Costa Rica is a wonderland of natural attractions, with volcanoes, beaches, cloud forests, and unique wildlife. This is a country that appeals as much to bird-watchers and luxury travelers as it does to surfers and backpackers. The busy city of San Jose is home to the country’s best museums and lovely squares, but the real treasures lie beyond the capital, in the forests and small coastal villages.
Endless stretches of beach line the Pacific Coast, with small towns that cater to surfers and sun seekers. Inland, the forest-covered mountains offer their own adventures, from volcanoes and waterfalls to ziplining and extraordinary wildlife viewing. For something completely different, check out the Caribbean coast with its calm waters, abundant wildlife, and relaxed cultural vibe.
Some polar attraction include; Manuel Antonio Park and the surrounding area are known for beautiful beaches, lush forest, and diverse wildlife that inhabits the area; As soon as you venture into the park, you will have no trouble finding iridescent butterflies and colorful birds flitting about. Howler monkeys, squirrel monkeys, sloths, and the hard-to-miss capuchins can be seen from the trails. The Arenal Volcano National Park, found in the rugged Cordillera de Tilarán, is one of the top volcano viewing areas in the country. The main attraction here is the Arenal Volcano, a cone-shaped mountain with huge ash columns frequently streaming from the crater.The park is also known for its wide range of biodiversity, with approximately half of all Costa Rican birds, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals represented somewhere within its boundaries.
The Cloud Forests near Monteverde and Santa Elena are some of the best places to visit in Costa Rica for ecotourism. If you are itching to immerse yourself in nature and see unique plants and wildlife without venturing too far off the beaten path, this is definitely the place to come. Keep an eye out for colorful frogs and howling monkeys. Jaguars and pumas are more elusive. Organized hikes are one of the best ways to see the forest. Another option are canopy tours that may involve ziplines or bridges and even cable cars.
These are just a few examples of the incredible array of natural spots that can be visited in Costa Rica, which is definitely the premier eco tourism destination in Central America.