It’s hard to take a bad photo in Costa Rica. It seems like every time you turn your head there’s a stunning beach, cascading waterfall, misty jungle or sometimes all three butting up against each other, just begging to be documented. Here are seven gorgeous places in a gorgeous country that will have you itching to book your next getaway.
Arenal Volcano is a spectacular volcano in the northwest part of the country that’s been dormant since 2010, but is still considered one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Depending on where you visit, you can experience views of both Arenal Volcano as well as Lake Arenal.
La Fortuna Waterfall
If you’re checking out Arenal Volcano, don’t miss La Fortuna Waterfall, which sits near the border of Arenal Volcano National Park. Its waters cascade 70-meters down into a tropical oasis that’s surrounded by rainforest and hot springs. You could spend the whole day here.
Another diving and snorkelling hotspot, Playa Conchal’s beach is made entirely from crushed shells, giving it a different look and feel. If ocean activities aren’t your thing, you can still enjoy a sunset here and let Mother Nature work her magic — the perfect end to a day on the links at the nearby golf club.
Monteverde Cloud Forest
Costa Rica’s immense biodiversity is on display in the Monteverde Cloud Forest, where low-hanging fog caused by the meeting of tropical and subtropical mountainous environments shrouds a rainforest teeming with all sorts of wildlife including tropical birds, butterflies and spider monkeys.
Housing one of the last remaining tropical dry forests in the world, Santa Rosa National Park is defined by its lush foliage running up against the waves of the Pacific Ocean. Spend the day hiking through trails and spotting the incredible wildlife before cooling off with a dip at the beach.
Local folklore claims that the Rio Celeste got its heavenly blue waters when God dipped his paint brush in it while he was painting the sky. Such a reputation draws quite the crowd to the river located in the Tenorio Volcano National Park. One look and you’ll agree that its reputation is well-deserved.
There’s plenty to call you to Tortuga Island off the Nicoya Peninsula: gorgeous waters, white sand beaches, and enough biodiversity to keep your camera busy for hours — and yes, that includes the chance to see dolphins in their natural habitat.