Popular Travel Destinations in Costa Rica

Before getting interested in a particular region for immigration purposes, travel across the country. Maybe there is a better alternative. In the following we present the travel destinations that you should definitely see.

Overview

Although Costa Rica is a little smaller than Croatia in terms of area, it can boast about 200 kilometers of the Caribbean and about 1000 kilometers of the Pacific coast. The Caribbean coast consists partly of mangrove swamps and fine sandy beaches. The Pacific side is more varied with sandy beaches, offshore islands and estuaries. The varied flora and fauna as well as the mountainous landscape with the active El Arenal volcano are also popular.

Valle Central – The Central Valley

Due to its altitude, the central valley has a subtropical and mild climate that is very tolerable for Europeans. The capital San José is located here, but it is not very attractive. The small town of Atenas has been named the place with the world’s best climate by NASA.

We recommend the huge Braulio Carrillo National Park, which stretches from almost sea level (La Selva) up to the Barva volcano at over 2900 meters. Moss-covered trees, babbling brooks with spring water, small rivers and lagoons enchant the hiker. There are three picturesque mountain lakes around the Barva volcano. The ideal starting point is the small town of San José de la Montana and the village of Sacramento, which is at the entrance to the park.

The North

According to best-medical-schools, Monteverde with its evergreen rainforest and the Santa Elena National Park are particularly worth visiting. The main attraction here is the active El Arenal volcano. But the Rincon de la Vieja National Park with its well-developed and signposted network of hiking trails is also worth a visit. These lead past sulfur-steaming mud holes, among other things.

The Nicoya Peninsula

The Nicoya region is one of the most pristine areas of Costa Rica and is mainly known for its often lonely dream beaches and its turtle beaches. Renting an off-road vehicle is recommended here, especially during the rainy season, as there are many rivers to cross.

Central Pacific and the South

This is where the port city of Puntarenas is located, where mainly large cruise ships dock and the ferries to the Nicoya Peninsula leave. The tourist town of Jacó is about an hour’s drive south of it. It is the liveliest of all of Costa Rica and is particularly popular with (American) surfers.

We recommend the Manuel Antonio National Park, where with a bit of luck you can see many iguanas, monkeys and parrots.

On the coastal road ‘ Costanera Sur ‘ to the south there are countless beautiful views. It leads to the famous Panamericana, which leads in the hinterland through the impressive mountains with the Cerro de Muerto and the highest mountain Chirripó.

The Caribbean lowlands

Limón is the most important freight port city of Costa Rica, but it is quite ailing and not particularly worth seeing. But the past has made them world famous. Here Columbus went ashore in 1502. A railway line was painstakingly built here from San José with workers from Jamaica and China to ship coffee. Their descendants still shape the area today. English is spoken and the residents are darker skinned.

The natural attraction of this area is the Parque Nacional Cahuita. Although it suffered great damage to the 600 hectare coral reef in an earthquake in 1991, the park with its dream beaches is still absolutely worth seeing.

Costa Rica on your own, with guided tours or combined

You can discover Costa Rica individually and flexibly with the experienced tour operator Ticotrotter. On request, you can have a tour put together (including booking hotels and guided tours) and rent a technically tested rental car of your choice.

Popular Travel Destinations in Costa Rica