Why Visit Costa Rica?
Traveling is less a hobby than a lifestyle. When vacations come only once a year, you've got to fall in love with the place before you even arrive. Do a quick google image search of Costa Rica and you'll find all the reasons you need: bubbling hot springs, cascading waterfalls nestled in the primary rainforest, smoldering volcanoes, white sand beaches and smiling three-toed sloths. Each picture captures a single moment, a lasting memory of someone's favorite vacation.
Dig your toes into the silky volcanic sands and stark white beaches on two different coasts only hours apart. Invent your own excursion on treks into some of the world's most unique environments like the Monteverde cloud forest, where dew clings to ancient, colossal rainforest trees layered in bromeliads and mosses, mired in fog. Hike to the top of an active volcano and peer into their massive craters at bubbling sulfuric lagoons spewing water vapor and gas. Or, paddle through canals of a mangrove forest by kayak, looking between the branches for Costa Rica's incredible wildlife.
Five percent of the world's biodiversity is packed into Costa Rica. Among this diversity, are animals of incredible beauty, bizarre evolutions and amazing abilities. Lizards that can run across the top of the water, monkeys that make the second loudest noise of any animal in the world, bats that build tents and snakes the color of gold. Visitors to the country can't help but be enchanted by an encounter with a sloth, a red-eyed tree frog, a resplendent quetzal or an up close visitation from a capuchin monkey.
To see all that Costa Rica's about, you're going to have to get off your feet… and probably off the ground. Canopy tours attract visitors from all over the world with the allure of a safe, high-thrill adventure through the rainforest, over rivers, between mountains and through the sky. Costa Rica offers dozens of different canopy tours with zip lines designed for everyone; families, couples and adrenaline junkies.
Off the ground and into the water, Costa Rica has world-class diving and snorkeling in the Pacific at Cocos Island, Cano Island and in the Osa Peninsula as well as in the Caribbean in Puerto Viejo, Punta Uva and Manzanillo. Explore undersea canyons caused by jostled tectonic plates, visit with dolphins, octopus, sea turtles, rays and a rainbow of tropical fish. But you don't have to leave the mainland to enjoy the water, surf the coastline at world-renowned destinations like Hermosa Beach, Dominical and Salsa Brava, or, jump on one of the country's many whitewater rafting trips like a full-day adventure on the Pacuare River – considered one of the top whitewater rafting trips in the world. Explore the canyons in the rainforests in Manuel Antonio, Monterverde and Arenal on canyoneering tours where you'll rappel down waterfalls, zip-line through gorges, hike through streams and swim in spring-fed pools.
Spend five minutes in the country and you're sure to hear someone say "Pura Vida!". It's the country's motto meaning "pure life" and it encapsulates Costa Rican culture. Friendly, relaxed and helpful, Costa Rica is the most developed country in Central America and one of the most progressive. It abolished its army in 1948 and has never looked back, instead re-investing the money into education and social welfare. Today Costa Rica is a leader in environmental protection and biological research with 26 national parks, awards for clean beaches and approximately 93 percent of its energy coming from renewable resources.
Why visit Costa Rica?
Costa Rica has the zest, the vitality to arouse those childhood reveries of exploration, to relax those shoulder muscles tense from hours spent over a computer and the vivaciousness to renew a thirst for life. A visit to Costa Rica will have you falling head over heels with earth's mystery and wonder. Why visit Costa Rica? To re-connect.