8 Reasons to Go to Costa Rica
Did you know that 1.7 million people visit Costa Rica each year? Exploring the land of ‘rich coast’ has certainly been popular for some time now, and it’s not hard to see why… There’s no shortage of fun things to do in Costa Rica no matter what kind of vacation you’re after.
From taking a break from daily life to experiencing something completely new, people from all walks of life come from near and far to enjoy the vast array of attractions Costa Rica offers.
You are free to take your pick: Do you love nature? Are you addicted to adventures, an ecotourism devotee, or just love plunging into different cultures? Costa Rica provides you with a truly unique experience that can be enjoyed alone and with your loved ones.
And while writing a list of ALL the reasons why we love visiting Costa Rica would fill a whole book, let it suffice to say these following 8 reasons why you should book your trip now. Well, not NOW. At least finish reading this first. But right after would be a good time.
1. STUNNING NATURE & LANDSCAPES
Costa Rica is currently home to SIX active volcanoes, over 800 miles of stunning shorelines, and a whopping 50% of the country is made up of rainforests!
You could take a hike up the Arenal Volcano or enjoy the geothermal hot springs. Turtle spotting and surfing are among the favorite things to do if you’re a beach lover. You could also go exploring the many different rain forests that are home to an uncountable amount of different species: mammals, reptiles, amphibians, flowers, trees, insects, birds, and butterflies.
Warning: you may think that you somehow ended up in the setting of the movie “Avatar”. Yes, Brian, I’m talking to you. No, you can’t ride that bird! Get off that poor thing!
Okay, where were we? Ah, right, no matter what part of the country you’re in, Costa Rica has beautiful landscapes everywhere – beaches, volcanoes, mountains and rain forests. Costa Rica has it all, and we best not forget to mention the slice of city life you can experience in San Jose too!
2. VISIT COSTA RICA TO MEET THE FRIENDLY LOCALS
Costa Ricans are known to be among the most friendly and welcoming to foreigners, tourists, and visitors. They live a very modest lifestyle compared to western standards, but they love to meet people from all around the globe.
A lot of people who visit Costa Rica claim that the Costa Rican culture is like no other. When you experience the Pura Vida lifestyle you will agree and like them, you will fall in love with it. Everything seems to slow down. Heavy hearts become a lot lighter. Your focus shifts to the bright side of life, freeing your mind to “breathe in” all its wonders.
It’s something about Costa Rica that just rejuvenates travelers. Being the only species on this world to be stressed out ALL the time, we humans can learn a lot by watching Costa Rica’s…
3. DIVERSE WILDLIFE & SEA LIFE
Diverse doesn’t even begin to describe the Costa Rican wildlife and sea life. This country accounts for 6% of the world’s entire biodiversity. Did you know that? 500,000 species thrive in Costa Rica, with a little more than 300,000 being insects! Don’t worry, there are a lot of hungry frogs, too. They will take care of any insect that tries to mess with you!
You might see howler monkeys, scarlet macaw’s, rhino beetles, red-eyed tree frogs, and that’s only when traveling on land. If you venture out into Costa Rica’s marine territory, you’ll find a host of rays, sharks, dolphins, and whales as well.
4. OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES & ADVENTURES
Zip-lining, zip-lining, zip-lining, that’s all some people visit Costa Rica for. It is a major attraction especially for people who seek opportunities to get that rush… certainly not for the faint-hearted.
Don’t worry though. There are many different places to do zip-lining so if you want to get in on the fun without screaming your lungs out, you can do exactly that. From super-high to super-low, they have all sorts of zip lines so that you can gradually work your way up to Indiana Jones levels.
If you feel that zip-lining just isn’t your calling, you’ll find 100’s of other outdoor activities, including surfing, hiking, diving, white water rafting, and even horseback riding, if laying around at one of the pristine beaches doesn’t do it for you.
I’d be happy to just be able to lay around and read that book on why you should eat whatever you want while on vacation. Hey, everybody needs a break… even my diet! But back to the topic… and even more lovely reasons to go to Costa Rica.
5. SUSTAINABILITY EFFORTS
In recent years Costa Rica has made protecting the environment one of its top priorities. They’ve managed to restore and protect their rainforests and have been working to become completely CO2-neutral. In doing so, they recently earned themselves the right to be called UN Champions Of The Earth. If that name isn’t impressive enough, it’s worth noting that this is the UN’s highest environmental honor.
When you visit Costa Rica, you’ll support these sustainability efforts and see the measures they have been taking to protect the environment firsthand. You might even get some inspiration on how you can be more environmentally conscious in your own life, as many visitors find themselves doing once they get back home.
6. DELICIOUS FOOD & DRINKS
Costa Rica is home to some of the world’s best food and drink that cannot be enjoyed anywhere else. From fine dining to casual sodas (a local casual diner), there’s something for every budget.
Some delicious Costa Rican foods that you MUST try on your trip are Gallo Pinto, Tamales, Casado, and Olla De Carne. These are only some of the more popular dishes, but the choices are endless.
We mustn’t forget about the exotic tropical fruits, famous Costa Rican drinks, and the unmissable coffee. Maracuya (passion fruit), carambola (star fuit), guanabana (sour sop) and pitaya (red dragon fruit) are just some of the favorite fruits you’ll find in Costa Rica.
(Shhh: Top Tip: While you’re visiting, make sure you get some Costa Rican coffee. You’ll never forget that world-famous taste!)
7. GORGEOUS & LUXURIOUS ACCOMMODATIONS
Your trip to Costa Rica doesn’t have to be a holiday filled with rugged adventures and excursions. It can be the perfect place for a luxury getaway without emptying the savings account. There are countless gorgeous vacation rentals all over the country that will make your stay fun, relaxing, and special.
There are a variety of splendid properties at the Arenal Volcano offering magnificent geothermal hot springs that are suitable for the whole family. The luxury beach resorts provide easy and first-class access to some of the best beaches in Costa Rica.
If luxury is your thing, Costa Rica will definitely be your place to be.
8.VISIT COSTA RICA – THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH
And finally, one of our favorite reasons to go to Costa Rica is the fact that it truly is one of the friendliest places on the planet!
Multiple different sources report Costa Rica as the happiest place on earth, and when you visit, it won’t be hard to see why. Strong social connections, overall peaceful environment, and, most importantly of all – the Pura Vida lifestyle.
Pura Vida literally means “pure life,” and Costa Ricans take this very seriously. In essence, it means living simply and intentionally. Living in the moment, cherishing loved ones, taking care of yourself, and taking the time to do the things you enjoy the most. Think “hakuna matata” from the Lion King – Pura Vida is the Costa Rica version of that laid-back “worry-free philosophy”.
Also a heads up – the locals use “Pura Vida” quite a lot in conversion as a response to “how are you” and as a greeting when you meet “someone – just a little language tip before you jet off 🙂
CONCLUSION – SO MANY REASONS TO VISIT COSTA RICA
And there you have it – 8 solid reasons to visit Costa Rica. Volcanoes, rainforests, zip-lining, world-renowned coffee, and well, Pura Vida, of course. Costa Rica is the place to be for any adventure you can dream up. There is so much to choose from, no matter what your budget might be – large or small.
So if you’d like to start planning your Costa Rican getaway, get in touch with us and find out how we can help you get the most out of your trip.