Costa Rica is world famous for being an incredibly bio-diverse tropical country with gorgeous cloud forests, volcanoes, beautiful beaches ideal for surfing, and being home to a staggering 4% of all animals and plant species worldwide.
Costa Rica is also famous for its national slogan of “Pura Vida” or “Pure Life,” a combination statement referring to the gorgeous natural beauty of the country as well as the slower, relaxed pace of life enjoyed by the locals. Having abolished its own military to invest in infrastructure, education, and conservation, it’s no surprise that more than 2 million people travel to Costa Rica each year, making it the most visited country in all of Central America.
Costa Rica is a wonderland with a rich panoply of exciting adventure options to enjoy in the great outdoors. These include activities like rappelling down waterfalls, bird watching in the rain forests, bungee jumping from bridges, whitewater canoeing, horseback riding in the jungle, hiking along the rim of volcanoes, marveling at orchids and exotic fauna in cloud forests, mountain biking, riding ATVs, and surfing some of the most famous break points in the world.
Not to be outdone, both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts of Costa Rica are popular areas for enjoying water sports activities including scuba diving and snorkeling along coral reefs, stand up paddling in tranquil bays and lagoons, deep sea fishing, and surfing. The vibrant ecosystem on the coasts also draws in visitors to see exciting events like the annual arrival of giant sea turtles coming to shore to build their nests.
A peaceful and stable democracy, Costa Rica is also popular for its holistic and healthy activities, including leisurely strolls along the beach, soaking in natural hot springs, outdoor yoga and meditation, and relaxing in hammocks in the gentle breeze. Add in locally sourced organic coffee, pure waters, and delicious juices, and vacationing in Costa Rica can often double as a spa retreat.
Although it is one of the smallest national parks by area, Manuel Antonio Park on the Pacific Coast is one of the most popular attractions in the country. Besides being home to beautiful quetzal birds, charming sloths, giant iguanas, clouds of iridescent butterflies, and inquisitive monkeys, Manuel Antonio Park is also popular for its outdoor adventure activities like horseback riding, surfing, and whitewater rafting.
Whether you come to Costa Rica to bask in the sun, hike through the pristine interior, or engage in exciting outdoor sports, there’s truly something for everyone. To enjoy an authentic “Pura Vida” vacation in Costa Rica, contact the Manuel Antonio Surf School and Camp in Dominical on the Pacific Coast.