5 destinations to visit in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is made up of many diverse geographical regions including beaches, volcanoes, rain forests, and mountain ranges. These diverse settings make it a prime location for outdoor activities and it also offers travellers a myriad of possibilities. Below are a few destinations that should help you consider vacations in Costa Rica:

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Monteverde Cloud Forest is a great place to experience nature. Clouds cover the canopy of the forest, allowing very little sunlight to shine through. Because these clouds cause slower evaporation, they leave plenty of moisture to promote plant growth. This means you can find over 400 species of birds, 100 mammals, and 1200 species of reptiles and amphibians living in the forest.

Tortuguero National Park is the third most visited park in Costa Rica, and can only be reached by plane or boat. The park gets it name because of the sea turtles which regularly visit the 20 miles of coastline to nest and lay their eggs.

Costa Rica is also the home of the Arenal Volcano, the most active volcano in the country. The volcano’s largest eruption was in 1968, and has had smaller constant eruptions since then. There hasn’t been much action since 2010, but smoke can still be seen coming out of the volcano some days. The lava still flows under the surface, heating the natural hot springs.

Located on the northern pacific coast, Tamarindo is a great place to visit if you enjoy surfing or lounging on the beach. The beaches are clean and a great place to swim or sunbathe during the day. Tamarindo is known for its prime sportfishing and surfing, and travelers can also enjoy other outdoor activities such as sailing, horseback riding, and sea turtle watching. There are also plenty of bars, shops, and restaurants to enjoy after the sun goes down.

Rincon de la Vieja is located in northwestern Costa Rica and it is a mountain range that reaches a height of 6,286 feet above sea level. There are a number of activities that will keep visitors busy including horseback riding, hiking trails, mountain biking, and water tubing. Hot springs and numerous waterfalls can be found in the mountains and are great for swimming and relaxing.

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