5 Coolest Things About Costa Rica
With all of the amazing things that Costa Rica has to offer, it can be hard to narrow them down. But we gave it a go, and managed to come up with our own list of the five absolute coolest things about this Central American tropical paradise.
Costa Rica features an incredible 800 miles of coastline, and there is a beach to suit every taste and purpose. On the country’s Pacific side, the beaches tend to be livelier, more populated, and better suited for sunbathing, surfing and people watching. On its Caribbean side, the beaches are quieter, more secluded and more pristine, and are perfect for scuba diving and wildlife watching. From craggy, cliff-side shorelines to tranquil white sands, every beach is perfectly picturesque in its own way.
Costa Rica’s incredibly diverse landscape offers nature-lovers endless opportunities for exploration. Twenty-five percent of Costa Rica is comprised of dense, lush rainforest, much of which is protected and nearly pristine. Costa Rica also features towering mountains, plunging waterfalls, misty cloud forests and serene marshes. Finally, the country boasts 121 volcanic structures, and is home to one of the world’s most active volcanoes.
While many people visit in the hopes of seeing iconic animals such as the scarlet macaw, the toucan and the capuchin monkey, not everyone realizes the vastness of Costa Rica’s biodiversity. While it makes up only .03 percent of the world’s total landmass, it houses 5 percent of the world’s total species. The country is home to 130 freshwater fish species, 208 mammal species, 850 bird species, 1000 butterfly species and a full 34,000 species of insects. And if those numbers weren’t impressive enough, new species of plants and animals are discovered nearly every single day.
Costa Ricans are a warm, friendly and generous people. They welcome newcomers, and they are always happy to accommodate and help others. If you are coming to Costa Rica to stay, you will find that they are hospitable and ready to make new friends. If you are coming to blow off some steam, you will find that Ticos know how to party, and are up for a good time, any time of day or night.
No matter what you love to do, there is an exciting activity waiting for you in Costa Rica. From rock climbing, to whitewater rafting, to ziplining or big game fishing, you can enjoy the outdoors year round. Of course, if you just want to soak up some sun on the beach, enjoy some luxury spa time, or relax in some natural hot springs, you can do that, too.