The best “must do” activities in Costa Rica

A cruise ship at Costa Rica, ©roger4336/Flickr

A cruise ship at Costa Rica, ©roger4336/Flickr

Costa Rica‘s “must do” list is much longer than you should imagine, you need to do more than a few day visit to try most of activities. The country provides a wide range of programs for all ages, starting from the little ones, throughout the youngsters, until seniors.

Costa Rica is one of the best holiday resorts for those who just need relaxation enjoying the beautiful landscapes, sunbathing on the gold sand and bathing in the sea. The list of must sees is longer than your arm, but all the activities and locations where you can enjoy them are listed here.

Volcano Watching and Hot Springs

Arenal is the premier destination with its lava flows, fire belching, and rolling smoking boulders, rivers wind through bountiful rainforests, waterfalls crash amidst inspiring canyons but Poás and Irazú have their attractions as well. There are hundreds of hotsprings in this volcanic land and a couple of them have spawned spas. If you want to relax your tired muscles (or have a masseur relax them for you) hit the natural pools, then spend a night at Tabacón resort.

Arenal vulcano, ©paularps/Flickr

Arenal vulcano, ©paularps/Flickr

Hundreds of bird species to discover

Everyone becomes an amateur birder as soon as they land in Costa Rica. You can’t help but notice the remarkable colors, calls and plumage. Costa Rica’s Aviafauna is some of the most diverse in the world attracting plenty of serious bird watchers and qualified guides who’ll fill you in on the habits and natural history of the species if you’re a novice. Costa Rica offers to birders great birdwatching opportunities within relatively short distances, involving very diverse habitats in the six ornitologic regions of the country, from sea level to high mountains above 11.000 f.a.s.l.

Costa rican tucan, ©andyrusch/Flickr

Costa rican tucan, ©andyrusch/Flickr

Wonderful Nature Cruises

The canals of Tortuguero, wetlands of Caño Negro, and mangroves of the Damas estuary adjacent to Manuel Antonio are the most popular places to sit back relax and let the boatman be your guide to bird and wildlife spotting. Discover the secret ways different exotic trees of Costa Rica replenish the environment worldwide, yet sustain themselves for decades of growth.

A cruise ship at Costa Rica, ©roger4336/Flickr

A cruise ship at Costa Rica, ©roger4336/Flickr

Discover Costa Rica’s breathtaking waterfalls

Rainforests, mountains, and canyons add up to countless waterfalls and you can enjoy anything from walk up viewing platforms a few yards from a restaurant to strenuous hikes into secluded skinny-dipping pools. Discovering the waterfalls of Costa Rica should be a great experience. In Costa Rica, dozens of mountain springs, streams, and rivers snake through the forest, and with so much freshwater, Costa Rica has managed to meet a significant portion of its energy needs through the generation of hydroelectric power.

Try Costa Rica’s best Coffees

Before it was supplanted by tourism, coffee was the main driving force of Costa Rica’s economy. A tour of a coffee farm and processing facility is a great way to satisfy your curiosity about the source of your morning cuppa and get an introduction to Tico history and culture.

Costa Rica - Doka Coffee Estate, ©andyrusch/Flickr

Costa Rica – Doka Coffee Estate, ©andyrusch/Flickr

Now you have a short top 5 guide to things you must do in Costa Rica. Hopefully this will help you finding the most amazing activities while spending your holiday there.

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