Volcanoes, Coffee Plantations & Rivers The Central Valley of Costa Rica is surrounded by majestic volcanoes covered by lush coffee plantations. Popular day trips from the central valley include a stop at the Poás Volcano or the La Paz Waterfall Gardens. The Poas Volcano is the second largest volcanic crater in the world. Too, on a clear day is truly an impressive site. The La Paz Waterfall Gardens is home to the 5 of the country’s biggest waterfalls, and offer’s visitors a chance to see butterflies, exotic birds, monkeys, cats and much more. A visit to a working coffee plantation’s worth the effort, learn about all the history and tradition of making the perfect cup of coffee! White water rafting enthusiasts also choose San José as the place from which to start their rafting adventure on the world-famous Pacuare or Sarapaquí rivers.
The Diversity In 1970 the Costa Rican people wanted their beautiful country to be protected. All so future generations could share its beauty. That year Costa Rica founded the Costa Rica national parks system that is admired around the world. Costa Rica has maintained a higher proportion of its land mass for national parks. Much more than any other country in the world- with 10.27 % protected as national parks by Costa Rican law. An additional 17 % set aside for reserves, wildlife refuges and protected zones. The Costa Rican government also protects areas of historic and archaeological interest. Pre-Columbian settlement areas and early battlefields are protected with the same fervor as the rainforests and wildlife preserves. Protecting the natural resources of Costa Rica has far-reaching implications because of its amazing biodiversity. Costa Rica National Parks a National Treasure The government National Conservation Areas System (SINAC) established in 1998 protects nearly two…
Manuel Antonio – A popular beach destination Surfing, Relaxing on the Beach and Sports fishing are among the most popular activities in the area. Families and couples flock from around the world to enjoy the beautiful beaches of Manuel Antonio. Also, home to one of the most popular national parks in the country. Set up a canopy tour, ride ATV’s, go sports fishing or snorkeling and dolphin watching from a catamaran cruise. So much, to see and do in this beautiful area! Manuel Antonio is the most developed beach towns in the area. It offers incredible hotels and resorts, tons of activities. For example, shopping, restaurants, and nightlife to help keep you busy during your stay.
Surf in Jaco, Hermosa, Esterillos & Dominical Costa Rica Pacific Coast with miles of pristine coastline is a mecca for surfers and ocean enthusiasts from around the world. Here too you’ll find a wide variety of beach breaks that have made Costa Rica famous as a world-class surfing destination. The beach town of Jacó and near Hermosa are world-famous for their consistent surf, nightlife, and party atmospheres. The “World Surfing Championship was held in Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica back in August 2009. Esterillos, a bit farther down the coast also offers a less crowded surfing destination for more experienced surfers. Continue down the coast past Manuel Antonio, and you’ll find the legendary Dominical – and off the beaten path destination offering high and consistent waves year round.
Beautiful Beaches, Great Hotels, So much to See & Do! Costa Rica Pacific Coast is easily accessible from the capital city of San José. The newly built highway can take you through beautiful countryside from the town to the coast in just over an hour. This area is characterized by its’ small coastal villages and several well-developed resort areas. It’s mixed with palm plantations that stretch down the length of the coastline. Also, there are several beach towns that are popular with visitors to the area including Jacó Beach, Esterillos, Manuel Antonio and Dominical among others.
Activities and Natural Attractions on Costa Rica Pacific Coast If surfs not your thing, there are plenty of other activities that are available to the visitor on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast. Play a round of golf at Costa Rica’s Legendary “Los Sueños Course” at the Marriott. Hire a charter boat off the marina and go fishing and perhaps catch a marlin, sailfish, tuna, wahoo among others. Families love to take a ride through the rainforest on the aerial tram. Fly through the treetops on a canopy tour, or explore the ocean snorkeling off a catamaran. There are several national parks and reserves in the area, including the Manuel Antonio & Carara National Parks, the Nayuaca Waterfalls among others. This is a nature and adventures lover’s paradise!
Botanic Garden Lankester Natural and lush in spots and beautifully stylized on others. The Japanese garden was lovely. The tree fern and aroid collections were fantastic and the orchids are the best in Costa Rica – especially the amazing miniatures! We saw many amazing birds thanks to our guide, Leo Garrigues. Nearby are fantastic Spanish ruins worth a visit. It’s only an hour from San Jose.
Costa Rica is well named the ‘jewel of Central America’, with its tropical rainforest, active volcanoes, deserted beaches, colourful wildlife, perfect climate and friendly people; experience it all on a exciting wildlife and walking adventure. Walking on hills is literally built into most tours, lodges, and resorts in Costa Rica. Independent guides can usually hired at the entrance to the more popular wildlife watching areas and sometimes they are extremely good. If you don’t want to gamble on quality it’s advisable to book a guided nature walk in advance with a travel service or tour company where they generally require certification and training and also realize that if you have a bad experience it will probably be reflected in your reviews. If you really know your stuff you can usually pick out the guides that do too. Give them a little pop quiz on the habits of the Puma yagouaroundi…
Central Pacific If the tourist is a lover of underwater life, Costa Rica will be passionate, because there are more than 1,000 species of fish that reproduce in abundance, both in the Pacific and in the Atlantic. Coconut Island is currently considered an invaluable natural laboratory for studying the evolution of species. Another place that has abundant marine environment is the Caño Island, located in front of the Corcovado National Park, in the Osa Peninsula. This island has a high archaeological value, because in ancient times it was used as an indigenous cemetery. The possibilities of the country are unlimited. Whether in the forest, in the air, on the beach, or in its torrential rivers; In its lakes, in the sea or diving, there will always be something to discover. The only thing that the traveler needs is the desire to live intensely the magic that the nature of Costa…
If you have ever been ziplining before, then you know what a unique and thrilling experience it is! If you have yet to experience the zip through the trees as you fly high above the ground, then that right there is plenty reason to visit our Mountaintop Zipline in Vista los Sueños. Here are 2 reasons you should head to Vista Los Sueños and check out our Mountaintop Zipline tour. 1. Our Mountaintop Zipline is nothing short of unique! With our zipline course being built into the topography of the land, it really feels more like you’re flying through the air from a bird’s perspective. Our Mountaintop Zipline is a bit like a jungle gym adventure. 2. Our Place is a hub for many of the activities that Costa Rica have to offer. In addition at this location, we have whitewater rafting trips, fly fishing trips, horseback riding and ATVs!