Costa Rica is one of the top destinations for Wanderers and it is easy to see why. Featuring two gorgeous coastlines, abundant wildlife, awesome adventure sports, and acres of national parks, this Central American country is a great pick for a couple that loves nature or is seeking adventure.
Here are our top five things to do while in Costa Rica:
Raft the Pacuare: Costa Rica is home to some amazing rafting, and the Pacuare is considered the best of the many raftable rivers.
Ziplining in the Cloud Forest: Ziplining was invented in Costa Rica, and one of the most popular places to do it is in the cloud forests of Santa Elena and Monteverde.
Relaxing in Hot Springs: Arenal Volcano is surrounded by naturally occurring hot springs. Remember to include an evening for soaking in warm waters and enjoying each other’s company.
Meet the Local Wildlife: A trip to Costa Rica wouldn’t be complete without seeing some of its famous wildlife. Our favorite spot for wildlife is in Tortuguero, where we’d recommend visiting the nesting sea turtles and exploring the vibrant jungle canals by boat or kayak.
Enjoy the Surf: Costa Rica is a fantastic place to learn to surf or to simply laze on the beach. Make sure to give yourselves at least a couple days to work on your tans or surfing skills or both.
When to go: Avoid hurricane season, and visit between late November and early April.
Don’t forget: Sports sandals like Keens or Chacos, they might not be so cute, but they’re great for any adventure sports you might choose to do.
Unmissable journey: The dirt roads of the Nicoya peninsula may be bone rattling, but they make for fantastic travel stories, and at their end you’ll find spectacular beaches.
Best meal: Fresh fish ceviche and a freezing cold Imperial eaten in view of the ocean can’t be beat.
Souvenirs: Take home some of Costa Rica’s famous coffee or a bottle of the ever-present Salsa Lizano.
Language: Spanish, though many Ticos (Costa Ricans) speak English.
Have you been to Costa Rica? What are your tips for other Wanderers?