Top 5 Eco Attractions In Costa Rica




If you’ve ever dreamed of taking a trip down the Amazon, a boat ride through this vast network of marshes and rivers 62 miles north of La Fortuna is an affordable alternative. Eagle-eyed guides will point out Caiman and crocodiles in the water, lizards and monkeys along the shore, and abundant bird life including jabiru storks, herons, egrets and roseate spoonbills.




This lush mountain-top preserve among the clouds is like a taste of Eden, surrounded by lush verdant greens, brilliant tropical colors and all manner of wildlife. Their canopy tours are world-renowned, providing treetop views of birds such as the gorgeous quetzal and toucan as well as capuchin, howler and spider monkeys.




This former hippie haven on the west coast’s Nicoya Peninsula is one of the country’s most distinctive beach towns. Miles of little-frequented white sand beaches, gorgeous blue Pacific waters, abundant wildlife and the sort of majestic waterfalls you only see in the movies make it a budget traveler’s dream, and nearby Cabo Blanco Nature Preserve is the country’s oldest conservation area.




Set in the Guanacaste region northeast of Liberia, this area of rugged beauty centers around the 6,159-foot tall volcano for which it is named. Hire a guide and a horse for a day of exploring the park’s geysers, waterfalls, hot springs, mud baths and jungle swimming holes, with excellent bird-watching along the way.




Tired after a long morning of hiking through the jungle? Sooth your aching bones in these naturally-heated thermal springs, surrounded by lushly landscaped gardens offering a perfect view of the active Arenal Volcano. The strongest stream flows over a sculpted waterfall, providing the perfect hydraulic shoulder massage. The resort’s impressive spa also offers professional massages and mud masks.  –Bret Love


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  3. I almost wish I hadn’t seen the picture of the hot springs because now I know the amazingness I have been missing out on for 24 years.

  4. Hurrah! Finally you cover a place I’ve been to 😉 I saw all of these places when I was in Costa Rica a decade ago – what an amazing country to travel around!

  5. Great list! I’ve done the first two on your list. I also LOVED seeing the sea turtles nesting – watching a leather-back lay her eggs was an incredible experience. I was supposed to volunteer for a week but unfortunately the road were washed out.

  6. Awww those are some great ones! I just got back from Costa Rica last night, and this made me even sadder to be back. I have such a love affair with that place!

  7. Those hot springs sound amazing!! I’m always looking for hot springs like this, but most of the time (at least in the U.S.) they’re channeled into a fancy spa or run down building. I want to be in nature and enjoy them, y’know?

    • I’s funny, I’ve been to Costa Rica twice now, and I love different parts of the country for different reasons. So much biodiversity, and so much to do! I imagine even 3 month wouldn’t be enough to see it all.

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