5 Reasons Why You Should Travel to Costa Rica
The Central American country of Costa Rica sometimes flies under the radar for travelers to Latin America, who prefer the larger heavy hitters such as Peru, Brazil, and Mexico. But in many ways, Costa Rica offers even more than these destinations for travelers. Pristine natural environments, active volcanoes, and blissful beaches are just some of the reasons you should make your next big adventure to Costa Rica. In this article, we’ll talk you through some of the main reasons why you should travel to Costa Rica.
Costa Rica is a land dominated by volcanoes, making it perfect for an adventurous traveler. There are currently six active volcanoes in the country, as well as around 60 dormant ones. Many of these volcanoes are popular with travelers, who come to hike up to the craters and explore the surrounding scenery. Arenal volcano in the north of Costa Rica is probably the most popular, with natural hot springs and picturesque scenery to admire.
The coastal areas of Costa Rica are as beautiful as inland. Guanacaste province in the north-west of the country is nicknamed the “Golden coast”, due to the sheer number of stunning sandy beaches that are on offer to travelers. Flamingo Beach, Playa Tamarindo and Playas del Coco are just some of the beaches on offer in the region, perfect for sunbathing, surfing and relaxing with your family. If you’re planning a beach break in Guanacaste, then why not rent out an all-inclusive villa with your friends or family? All the amenities of a luxury resort are included, with the added bonus of your privacy. Check out Villa de la Luna for more information.
Whilst many Latin American countries have sadly been desecrating their national environments, Costa Rica has long taken a different approach. The country is one of the most environmentally minded in the world, with protected forests, clean beaches, and strong wildlife laws. This makes it one of the best places in the world for spotting wildlife in its natural environment. Sloths laze about, toucans fly in colorful flocks from forest to forest, and howler monkeys swing through the trees. Meanwhile, at the coast, sea turtles lay their eggs on the beaches, humpback whales breach the surface of the water, and saltwater crocodiles divide their time between the rivers and the sea. There is something remarkable to see at every turn.
As mentioned, the Costa Rican authorities have protected much of their natural environment, and this is done mainly in the form of the creation of protected national parks. The cloud forest of Monteverde is home to 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity, a staggering amount when noting its tiny size. The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is a wonderful place to visit, protecting this life for future generations.
It’s fair to say that the modern world thrives on coffee, most of us can’t function in the morning without our first cup. You may not know then that Costa Rica produces some of the best coffee in the world – in fact, it is one of the country’s main exports and some estimates suggest that the average Costa Rican drinks six cups per day! If on vacation in Costa Rica, you’ll want to take a visit to one of the country’s coffee plantations and make sure to grab a bag of Costa Rica’s finest to bring home with you.
If you care about the environment and love getting out and about with nature, then you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better vacation destination in the world than Costa Rica. The amazing wildlife, stunning scenery, and towering volcanoes combine to make it one of the most appealing travel destinations in the world. There are plenty of great hotels and resorts in the country, but for something extra special, and with an added dose of privacy, why not rent a private villa in Guanacaste province? Prices start at just $189 per person per night, and this price is all-inclusive, meaning you get every amenity you would expect from a luxury hotel, without having to share the pool with strangers! Villa de la Luna also overlooks the Pacific Ocean, giving you the most incredible morning view when savoring your first cup of Costa Rican coffee.
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