Most people dream of exotic places when comes to holiday destinations. It’s no wonder why. Who wouldn’t like to relax on a beautiful beach and enjoy crystal clear waters? A place you can opt for is Costa Rica. There are so many things you can do here, many volcanoes to hike, miles of stunning beaches as well as plenty of wildlife spotting. If you haven’t been there yet, then here are 10 places you should see when visiting Costa Rica for the first time.

Sunset in Costa Rica

Sunset in Costa Rica

1. Thrill-seekers should definitely give Volcan Arenal a try. Still, you have to go there by day to see its beauty. When the smoke clouds above disappear, you can admire the volcano and its almost perfect conical shape. By night, the whole picture changes as Arenal shows its true power through constant eruptions of hot lava and flaming rocks.

Volcan Arenal

Volcan Arenal

2. Looking for a hippie beach town where you can relax, sleep, enjoy the beach and sun? Well, there’s such a place in Costa Rica and is called Montezuma. Located at the tip of the Península de Nicoya, this beach is that sort of place that makes you give up the idea of ever leaving it. If you choose this place as your first-stop in Costa Rica, then there are great chances for you not to get to see the other 9 ones as Montezuma will surely mesmerize you.

Playa Grande, Montezuma, Costa Rica

Playa Grande, Montezuma, Costa Rica

3. If you’re into trekking at high altitudes and you like to spend time in nature, then Monteverde and Santa Elena is where you have to go. This is where the whole ecotourism movement began in Costa Rica. Give the place a try and you’ll surely not regret it.

Monteverde and Santa Elena, Costa Rica

Monteverde and Santa Elena, Costa Rica

4. Mal Pais and Santa Teresa is where you get the country’s best surf. The place has become popular among adventure travelers and surfers around the world. Moreover, according to Forbes Magazine, the beaches in Mal Pais and neighboring Santa Teresa are among the ten most beautiful beaches in the world. That sounds like the place really deserves a try.

Mal Pais and Santa Teresa-the best place to surf in Costa Rica

Mal Pais and Santa Teresa-the best place to surf in Costa Rica

5. Enjoy splendid panoramic views of the Carribean Sea and the Pacific Ocean by reaching Costa Rica’s highest peak, Cherro Chirripó. Though enjoying this visual feast isn’t that easy as you’ll have to get ready to endure all the way to the top, the views you’ll get from there make every step worth taking.

Panoramic view from Costa Rica’s highest peak, Cherro Chirripó

Panoramic view from Costa Rica’s highest peak, Cherro Chirripó

6. A place that has it all is Manuel Antonio which is the most famous national park in Costa Rica. You can admire the wildlife here or you can just take a walk along the palm-fringed shores.

Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

7. Great place for adventure seekers is the tiny town of Turrialba in Central Valley. The surrounding area is where you can get the most-intense water-rafting experience in Central America.

Rafting in Turrialba, Costa Rica

Rafting in Turrialba, Costa Rica

8. First-timers should also see Parque Nacional Tortuguero. Explore the beautiful coastal wetlands and the pristine jungle of this eco-destination from your own canoe. Let the waterways help you discover the hidden wildlife and your experience here will definitely be memorable and unique.

Exploring Parque Nacional Tortuguero in Costa Rica

Exploring Parque Nacional Tortuguero in Costa Rica

9. If you’re going to Costa Rica with your family and you’re in search of a quiet yet sophisticated place, then a great option would be Playa Samara. Considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica, Playa Samara is home to powder-white sand, trendy cafes and restaurants as well as turquoise seas. Just the perfect place to enjoy your holiday.

Playa Samara, Costa Rica

Playa Samara, Costa Rica

10. Taste the Real Costa Rica by visiting Puerto Viejo and you’ll definitely have the best time of your life. If you’re into reggae a lot and everything that has to do with the Afro-Carribean culture, then this is the place to go. Just enjoy the spice-rubbed jerk chicken, the coconut-scented rice and the reggae beats.

Restaurant in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Restaurant in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

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