Costa Rica Travel Guide

Use this online Costa Rica travel guide to plan your trip to this small Central American nation.

For tropical paradise, beach life and a sense of adventure Costa Rica is hard to beat. This country may be tiny but it packs an all-natural punch. A loose line of volcanoes running the country's
length erupt and simmer, rainforests are perennially
drenched, and nature loves it - singing back a triumphant chorus of celebration. A couple of Pacific peninsulas are quite similar in shape but one is dowsed in annual rains, while the other suffers periodic droughts. In the Central Highlands, orderly lines of coffee bushes rustle in the gentle breeze while on the Caribbean a thin strip of nature reserves and newly opened beaches attract visitors with their wild beauty. Our online Costa Rica travel guide covers the whole country, from chilled-out beaches to high-adrenalin adventure activities, and all stops in between. With all of this on offer, your biggest challenge is simply choosing what to do.

Costa Rica Travel Guide Highlights
Volcán Arenal, Costa Rica, Photo by bdearth
Volcán Arenal
Explosive entertainment at Costa Rica's most active volcano.
Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica, photo by Robert101
Manuel Antonio National Park
Rainforest wilderness and beautiful beaches side by side.
Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica, Photo by Vic Burolla
Tortuguero National Park
Rainforest wetlands and the massive nesting leatherback turtles.
Montezuma, Malpaís & Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, Photo by Christian Hauge
Montezuma, Malpaís & Santa Teresa
Fast-growing beach hangout for surfing, yoga and nature.
Puerto Vieja de Talamanca, photo by gmlopezo
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
On the up for the budget the budget traveller; beaches, partying and surf.
Playa Grande & Tamarindo, Costa Rica, Photo by over kind man
Playa Grande & Tamarindo
Two of the Nicoya Peninsula's many beautiful beaches.
Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, photo by bm.iphone
Osa Peninsula
Famously called the most biologically intense place in the world.
Rincón de la Vieja National Park, Costa Rica, Photo by Sarah and Iain
Rincón de la Vieja National Park
Steaming and spluttering volcanic geothermal activity on the Old Lady.
Dominical, Costa Rica, photo by Christian Huagen
Budget beach life and surf-cool heaven with whale watching to the south.
Santa Rosa National Park & La Casona, Costa Rica, Photo by ggallice
Santa Rosa National Park & La Casona
Historic site that repelled the invasion of US filibuster William Walker in 1856.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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