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).