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Costa Rica has successfully marketed itself as one of the top nature tourism destinations in the world. A very well developed tourism infrastructure, large areas of undisturbed rainforest, excellent luxury hotels and beautiful beach resorts mean that Costa Rica has the makings of a very well balanced trip to Latin America.

Costa Rica's Volcanoes & Wildlife Tours

Start your tour of Costa Rica with between 5 to 7 days exploring the mainland. Many tour operators offer an excellent three or four night package from the capital, San Jose, that visit both Arenal volcano and Monteverde cloudforest. Arenal is a constantly erupting volcano a few hours from San Jose - if ever you wanted to witness a volcanic eruption, this is one place where you're almost guaranteed to see one (unless the weather prevents it). Nearby Monteverde Cloudforest provides easy access to rainforest that is excellent for wildlife viewing, nature trails, birdwatching, jungle canopy zip lines and has a range of fine jungle lodges.

Those particularly keen on adventure tours and wildlife might consider also visiting Tortuguero National Park. Tortugero, on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast, combines beaches with wildife viewing perfectly. Tortugera is well known as a turtle nesting site, but there is a host of other wildlife viewing opportunities in addition. Corcovado National Park is an alternative area excellent for wildlife vacations in Costa Rica.

Beach Resorts

Following your tour of Costa Rica's mainland, head to one of the many low key beach resorts on the Pacific coast. All the best beach resorts lie on the Pacific coast, which is also great for surfing. Tamarindo, Playa de Coco, Puntarenas and Guanacaste are all surfing hotspots. In terms of luxury hotels and beach resorts, you might consider Manuel Antonio Park, the Osa Peninsula, Puerto Limon or Tamarindo.

See our recent Costa Rica Trip Reports following visits to Manuel Antonio National Park, Uvita & Sierte and Arenal Volcano which has stopped erupting so unfortunately it won't look anything like those famous photos like those on the right.


Costa Rica:
Costa Rica's Beaches
Beaches of Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.





Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano - constantly erupting.



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