A Central American paradise nestled comfortably between Panama and Nicaragua, Costa Rica is the kind of country few have even considered visiting, but once they have been once they will never want to go anywhere else. With direct flights now heading to the country from London, we thought it was about time we shone a little light on this most misunderstood and gorgeous of holiday destinations and what makes it so special.
Natural highs – There is so much natural beauty to discover on a Costa Rican vacation, with around 25% of the country covered by protected national parks and the relatively small area representing 5% of total global biodiversity thanks to the range of different climates (from rainforest to hot springs and beaches). For animal-lovers, there is a wealth of wildlife and many tours and hikes available that offer the best chances to catch this wildlife in its natural habitat. Marine line is also a popular tourism draw, with over 25 different species of dolphins and whales, not to mention the vast swathes of tropical fish. Truly a diver’s paradise!
Culture vultures – In the capital city of San Jose alone there are several museums and galleries that offer a keen insight into the history of the country and its inhabitants. The culturally rich country also prides itself on its live music and theatre productions and local indigenous tribes also open themselves up for tourists on certain days, allowing access to a world that precious few have managed to experience. Culture tours in Costa Rica are often affordable, insightful and varied, but they often book up fast so be sure to sign up before you set off.
Amazing adventures – A typical Costa Rica holiday is all about adventure, with thrill-seekers from across the world visiting the country every year to sample its white-knuckle delights. From the every-popular canopy zip-lining tours to waterfall hikes, white water rafting and more, you’ll certainly find something to scratch your adventurous itch. Areas like Arenal and Rincon de la Vieja also offer package tours that include a variety of different options and Samara and Nosara are famous for their water sports.
Beach life – If you are something of a beach bunny – you’ll be in heaven, as Costa Rica has over 800 miles of shoreline with a relaxed atmosphere and bright blue waters. Puerto Viejo boasts some truly spectacular black-sand beaches, whilst if you fancy something a little more traditional, Manuel Antonio offers beaches on par with anything in the Caribbean.
There are plenty of other reasons to consider Costa Rica. From the coffee (it is one of the coffee-growing capitals of the world, after all) to the natural wonders and volcanoes. The real reason to visit Costa Rica, however, above all else, is the people. They are world-renowned for their generosity and will go out of their way to make you feel like you belong. They might do such a good job that you’ll never want to leave!