osta Rica is a natural paradise, the birthplace of eco-tourism, and a leader in sustainability. It is known as one of the most stunning biodiversity places in the world when it comes to nature. Golden beaches, abundant wildlife, vast protected spaces and warm weather, and happy people are some of the things that define Costa Rica. Costa Rica is home to dense jungles, active volcanoes, streaming rivers, impressive waterfalls, and endless adventures. The lush green and vibrant island nestled between the Caribbean sea and the pacific ocean is a beautiful country for sightseeing and a nature hub. Here is 5 of the most picturesque you must see in Costa Rica:
1 Manuel Antonio National Park Beaches
he Manuel Antonio National Park is a small popular park located on the central pacific coast of Costa Rica. It has a rich biodiversity, with plenty of activities for everyone. The park has two main beaches inside: The Espadilla Sur and the Manuel Antonio Beach, which are about a 30-minutes hike from the main entrance of the park. Both are very picturesque with a spectacular view and brightly coloured sunset. The magnificent part of the beach is the greenery of the forest that comes together in one place, which makes it a perfect sight to capture.
The park opens from 7 am-3 pm, but is closed on a Tuesday.
2 La Fortuna/ Arenal Volcano
La Fortuna, the popular destination in Costa Rica, is pleasant and delightfully tucked away into the base of the Arenal Volcano. Here, you can explore the beautiful town with its quaint shops, colourful central parks, and the backdrop around the region’s picturesque volcano. The beauty and versatility of this town offer everything for the adventurers, cultural, backpackers and honeymooners alike, is a fortune that you’ll enjoy. Grab your camera, and enjoy the beauty, fresh air, friendly people, and beautiful scenery.
3 Monteverde and the Cloud Forest
he Monteverde cloud forest will astonish you with its beauty, bounty, and biodiversity. Hiking this green natural oasis would be the pride and joy of all nature lovers. Monteverde is a small town in the mountain ranges of Costa Rica, just about a 3-hour drive from San Jose, and is one of the top recommended places you must experience in Costa Rica. It is a forest with a difference, one you will not experience or see elsewhere.
The forest was called cloud forest because of the tiny veil of cloud below the canopy. The consistent inflow of the warm, moist air from the Atlantic ocean ascending the mountain creates the perfect conditions for the cloud forest. It keeps the forest covered in a warm and moist shape, with 100% humidity year-round.
Hiking is a popular activity that takes place at the Cloud Forest. The highest trail sits at an elevation of 1250 meters, and the altitude of the mountain is 1800 meters. Due to the preservation of the natural habitat, the number of visitors allowed inside the reserve is 450 per day. However, only 250 are allowed to explore the trail at any point during the day. The forest opens from 7 am to 4 pm every day so reach from early to be able to capture the breathtaking view from above. The forest covers about 328 hectares when discovered in 1973. Today it is approximately 10500 hectares and famous for the different flora and fauna.
4 Irazu Volcano National Park
he Irazu Volcano is the highest in Costa Rica. It is easily accessible and close to the city. The park has five volcanic craters and a breathtaking view that attracts lots of local and international visitors. The beautiful mountain settings, low vegetation, and wet weather make the national park foggy most of the time. In the dry season, you will see from its top both the Pacific and Atlantic ocean or even the lake of Nicaragua from using a telescope. You can stroll around the volcano and observe the amazing craters and capture the stunning scenery, But be prepared though because it is cold there.
5 Rio Celeste ( Tenorio Volcano National Park)
Rio Celeste is located about halfway between Liberia and La Fortuna in North Central Costa Rica, just a 1 1/2 hours drive from either town. It is a magnificent blue river in Tenorio Volcano National Park, with a huge waterfall plummeting into the gorgeous turquoise pool below.
Rio Celeste is one of nature’s paradises that you must witness with your own eyes to really feel the unimaginable beauty the crystal-clear turquoise waters hold. The Pictures you see are a replica of what the natural wonder looks like. However, to see it for yourself would be indescribable and mind-blowing, just to see the creation of nature itself without the construction and contamination of mankind. The sparkling blue against the jungle green, with a variety of wildlife, is a place that would give an ecotourist that overwhelming feeling in all of their senses.
The months of October and November are the rainy season with a consistent shower of rainfall that affects the colour of the water. The dry season around December to April is a perfect time to visit the picturesque Rio Celeste Fall and also tour the Tenorio Volcano National Park.
To conclude, Costa Rica has been for many years a place that attracts a lot of eco-tourists, thanks to its rich biodiversity, abundant wildlife, peaceful conservation areas, sparkling blue waters and stunning volcanoes and national parks. Think of the next place for vacation and adventure. Costa Rica is the perfect place you will enjoy.