Today, five centuries later, this beautiful, tranquil nation is called Central America's oasis of splendor. World renowned for its enlightened environmental policies, Costa Rica is a treasure-trove of protected parks and refuges with a friendly, welcoming culture, where a wealthy of diverse ecosystems thrive. Let your imagination soar in the extravagant land. At Arenal Volcano, which is the second largest active volcano in the world, you can see a spectacular display of incandescent lava or, depending on the day, a placid volcano that glows in the dark. Choose to tip toe through a cloud forest jungle on a series of criss-crossed suspension bridges or fly on a ski-lift style tram. Dance to Caribbean reggae after a day of rain forest hiking. In Costa Rica anything is possible!
San Jose and the Central Valley
Costa Rica's cosmopolitan capital captivates you with its dazzling charms - colorful restaurants, vibrant parks, and the world-famous Gold Museum.
Easy day trips to see coffee plantations, a butterfly farm or some of the nation's most splendid natural wonders.
Arenal Volcano and Northern Volcano Zone
Parque Nacional Volcano Arenal, named for its magnificent centerpiece.
The Arenal Volcano, with its cloud-covered crater, is as dramatic from a distance as it is up close.
The surrounding areas brimming with hot springs, pristine lakes and countless hiking adventures.
Monteverde-Mystical Cloud Forest
One of the most outstanding wildlife refuges in the world.
Unparalleled jungles from every imaginable angle.
Trams that fly through the lush canopy of trees and vines, past exotic birds of all colors and sounds.
Hiking along the extravagant trails, where more orchids bloom than anywhere else on earth.
Tortuguero - Caribbean Rainforests
Stretches of pristine sand and brimming coral reefs, teeming with coastal rainforest and an abundance of amazing wildlife.
The most important Caribbean breeding ground of the green sea turtle, Tortuguero is also home to a bounty of birds, monkeys and lizards.
Experience some Bribri culture, surfing, shopping for handicrafts and dancing to reggae.
Guanacaste - White Sand Beaches
Picture dramatic mountain cliffs that gracefully descend and taper to meet beautiful Pacific beaches.
Sunrises as majestic as sunsets, highlighting landscapes that are dramatic and rare.
Choose between sun bathing, snorkeling and fishing or savor a feast for the senses - blossoms exploding with colors and fragrances.
Manuel Antonio - Pacific Coastal Riches
A stunning backdrop of mangrove forests, rocky islands and cliffs and miles of beaches.
Easy walking trails, white-water rafting and big-game fishing.
White-gray sand beaches fringed by thickly forested hills.
Spy into the home of white-faced and howler monkeys, three-toed sloths and other exotic wildlife.