On of my favourite places to visit is Costa Rica. I visited for the first time a few years ago when one of my closest friends bought a place down there. It was love upon arrival. The people, the food, the beaches and the pace of life are over the top, fan-freakin-tastic. If I build a place down there in the next few years, don’t be surprised.
While there are hundreds of great reasons to visit, I’m going to share my top three. Here goes!
3. Transparent Butterflies and Cinnamon Forests
Mother Nature reigns Queen. If you know me well, you know I’m into all things environmentally friendly and that’s one of the reasons I love Costa Rica. It’s home to five per cent of the world’s biodiversity and around a quarter of the country is protected forest or reserve. It’s also the world’s hummingbird capital, is know for its slot sanctuaries and has over a dozen volcanoes.
One of the best parts of walking though the forest is the smell of cinnamon wafting off the trees. Cinnamon from Costa Rica has a delicate flavour, and is a powerhouse of health compared the stuff we buy in the grocery store. One of the most interesting and alien like sights is the transparent Glasswing Butterfly. No photo compares to seeing the real thing.
2. Adventure and Surfing
Calling all thrill seekers! If you’re like me and adventure is etched into your DNA, then Costa Rica is the place for you. It’s known for zip-lining, repelling, whitewater rafting, scuba diving, surfing, cliff diving, sky diving and other get off your butt adrenaline-filled activities.
Looking to stretch you adventurous sprint? Try exploring the Venado Cave. The caves were only discovered in 1945 and today there are still unexplored areas. There are tons of bats, bugs, and spiders. The caves also have spots with water so you’ll also run into fish, crabs and frogs. If you’re cluster phobic then this may not be the adventure for you. There a few very, very tight crawl spaces that you need to make it through.
If you’re not into adventure, don’t worry there are more relaxing activities, like laying on the beaches or going on hiking, bird watching or taking in a coffee tour.
1. Crazy Blue Water
Water so blue it’s unreal. The Río Celeste in the Tenor Volcano National Park is a sight for sore eyes. It becomes blue at a point where two clear-water tributaries merge, at a point called El Teñidor and there are numerous theories as to where the Río Celeste gets its colour. Along the park trail you can also see thermal hot springs and a blue lagoon.
Have you ever been to Costa Rica? What should I see on my next trip? Tell me about your adventure.