The rapids are Class II and IV, offering the experienced rafter a thrill of a lifetime. Safety is key to whitewater rafting in Costa Rica with guides providing trips for every skill set. This is an exhilarating adrenaline pumped intoxicating experience that cannot be missed out on!


Filed Under: ActivitiesAdventure ToursArenalFeaturedMonteverdeSanta Teresa


About the Author: Tee is Senior Editor of CostaRicaCLOSEUP.com and NBC's adventure dating series fans magazine LoveInTheWildFansMag.com, as well ascontributing editor to QRCodesUSA.org

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