Costa Rica at a glance

A trip to Costa Rica means immersing yourself in the beauty of its extensive natural wonders. Despite its modest size, encompassing only 0.03% of the Earth's surface, Costa Rica houses an astonishing 6% of the planet's biodiversity. With over a quarter of its terrain dedicated to national parks and nature reserves, Costa Rica offers a unique opportunity for travellers. You can venture into these pristine nature reserves on your own, following well-marked trails, or opt for the expertise of local guides on multi-day excursions. As you prepare for your visit to this pocket-sized paradise, our comprehensive Costa Rica travel guide will assist you in deciding where to go, what to do and what essential information you need to know.

San José, the vibrant capital of Costa Rica, is nestled in the heart of the Central Valley, surrounded by stunning volcanoes that are ready to be explored with the help of local guides. The Caribbean coast to the east is renowned for Tortuguero National Park, named after the turtles that hatch here between July and September. Here, a collection of idyllic beaches awaits swimmers and surfers. Journey to the southern central region in search of the resplendent quetzal, or make your way to the Osa Peninsula to experience the abundant wildlife of Corcovado National Park. On the Central Pacific side, the easily accessible Manuel Antonio National Park offers rich wildlife encounters and pristine beaches to enjoy. For avid surfers, the Nicoya Peninsula is celebrated for its perfect waves and unspoiled shores, while the underwater world surrounding Cocos Island is a true diver's paradise. Finally, venture to the northern central zone to discover the enchanting cloud forests and the iconic cone-shaped Arenal Volcano, where guided treks promise more unforgettable nature experiences.

As you delve into our Costa Rica travel guide, you'll soon realize that understanding the local expression 'Pura Vida' is paramount when planning your trip. This phrase, meaning 'simple life' or 'pure life', is more than just a saying; it's a way of living in Costa Rica. Embrace its spirit, and you'll be well-prepared for your adventure.

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