What to see in Costa Rica? La Amistad park; volcanoes Poas and Irazu; Caño Negro and Isla Bolaños; Tortuga; marine life of Coco Island; Playa Flamingo, Playa La Pinta, Nosara and Playa Hunkiyal; Cahuita reef; and bull sharks of Beth Island.Individual Booking Try It Free
Costa Rica is a state in Central America. Its eastern shores are washed by the Caribbean Sea, and the southern and western – by the Pacific Ocean. The nearest neighbors are the Republic of Panama and Nicaragua. Lion's share of the land is covered with lush tropical forests, which produce valuable timbers. The climate of Costa Rica is subequatorial, due to rough terrain and climatic conditions climate conditions in the regions differ greatly. The capital is San Jose.
Costa Rica is rich in attractions that can satisfy any tourist. Here there is the famous international park La Amistad, visiting of which can make happy anyone. Near the capital, in the town of Alajuela, you can visit Juan Santamaria Museum, the Zoo, as well as admire the Poas Volcano. You can also visit the active volcano Irazu near Cartago, near which there is the National Park. In La Guasima you can see the world's largest butterfly farm. Coffee lovers will enjoy trips to the Coffee Museum and the Coffee Institute of San Pedro de Barva, Heredia. Tourists, interested in the cultural heritage of the country, can visit the Museum of History of Religion and Antiquities in Orosi.
Those who are fond of nature will like nature reserves – national wildlife refugesCaño Negro and Isla Bolaños and forest reserve Santa Elena, biological reserve Carara and many others. Also it is worth visiting the luxurious Costa Rican waterfalls of San Rafael, La Paz and Catarata de la Fortuna, and highlight of Costa Rica - the famous "turtle" island of Tortuga.
The national currency is the Costa Rican Colon, but according a good old touristic tradition US dollars are also widespread here.
International airports in Costa Rica
In Costa Rica, four airports have international status, but two of them are the main- Juan Santamaria and Daniel Oduber Quirós.
• Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR)
Located in Guanacaste.
• Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)
Located in the capital of the state and has the status of the most popular and busiest airport in the country.
• Tobias Bolanos International Airport (SYQ)
• Pablo Zidar International Airport (LIO)
Located in Puerto Limon, Province of Limon. It is also known as Limon International Airport.
Diving in Costa Rica
Diving in Costa Rica, according to the most experienced "sea dogs", is the most fascinating among many Caribbean countries. The warm climate, constant temperature of clean water and diverse underwater world already provide the country with stable popularity among fans of diving, but the real highlights of Costa Rica are hard-to-reach Isla del Coco and Coco Island, also known as Coconut Island - the world’s largest uninhabited island. Coco Island is surrounded by many myths, which makes its halo glow even brighter. There are rumors that Coconut became the prototype of the famous "Jurassic Park" by Spielberg and "Treasure Island" by R.L. Stevenson; and the respected underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau awarded Coconut with the title of "most beautiful island" in the world. Also, they say that on Coco Island gold of the Incas was buried, which has been worrying adventurers’ hearts for many centuries. No wonder that after so many legends glorifying the unusual island, Costa Rica is flooded with lots of divers who want to see these miracles with their own eyes, or rather, to feel all its marvels in diving.
The underwater fauna off the coast of Coco Island strikes by extraordinary diversity. Here you can find such fish as hammerhead sharks, giant manta rays, grayfin jewfish and whitetip reef sharks, marlins, tunas and sardines. The coral thickets are inhabited by eels, sea turtles, octopuses and parrot fish. Sometimes you can see dolphins or not too sociable whales. Due to the unique ecosystem Coconut Island is included in the list of world heritage of humanity.
It is worth noting that, despite the excellent visibility of water, strength and direction of coastal currents can change in just a few moments, so diving here is recommended only for experienced divers.
Divers also like such places as Playa Flamingo, Playa La Pinta, Nosara and Playa Hunkiyal. You will also like Bahia Drake, Marine National Park Ballena, famous coral reef in Cahuita, which is part of the National Park and the island Beth, where you can meet massive bull sharks and flying rays.