Costa Rica

Costa Rica, with its well-protected areas and national parks, is a world pioneer in eco-tourism. The country is home to a wide variety of plant and animal life and plenty of beaches and volcanoes that can be visited.

Some of the sites that tourists should visit in Costa Rica are:

  • Las Baulas National Marine Park, Guanacaste
  • Arenal Volcano, San Carlos, Alajuela
  • Manuel Antonio National Park, Quepos Puntarenas
  • Poás Volcano Center
  • Pacuare River
  • Cocos Island (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Area de Conservación Guanacaste (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Besides the natural wonders that Costa Rica has to offer, some of the nation’s cities are also a sight to behold. San Jose, for example, boasts of several museums and cafes. 

The Costa Rican meals are pretty healthy, containing fewer dairy and high-fat dishes. Their local cuisine comprises fresh fruits and vegetables, and pork, beef, and chicken are their popular meats. 

Some specialties that tourists should look out for are:

  • Casado – soup of carrots, plantain, beef, potatoes, and chayote
  • Sopa Negra: black bean soup
  • Gallo pinto – rice and black beans, with sour cream
  • Ceviche – raw fish marinated in lemon juice, onion, coriander, and chili
  • Beverages – coffee, Horchata (a drink made of ground rice flavored with cloves and cinnamon), Frescos (fruit drink made with water and sugar), Pipas Fria (fresh coconut water).

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