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    Tourist Attractions in Costa Rica

    The most interesting tourist attractions places in Costa Rica. Photos and a brief description.

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    About Costa Rica

    Costa Rica is a small but sufficiently developed country for Central America. It is worth going there not only for the incredible nature, fun holidays, safe walks, pirate treasures and beautiful architecture of the capital. You can come to Costa Rica for happiness! According to a study conducted in 2012, the happiest people live in Costa Rica. They don’t have advanced technologies, highways and huge skyscrapers. So what brings happiness?

    Costa Rica has a pleasant climate. Many points of the country rise above sea level by a thousand meters. There are also conditions for wonderful surfing and beach holidays, both with children and with a noisy company.

    Volcanoes are a must-visit in Costa Rica. Not going down into the crater of the Turrialba volcano and not looking at the magical fire show of Arenal means not seeing the country, not feeling its breath. There are many national parks in Costa Rica. Some of them remain almost untouched, and in some, they say, even treasures are hidden. Pirate Island is also worth a visit. Who knows, maybe you will be lucky to find the riches looted by robbers.

    Top Tourist Attractions in Costa Rica

    City of San Jose

    The capital and largest city of Costa Rica. San Jose is located at an altitude of 1200 meters, surrounded by valleys and mountains. It is home to about half of the population of the whole country. The residents of the city are friendly and sociable, the streets are quite clean, and in the center there are beautiful pedestrian streets, parks, old buildings, museums and shopping centers. You can also buy real aromatic coffee in San Jose.

    City of San Jose
    Arenal Volcano

    Arenal Volcano

    This is the youngest and most spectacular volcano in Costa Rica. The last time a major Arenal eruption was recorded was in 2000. It has a height of 1657 meters, on its territory there is a national park of the same name and a lake. Now the volcano periodically produces small lava eruptions that do not threaten the population in any way, but serve as a very spectacular show for tourists.

    Manuel Antonio National Park

    The park is located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. It was founded in 1972. Manuel Antonio occupies a little more than 16 km2, but despite this, it becomes a place of 150 thousand tourists every year. The park is known for its four beautiful beaches and hiking trails. It also has many tidal pools suitable for scuba diving.

    Manuel Antonio National Park
    Coconut Island

    Coconut Island

    It is the largest uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean. Its area is 24 km2. It is located 600 km from the west coast of Costa Rica. The island is known thanks to a legend that says that an incredible treasure is hidden on it, which no one has found yet. The whole island is covered with wild jungles, Roundel-Con Mountain is in the center, and algae grow violently and sharks live in the coastal waters.

    Arenal Lake

    It is the largest lake in Costa Rica. It is located 90 km from San Jose. The lake area is 80 km2. It reached this size after the construction of the hydroelectric dam in 1979. Depending on the season, the depth of the lake varies from 30 to 60 meters. There is a beautiful tropical forest around the reservoir, and in the period from April to November thousands of tourists come to the lake who want to go windsurfing.

    Arenal Lake
    Turrialba Volcano

    Turrialba Volcano

    This is an active volcano, which is located 30 km east of San Jose. The height of its largest peak is 3340 meters. This is the only volcano in the country, into the crater of which you can descend. There is a constant process of lava formation in it, which tourists can see. Amazing panoramas of tropical forests open from the high peaks of the volcano.

    Guayabo

    On the southern slope of the volcano Turrialba is the archaeological site of Guayabo. While a small part of it has been excavated, its size is 218 hectares. But it is already possible to judge the importance and level of development of the city by it. It has been inhabited since 1000 BC, in 800 AD it was inhabited by about 10 thousand people, and in 1400 the city was abandoned. Archaeologists have discovered the remains of stone streets, aqueducts, the foundations of wooden houses.

    Guayabo
    Corcovado National Park

    Corcovado National Park

    The park is located on the Pacific Ocean coast, on the Osa Peninsula. It includes 42,500 hectares of almost untouched rain forest with incredible flora and fauna. The nature of the park consists of at least eight ecosystems. It sprouts more than 500 species of trees and is home to many animals. Main attraction Corcovado – Salsipuedes Cave. According to legend, Francis Drake left a treasure in it.

    Iras

    This is a volcano that is located 31 km from the city of Cartago. It is located at an altitude of 3700 m above sea level. In one of its craters there used to be a salt lake that changed color from red to green, but after the earthquake it disappeared. But the volcano has not lost its beauty because of this. Incredible views open up from it, and during the ascent to the volcano you only need to have time to photograph everything.

    Iras
    National Theatre of Costa Rica

    National Theatre of Costa Rica

    The theater began to be built in 1891, and opened in 1897. The money for the construction was found by coffee magnates: they introduced a tax on coffee exports. Thus, the national theater has become a symbol of the economic prosperity of the state. For its construction, the Paris Opera was taken as a model. The theater is built in the Renaissance style and decorated with statues. Once an expensive interior was damaged by an earthquake, but was restored.

    Poas Volcano

    The territory of the volcano is a national park of Costa Rica. It was founded in 1971, and its area is 65 km2. The maximum height of the volcano is 2700 meters. Poas has three craters, of which two are inactive. The crater of one of them is a picturesque ice lake. Its diameter is 360 meters. Many animals and plants can be found in the park. Among them are beautiful magnolias and orchids.

    Poas Volcano
    Monteverde National Park

    Monteverde National Park

    This is one of the richest nature reserves in the tropical belt. It is located at an altitude of 1400 m, so it is constantly shrouded in a foggy haze. There are hotels for tourists on the territory of the park. Walking around Monteverde, you can see more than 400 species of orchids, 400 species of birds and 2500 species of plants. Among the entertainment in the park is rope descent. Wearing insurance, you can fly at an altitude of 40 meters and look at the park from a height.

    La Fortuna Waterfall

    This picturesque waterfall is located in Arenal National Park. The height from which the water flow falls is 70-75 m. There is a path leading to the top, which can be climbed on foot or by horse. There is also an observation deck with an incredible view of the waterfall and moss-covered rocks and canyon. The waterfall pool has cool water in which you can swim.

    La Fortuna Waterfall
    Tortuga Island

    Tortuga Island

    This is an island in the Caribbean Sea, famous for legends about pirates. In the old days, this piece of land was a haven for generations of sea robbers. Pirates sailed on it to repair ships, sell looted goods and jewelry, relax and have fun. Now the island attracts adventurous tourists.

    The city of Haco

    The city is located on the Pacific coast. You can get to it by car from San Jose in 1.5 hours. This is a youth resort, which attracts active and fun-loving tourists. There are excellent surfing conditions on the beaches of Hako, and a beginner can find a place here where he will learn to stand on a board. Hako never sleeps at night. There are a lot of bars, clubs and restaurants here. Souvenirs are sold on every corner at low prices.

    The city of Haco
    La Amistad International Park

    La Amistad International Park

    The park is located on the border of Costa Rica and Panama. Its total area is more than 5,700 km2, which are covered with picturesque tropical rain forests. It is the largest nature reserve in Central America. At the same time, four indigenous Indian tribes live in the park. It also contains the remains of human activity that lived in the X century BC.

    San Jose Gold Museum

    The museum is located in the capital of Costa Rica, not far from the Square of Culture. It presents gold jewelry and products created by Indians. Some of the exhibits were created in the V century BC. A total of 2,000 gold items are shown in the museum. Among them are figurines, golden shields, household items. But this is not all the heritage of the Indians, much of it has been destroyed or melted down.

    San Jose Gold Museum
    Guanacaste Nature Conservation Area

    Guanacaste Nature Conservation Area

    This is an area in the north-west of Costa Rica, which includes five parks. Their total area is more than 1400 km2. National parks protected by the state and UNESCO are important natural complexes. They have not yet been fully explored, but they surprise with their rich fauna, flora and beautiful landscapes.

    Santa Teresa Beach

    Santa Teresa Beach is called one of the most beautiful civilized beaches of Costa Rica. It has snow-white sand, clean water, all conditions for surfing. Those who want a quiet and relaxing holiday will find nice bungalows here, delicious dishes are served in restaurants on the beaches, and in the evenings there are no noisy discos. In the village near the beach you can find everything a tourist needs.

    Santa Teresa Beach
    Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels in Cartago

    Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels in Cartago

    After the earthquake, Cartago was destroyed. The only surviving building was the Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels. It is located on the central square of the city. Inside, you can see the miraculous statue of the "Black Madonna", admire the amazing stained glass windows and figures with which the basilica is decorated around the perimeter.

    Braulio Carrillo National Park

    The park was founded in 1978 and named after the president of the country. Its area is about 44 thousand hectares. Most of the park is occupied by beautiful mountains, densely covered with tropical forests. Two extinct volcanoes are also interesting. Due to the sudden changes in altitude, the flora and fauna in the park are diverse. There are more than 600 species of trees in it alone.

    Braulio Carrillo National Park
    Waterfall Science

    Waterfall Science

    This is not a waterfall promoted by travel agencies, which the locals love very much. From the parking lot to the water, you will need to walk several kilometers through the forest. But this is not too tedious route, because there is very beautiful nature around. The waterfall falls with great force, forming a pool of very cold water. You can also catch tiny frogs in the waters of the waterfall.

    Venado Caves

    These are limestone caves that were created about 15-20 million years ago. Stalactites and stalagmites create an amazing interior inside them. Inside the cave there is no illumination or anything for the entertainment of tourists. There is water on the floor almost everywhere, so tourists feel like real researchers. You can wander with a flashlight through the narrow passages as much as you want.

    Venado Caves
    Simon Bolivar Zoo

    Simon Bolivar Zoo

    The zoo is located in the city of San Jose. This is the largest zoo in Costa Rica. There are many representatives of cats living in it, there is a large serpentarium in which colorful snakes are kept. Many of them are poisonous. The main thing that the zoo boasts is a huge collection of colorful parrots collected from all the forests of the country.

    Public Instagram Photos from Costa Rica

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    Miramar, Peninsula de Osa

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    Sisters who surf together have more fun ✌🏽

    Thank you graceeliza and laurendrainfit for surfing with us!
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    Hola Arenal Volcano! Thanks for finally coming out and saying hi 👋

    So we haven't posted on Instagram in a awhile as we've been working hard on some projects and taking advantage of the low season to travel around Costa Rica a bit before the high season hits so we have lots of content to share with you soon. We are posting stories though so be sure to check those 🤗

    For now we'll leave you with this photo of Arenal Volcano from our Airbnb, we got 2 days of crazy rain and then finally one clear morning. But we did manage to do a lot of activities which we'll share soon!

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    This water really is bright turquoise! 💚💙

    This is Rio Celeste, a river with a waterfall in the Tenorio Volcano National Park of Costa Rica. Locals say it got its stunning color when God dipped his brush in the river as he was painting the sky!

    How to visit Rio Celeste:

    💙 Tenorio Volcano National Park is located in northern Costa Rica. It isn’t very close to any big towns, and is about a 2 hour drive from La Fortuna and 3 hours from Monteverde. Some of the roads are rough!
    💙 The park is open from 8:00-2:00 and costs $12 for non-residents.
    💙 The Rio Celeste trail is 3.7 miles round trip and not particularly hard. There are a lot of stairs to get down to the waterfall that can be challenging but I saw people of all ages and sizes successfully hiking. Bring water because it gets hot!
    💙 The trail can get muddy and you can rent mud boots for $5.

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