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Welcome to Costa Rica – get ready for a little “Pura Vida” in your life! “Pura Vida” is the motto of Costa Rica and you will hear locals saying it everywhere you go. It sums up a pure, simple, laid-back attitude to life. The chill Tico attitude, the fascinating wildlife and both the Pacific and Caribbean coastlines make this country a must-do! What suits your fancy? There are adventure possibilities at every turn, surfing beaches, coffee and cacao plantations and outstanding National Parks to encounter amazing animals (Hello, tapir. Oh and hello, Mr Sloth!). Costa Rica is the perfect place to relax. It’s easy to soak up the laid back vibe and refresh for the soul.
Posts On Costa Rica
- Puerto Viejo, on the Caribbean side, rocks with a mix of reggae and Tico vibe. I got quite attached after living there in a jungle house for 3 months.
- Have you ever had a boa constrictor in your garden? What on earth should you do but shriek?!
Costa Rica is situated perfectly to visit its neighbours. There are plenty of organizations that will make arrangements for you but if you are keen to cross the border on your own, read my posts on crossing the borders independently.
5 Best Places To Visit In Costa Rica
- Arenal Volcano: Arenal Volcano is one of the most iconic landmarks in Costa Rica, known for its stunning views and natural hot springs. Visitors can hike the volcano, relax in the hot springs, and explore the surrounding rainforest.
- Manuel Antonio National Park: Manuel Antonio National Park is a beautiful national park in western Costa Rica, known for its pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and rich wildlife. Visitors can enjoy hiking trails, swimming, snorkeling, and wildlife watching.
- Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve: Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is a stunning nature reserve in central Costa Rica, known for its rich biodiversity and beautiful cloud forest. Visitors can explore hiking trails, zip lines, and hanging bridges, as well as enjoy birdwatching and other wildlife sightings.
- Tortuguero National Park: Tortuguero National Park is a remote national park in northeastern Costa Rica, known for its beautiful beaches, canals, and rich wildlife. Visitors can explore the canals by boat, visit turtle nesting sites, and enjoy birdwatching and wildlife sightings.
- Corcovado National Park: Corcovado National Park is a stunning nature reserve in southern Costa Rica, known for its rich biodiversity and beautiful rainforest. Visitors can enjoy hiking trails, birdwatching, and wildlife sightings, including jaguars, monkeys, and sloths.