Named “The Happiest Country in the World”, it’s easy to see why so many people are flocking to Costa Rica! But what is it that makes this country so happy and such an incredible travel destination? Here’s a look at some of the incredible experiences that can be had while visiting this Central American destination.
Imagine how incredible it would be to walk through trees that are so thick that you can’t see the sky above you? Well, in Costa Rica, you can do just that! Heck, in addition to walking through the trees, you can fly through them, too! There are plenty of zip lining companies that provide tours through the dense canopies of the country’s rainforests. An estimated 25% of the Costa Rica is comprised of national parks that contain these incredible forests, and they are home to 5% of the biodiversity in the world! You won’t believe the flora and fauna you’ll be able to get up close and personal with!
Costa Rica is home to some of the most incredible beaches on the planet. More than 1,000 miles of the country sits along the coast, so there are certainly plenty of beaches to choose from. Relax while splashing in the surf and lying in the sand, or if you’re more adventurous, grab your surf board! It’s one of the premier surfing spots in the planet! The water is warm all year long and the waves are out of this world. If you’ve never surfed before, take a class. There are tons of surfing schools that will teach you how to hang 10!
The culture of Costa Rica is just incredible. The locals are so warm and welcoming. Everywhere you go, you’ll be greeted with a smile and the Ticos (the name for native Costa Ricans) are more than happy to share their culture with visitors. There’s a reason why so many people say “pura vida” (pure life) in Costa Rica!
If you’re a thrill seeker, Costa Rica definitely needs to be on your list of places to visit. There’s no shortage of adventurous activities to experience in this country. We already mentioned zip lining and surfing, but other activities that will be sure to get your adrenaline pumping include white water rafting (the country is considered the White Water Capital of the world!), cliff diving off of some of the most incredible cliffs you’ve ever seen, sky diving, rock climbing, scuba diving, kayaking, and so much more! Adventure awaits around virtually every corner in Costa Rica.
The national cuisine of Costa Rica is so incredibly tasty that it will be sure to make your taste buds dance! Some of the most popular delicacies here include tamales (which are quite different than the Mexican variety), sopa negra (black bean soup), gallo pinto – a breakfast food that is comprised of rice and beans, arroz con leche – a kind of rice pudding, olla de carne – similar to beef stew, and chifrijo – a delightful snack that features pork rinds, beans, avocados, and tortillas. Oh, and don’t forget the chocolate! The country is a larger producer of this delightful sweet.
Costa Rica is home to some incredible natural wonders, including volcanoes – and there are plenty to choose from! Get up close and personal with these breathtaking geological specimens while hiking, mountain biking, or even camping; you can even trek along old lava flows from past eruptions. Some are dormant, while others are active. Some of the top volcanoes include Arenal – the most popular of all of the volcanic wonders, Poas, Rincon de la Vieja, Turrialba, and Irazu.
There are so many incredible specimens of fauna in Costa Rica. Sloths, some of the cutest and the slowest animals in the world, laze about the trees of the rainforests; but they aren’t the only unique species you’ll find in this country. Other animals that call this country home include Red Eyed Tree Frogs, White Headed Capuchin Monkeys, Ocelots, Tapirs, Coaties, Peccaries, Macaws, and Jesus Christ Lizards; and that’s just a small sampling of some of the animals that you’ll be able to encounter in Costa Rica.
Last but not least, another great reason to visit Costa Rica is incredible resorts that can be found throughout the country. There are some super-posh accommodations that feature all of the comforts of home and then some. Some offer incredible views of the beaches, while others will give you a breathtaking glimpse of volcanoes. You can even stay amongst the treetops in a tree house! The best part is that many of the hotels and resorts are eco-friendly. Not only will the pampering make you feel great, but so will the fact that you’ll be making the least amount of impact on the environment as possible!
With so many incredible experiences to be had in Costa Rica, it’s no wonder why people from around the world are flocking to this Central American country. You’ll be sure to have the experience of a lifetime in Costa Rica!