Located in Central America and bordering Nicaragua and Panama; Costa Rica is a rich country worth visiting if you enjoy nature encounters, outdoor activities and friendly people. Costa Rica, which in Spanish means “Rich Coast” has diverse landscapes, and flora and fauna that will captivate even most experienced travelers. Although a small country, it is divided into six different regions each very unique.
Caribbean Costa Rica
This region of Costa Rica is perhaps the least visited of the country mainly due to its relative isolation and mosquitoes. Some of the regions of interest in this area include Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, a small coastal town in the province of Limon popular with surfers and backpackers and Totuguero, one of the most remote places in Costa Rica only accessible via boat or plane.
Guanacaste is one of the most popular touristic regions of Costa Rica. It is covered by dry tropical forest and visitors will find numerous all inclusive resorts and Costa Rica vacation rentals in this area. There is an international airport in Liberia, the region’s most important city and places of interest include Tamarindo, popular among couples and families, Nosara with access to great beaches and Playa Carrillo a post-card perfect beach accessible only by paved road.
This is one of the most populated areas of Costa Rica. Visitors can expect to find an international airport, the Juan Santamaria International Airport in Alajuela; the Irazu volcano in Cartago downtown and one of the most famous of the country, the beautiful small mountain town of Santa Elena with its orchid garden and butterfly garden, and the capital city San Jose with its numerous museums, gardens and excellent nightlife.
Surfing enthusiasts and nature lovers will have a blast in this area of Costa Rica. Costa Rica’s central pacific is home to Manuel Antonio and its famous natural park; Jaco, one of the largest tourist towns with beautiful beaches and the premier surfing spot of Mal Pais.
Plains of the North
The Plains of the North are famous for the Arenal volcano and its surroundings. Popular towns include La Fortuna, at the foot of the volcano, San Ramon, Tilaran and Los Chiles.
South Costa Rica
One of the most biodiverse environments of the planet, South Costa Rica is home to the Osa Peninsula, a magical untouched place perfect for those who enjoy nature at its fullest.