All countries and islands of the Pacific Ocean are gifted by the incredible nature. Even those travelers who prefer exploring only cities and parties are always amazed by the beauty of landscapes in this part of the Earth. However, the wild beauty hides many challenges that could cause you difficulties if you are not ready. So, what to expect while exploring Costa Rica?
Costa Rica is a highly active volcanic region and these volcanoes really do dictate the weather changes in the country. The benefits of volcanic activity are hot springs. If you go to the town of Arenal there are quite a lot of hot springs to choose from. Tabacon Hot Springs Resort is like heaven on earth if you have a bit of a budget to splurge. If you are looking for more active leisure, get access to the thermal River. It is a hot river that comes down through the jungle and you can. Honestly, it is one of the most magical and fantastic hot spring experiences you will ever have. Arenal is also one of the top ten most active volcanoes in the world although it has been sleeping for the last eight years, so do not panic if you smell sulfur.
Costa Rica is one of the most biologically diverse countries on earth. This country is also leading the way in conservation in Central America as over 25 % of landmass here are protected in national parks that means for visitors that there are over 100 protected wildlife areas to visit. Monkeys are the most common animals but be careful as some of them can be territorial and aggressive. There are more than 52 different types of hummingbirds. Costa Rica is also home to more than 750,000 different species of insects and have approximately 10% of the worldwide population of butterflies. Be aware that there are a lot and huge bugs and mosquitos. It is recommend visiting the Osa Peninsula as this is the most biodiverse place on planet Earth.
There are over 801 miles of coastline and over 300 different beaches to choose from. All these beaches are very different as some of them are resorts with lounges and cocktail bars while others are wild und untouched. Does not matter are you a king of laziness or a surfer, there is something for everyone. Some of the best surf waves in Costa Rica are found in Playa Hermosa just outside of Jaco. Ollie’s Point and Witches Rock which require a boat trip from Tamarindo. A mythical left Point Break that is kind of fickle it does not get swell very often but when it does it has incredible waves. If you want beaches without the crowds then you should head to the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. Head to Porto Viejo and check out the Jaguar preserve there as well as Finca La Isla Botanical Garden.
Costa Rica is known for the quality of its coffee beans and coffee is still a major draw in Costa Rica as well as one of its largest exports. Coffee has played a huge role in the political, economic, and cultural development of the country. The “golden bean” is still a prized export, but coffee production has become much more small-scale also most coffee plantations in Costa Rica have some form of tour with a tasting available for tourists.