Get ready to escape into adventure, natural beauty, and beach splendor. This ecological playground also offers an array of adrenaline-filled excursions, family-friendly activities, and more biodiversity than almost anywhere on earth. Monteverde Cloud Forest sits approximately 70 miles southeast of Liberia. Moist winds collide with the Continental Divide producing a consistent mist that envelops this 26,000-acre reserve. Scope out the forest’s diverse flora and fauna on a hike or via zip line. Although Arenal Volcano National Park’s conical, 5,358-foot namesake has taken a break from spewing ash columns and clumps of molten lava, you can still admire its majesty. Hike the Heliconias Trail for unmatched views of the volcano, old lava flows, and Lake Arenal. Hiking through the rainforest at this national park means walking by old lava fields and around the base of Arenal Volcano, a stunning backdrop.
Keep your eyes peeled at Palo Verde National Park for the diverse and abundant wildlife. Known as a top bird-watching destination, Palo Verde is also home to capuchin and howler monkeys, crocodiles, and iguanas. Want more native flora and fauna? Santa Rosa National Park features 10 habitats, from mangrove swamp to beach. Time your visit to Playa Naranjo right, and you might spy olive ridley sea turtles.
Begin your beach touring at the untamed Playa Negra, where black sands and craggy outcroppings flank tide pools and protected swimming areas. Then, drive 20 minutes north to Playa Avellana and watch surfers conquer 18-foot waves. Next up is Nicoya Peninsula. Costa Rica’s largest peninsula boasts an 80-mile shoreline dotted with beautiful beaches and laid-back towns. Try Playa Mal País for surfing or relax at Playa Samara. Searching for the ideal spot to surf? The Playa Tamarindo stretch of sand in the charming beach town of Tamarindo is the perfect place to catch a wave—and settle in for a beautiful sunrise or sunset.
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