Costa Rica is a country that is absolutely teeming with natural wildlife, beautiful beaches and stunning jungles; making it one of the most popular locations in the world when it comes to luxury winter holidays in the sun. As one of the most environmentally friendly nations in Latin America, much of its natural habitat has remained largely unspoiled to this day, making it simply perfect for those looking for some real sight-seeing when on their holidays. This is perhaps the main reason for its popularity, the fact that in addition to the superb cuisine, exotic beaches and the backdrop of volcanoes and jungles, there is so much to do in what is a relatively small country in Central America. If you get it right when booking one of the many luxury Costa Rica holidays available, then you really could be in for the trip of a lifetime.
Top Things to do in Costa Rica
As with any luxury holiday, what you get up to when you are in Costa Rica is really up to you. However, we have listed below the more popular activities available to you when visiting this great country. These are all natural wonders and do require a little bit of exploring, but with such rich nature and wildlife available in Costa Rica, it would be a travesty not to see these sights for yourself.
The Arenal Volcano was formed around 7,000 years ago from the adjacent Chato Volcano, which now lies dormant. Arenal’s most recent eruptive period began in 1968 with an explosion that buried three small villages and up until July 2010, eruptions had been constant and regular smoke and lava could be seen coming from the volcano. Since 2010, however, the volcano’s seismicity, explosions and lava flows have decreased significantly. Experts have confirmed that Arenal is still alive and is just temporarily dormant, making it quite safe to explore around its vicinity. Indeed, there are all sorts of activities that one can undertake when visiting the Arenal Volcano, such as horse riding, white water rafting and hiking.
Manuel Antonio National Park
The Manuel Antonio National Park is arguably the most popular park in the whole of Costa Rica and like much of the country, this park is flanked by both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Ocean making it simply serene. Manuel Antonio is home to a wide variety of fauna and flora, which not only adds to its beauty but also makes it a fascinating Costa Rican attractions for anyone with a keen eye for botany. One of the key reasons for this park’s popularity is the rich culture dating back to pre-Columbian times and genuine Tico hospitality. Many visitors to this part of Costa Rica leave rave review and say it is truly perfect for anyone looking for their own piece of paradise. One can take part in a wide range of sporting activities or just sit back, relax and take in all this unique part of the world has to offer.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Monteverde is a Costa Rican national park with an intriguing history, having been set up by George Powell, a scientist who was undertaking his pre-doctoral research on rare birds. So amazed was he at the extraordinary biological riches of the cloud forest, including the natural habitat of the famous golden frog, that he simply had to pay tribute to such an area of natural beauty, So, in 1972 he created and protected the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and tourists have been flocking here ever since to see the array of beautiful plants and creatures that are on offer. He obtained a donation of 820 acres of land owned by Guacimal Land Co that had been set aside for mining purpose, removed the squatters and the rest as they say, is history. So, when visiting Costa Rica for a luxury winter holiday in the sun, be sure to dedicate some of your time to visiting this remarkable national park. When it comes to Costa Rica attractions, they don’t really come more synonymously Central American than Monteverde.
These are our recommendations for making the most out of your luxury trip to Costa Rica, but there is so much more to explore and discover in the heart of Central America.