You will definitely would wish to travel to Costa Rica after watching this video. Costa Rica is known for its incredible national parks, where tourists can enjoy some thrilling activities like river rafting, canyoning, cave tubing, and zip lining. It’s also one of the best places for animal lovers to discover some interesting wildlife like macaws, sea turtles, and adorable sloths.
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Costa Rica is one of the world’s most popular destinations for eco-tourists because of its biodiversity. Costa Rica possesses the greatest density of species in the world, and around 25% of its national territory is protected by a system of conservation areas and national parks. It has been stated in various places that Costa Rica may contain as much as 6% of the world’s plant and animal species.
San José – The capital.
Alajuela – location of Juan Santamaría International Airport
Cartago – Costa Rica’s first capital
Dominical – the South Pacific coast’s largest city, among incredibly biodiversity and natural beauty
Heredia – Coffee plantations
Liberia – Location of Daniel Oduber International Airport and gateway to the beaches of Guanacaste, such as Samara, Nosara, Carillo
Puerto Limón – Main city on the Caribbean side
Puntarenas – Ferry to Nicoya Peninsula
Quesada – the largest city by far in the country’s North, surrounded by hot springs popular with Costa Rican vacationers
Costa Rica’s list of birds includes:
16 species of parrots including the fabulous scarlet macaw.
50 species of hummingbirds.
10 species of trogons with the resplendent quetzal as the jewel.
6 species of toucans, including the keel-billed and chestnut-mandibled.
Half the bird species in Costa Rica are passerines including warblers, sparrows and finches.
16 species of ducks, including the fulvous whistling, white-faced ruddy and American wigeon.
13 species of falcons, including the peregrine falcon, merlin and American kestrel.
36 species of prey, including the gray hawk, swallow-tailed kite, solitary eagle and northern harrier.
6 species of cracidae which look like turkeys.
8 species of new world quails.
15 species of rallideas including the rufous-necked wood-rail, American coot and ruddy crake.
19 species of owls including the black-and-white, Costa Rican pygmy, central American pygmy and striped.
3 species of potoos including the great, northern and common.
16 species of woodpeckers, including cinnamon, chestnut-colored and pale-billed.
Costa Rica is a country with an extraordinary wealth of things to do, but regardless of your travel interests, you’re going to want to spend time at one of the country’s great beaches. The lion’s share of beach tourism is concentrated on the Pacific side, in the Central Pacific region near San José, the Nicoya Peninsula, and in the dry tropical forests of Guanacaste. Less touristed, but no less beautiful are the beaches in the tropical rainforest of the southern Pacific coast near Corcovado National Park, or on the exotic, rastafarian, eco-tourism paradise of the Caribbean side.
While some of the best beach vacations will be found on tiny quiet beaches off the beaten path, or even at exclusive resorts, here’s a quick list of the country’s biggest and most popular beach destinations:
Corcovado — the main beach on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula, with black sand beaches fronted by the thick Costa Rican tropical rainforest
Dominical — probably the biggest surfing destination in the country, with a good nightlife scene
Jacó — the party beach city right by San José, a surfer’s paradise full of nightlife and casinos
Montezuma — the bohemian option, on the Nicoya Peninsula, full of dreadlocks, surfers, and what you would expect would come along with them (known as “monte fuma” by the locals)
Playa Santa Teresa — One of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica, located on the Western tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, known for its great surfing conditions, consistent all year round.
Playa Grande — this tranquil white sand beach is home to the largest nesting site for the Leatherback sea turtle on the Pacific coast, as well as, one of the best surfing waves in the Guanacaste Province
Tamarindo — well known as a surfing and fishing destination with a big choice of hotels and restaurants.
Tortuguero — the Caribbean side’s most famous beach, which caters to eco-tourists looking to explore the rain-forest and spot some Manatees
If you want to locate the best Costa Rican beaches then check out CRsurf.com’s Costa Rica Map. It was created by Greg Gordon who has surfed every break on this map. There are some hidden gems.
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