Over 1.7 million people a year visit Costa Rica. To put that in perspective, Costa Rica’s population is less than 5 million. Although it’s small in size, Costa Rica is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world.
What makes Costa Rica such a hot vacation spot? There are many reasons why people from around the globe vacation in Costa Rica, but three reasons are at the top of everyone’s list.
Costa Rica is a natural wonder of the world. The tropical rainforests alone make the country a premier travel destination. There are four national parks where visitors can explore exotic terrain and even spot monkeys, sloths, and iguanas out in the wild. It’s also possible to trek through the primary rainforest that is completely untouched by man.
Here are a few other environmental highlights:
Costa Rica is known for its breathtaking beaches, particularly Jacó Beach. The black sands are iconic and the city has an international vibe that makes anyone feel welcome. Of course, many of the people who frequent Costa Rica’s beaches are surfers looking for some of the best waves in the world. In total there are over 300 beaches along the Pacific and Carribean Sea coastlines.
There are few places in the world where you can see an active volcano, and Costa Rica is one of them. Just 56 miles northwest of San Jose is Arenal Volcano. Standing 5,479’ tall, Arenal can be seen from a great distance even when it isn’t putting on a lava show. There are three other smaller volcanoes: Turrialba Volcano, Irazu Volcano, and Rincon de la Vieja Volcano.
Costa Rica is lined with 14 river systems, some of which offer world-class white water rafting. These fast-flowing rivers are also the source of an abundance of clean hydropower that’s been used to provide electricity for the country.
If you’re looking for a mountain escape you’ll find that in Costa Rica too. The Talamanca Mountain Range, Guanacaste Mountain Range, and Central Mountain Range dominate miles of the Costa Rican landscape. The highest peak in the ranges is over 6,000 feet above sea level.
Ticos are some of the friendliest, most fun-loving people on the planet. The nickname Tico actually comes from their use of the suffix “tico”, which implies affection or fondness.
The people of Costa Rica are known for their tolerance and acceptance of others. So much so, it has earned Costa Rica the honor of being named the seat of the United Nations’ University of Peace.
You don’t have to know Spanish in most parts of the country, you can use your credit cards just about anywhere and there are affordable (sometimes direct) flights into San Jose every day of the week. In terms of international travel, Costa Rica is about as easy as it gets. For that reason, many people choose Costa Rica as their first excursion out of their own country.
Vacation in Costa Rica
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