Costa Rica - Tour By Regions
Volcanoes, Cloudforests, Rainforests
Costa Rica is a country of amazing biodiversity. Its wildlife, natural attractions and reputation for conservation attract nature lovers from all over the world. Bordered by both the Caribbean and Pacific Oceans, the seemingly endless coastline varies from lush, mangrove-fringed beach to rugged, rocky shore. With its exhilarating whitewater and varied terrain, this multisport mecca provides enough activity for the most adventurous traveler, yet the serene stretches of white sand beach are the perfect venue for relaxation as well.
Central Costa Rica is most likely where your vacation will begin and/or end. The international airport in Alajuela, just outside the capitol city of San Jose, is the second busiest in all of Central America. From here, you can explore Poas volcano, the bustling capitol city of San Jose and drive the Inter-Americana Highway through the "Mountain of Death" on your way to San Isidro de El General.
North Central Costa Rica has the very popular cities of Monteverde known for its cloud forest and La Fortuna know for the Arenal volcano. The cloud forest of Monteverde offers canopy tours and zip lining. Hike Arenal volcano or windsurf on Lake Arenal just outside of La Fortuna.
North Pacific Costa Rica means sun and surf. The Nicoya Peninsula has Tamarindo which offers incredible surfing and swimming. Ostional is a great place to watch the turtles lay their eggs and is known for the Ostional National Wildlife Refuge. Tambor has the Curu Wildlife Refuge which is a great place to bird watch.
Guanacaste is home to Liberia, Tilaran, and La Cruz. There areas are know for its beaches, mountains, volcanos, surfing, fishing and yoga retreats. The Rincon de la Vieja volcano is near Liberia, La Cruz has wonderful snorkeling and scuba, and Tilaran overlooks Lake Arenal where you'll find some of the best windsurfing.
Central Pacific Costa Rica provides lots to do from sun and surf to national parks and biological centers. Quepos and Manuel Antonio has the wonderful Manuel Antonio National Park along with charming restaurants and hotels. Jaco has fantastic surfing, sea kayaking and sport fishing. Dominical has the famous Marino Ballena while Puntarenas servers up great surfing and seafood.
South Pacific Costa Rica means adventure. Explore the precious bio-gem that is Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula, visit Drake Bay for some kayaking or sport fishing, and explore Golfito or "little bay".
Caribbean Costa Rica will provide a different taste of the country with its Afro-Caribbean origins. Enjoy the famous carnivals and festivals in Puerto Limon or boat trips through the canals in Tortuguero.