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Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse countries on earth, with a wealth of stunning natural attractions waiting to be discovered. From its vibrant rainforests and white sand beaches, to its active volcanoes and pristine wetlands, there is something for everyone who takes the time to explore the country. Here are some of the highlights of Costa Rica’s remarkable natural beauty.
1. Tiskita Jungle Lodges and Wildlife Reserve
Tiskita Jungle Lodges and Wildlife Reserve are set in the mountains of Costa Rica, close to the famous Golfo Dulce. Visitors to this area can look forward to sightings of several species of primates and a variety of birds, as well as toucans, parrots, and even the occasional puma.
2. Corcovado National Park
Corcovado National Park lies within one of the last great vestiges of tropical rainforest in Central America. It encompasses a wide variety of ecosystems, including mangroves, coral reef, beach forests and lowland rainforest, and it is home to a huge variety of animal and plant life. Here, visitors can expect to see scarlet macaws, howler monkeys, and the endangered Baird’s tapir.
3. Arenal Volcano National Park
The Arenal Volcano National Park protects one of the most active volcanoes in Central America. The park features various trails to explore the surrounding trails, and visitors will have the chance to witness the volcano’s molten-rock lava flows.
4. Cahuita National Park
Cahuita National Park is set along the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. This park is a great place for snorkeling and swimming, with its plentiful underwater life, such as seahorses and sea turtles. On land, visitors can take in the tropical vegetation of the park, including mangrove swamps and coastal rainforest.
5. Manuel Antonio National Park
Manuel Antonio National Park is located near the town of Quepos and is widely considered to be Costa Rica’s most beautiful national park. Here, visitors can explore the stunning beaches, the tropical jungle, and a great variety of wildlife, including sloths, iguanas, and monkeys.
Costa Rica is a remarkable country that offers a rich and diverse natural environment, with something to suit all tastes. Whether you’re looking for a laid-back beach holiday, or an action-packed wildlife experience, you won’t be disappointed in Costa Rica. So, head out and explore the country to experience its incredible natural beauty for yourself.
Be sure to bring plenty of bug spray with you when visiting Costa Rica, as many of these natural parks do have mosquito activity.