Costa Rica is a land of incredible biodiversity, awesome landscapes and seemingly endless white sand beaches. Mother Nature’s generosity aside, Costa Rica has established itself in recent years as a world leader in conservation tactics and well managed eco-tourism. Keen not to squander its natural assets, the country is fighting to protect the wildlife and plant species that call its verdant landscapes home.
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Why you should visit Costa Rica
If you’re not already convinced, here are TravelLocal’s top 5 reasons why you should make Costa Rica your next holiday destination.
One of the most environmentally conscious nations on the planet, Costa Rica is home to nearly 6% of the world’s biodiversity.
Whether you’re hiking through the wilds of Tortuguero National Park (pictured above) or exploring the canopy of Monteverde Cloud Forest, you’re sure to come face to face with some of the country’s 500,000 wildlife species. Tapir, sloth, ocelot, tree frogs and monkeys are widespread, and you may even catch sight of the elusive jaguar prowling through the verdant jungle. For an unforgettable experience take a guided walk through Monteverde and try to spot the colourful plumage of the Resplendent Quetzal, the park’s most famous inhabitant, considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful birds.
Guilt free luxury
Thanks to the country’s dedication to conservation and sustainable development, its ecolodges are some of the best in the world. With options to suit every budget, it’s easy to find yourself a hideaway a million miles from the stresses and demands of daily life. Rios Tropicales, situated at the mouth of the Pucuare Gorge, is an ideal example. Run entirely by hydroelectric generators and built from reclaimed wood, it’s a guilt free guesthouse that doesn’t sacrifice on comfort. Surrounded by the rainforest, take some time to watch the world go by and enjoy the sights and sounds of the natural world.
Part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, Costa Rica is home to over 65 volcanoes; 6 of which are active. Arenal, Costa Rica’s most iconic volcano, last erupted in 1968 and, after years of smoke emissions, has been slumbering since 2010. Visitors can now enjoy a hiking trail through the volcano’s surrounding national park, admiring the towering peak from afar.
To reward yourself for your exertions, don’t miss out on a soak in the natural hot springs which are dotted throughout the jungle ecosystem.
Lined with swaying palms and blessed with incredible sunsets, the beaches of Costa Rica are a slice of paradise. The country’s seemingly endless shorelines leave any traveller spoilt for choice, but the lesser visited Nicoya Peninsula is the best bet for those who want to skip the crowds. The sleepy village of Samara is home to one of the loveliest beaches on the Pacific Coast. Its secluded location means that large scale development has been limited and the town is home to a handful of hotels and independent eateries. A stunning combination of white sand and azure waters, backed by striking jungle clad cliffs, Samara offers a picture perfect introduction to Costa Rica’s beach scene.
The Pura Vida
While it can seem tough to escape the stresses and demands of modern life, Costa Ricans have had the answer all along! ‘Pura Vida’ – the pure life – means enjoying the beauty and spontaneity of life in the present moment. Is it any wonder that Costa Rica has been ranked the happiest country in the world by the annual Happy Planet Index and that Costa Rican people are known for their positivity and welcoming attitude? With such beautiful scenery and wonderful wildlife, a plan to be carbon neutral by 2021 and some of the best coffee in the world, it’s easy to see why. Kick back and take some time to enjoy the Pura Vida lifestyle and immerse yourself in the country’s many natural wonders.
If you’re ready to experience the highlights of Costa Rica, check out TravelLocal’s ‘Essential Costa Rica’ itinerary. Send an enquiry to their local experts or give them a call on 0117 345 7898 to chat about your travel plans.
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