Tourist Sites in Costa Rica

Tourist Sites in Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a dream destination for eco-tourism and with dozens of nature preserves, wildlife areas, national parks and volcanoes to visit that you’ll be spoiled for choice.

Tourist sites in Costa Rica are so plentiful that it can get overwhelming choosing where to go and what to see in just a two week vacation. The following is a suggestion list of sites and attractions that you could add to your itinerary of Costa Rica:

Arenal Volcano National Park

Arenal Volcano National Park is one of the most popular national parks in Costa Rica and a nice place to get up-close to nature while enjoying fun outdoor activities.
You’ll be able to enjoy guided walking tours of Arenal Volcano Park, as well as enjoying amazing views of the forest roof, the volcano and Lake Arenal on the cableway tramway (Sky Tram), the canopy line (Sky Trek) and Hanging Bridges, which is a private reserve in the park with high-up walk-able bridges, which allow for even easier viewing of wildlife of monkeys and birds.

Venado Caves is also located in Arenal Volcano and offer an opportunity for another adventurous tour to see interesting fossils embedded in rocks, and animals such as bats, and giant spiders.

By the way, if you’re visiting Arenal Volcano National Park you may also visit La Fortuna Waterfall since it isn’t too far from the park.

In fact, La Fortuna Waterfall is located just outside of Arenal Volcano national park, but it isn’t too far to get to from both the Arenal Observatory Lodge and the village of La Fortuna. If you’re staying in La Fortuna village you could easily and inexpensively arrange a horseback ride tour with a local guide to La Fortuna Waterfalls park entrance.

Once there, you can take the relatively easy hike down to the pool section for a little a swim under the falls. The hike to the top of La Fortuna is worth doing for the amazing views.

Finally, if you’re looking to enjoy a nice relaxing thermal bath while being surrounded by luscious plant forests, you may also visit one of the hot springs in La Fortuna area such as Ecotermales Fortuna or Tabacon Hot Springs.

Jaguar Rescue Center

Jaguar Rescue Center is located right by the border with Panama overlooking the beautiful Caribbean Sea. The Jaguar Rescue Center is definitely one of the top tourist sites in Costa Rica as it offers the nice opportunity to view and pet a variety of wildlife like snakes, sloth, toucans and gators that you would normally have difficulty getting close to in the wild.

Cano Negro 

Cano Negro is easily one of the best spots in Costa Rica for viewing birdlife and wildlife in their natural element because of its remoteness. The main attraction in Cano Negro is the wildlife refuge which can only be reaches by boat. If you’re staying in the Arenal area you’ll be able to book a guided boat tour with “Anywhere Costa Rica”, or “Aventuras Arenal” for around $60 pp.

The guided boat tour to Cano Negro Refuge is definitely worth the expense for a day excursion since the boat tours last normally 3-4 hours and include food and drink.

Veragua Rainforest Park

If you're looking for lots to see and do all in one place, you should definitely add Veragua Rainforest Park to your list of tourist sites in Costa Rica. Veragua Park boasts a ton of attractions and tourist facilities like a restaurant, a cafĂ©, a welcome center, and marked tourist trails. Fun things you can do in Veragua Rainforest include aerial tram rides, canopy tours, forest excursions, and educational programs where you get to learn about the biodiversity of Costa Rica’s rainforests.

Gold Museum
Things to do in San Jose Costa Rica
The Gold Museum is a neat museum worth visiting if you’re passing by the San Jose area. The museum costs around $9 to get in and features several exhibition levels where you can see gold artifacts on display such as pre-Columbian pieces and 18th century gold coins. There is also an art gallery where you can see Costa Rican art, and an exhibition area where you can learn about the indigenous people of Costa Rica.

Volcan Poas National Park

Volcan Poas National Park is definitely one of the most popular and most visited national parks in Costa Rica since it’s one of the few tourist sites in Costa Rica that you can visit without a tour guide.

The star attraction of the park is Volcan Poas, which boasts one of the most spectacular volcano craters in the world. You can easily and cheaply get to Volcan Poas by bus or car rental from San Jose, though be sure to be there as early as possible (between 8am and 9am) to avoid the fog.

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