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With miles of sandy beaches and acres of rainforests, Costa Rica is a justifiably popular destination. Kayak through calm waters while marveling at towering volcanos, enjoy surfing on the southern coast and visit wildlife rescue centers that help reintroduce injured animals to the wild.
Costa Rica was inhabited by indigenous tribes until the Spanish began colonizing in 1524. Today, it is known as an environmentally progressive nation with a rapidly growing economy. Tourism is also important to Costa Rica, so expect to be hospitably welcomed and looked after by the locals.
Stick to the shorelines for a coastal adventure and stunning natural views. Go on a turtle-watching tour to see if you can spot turtles hatching and heading back to the sea. Hike over the rocky terrain at the Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio and discover dense forests filled with lazy sloths and noisy monkeys.
Head to the center of the country to visit San José, a bustling urban city with modern art galleries and popular dance clubs. Don’t miss the Museo de Oro Precolombino y Numismática, two museums displaying an impressive collection of pre-Columbian gold, historic Costa Rican currency and more.
In the Zona Norte in north Costa Rica lies the active Arenal Volcano and several geothermally heated hot springs. Take a tour of the rainforests of the Sarapiqui region and be alert to see the endangered great green macaw.
International fights arrive into San José’s airports. From there, hop on a bus to your destination of choice. For a more reliable schedule, rent a car from most major towns and plan your own routes around the country. For some remote destinations, a four-wheel drive will be essential. There are also passenger ferries for visitors spending time on the coast or wanting to feel the ocean breeze in their hair.
Costa Rica is an enchanting destination filled with picturesque landscapes, varied flora and fauna and a rich culture. It’s no wonder that tourists from around the world choose to visit time and time again.
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Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Hidden Garden Art Gallery, Liberia Parque Central, and Church of La Ermita La Agonia. Africa Mia and Hermosa Bay Beach are also within 16 mi (25 km).
This family-friendly Ciudad Cariari hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Costa Rica Convention Center and Plaza Real Cariari. Cariari Bowling Center and Ultrapark Free Zone & Business Center are also within 1 mi (2 km).
This Papagayo property is on the beach, 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Marina Papagayo, and within 20 mi (32 km) of Santa Rosa National Park and Hidden Garden Art Gallery. Coco Beach and Hermosa Bay Beach are also within 25 mi (40 km).
Situated in Tamarindo, this beach resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Grande Beach and Tamarindo Beach. Tamarindo Church is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away.
Situated in the mountains, this spa lodge is in the same area as Ecotermales Fortuna, Ecoglide Arenal Park, and La Fortuna Waterfall. Area attractions also include Arenal Adventure World and Arenal Volcano National Park.
Situated near the airport, in Ciudad Cariari, this spa hotel is close to Plaza Real Cariari, Ultrapark Free Zone & Business Center, and Global Park Free Zone and Business Park. Area attractions also include Metro Free Zone & Business Park and Cafe Britt Coffee Farm.
This family-friendly San Jose hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Children's Museum (Museo de los Ninos), Gold Museum (Museo de Oro), and National Theater. Simon Bolivar Zoo and Mercado Central are also within 1 mi (2 km). San Jose Atlantic Station is 22 minutes by foot and San Jose Fercori Station is 24 minutes.
This Barranca property is on the beach, 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Puntarenas Beach, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Caldera Port and Puntarenas Pier. Victoria Park and Puntarenas Cathedral are also within 9 mi (15 km).