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A Traveler’s Costa Rica To Do List

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Costa Rica is actually Spanish for “rich coast”. If you ask me or anyone who has been to Costa Rica, we all agree that the South American country suits its name. And if you take a look at a world map, you too will agree with us. A preview of the map will show you how Costa Rica is bordered by the Pacific Ocean on its western and southern coastline, and by the Caribbean Sea on its eastern side. Besides having a “rich coast,” Costa Rica is also a country enriched by nature. Its land has dense forests home to volcanoes, hot springs, lakes, and wildlife. Travelers often find themselves having a to do list that’s entwined with all these things that make Costa Rica a rich country.

Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica

Hitting the beaches is a common favorite among locals and tourists of Costa Rica. While many find the country’s beaches irresistible for swimming, more people prefer adventurous feats like sailing, surfing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. But Costa Rica’s water adventures don’t end here. Remember, there are still lakes and wild rivers dwelling in its rainforests.

Whitewater rafting is another water adventure sport that you can take on in Costa Rica. The country’s whitewater rafting trips cater to beginners and professionals. And because of Lake Arenal’s balmy waters and strong winds, windsurfing is also something you can try inland. Lake Arenal gets an average wind speed of 40 kilometers per hour which is enough to sustain windsurfing.

Whitewater rafting in Costa Rica

Not very many Costa Rica tourists include hiking in their to do list. But if you beg to differ and would like to make the most out of your trip, why not include it? Sure, hiking gets you into shape but it does this forcibly by taking you through strenuous uphill paths. Then again, hiking lets you see Costa Rica’s hidden beauty. Through hiking, you have the rare opportunity to see canyons, mountains, waterfalls, and volcanoes like the Arenal, Poas, and Irazu. Bird watching is also something to look forward to when hiking since Costa Rica has one of the world’s most diverse aviafauna.

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