Costa Rica, in Central America, may only be a relatively small country but it has around 5% of the earth’s total biodiversity thanks to its unique ecosystems, and around a quarter of the country consists of conservation areas. This makes it the perfect vacation spot for those wanting to spend time in the great outdoors.
As well as its stunning landscapes, Costa Rica offers visitors the chance to explore tropical beaches, volcanoes, rain forests, and jungles and is the perfect destination for thrill-seekers looking for their next adventure.
Trips to Costa Rica have something to offer everyone. Not only are there endless opportunities for nature lovers, including hiking, scuba diving, and wildlife spotting but those looking for an adrenaline rush can also enjoy surfing, ziplining, and white-water rafting!
Costa Rica boasts many stunning national parks, where you can experience awe-inspiring scenery and observe rare wildlife in its natural habitat.
Corcovado National Park
Named as one of the most biologically intense places on earth by The National Geographic Society, Corcovado National Park is the largest of Costa Rica’s national parks, covering almost half of the Osa Peninsula.
Home to many endangered species, such as the Jaguar, the park contains one of the only lowland tropical rainforests in the world. The park is only accessible by dirt road, boat, or charter flight and there are no roads within the park, making it a wonderful haven for nature lovers.
Tortuguero National Park
Access to Tortuguero National Park is only possible via small boat as the area is globally renowned for being home to one of the largest green turtle nesting beaches in the world. You can explore the park by kayak, which will allow you to get up close and personal with the wildlife without disturbing it.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
One of Costa Rica’s most popular destinations, the Monteverde Cloud Forest is home to some incredibly rare plants, birds, and wildlife. Here, you can experience the thrill of a skywalk through the treetops across a series of suspension bridges to gain a new perspective on the breathtaking tropical forest.
Eco lodges provide sustainable accommodation during your stay and offer a more immersive experience for travelers looking to get off the beaten track. Whether your eco-lodge is nestled among the rainforest, surrounded by hot springs, or on Costa Rica’s stunning coastline, you can expect mesmerizing views and all the sights and sounds of nature right there on your doorstep. Eco lodges also offer a spot of luxury after a day of adventures, with many offering spa facilities, beautiful gardens with hammocks, natural pools, and hot tubs.
Planning Your Costa Rica Trip
When planning your trip to Costa Rica, you’ll want to choose the right time for wildlife spotting. Though you’ll certainly see some wildlife all year round, travelers hoping to go bird spotting might want to stick to the drier months of November through April.
You’ll also need to pack carefully, selecting the right clothing and equipment for any activities that you’re hoping to take part in. If you’ll be doing a lot of hiking, for example, waterproofs and good-quality, comfortable hiking shoes are essential.
Finally, you’ll want to choose a well-respected tour company to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable trip.