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Beaches, Cloud Forests & Jungles

EARTH’S MOST BIO-DIVERSE PLACE

There are many fascinating regions that couples planning a Costa Rica vacation  can consider visiting during their stay at the World’s #1 Ecotourism Destination.  Most packages will combine a region inland, such as the Arenal Volcano, Monteverde or the Central Valley, with a beach destination such as Tamarindo, the Nicoya Peninsula or Papagayo.

The more adventurous couples will want to consider visiting the Osa Peninsula / Corcovado, and spending time in the south Caribbean Beaches.  For the budget conscious, more affordable destinations such as Sarapiqui, Rincon de la Vieja or even San Jose may be the best alternative.

These are the regions in Costa Rica that offer an inviting combination of comfortable accommodations in hotels & resorts, tours and activities and are relatively easy to access by land, air or boat.

San Jose: The capital city.  Ideal for those Costa Rica visitors with late night arrivals or early morning departures from the San Jose International Airport.  Great base for cultural events, restaurants, nightlife and day trips.

Central Valley – Poas Volcano: Small, nature intense resorts located less than 90 minutes from the San Jose International Airport.  Great for a 2 night stay in secluded and intimate hotels.  Highlights are the Peace Lodge, El Silencio Lodge and Villa Blanca.

Monteverde Cloud Forest: Costa Rica’s quintessential Cloud Forest region founded by Quakers.  Quaint mountain lodges, great hikes in National Parks, intense and mystic Cloud Forest experience.

Arenal – Fortuna: Costa Rica’s adventure capital, anchored by the country’s most famous active volcano and renowned hot springs resorts, led by the award-winning Tabacon Hot Springs.  Outstanding region for Costa Rica honeymoon couples looking for adventures in nature, relaxation in the hot springs and outstanding spas.

Papagayo: Costa Rica’s beach luxury address.  Home to the Four Seasons, the all inclusive Occidental Grand Papagayo and the Hilton Papagayo.  Earmarked as the top area for tourism development in the country.

Tamarindo – Flamingo – Conchal: Costa Rica’s most popular beach corridor, in the western shores of Guanacaste.  Hotels and resorts range from the popular beach town of Tamarindo to the magnificent Conchal development, to the recently opened JW Marriott in Hacienda Pinilla on Langosta Beach.

Tambor – Montezuma – Malpais: The tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, the less visited route, with smaller hotels, more private and isolated beaches and probably more romantic and intimate than other Guanacaste destinations.

Islita – Nosara – Samara: Perched in the southern shores of the Guanacaste Province, the beaches of Punta Islita and Nosara are one of Costa Rica’s top playgrounds for couples and families with older children, enjoying their vacation or getaway.

Manuel Antonio: Wildlife, national parks, outstanding combination of rainforest and beach and tons of activities and adventure.  Great destination for nature lovers that still want a more developed and urban destination.

Jaco - Herradura: The Jaco – Herradura beach corridor is comprised of three distinct and different areas: the town of Jaco, the Los Suenos residential golf and marina development, and the individual hotels scattered on the separate beaches.

Uvita - Dominical: Awesome rainforest small hotels with spectacular views and beach access.  Ideal for widlife lovers, a "Corcovado Light" for those not interested in travelling to Osa.

Corcovado – Osa: Earth’s most bio-diverse place according to National Geographic.  Best region for wildlife watching.  Remote, isolated, nature intense destination with small, eco-lodges, personalized service and an overall unique and memorable experience.

Tortuguero: in the Northeast Caribbean region of Costa Rica.  Jungle, wildlife, canals and the renowned home of three sea-turtle species that nest in the beaches of the park.  Rustic accommodations but an overall outstanding opportunity for couples and families looking to appreciate nature.

South Caribbean – Puerto Viejo:  If you time it correctly, your Costa Rica vacation beach destination can be the unique and truly different Puerto Viejo de Limon and the Cahuita National Park region.  While the beaches in this area tend to get more rain than their Pacific shore counterparts, visiting the Caribbean in February, March, April or even September & October is a great idea.

Turrialba: Whether your tastes veer more towards rafting down the Pacuare River and losing yourself midst the towering canyons or embarking on a tourist or religious trek to Costa Rica's own Mecca, Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, Cartago and Turrialba are sure to raise your spirits.

COSTA RICA REGIONS
  SAN JOSE
Costa Rica’s Capital
Culture - History - Nightlife
  CENTRAL VALLEY - POAS VOLCANO
Volcanoes & Coffee
Waterfalls - Rafting – Crafts
  MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST
Best Known Cloud Forest
Hiking - Canopy - Wildlife
  ARENAL - FORTUNA
The Adventure Capital
Hot Springs & Rainforest
  PAPAGAYO
Luxurious Resorts
Beaches & Pampering
  TAMARINDO - FLAMINGO - CONCHAL
Best-Known Beaches
Fishing - Golf – Surfing
  TAMBOR - MONTEZUMA - MALPAIS
Off the Beaten Path
Secluded Beaches – Surfing
  ISLITA - NOSARA - SAMARA
Lovers Paradise in Secluded Guanacaste Beaches
  MANUEL ANTONIO
Most Visited Destination
Wildlife & Nature Adventures
  JACO - HERRADURA
Easy access to San Jose and the International Airport
  UVITA - DOMINICAL
Dare to be Different
Small Unique Eco-lodges
  CORCOVADO - OSA
Biodiversity
Nature Watching - Ecolodges
  TORTUGUERO
Caribbean Jungle
Nature - Wildlife - Turtles
  SOUTH CARIBBEAN - PUERTO VIEJO
Exotic Beach Region with authentic Caribbean Flavor
  TURRIALBA
Volcanoes & Coffee Plantations Waterfalls - Rafting – Crafts in Sarchi
  PENINSULA OF SANTA ELENA - BAHIA SALINAS
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