Costa Rica is one of the most popular Central American destinations for newlyweds. It’s not hard to see why. With its world-famous beaches and rainforests, it’s the perfect spot for couples looking to relax or explore. In fact, Costa Rica has been ranked in the world’s top ten honeymoon destinations by Brides Magazine, the Signature Travel Network, Ask Men and Elle.
Category: Free Things To Do
April 4, 2013
Costa Rica is home to pristine rainforests and some of the most colorful and exotic creatures on the planet, but it is the country’s beautiful beaches that draw the most visitors. Assaulted by crashing surf, crowded and full of activities, or just plain secluded, Costa Rica offers a variety of coastline.
January 24, 2013
Costa Rica is teeming with exotic wildlife with lush rainforests populated with everything from exuberant monkeys to menacing crocodiles; sloths slinking in the shadows and jungle pathways misted with brightly patterned butterflies. Make sure you cast your gaze up to the treetops, though, because the country is also home to an incredible kaleidoscope of birdlife.
July 26, 2012
In the misty coffee-growing altitudes of the Central Valley is Costa Rica’s colorful crafts center, Sarchi. You’ll know you’ve arrived to the sprawling village, scattered throughout the rolling foothills of the Cordillera Central, when you begin to see beautiful hand-carved furniture displayed in front of pretty family homes and workshops along the side of the road.
July 12, 2012
Sloths, or “perezosos,” are quite common in Costa Rica, and can be found everywhere from the cool cloud forests of Monteverde to the steamy lowland jungles along both coasts. Regardless, they can be rather difficult to see.
A sloth’s key to survival in the forest canopy is camouflage. They move so slowly that they don’t catch the attention of big cats, circling hawks or would-be wildlife photographers. Their coarse, grayish or yellowish coat blends well with the rainforests palette, more so once greenish algae grows in their fur.
June 28, 2012
Arguably the most beautiful national park in Costa Rica (Forbes magazine ranked it as one of the 10 loveliest in the world) is Manuel Antonio. It is a slender peninsula that reaches out into the Pacific toward a string of beckoning islands. It has a rocky spine that is lushly carpeted in rainforest, rising to a massive cliff formation called “Cathedral Point.” A handful of perfect, pristine beaches lie on either side, waiting for wandering travelers to take a break from watching wildlife and relax by the sea instead.
Though the national park itself is small—just 683 hectares (2.6 square miles)—the surrounding jungles have been carefully conserved, and today are home to so many monkeys, sloths and tropical birds that you will likely see the menagerie promised in your Costa Rica travel brochures before even leaving your hotel.