From impressive landscapes and incredible adventure activities, to the vast array of wildlife, there are so many reasons to visit Costa Rica.
Over the last few months I’ve spent more time dreaming about travelling, than actually travelling! It’s been a bizarre time and many places that would usually be a flight away have felt completely out of reach.
I’ve found myself flicking through photos from previous adventures, reminiscing about the experiences and hoping some can be replicated in the future. There’s one place in particular that I’ve been dreaming about returning to: Costa Rica in Central America.
There’s nowhere quite like Costa Rica. It’s wild, raw and rugged. It’s adventurous. It’s beautiful. Plus, the people are kind natured and relaxed. I’ve always found Costa Ricans to be warm and helpful. With nature all around and a peaceful nation to explore, Costa Rica is the perfect place for a post-pandemic adventure.
I was really excited to be asked by Wanderlust Magazine to be part of the Costa Rica Sanctuary – a new online hub dedicated to the country. It also gave me an excuse to look back at my old photos, blogs and videos! I’ve visited the country twice now – once as a backpacker, then again on a trip with the tourist board. Between those two trips I’ve experienced a lot.
I’ve flown along the country’s longest zip line, tried white water rafting for the first time, been woken up by howler monkeys in the rainforest, explored Caribbean beaches and epic volcanoes, and truly got to grips with the country’s favourite phrase ‘pura vida’!
I’d love you to have a read of the blog I produced for the Costa Rica Sanctuary. I poured my heart and soul into this one. No doubt once you read it, you’ll understand exactly why I think it is such a special country.
I also produced a video featuring some of my top reasons for visiting Costa Rica. I hope you enjoy watching it. There are some funny memories in it – wait until you see my encounter with a frog!If you’re debating whether to plan a trip, there are a few key reasons to visit Costa Rica!
Reasons To Visit Costa Rica
Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. There are more species of plants, insects, birds, sea creatures and animals than most other countries put together. For a small country, that’s quite some accolade!
Spot sloths hanging lazily from tree branches, watch whales in the Pacific, wake up to the sounds of monkeys and macaws, and watch as lurid green frogs hop along the rainforest floor.
With such epic scenery, this is a country made for adventure. I loved zip lining through the trees in Monteverde and exploring the misty cloud forests. On my last trip I gave white water rafting a go, racing down the Orosi River – another unforgettable experience!
Friends of mine have learned to surf on the chilled beaches of the Pacific, while others have SCUBA dived in the Caribbean, seeing so many incredible sea creatures including sea turtles, sharks and dolphins.
Costa Rica is home to untouched beaches, huge volcanoes, and vast areas of rainforest and protected countryside. I’ve taken thousands of photos on my visits. The landscapes had me reaching for my camera over and over again!
I still remember entering into Arenal Volcano National Park and seeing the huge looming top of Arenal Volcano. It was just breath-taking.
As well as the beauty of areas like Corcovado National Park, I’ve loved visiting the country’s waterfalls. La Fortuna waterfall is a popular stop on most itineraries, as there is so much to do in that region of Costa Rica. However, a little closer to the capital San Jose is Cataratas Del Toro – the country’s largest waterfall… and what a beauty it is!
4. Pura Vida
While Costa Ricans use the phrase ‘pura vida’ as a catch all for hello, goodbye, how are you and life’s good… there’s more to it. Pura vida is a way of life. It’s about living a happy and content life. Believe me when I say it, after a few days in Costa Rica, you’ll understand exactly what it means!
So how about you? Do you fancy a trip to Costa Rica? Don’t forget to explore the Costa Rica Sanctuary, which is packed full of inspiration and travel tips.