#81 best destination in the world

 

Manuel Antonio Beach

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Best time to travel: Jan-April, mid Dec
Ease of travel: Moderate
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Sandy stretch inside Manuel Antonio National Park, with swimming, birds, trees full of monkeys

Arenal Volcano, Alajuela Province

Best time to travel: Jan-April, mid Dec
Walk difficulty: Moderate
Ease of travel: Moderate
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $$$

  • Active andesitic stratovolcano in the province of Alajuela
  • Geologically, Arenal is considered a young volcano and it is estimated to be less than 7,500 years old
  • The volcano was dormant for hundreds of years and exhibited a single crater at its summit, covered by dense vegetation
  • In 1968 it erupted unexpectedly, destroying the small town of Tabacón
  • Arenal’s eruption from 1968 to 2010 is the tenth longest duration volcanic eruption on Earth since 1750
  • Since 2010, Arenal has been dormant

Sendero Perezoso Trail, Manuel Antonio National Park

Best time to travel: Jan-April, mid Dec
Walk difficulty: Moderate
Ease of travel: Moderate
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Small national park just south of the city of Quepos, Puntarenas,
  • Established in 1972, it is considered the smallest of any Costa Rican national park
  • It is well known for its beautiful beaches and hiking trails
  • Tour of a sustainable organic coffee farm

Mount Chirripó, La Amistad International Park

Best time to travel: Jan-April, mid Dec
Ease of travel: Hard
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $$

  • Highest mountain in Costa Rica, with an elevation of 12,536 feet, located in Chirripó National Park, and noted for its extremely high biodiversity
  • Snow has not fallen on the peak in the past 100 years
  • Climbing Mount Chirripó is possible by obtaining a permit from the National Park office in San Gerardo de Rivas
  • From the trailhead, the summit can be reached via a 12.1 mile hike

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Puntarenas and Alajuela

Best time to travel: Jan-April, mid Dec
Walk difficulty: Moderate
Ease of travel: Moderate
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $

  • Costa Rican reserve within the Puntarenas and Alajuela provinces
  • The Reserve consists of cloud forest that consists of 6 ecological zones, 90% of which are virgin forest
  • A high biodiversity, consisting of over 2,500 plant species (including the most orchid species in a single place), 100 species of mammals, 400 bird species, 120 reptilian and amphibian species, and thousands of insects, has drawn both scientists and tourists alike

From Leona to Sirena, Corcovado National Park

Best time to travel: Jan-April, mid Dec
Walk difficulty: Moderate
Ease of travel: Moderate
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $$

  • National Park in Osa Canton, the largest park in Costa Rica, it is widely considered the crown jewel in the extensive system of national parks and biological reserves spread across the country, a visitor can expect to see an abundance of wildlife
  • Historically, logging has taken place in lowland areas because those areas are more easily accessible and contain the largest and most economically valuable trees
  • But those habitats, which feature diverse vegetation, are also usually the richest in biodiversity
  • So even though approximately half the tropical forests on Earth remain, what is left of the originally rich lowland forests is usually in too small an area to support the original natural biodiversity

Cerro Tortuguero, Tortuguero National Park

Best time to travel: Sept-Oct
Walk difficulty: Moderate
Ease of travel: Hard
Cost ($-$$-$$$): $$

  • National park in the Limón Province
  • Despite its remote location, reachable only by airplane or boat, it is the third-most visited park in Costa Rica
  • The park has a large variety of biological diversity due to the existence within the reserve of eleven different habitats, including rainforest, mangrove forests, swamps, beaches, and lagoons