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Published On: Mon, Jun 4th, 2018

Amazing Places in Costa Rica Not to Miss On Your Vacation

At first, the country of Costa Rica seems like a small place, but in reality is actually a chockablock with ample locations and activities that you just cannot afford to miss! While looking at the map, you might think that you can road trip the entire country in a week easily, yet in reality that is not the case.

Costa Rica vacations are great fun and to make it easier, the following is a small compilation of some of the varied places available to visit while in the country. Read on for suggestions on the best things you can enjoy doing in each of the places!

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Arena Volcano

This place is a showstopper. Arenal has stupefied mortals for centuries. It is recommended that you hire a local guide to accompany you while hiking through the trails of El Silencio at the base of the volcano. Apart from keeping you in safer zones, a guide will give you interesting knowledge about this place. Fishing in the Arenal Lake, which buttresses the mountain, is a favorite pastime for anglers. Things to do in this place are as follows.

  • Windsurfing
  • Whitewater rafting
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Waterfall repelling  

Tortuga Island

This one is an awesome picturesque island getaway. Located off the southeastern shore of the Nicoya Peninsula, it is only accessible by boat and a visit is a day trip with no overnight stays. People usually wax eloquent about the island’s powdery sandy beach as well as turquoise blue waters. However, there is much more to Tortuga. This beach is perfect for some  serious time under sun, but you can even hike through forested hills and pet the peccary (pigs) that have become permanent residents of this beach. Tortuga’s clear water is perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving. On-site personnel will fit you with the right gear for both of these activities. Things to do here are as follows.

  • Playing volleyball
  • Sunbathing
  • Kayaking
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Riding banana boat

Jaco Beach

Charming villas and high-rise condos, seafood restaurants, souvenir shops, and bars make Jaco a little city by the sea. You cannot only experience Tico culture, but also mingle with fellow gringos!

Nights and days are busy in Jaco, and surfing is a highlight of the area. Many professional surfers actually live here. The consistent breaks of Jaco are great for learning to surf, and this area and nearby Hermosa—a more challenging wave—are perfect for veterans of the sport looking to hone their surfing maneuvers. While compiling Costa Rica vacation packages, Jaco often comes up as a great way to have Costa Rican experience and the American amenities! Things to do in this place are as follows.

  • Visit national parks
  • Nightlife
  • Surfing
  • ATV tours
  • Crocodile safari

Guanacaste

Guanacaste is a province that’s home to cowboys and fisherman. It also boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world from Tamarindo to Nosara and the Papagayo Peninsula. To get to these beaches, experience the flat lands and swirling dust of the plains, but once at the sea, there’s loads of ocean sports to choose from including both surfing and sport fishing. And the restaurants offer, arguably, some of the best international cuisine you’ll ever taste. Things to do at this place are as follows.

  • Sport fishing
  • Surfing
  • Bird-watching
  • Hiking
  • Swimming

There are so many other areas to explore such as the pristine Osa Peninsula and its wildlife and foliage, or even the high elevation of the Monteverde cloud forest and its night tours to see nocturnal animals. Costa Rica is one of the most amazing places to vacation and with so many options to take in, you’ll want to come back again and again. So, make your holidays memorable and fun by visiting this beautiful place!

Author: Aalia Ray

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