by Edgar van der Meer
Top 5 Reasons to Visit Costa Rica in 2019
If you are looking for a destination that has it all in 2019, look no further than Costa Rica. While Central America is often over-looked when it comes to vacation destinations, Costa Rica stands out as the shining gem of this part of the world. People flock to the tiny country from far and wide – and with good reason. No matter what kind of trip you are after, you will be able to find something to suit all tastes in Cost Rica.
Need a little more convincing? Here are our top five reasons why Costa Rica should make it on to your itinerary this year.
It Is Filled With Incredible Wildlife
Costa Rica has one of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world despite its small size. In fact, you can find over 5% of all known plants and animals on earth in this tiny country. The country boasts several world class national parks, including Bahia Ballena, Parque Nacional Tortuguero, and Manuel Antonio. Within these parks you will see monkeys swinging from the trees, whales breaching in the sea and everything else in between.
The Pura Vida Lifestyle Is Oh-So Appealing
Costa Ricans call themselves Ticos and Ticas, a nickname that represents their fondness for affection and not taking things to seriously. This is just one element that makes up their famous Pura Vida lifestyle. Pura Vida literally translates as ‘Pure Life’ but it means a lot more than that. It is their way for saying everything is good and there is nothing to worry or stress about. Wander through any market in Costa Rica and you will find this saying emblazoned on T-Shirts, hats, and all manner of trinkets.
The Beaches Are Out of This World
Costa Rica has, hands down, some of the most spectacular beaches on the planet. Whether you travel along the Pacific or Caribbean coasts, you will find golden sand, soft as powder, fringed by lush vegetation and trailing down into warm water. Depending on what you are after, there are beaches for all occasions. Playa Conchal, Punta Uva, and Samara are all great for swimming, while Playa Grande, Dominical and Jaco are better for surfing. Of course, all of them are perfect for soaking up the sunshine and working on your tan.
The Food Is Better Than You Think
Forget about boring old rice and beans – you’re in for a real treat in Costa Rica. Thanks to the country’s two coastlines, seafood and fresh fish play a big part in the national cuisine. Head to Puerto Viejo or one of the other small Caribbean towns and you’ll find grilled fish, lobster, and scallops popping up regularly on menus. Served with coconut rice and seasoned to perfection, these dishes are utterly mouth-watering.
There Are Dozens of Different Landscapes
Not everyone will want to spend their whole vacation on the beach. Similarly, some will want a day or two at the beach and the rest of the time doing other things. Costa Rica’s landscape is exceptionally diverse. You will find a big city vibe in the capital, San Jose, complete with bustling markets and museums, but within just an hour or two’s drive you can be at the Arenal Volcano, exploring its rugged surroundings. Alternatively, you could venture into the cool, lush cloud forest or the humid rainforest if you want your nature fix.