In recent years, Costa Rica has gained more and more attention from travel magazines and travel bloggers alike. Once you start to do your research, it’s easy to see why – it’s the perfect combination of affordable and luxurious, exotic yet not too foreign, laid-back but adventure-filled. But those who aren’t too familiar with Costa Rica’s charm may have a hard time understanding why this little Central American nation has such an appeal.
Madison and I spent an amazing eight days as guests of Costa Rica Family Holidays and we’ve already decided that we’ll be back with the entire family so they can experience Costa Rica as well. Not convinced you should add Costa Rica to your travel bucket list? Here are five reasons Costa Rica stands out as a spot you should visit:
THE LAID-BACK ATMOSPHERE
Looking for a vacation spot where you can cast your cares aside and worry about nothing for a few days? Costa Rica has you covered. The locals genuinely embrace the “Pura Vida” lifestyle of not sweating the small stuff, and it’s contagious – you’ll find yourself slowing down and soaking everything up, which can be a pleasant shift for anyone who’s constantly on the go.
THE STUNNING FORESTS
Costa Rica is known for its rainforests, and you’d definitely be missing out if you didn’t plan at least one excursion into the forest while you’re there. Be warned – it’s a rainforest, so it’s going to be humid, and there are going to be bugs. But it’s also going to be stunningly beautiful, and you’ll marvel at some of the brightest greens and biggest leaves you’ve ever seen in your life. And if you’re lucky, you’ll even glimpse some of Costa Rica’s most elusive residents – tapirs, capuchin monkeys, ocelots, and other forest-dwellers.
Costa Rica has a wet season and a dry season, but regardless of when you visit, it’s virtually guaranteed to be warm, if not hot, outside. If you’ve been dreaming of a beach vacation and don’t want to run the risk of cold weather, putting a damper on your plans, Costa Rica has you covered.
THE INCREDIBLE BEACHES
If pristine beaches are a must-have when you’re looking for a vacation spot, you’ll be pleased with your options in Costa Rica. Whether you’re on the western side of Costa Rica that meets the Pacific Ocean, or located on the eastern Caribbean coast, you’ll have easy access to some of the world’s most beautiful spots to sunbathe, snorkel, and spend time with family and friends.
THE POTENTIAL FOR ADVENTURE
Now, you don’t have to make your visit to Costa Rica an adventure-filled vacation if that’s not what you’re going for. You can have a perfectly relaxing trip, lounging on the beach, catching up on your reading list.
Alternatively, you can seek out an adrenaline rush and participate in one of the many adventurous activities available to tourists and locals alike. From surfing lessons and scuba excursions to ziplining adventures and whitewater rafting trips, there are so many ways to have fun here that involve a little risk. The reward? Incredible memories you’ll carry forever of your vacation.
From beautiful beaches to adventure-packed rainforests, perfect weather, and so much more, there are plenty of reasons to make a plan to check out Costa Rica for yourself. What are you waiting for?