Costa Rica is a stunning country with a lot to offer its visitors. It is bordered to the East and Northeast by the Caribbean sea; to the West by the Pacific Ocean; to the Southeast by Panama and to the North by Nicaragua. It has a surface area of 51,100 square kilometers and offers a wide variety of rivers, plains, mountains, valleys, plants and animals, volcanoes, beaches, and wildlife reserves. It has a population of around 4.5 million people, whose native language is Spanish although English is spoken by a big part of the population.

Zip Line through the Monteverde Cloud Forest

One of the main attractions of Costa Rica, zip lining through the Monteverde Cloud Forest is thrilling. The start is an open-air gondola from the ground up to the observation area where there are fantastic views. This is where the ride down the zip line track starts, stretching across canyons and through the treetops.


Costa Rica accounts for only 0.03 percent of the earth's surface but it contains nearly 6 percent of the world's biodiversity. This is due to its geographical location between the North and South American continents, it's neotropical climate and its wide variety of habitats. It is home to more than 500,000 species. Visitors can see a wide variety of fungi and plants in addition to beautiful butterflies, amphibians, reptiles and mammals. 

Beaches and Surfing

Costa Rica has nearly 300 different beaches along its stunning Pacific and Caribbean coastlines. The sand can vary from white, black, or brown coloration with variations from shells or scattered with rocks to soft, fine sand. Many beaches are great for swimming, while others are better for surfing. Some of the most popular beaches are:

  • Cahuita
  • Jaco
  • Manuel Antonio
  • Papagayo Gulf
  • Playa Avellana
  • Puerto Viejo
  • Tamarindo

San Jose

National Parks

Costa Rica’s national park system is a network of protected rainforests, tropical dry forests, cloud forests, marine areas, and wetlands. There are currently 26 national parks, which encompass more than 25% of the country's total landmass. Costa Rica has been a world leader in conservation policies with protected areas and all park entrance fees and donations support the local community and park maintenance. Some of the most popular national parks are:

  • Arenal Volcano National Park
  • Cahuita National Park
  • Corcovado National Park
  • Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Marino Ballena National Park
  • Marino Las Baulas National Park
  • Tortuguero National Park

Costa Rica Imagery

La Paz Waterfall Gardens

La Paz waterfall Gardens is the most visited privately owned ecological attraction in Costa Rica, featuring great hiking near San Jose, famous waterfalls and a rescued wildlife preserve with over 100 species of animals.

Poás Volcano National Park

Poás Volcano National Park, is a National Park in Costa Rica that covers an area of approximately 65 square kilometres; the summit is 2,700 metres. At Poás, you can get all the way to the edge of the crater. The volcano is located in the Central Volcanic Conservation Area located in the Alajuela Province near the Pacific Coast. The main crater is 290 metres deep and is quite active with frequent small geyser and lava eruptions, however the last major eruptions were during 1952-54. Two more craters make up parts of the park, the extinct Von Frantzuis crater and the Botos crater. Botos is a crater lake with a diameter of 370 metres.


Costa Rica is a great place to see a variety of unique birds and a popular destination for birdwatchers. You can see birds such as the Quetzal, Parrot, Toucan, Hummingbird, Flycatcher and many, many more!