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Costa Rica looks amazing, doesn’t it? I’d say it’s near the top of my list when it comes to countries I’d love to visit. With stunning coastlines, thriving forests and a whole lot of volcanoes, it looks like the place of dreams. In fact, I have been doing a bit of dreaming, and I’ve put together an idea of my perfect Costa Rican Holiday. It starts with one of these beautiful Costa Rica beach homes, because what dream holiday doesn’t start with a villa on the beach right? Sipping cocktails by the pool, strolling down to the beach for a little dip in the sea… heaven.
Of course, accommodation is just the start. What Costa Rica has to offer outside of your villa is what makes the place magical. Whether you are a thrill seeker, or prefer the easy life, there’s something for everyone here. Candle light yoga, a zip line through the trees, hanging out with monkeys, surfing; it all sounds perfect to me. I used to be a ‘lie on the beach all day’ kinda girl, but now that I have a family, I’m all about the experiences, which is why Costa Rica is on my travel bucket list.
Things to do in Costa Rica
During my dream holiday planning, I’ve been looking at things to do in Costa Rica, and let me tell you, the list is pretty long. There are a few things which stand out:
Arenal Volcano and Surrounding Hot Springs
You can’t visit Costa Rica without taking in the sights of a volcano. The region has five active volcanoes, with many more laying dormant. Probably the most famous of them all is the Arenal. Although it is in resting phase at the moment, over the last 50 years it has been Costa Rica’s most active volcano. Arenal’s geothermal activity had led to a lot of natural hot springs in the area. You can spend the day relaxing in the springs, soaking up your beautiful surroundings. It sounds like the perfect way to unwind after a busy few days travelling to your destination.
Hang Out With Wildlife in a National Park
Costa Rica has 28 national parks, covering over 25% of the country. These protected areas feature a diverse range of landscapes: with beaches, rainforests and volcanic areas, with so much wildlife to see in each of them. You can find monkeys in the Pacific coast’s Manuel Antonio National Park, or Sea Turtles in their protected nesting area in Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean coast. In fact, the national parks are home to so many animals. White-faced capuchins, scarlet Macaws, toucans (and so many more beautiful exotic birds), Ocelots to name but a few; But my personal favourite has to be the sloths.
The best place to spot a sloth in the wild is along the pacific coastal national parks. Don’t forget to look up! The national parks have a lot to offer, so whatever region you are visiting, check out the local parks and reservations to explore. If you are hoping to spot some wildlife, it’s often a good idea to book a guided tour too, to make the most of your visit!
Zip Line Above the Trees
If you’ve got a craving for a bit of adventure, why not try zip lining through the gorgeous Costa Rican landscape? There are zip line experiences available throughout the region, which offer a unique view of the surroundings. Non adrenaline junkies can see the forests from an elevated view on an arial tram or from the many hanging bridges. Whatever you decide, seeing the landscapes from that particular view point is a must, even for those with a fear of heights (like me!).
With beautiful beaches and great conditions for water sports, surfing is pretty popular in Cost Rica. I’ve never been surfing, but I’d absolutely love to try. Both of the countries coastlines offer surfing opportunities, however the pacific coast offers a more year round surf. Tamarindo on the North Pacific coastline is the perfect place for you to learn if you are a beginner. The popular surfing town also offers diving experiences and fishing, so it’s a great destination for water anyone wanting to explore the water. The best time to visit if you are a beginner is December or January, which also falls in Costa Rica’s dry season of December – April. Don’t fancy dipping your toes in the water? The beaches here are pretty spectacular too.
Visit a Yoga Retreat
Fancy taking things at a slower pace? With yoga retreats dotted all over the country, there’s no better place to unwind and meditate. Often set in wonderfully tranquil surroundings, a Yoga retreat lets you relax and rejuvenate with like minded people. A quick google search returns hundreds of retreats, so have a look around to find one which is right for you. It could be the perfect end to your perfect holiday; It would be for me at least.
If all of that hasn’t tickled your fancy, there is so much more on offer in Costa Rica. Horseback riding, hiking, exploring caves, white water rafting, soaking in the culture in capital city San José. If you are looking for somewhere new to visit on your travels this year, Costa Rica really does offer so much.
Have you ever been to Costa Rica, or would you like to visit? Let me know your thoughts and experiences in the comments below!