Costa Rica boasts a large number of beaches along its 1,228 kilometres of Pacific and Atlantic coastline, 100 of them to be found on the Pacific side alone. One feature that helps make the country’s coastline unique is the fact it has been spared intense development, and in many cases sea and jungle combine as one in untouched and entirely natural settings. Costa Rica’s beaches are all within easy reach, too, with none of them being more than an eight-hour car drive away from the capital San Jose. What’s more, the world’s leading hotel chains are also present at some of its coastal resorts.
Costa Rica sits on the Pacific Ocean’s Ring of Fire. As a result of the subduction of the Cocos Plate beneath the Caribbean Plate, it is home to 112 volcanoes, five of which remain active. Possessing one of the largest craters in the world at 1.5 kilometres wide, the awe-inspiring Poas Volcano is an obvious attraction, as is the majestic Arenal, Costa Rica’s most active volcano, where you can relax in therapeutic hot springs or take a boat trip on its vast lake.
Nature for all
With 33 national forests and nature reserves, Costa Rica is a paradise for nature lovers and offers plenty in the way of adventure and adrenaline-fuelled excitement too. Take a trip to the country’s wilds and you will see a wide array of mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians, insects, fish, plants and endangered species. You can also get an entirely different view of these magnificent natural environments by trying your hand at a zipline canopy tour.
Messing about on the water
The product of the country’s unique terrain, Costa Rica’s stunning white-water rivers, with their countless waterfalls, are perfect for rafting. Offering four different levels of difficulty, this safe but fun sport is a guaranteed adrenaline rush and provides an alternative way of taking in Costa Rica’s amazing scenery.
Culture, art and entertainment
Delve deep into the culture of Costa Rica by paying a visit to San Jose’s many museums and theatres. At the Museo de Arte Costarricense you will find collections featuring artworks from the second half of the 19th century, while the Museo de Oro Contemporaneo houses 1,600 pre-Columbian gold artefacts. If you are after a good show, then check to see what’s on at the Teatro Melico Salazar and the Teatro Nacional, which both offer an extensive programme of plays, concerts and comedy shows.