While you can only marvel at the Arenal Volcano from afar, this remarkable site is a must-see for everyone - from adventure seekers to spa lovers. At the 29,692-acre Arenal Volcano National Park, you can hike the area, relax in a hot spring and spot howler monkeys, parrots and tapir.
The Manuel Antonio National Park is a unique area dotted with hidden beaches straight off the rainforest, so expect to share its gorgeous white sands with monkeys and iguanas. It is one of the smallest National Parks in Costa Rica, yet one of the most scenic and most stunning, featuring Cathedral Point, once an island which is today connected to the coast by a thin strip of land separating two popular beaches, Playa Espadilla Sur and Playa Manuel Antonio.
On the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, lies Tortuguero, a National Park home to canals, lagoons and beaches. An early morning boat ride allows you to spot the incredible wildlife (caimans, toucans and iguanas to name but a few). Another Tortuguero highlight is watching green sea turtles nest along the beach - an impessive sight you will never forget.
Declared the "most biologically diverse place on Earth" by National Geographic Magazine, Corcovado National Park is breathtakingly beautiful and one of the most remote places in Costa Rica. Located on the wild Osa Peninsula, it is home to countless endangered species, from Baird's tapir to the harpy eagle. Corcovado offers some of the best hiking in the country and allows you to experience nature at its finest.
The still-steaming Rincon de la Vieja Volcano is surrounded by a 35,000-acre National Park and is a wonderful place to visit for its thermal mud pools, waterfalls and hot springs. Its 32 rivers and streams make it an excellent spot for river tubing and as the region surrounding the Rincon de la Vieja National Park is famous for cowboys, you will be inspired to explore the area on the back of a horse.
Considered one of best beach destinations in Costa Rica, Tamarindo Beach is a haven for surfers from all over the world and is becoming a popular party spot. Located on the central west coast of the Nicoya Peninsula, Tamarindo on the Pacific coast is a wide long bay petered with palm trees and surrounded by warm water and soft sand. It is also a perfect place to spot wildlife on the beach, such as howler monkeys and tropical birds.
Fly:Nature Air offers daily flights from San Jose International Airport to Tamarindo Domestic Airport.
Producer of some of the world's best coffee, Costa Rica is a caffeine lover's dream. Most of the coffee production takes place in San José, Alajuela, Puntarenas, Heredia and Cartago. On a tour of a coffee plantation, you can learn the history of coffee, as well as how the coffee cherries are picked, dried and roasted, before you enjoy a fresh cup of the hot drink.
For an extraordinary bird's eye view of the Monteverde Cloud Forest, Selvatura Pak's Tree Top Walkways consist of a 1.9-mile trail crossing eight different hanging bridges that range from 50 to 170 metres. Providing one of the most iconic experiences for travellers in Costa Rica, the hanging bridges boast amazing views and form part of a must-do hike that takes around two hours.
Incredible sunsets, luxurious boutique hotels and a myriad of activities make the isolated town of Santa Teresa the ideal destination for love birds. Located on the tip of the western peninsula, Santa Teresa is an oasis of calm and tranquillity surrounded by gleaming sands and crystal clear waters. The secluded beaches of Santa are an idyllic spot for couples to kick back and enjoy some alone time.