Though smaller than the state of West Virginia, Costa Rica’s dramatic landscapes, diverse wildlife and wealth of eco-attractions lure more than two million visitors each year. Every traveler will discover their own reason to fall in love with Costa Rica. Here are just a few of the many reasons why people visit Costa Rica every year.
Boasting average weather conditions around 85° F, this tropical nation enjoys balmy weather throughout the year. Due to its volcanic terrain and range of micro-climates, you can travel from sultry beaches to cool mountain cloud forests in just a few hours.
Exotic as it feels, Costa Rica is a short plane ride away from home. The country is just 2.5 hours from Miami, 6 hours from Los Angeles and 5 hours from New York. And with many airlines offering non-stop flights, you can have your toes in the sand in no time!
Costa Rica has more than 800 miles of gorgeous shoreline divided between the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Costa Rica’s picture-perfect beaches are world-renowned. Whether you love to surf, swim, fish, or just enjoy the cool breezes, the options are seemingly endless. Choose from Puerto Viejo’s famous black-sand beaches on the southern Caribbean coast to the pearly-white sands of Manuel Antonio.
With nearly 30% of the country dedicated as national parks and wildlife reserves, wildlife abounds in Costa Rica. Iconic species include howler monkeys, scarlet macaws, blue morpho butterflies, three-toed sloths and humpback whales. No need for binoculars here – Costa Rica’s wildlife is ubiquitous!
Outdoor enthusiasts will be blown away be the sheer diversity of adrenaline-pumping tours. Navigate Class IV rapids on the Pacuare River, scale down a 200-foot waterfall, soar above the jungle on a zip-line canopy tour, or hike beneath the glow of an active volcano.
Your favorite Starbucks brew was likely grown on the volcanic slopes of Costa Rica, home to several blends of award-winning coffee. Even better, the beans make for a great souvenir – grocery stores sell both whole bean and ground coffee for as little as $3 a pound! Varieties sold by Café Britt and Doka Estate are especially delicious.
Costa Rica is one of the safest countries for family travel, and kids of all ages adore the myriad activities and outdoor adventures on offer. Moreover, many hotels and resorts cater to family travelers with kid menus, onsite play areas and special activities designed for children.
Known for their generosity of heart and friendly nature, the people of Costa Rica – who call themselves Ticos – are one of the country’s national treasures.
If you’ve ever wanted to peer into the depths of an active volcano, relax amid thermal hot springs, or swim in the crystalline waters of a tropical waterfall – Costa Rica is for you. No other country packs such diverse terrain – and amazing natural attractions – in such a small area.
Once you step foot in Costa Rica, you’ll understand the meaning of this national motto. Much more than “pure life,” Pura Vida is a state of mind – an appreciation of life’s simple pleasures. Thanks in part to this Pura Vida, Costa Rica is consistently ranked one of the world’s “Happiest Countries”.