Costa Rica is the most visited country in all of Central America. Tourists from all over the world have been flocking to the country for years and it has become a hot spot for ex-pats, families, and retires due to its cheap living, great weather, and friendly locals.
The country has something to offer to everyone, if you love adventure, you can go hiking. Love wildlife, you can visit some of the most diverse natural forests or you are an adrenaline junkie who loves water sport. You can find something to enjoy in this country.
If you are still confused about what places to visit, then you are in the right place. In this article, you will learn more about the best places to visit in costa Rica with family.
Here is the list of some of the top destinations in Costa Rica:
- Puerto Viejo
Puerto Viejo is ideal for people who love beaches, surfing, and party. The town is lively and you will something going on every night. It is one of the most visited places in the country. There are also many quiet beaches if you are looking to relax in peace. There is a jaguar rescue center that rehabilitates all sorts of local wildlife.
Cahuita is a tiny town situated next to a stunning Cahuita national park. It is an hour north of Puerto Viejo. This region is known for its Afro-Caribbean influence, which you might notice from the food and culture as you explore this little town.
Tortuguero is the Costa Rican version of the amazon rainforest. It dominates the northern coast and spans over 77000 acres. This massive area has a serious of rivers and canals that crisscross the jungle. The main attraction of this place is the large numbers of turtles that come to nest along the shoreline. The best time to see them is in April and May.
Corcovado nation park is in the southwestern part of Costa Rica. Established in 1975, the park covers an area of 424sq.km. making it the largest park in the country. It is a top destination in the country but still, the path is quite rugged and off-beaten. When you visit this place, you will be rewarded with tons of wildlife, great hiking, camping spots, and more.
Arenal is one of the many volcanoes in Costa Rica. It still erupts from time to time, and if you are lucky you will be able to see the lava oozing from the volcano. The area has tons of activities, rafting options, hot springs, and more.
- Manuel Antonio
It is popular in the pacific coast of the country. Its white-sand and warm blue water attract a lot of tourists. The nearby national park, which was opened in 1972 sees over 200000 visitors each year. It is also home to a number of secluded beaches and offers a chance to view three different kinds of monkeys. Since it is one of the hot spots, the place developed over the years, making it more accessible for tourists.
Lush green jungles near Monteverde, this national forest is home to the elusive quetzal birds. Most people come to Monteverde for a glimpse of this rare bird. The area is one of the largest eco-tourism hubs and more than 250000 tourists visit each year. Monteverde experiences high winds and unusual weather patterns. The entire area is green wet.
- Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano is an active stratovolcano with twin calderas filled with sulfur lakes. The lakes are so still that look like a painting in a picture. The volcano last erupted in 2017 and has erupted 40 times since 1828. There are some small trails around the area. It is best to arrive early in the morning to avoid the clouds from ruining the view.
- Santa Teresa
At the bottom of the Nicoya coast, there is a hippie backpacker town of Santa Teresa. This town is really nothing more than a beach with a road lined with eateries, surf shops, yoga centers, and hostels. Everyone gets up early to hit the waves, so the overall atmosphere of the place is quite relaxed. You won’t find a lot of crazy parties here. This place is best for lying on the beach, enjoy local food, do surfing and relax. Because of its chill atmosphere, people usually end up staying for weeks.
Apart from these 9 destinations, their many places worth exploring. So, if you are planning to visit Costa Rica with your family, make you search for vacation packages that include everything so that you don’t miss a thing in the country.