Located in Central America is a country named Costa Rica. The cultures of South America and Mesoamerica fused to the culture of Costa Rica. To the south of the country is Ecuador and to its, Southeast is the world-famous Panama Canal.
If you are looking forward to a weekend, Costa Rica will suffice for you for sure. Let’s take you to a few of its places where you can spend your weekend during Costa Rica vacations:
Enjoy the Cloud forest near Montverde
Birdwatching is necessary for Monteverde and Santa Elena cloud forest reserve. You can enjoy watching various species of reptiles, mammals, amphibians. Also, howling monkeys, puma, colorful frogs, and jaguars will entertain you. The cloud forest was set up in 1972.
Visit the National Parks
Manuel Antonio National Park
To the south of city Quepos, Puntarenas has situated a national park named Manuel Antonio National Park. It was established in 1972 and is 132 miles away from the capital city San Jose. Annually about 1, about 50,000 tourists visit it. In 2011, Forbes ranked it as the 12 most beautiful parks in the world. There are four beaches located namely Manuel Antonio, Espadilla Sur, Playita, Tesoro where one can enjoy hiking. This smallest National Park houses 109 mammal species and 184 bird species.
Make the best of your time watching dolphins, whales, woodpeckers, turkey vultures, Central American squirrel monkeys, etc.
Arenal Volcano National Park
Situated 3.5 km from Java beach is a national park called Arenal Volcano National Park. There is an Arenal Observatory lodge established in 1987, worth seeing. Enjoy horse riding, watching waterfalls, and hot springs during Costa Rica vacations.
Tortuguero National Park
Spread across the Caribbean coast, Tortuguero National Park is a breeding ground for green sea turtles. It is common to see Sharks here. You will get to see monkeys, sloths, Kinkajous, freshwater turtles, lizards, snakes, frogs, toads, and amphibians here. Also, have runtime hiking and boat riding here when you are on Costa Rica vacation.
Rincón de la Vieja National Park
The National Park is a home to wildlife variety like monkeys, tapirs, sloths, puma, ocelot, jaguar, etc. Also, the National Park offers you a spectacular view of the waterfall located here. Greet your eyes with Rincón de la Vieja Volcano situated nearby. You can also see hot springs arising here. So, don’t forget to add this to your Costa Rica vacation package.
See Venado Caves
The caves were discovered in 1945, by a farmer who went lost in the area. If you have never seen the geographical processes of stalagmites and stalactites you have an opportunity to watch it here. The cave consists of eight magnificent chambers.
Walk into La Paz waterfall garden
Spread across 70 acres the La Paz waterfall garden is privately owned. You can see and experience the melodies of hummingbirds here. Also butterflies, monkeys are a common sight. One can get to see the butterfly observatory, Serpentarium, Ranarium (frog observatory) here.
Best for scuba diving the Catalinas islands are easily accessible from Tamarindo and Papagayo. Also, nearby is the Nicoya peninsula. One can have a view of tropical fish, sharks, sea turtles, pilot whales, whale sharks, etc.
Have fun at Tamarindo beach
The beach is spread across 1.5 miles and if you want to enjoy big waves, then you must visit them in November and December. Enjoy diving, horse-riding, turtle watching here.
Cherish your mood at the National Theater of Costa Rica
This iconic neoclassical building is known as Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica and is located in the capital city of San Jose. It is the best tourist attraction and features monuments in the entryway like Fredric Chopin. You can see the statue of Calderon De la Barça and Ludwig van Beethoven on one side of the theater. One who loves Orchestra must visit it as the theater presents regular orchestra sessions of foreign as well as indigenous modes.
Take a boat ride on Rio Tarcoles
The river Tarcoles is also known as Grande De Tarcoles river and is the home to American crocodiles. You can walk along the bridge or take a boat ride to watch them. To the south bank of the river is the Carara Biological Reserve that hosts a variety of species like waterfowl, wading birds, bare throated tiger, iguanas, boatbill, etc. You have a golden opportunity to click photos of them and save them as a memory.
If you fail to plan you plan to fail; so, it's better to plan your weekend and enlist the places that you wanna visit in Costa Rica. The country's National Parks, its beaches, its waterfalls will amuse you for sure.
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