Costa Rica Morning Beach StrollEver since my first trip out of the country (come to think of it, it was my first international trip period) I’ve always been in love with Costa Rica.  And what’s not to love?

Between the endless miles of deserted beaches, spectacular wildlife & delicious mixture of caribbean style seafood, no one in their right mind would ever want to leave.  And a vacation to Costa Rica would stop along the coastline either.

Inland you can find a plethora of activities such as hiking volcanoes, exploring outrageous tropical rainforests and zip-lining.  You could easily spend a month traveling around the country and still not see everything.

So, without further ado, take a look at my Top 5 Reasons that you must visit Costa Rica.

Top 5 Reasons to Vacation in Costa Rica

Authentic Rainforest Tours

Keel Billed Toucan Exotic Birds Costa Rica Central America Cloud Forest Tour

Costa Rica has some of the most authentic & diverse rainforests in the world.  Home to over 500,000 species of animals, nearly 300,000 of them alone are insects and the rest are divided between species of reptiles, amphibians and mammals.

I took 2 separate tours during my travels through Costa Rica; one in Manzanillo with Omar at Manzanillo Tours & the other birdwatching with a local guide near Volcan Arenal.  If I can say one thing, it’s that both of them were spectacular and I saw many species ranging from pit vipers, howler monkey, sloths, toucans and a wide variety of other birds, insects and reptiles!

The Best Zip-lining Courses

Big Zipline

Going hand-in-hand with the rainforest tours, Costa Rica has some pretty rad-tacular zip-line courses.  Why’s that?  Because, even though you’re always within reach of a sunny beach & delicious foods like the zip-line courses in central Florida, here you’ve also got options to visit an active volcano, breathtaking hikes, delicious food and indigenous wildlife! 😉

Making Lifelong Friends at Serene Beaches

Friends Puerto Rico Beach Sunset

Making friends while traveling isn’t that difficult a thing to do…especially if you’ve got an open mind.  But there’s something about the visiting Costa Rica that makes the people there particularly charming.  

It may not be the fact that they have no army or that the population seems to be evenly distributed between Rastas, Costa Ricans & hippies.  But from what I could tell, everyone seemed extremely laid back and uber friendly.  That, alone, is reason enough to visit.  But once you add a stunningly beautiful beach to the mixture…well, what more is there to ask for?!

Spectacular Seafood

Fresh Caribbean Seafood

If there was one thing I missed most about Costa Rica, it was the food.  And not just any food, but more specifically the amazing fresh fruit smoothies and the seafood!  

While staying in on the peninsula of Montezuma, I woke every morning to walk along the beach sipping one of the fresh fruit smoothies I picked up from a stand in town.  The mixture of pineapple, mango, melon, berries & whatever else they put in there with sugar and water made it a truly refreshing meal.  

And as far as the seafood is concerned, the classic fish-n-chips at just about any of the restaurants will give Costa Rica the justice it deserves.

Entry to Traveling the Caribbean

Panama Flag

One thing that I loved about traveling to Costa Rica was the ease of access to other Central American & Caribbean countries.  Crossing the border into Panama was affordable and easy.  Not only this, but from San Jose flights to the Caribbean was quite affordable, short and a stones throw away…okay, not literally but you get the point.

Even if you only have 1 to 2 weeks to spare, I highly recommend making it a point to visit Costa Rica as it’s definitely the ideal country to visit especially if you’ve never been international before! 🙂

Have you ever been to Costa Rica?