Adventure travel: Costa Rica

May 30, 2014 |

Costa Rica is the ideal ecotourism destination and one of the most adventurous vacation getaways you can find.

This Central American country is beautiful to visit no matter the time of year. There are volcanoes, rainforests and river valleys that make it a top spot for those in search of adventure. There’s also a family-friendly culture – as well as plenty of vivid and exotic wild animals – that will make the trip that much better when visiting with the kids.

Since the Continental Divide runs through the country, the northern part of the country is flat and arid while the southern regions are covered by jungle.

Must-sees in Costa Rica
In order to make the most of your adventure travel in Costa Rica, there are a number of sites and things you’ll want to see and do.

San Jose is the capital city of Costa Rica and experiences a pleasant temperature year-round thanks to its higher elevation of 3,839 feet. Here you’ll find several restaurants serving Latin cuisine and Costa Rican favorites, as well as the National Theater and the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum. Central Park is where locals and tourists gather to spend time in the sun and enjoy the city. Next to the park is the Metropolitan Cathedral that was constructed in 1871.

Adventure seekers will want to check out Arenal Volcano National Park to get a view of the volcano. The park is located within the 504,094-acre Arenal Conservation Area and features a collapsed crater that has transformed into a beautiful lagoon. Within the park are trails that will take you through forests and lava fields left by previous eruptions.

Take a hike through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and see plants and flora from across the world and learn more about them through education, preservation and research programs. This is also where you can step on the Continental Divide and have one foot on the Caribbean half and the other on the Pacific side.

Enjoy the unspoiled tropical paradise and relax on one of the many beautiful beaches along the Caribbean coast. The best swells are found in the summer and dry season runs from late December through April.

Also in Monteverde is Selvatura Park where visitors can go on a ZipLine Canopy Tour or just take a ride through the park on a zipline. In addition, there are hanging bridges that are sure to give you the thrill, and view, you’re looking for.

One of the country’s most popular parks, Manuel Antonio is located on the Pacific Ocean-side of the country in the province of Puntarenas. The park was established in 1972 and offers a variety of topography such as hills and altitude variations. This small island park is one of the largest of its kind in the country and a popular spot for domestic and international tourism. Near the beach, you’ll find a rainforest that’s home to 364 plants, 352 species of birds and 109 species of mammals.