When Christopher Columbus gave Costa Rica her name, “rich coast”, he was referring to her gold deposits; little did he realize that the country’s fortune was in the incredible natural beauty and diversity that have made Costa Rica an ecotourism hotspot!
With over 11 different ecosystems and both a Pacific and Caribbean coastline, nature lovers will be spoiled for choice. From lowland jungles to rolling savannas, volcanic peaks to misty cloud forests, rugged Pacific headland to endless white Caribbean beaches, every region of Costa Rica reveals something unique.
Watch sea turtles hatching on the Tortuguero coast, a truly remarkable experience; and explore the lush national park of the same name. Head north to Arenal Volcano, whose frequent eruptions are simply spectacular. The nearby Monteverde Biological Reserve is one of the most outstanding wildlife refuges in the country; hike along the floor of the forest or enjoy the view from a canopy walkway and sample the delicious local coffee produced in the region.
Costa Rica has activities to entice even the most adventurous traveller- white water rafting, volcano hikes, cloud forest treks, mountain-biking tours, diving, surfing and more. Alternatively, hire a car and explore the country via the excellent roads that make even remote regions accessible.