There are a lot of amazing travel destinations in the world, but Costa Rica has outdone them all. TripAdvisor, the world’s largest source of information for travel rankings, has recently published its list of the best countries for travelers interested in “experiences.” According to TripAdvisor, Costa Rica easily clinched the top spot on the list due to its friendly population, stunning bio-diversity, and wide range of outdoor adventures.
Indeed, the World Economic Forum listed Costa Rica as the number one country in the world for nature tourism and second for adventure activities. And thanks to more than 500 million reviews compiled and assessed by TripAdvisor members, it’s clear that the country is truly a popular favorite for travelers seeking a chance to experience something activities like surfing, swimming in jungle waterfalls, hiking through cloud forests, horseback riding, and visiting animal sanctuaries.
According to scientists, a staggering five percent of all life in the world can be found in Costa Rica. The country has nearly 20,000 square miles of forest, over 1,200 species of butterflies, 175 species of amphibians, 225 species of reptiles, 250 mammal species, and nearly 900 different species of birds, including 600 domestic species.
Relatively small, Costa Rica is blessed with an extremely diverse landscape, including both a Caribbean and Pacific Coast with towering waves that can be surfed all year long, towering volcanoes, legendary cloud forests, stunning beaches, and dozens of rivers ideal for activities like white water rafting and canoeing. Other popular adventures available in Costa Rica include stand-up paddling and kayaking along the coast and river estuaries as well as holistic activities like meditation, yoga, and massages.
Costa Rica gained its independence in 1821 after a peaceful “revolution”. In 1948, the country completely disbanded its military, choosing to focus government expenditures instead on preserving and protecting the natural environment, building schools, and creating one of the best healthcare systems in the world.
If you’re ready to experience the beauty and majesty of Costa Rica for yourself, be sure to book your travel with the Manuel Antonio Surf School and Camp (MASS). MASS specializes in tailored one-on-one and small group surfing classes designed to help every surfer get the most out of their time on the water. MASS has exclusive access to some of the finest surf spots in the country, perfect for travelers who want to savor every moment of their time in Costa Rica.