Costa Rica is a beautiful country alive with culture and history, natural scenery, and delicious cuisine. If you’re planning to visit Costa Rica soon, here are six towns in the country that you should pay a visit:
The city of Jacó is famous for its beaches (Jacó Beach and Hermosa Beach) and resorts. It’s a great place to visit for those who love surfing and swimming. It also has a vibrant nightlife with its clubs and restaurants, which is perfect for visitors who like to party.
If you visit Liberia, you’ll get a nice balance between culture and nature. Here, you can visit the Museum Guanacaste, a museum in historic barracks, and the Mario Cañas Ruiz Park for a taste of the city’s local culture. Meanwhile, you should go to the Africa Safari Adventure Park and the Ponderosa Adventure Park if you want a more nature-based trip.
When it comes to natural tourist spots, Monteverde is the city to be. It has a lot of reserves and parks where you can go hiking to enjoy the scenery. Some of the places you can visit in the city include the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, the La Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, the Selvatura Park and the 100% Aventura Adventure Park.
San Carlos is the home of the active Arenal Volcano and the Arenal Volcano National Park. When in the city, you can visit hot springs at the foot of the volcano or go zip-lining and hiking in the surrounding forest. Meanwhile, the dormant Chato Volcano has a crater lake that you can visit. Follow the rainforest trails from the Chato Volcano and you’ll find La Fortuna Waterfall where you can go for a swim.
San José is the capital and largest city of Costa Rica. Here, you’ll find historical buildings and landmarks that will teach you about the country’s past. You can visit the National Theatre of Costa Rica or the Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica, which was opened to the public in 1897 with a performance of Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the Museo del Jade “Marco Fidel Tristán Castro”, an archaeological museum that relives the historical and ecological scene of the past, and the Museo Nacional de Costa Rica, the home of ceremonial, recreational, transportation and other artifacts that will give you a glimpse of the country’s history.
Tamarindo is a town that will take your breath away with its natural scenery. The Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas or the Las Baulas National Marine Park, for example, covers 43 acres of beautiful forests, beaches, and seas. Here, you will see the largest nesting colony of leatherback sea turtles. For a day of swimming and surfing, you can head to Playa Avellana. Or, if you want to explore caves, go to Playa Ventanas.
There are a lot of beautiful cities in Costa Rica, but these six are definitely the best travel destinations. While touring each city, make sure that you also try the local cuisine and interact with the people to really have a rounded understanding of the country, its culture and its history.